ISHI 29 Comes to Phoenix in September

Are you interested in advancing your forensic science career, learning about the latest DNA technologies and meeting others who share your passion for forensic science? If so, then you’ll want to attend the 29th International Symposium on Human Identification in Phoenix this fall.

The annual ISHI is the largest conference to focus on DNA typing for human identification. Founded in 1989, The International Symposium on Human Identification attracts forensic professionals from around the world with nearly 1000 attendees projected to attend this year’s conference in Phoenix.

The general session program will include more than thirty presentations given by experts in the field. Talks will cover some of the most pressing issues in forensics including use of genealogical databases to solve criminal cases, as was done to generate a profile in the Golden State Killer case. Additional topics will include the outlook for rapid DNA analysis and multiple parallel sequencing, interesting cases solved with DNA analysis and more.

A dozen workshops covering a variety of topics relevant to the forensic lab will be offered before and after the symposium. Options include leadership coaching, training on laboratory tools like MPS and mixture interpretation software plus tips on how to write a successful grant or prepare to be an expert witness.

Networking and career opportunities go hand in hand. ISHI makes it easy to meet and collaborate with fellow forensic professionals who share your interests. A variety of networking events are included in your registration including a Welcome Reception, focused topic lunches and a special evening event at Corona Ranch. If you want more opportunities to socialize with conference attendees, sign up for the bowling party at Lucky Strike lanes.

Be the first to hear about the newest products for forensic labs on the ISHI exhibit floor. More than fifty purveyors of products for the forensic industry will be represented. Select vendors will host showcase events before and after the general session program. These free events offer a great opportunity to learn more about new products and services in an informal, social setting.

You can share your work at ISHI by presenting a scientific poster. Well over one-hundred posters will be presented during the two poster and exhibits sessions. Scientific posters will address all aspects of using DNA for human identification. Past sessions have featured information on new techniques for sample preparation, tools for STR analysis, software advances, next generation sequencing, proteomics and many other topics. All poster and oral presentations will be included in the online Proceedings which are published after the conference.

Find the complete details on ISHI including workshop descriptions, confirmed speakers and topics, deadlines, and more on the official conference website, Register by August 1 to save $100 off the standard registration. We hope to see you there!

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