August 26 - 30, 2019
Red Lion Hotel On the River - Portland, Oregon

The NWAFS Board of Directors is thrilled to team up with the Pacific Northwest Division of the International Association for Identification (PNWD-IAI) for our 2019 conference.

Please join us at the Red Lion Hotel on the River, situated on Jantzen Beach and overlooking the Columbia River, just north of Downtown Portland.


Full registration covers attendance M-F, any workshop, lectures, lunches, president social, and banquet.

Daily Registration allows you to attend workshops, lectures, and lunch (M-Th) on that day only.  President Social and Banquet tickets sold separately.

You must register for the workshop(s) you wish to attend so we can view attendance numbers.  Any workshop with few-to-no registrants is subject to cancellation. 

Lectures are covered by your full meeting or daily rate and do not require specific registration.

Conference Program 

Fillable Registration Form | Online Registration



Workshops on Workshops this year!!  We have something for everyone.  Topics include:

Friction Ridge Examination

Crime Scenes



Trace Evidence

Search and Rescue w/ K9 Presentations

Please see the program (link above) for a list of all workshops.

*if signing up for the DNA workshop, use code DNA827 on the registration form and be sure to thank Promega!


This year, the format of the NWAFS is different than year's past.  We will have general session presentations on Monday (8a-5p) and Friday (8a-12p). 

An overview:

Opening Ceremonies and Welcome Address

Keynote:  The Aurora Colorado Theater Shooting

OSAC Updates

Crime Scene Case Study - High Desert Museum 

Human Factors in Forensic Science

Special Research Project Presentations

High Profile Case Litigation



45+ Lectures/General Presentations covering a multitude of topics will be running CONCURRENTLY with Workshops on Tuesday - Thursday.

Please see the Conference Program for all the details.


President's Social - Monday - 6-8pm:

Join us on the River Deck, located just outside the general session area, for a President's Social!  Come say hi to old friends, make new ones, and be sure to come dressed in your favorite beach or Hawaiian themed attire!  We will have Ukuleles, light snacks, and beverages.

Tuesday and Wednesday Outings:

Portland has LOTS to offer.  We encourage you to get together with friends, invite some new people, and head out to explore our wonderful city. 

BREWVANA is offering a special 10% discount using promo code: ExplorePDX for any of our public tours <https://www.brewvana.com/tours>. These tours are all-inclusive, fun, and edu-taining.  Reservations must be made in advance, by you.

Banquet - Thursday - 6-8pm:

On Thursday night we will hold our annual banquet.  Here we will not only eat and drink, but close out the silent auction, introduce new board members, and perhaps play a little trivia.  There is no theme for the banquet this year since we are doing a beach themed social already.  This year is simply come as you are!


Vendors will be present all day Monday and the majority of Tuesday.  Our breaks and lunches will be held in the vendor area.  Come browse the latest technology and offerings and chat with representatives to see if they can help you upgrade your lab!

Is your company interested in attending as a vendor?  We still have opportunities for your company to attend as a vendor and/or sponsor any part of the meeting (afternoon snacks, social, banquet, lunch, etc).  

Please click HERE for additional information and to get set up.



Red Lion Hotel On the River - Jantzen Beach - Link

--Click HERE To Book and Receive the Group rate--

Expect breathtaking river views upon arrival.  This Portland hotel provides comfortable accommodations in a rustic setting just outside downtown. Each premium hotel room and deluxe suite serves as the perfect home away from home during your stay.

The meeting venue has a stunning view of the Columbia River, providing a natural backdrop to our event. Also, there are several convenient transportation options available from the airport, it's easy to get to the hotel.

Other features include free parking, a fitness center, tennis court, seasonal pool, year round whirlpool, and a restaurant and lounge. 



Called many things -- PDX, P-town, Stumptown, the Rose City, Bridge City, Rip City, or simply Portland -- you’ll want to visit this vibrant destination in the Pacific Northwest for its eccentric locals, its dynamic downtown, and quirky neighborhoods.  Wherever you go, you'll find farm to table restaurants, award winning microbreweries, coffee shops, brunch spots, urban wineries, food carts, book stores, live music, etc.  And don't forget the sweeping natural scenery that surrounds it, like the sparkling Willamette River and majestic Mount Hood.  But you don't have to venture far from town to find yourself paddling on a secluded bay, hiking a forested trail or observing native wildlife.  No matter what it is you like to do -- in Portland, you can.


GO EXPLORE THE CITY!  From karaoke to comedy, sporting events to live music, dancing to arcades, podcast recordings to theater performances, Portland has it all.  A great resource to utilize is the Travel Portland website.