AFDE Symposium: October 28-31, 2016 - Myrtle Beach, SC
The AFDE motto:
Professionals who share knowledge increase their own skills.
The Dates: October 28-31, 2016
We are meeting Friday morning through mid-day Monday. Our oceanfront hotel will honor AFDE rates three days before and after the Symposium - Reservations must be made by September 28 to get the special AFDE rates and inclusions.
The Venue: Embassy Suites - Myrtle Beach, SC
Guest rooms:
Single or Double $139 - tax and resort fee included
* Wi-Fi complimentary
* Parking complimentary
* Cooked-to-order breakfast included
* Manager’s Reception each evening
* 9 swimming pools and a waterpark
* Tennis courts on property
* Golf nearby
* OCEANFRONT with Ocean views from every room.
* Two cafes and two restaurants on site, and others in nearby hotels
Symposium Registration:
1. Download the AFDE 2016 Registration Form.
2. Send the completed form with your check to Patti Fisher, D-BFDE at the address on the form
pay by PayPal from the AFDE Website and email the completed form to Patti Fisher at
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The Embassy Suites Hotel
9800 Queensway Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 29572

Hotel Registration Procedure:
Call (800) 876-0010, option 2 for the Embassy Suites.
Identify yourself as an attendee of the Association of Forensic Document Examiners (AFDE) and use the following SRP code for Embassy: AOF.
Symposium Payment:
Either pay via check, or pay with PayPal
Fees are listed on the Registration form and at the PayPal link.

QUESTIONS? Contact Lynda Hartwick (573) 964-5159 or Emily Will (919) 556-7414

Submit an Abstract for Consideration: DOWNLOAD SAMPLE ABSTRACT

Transportation: How do I get there?
The closest airport is Myrtle Beach International Airport. Spirit, American, Delta, Air France and KLM Royal Dutch fly there. It is 13 miles from the hotel ($38 by cab). The hotel has a return shuttle for $25 per person, but is not licensed to pick up from the airport. Alternatively, you could fly to Charleston, about an hour away. Charleston is a beautiful historic city - very nice to visit, and you could rent a car from there.
The Schedule:
Continuing Education Presentations:

Friday, October 28
Registration: 8 AM
Program: 8:30 - 4:30 PM

Saturday, October 29
Program: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Sunday, October 30
Program: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Monday, October 31
Program: 8:30 AM - ~1 PM
Business Meetings and Membership Testing:

Thursday, October 27
AFDE Board of Directors Meeting - Late afternoon meeting
AFDE Membership Testing - Late afternoon

Friday, October 28
AFDE General Business Meeting - directly following presentations
The Program:
You can’t afford to miss the 2016 AFDE Annual Educational Symposium!

Theme: COLLABORATION– Thriving In and Meeting the Challenges of the Coming Decade

Program: PEER REVIEW – Get ready to work with colleagues on administrative, technical, and bind peer reviews. How to handle time, money, and confidentiality

NAVIGATING THE WORLD OF STANDARDS – Learn about the standards that may become mandatory in the next few years.

HUMAN FACTORS AND BIAS – Are you allowing clients to give you too much information? We will discuss the differences between relevant and irrelevant context information.

LABORATORY ACCREDITATION DEMYSTIFIED - Yes, a small laboratory can meet the ISO 17025 standard.

TECHNOLOGY UPDATES – What’s new? Calibrating and/or improving the standards for the FDE’s equipment

Program topics are still being discussed and your suggestions are welcome. Please contact Patti Fisher if you would like to present or recommend a particular speaker. Ph: 510-987-8129
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