Don't Miss the World's Largest Meeting for DNA Forensics

DNA typing was in its infancy, RFLP was state of the art and the world-wide web was years in the future when the first International Symposium on Human Identification was held in 1989. Thirty years later both forensic science and ISHI have progressed in ways that would have seemed unlikely three decades ago.

The annual ISHI is now the largest conference to focus on DNA typing for human identification. The first conference in Madison, Wisconsin was attended by less than 100 people. In contrast, ISHI 30 will attract forensic professionals from around the world with nearly 1000 attendees projected to attend the conference in Palm Springs, California.

If you are interested in advancing your forensic science career, learning about the latest DNA technologies and meeting others who share your passion for forensic science then you won’t want to miss the symposium this fall.

The general session program will include more than thirty presentations given by experts in the field. Paul Holes, a leader on the team that used genealogical databases to identify the Golden State Killer will give the keynote address. Additional talks will focus on the use of rapid DNA analysis in the field, strategies for solving cold cases, 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, best practices for DNA mixture interpretation, probabilistic genotyping and courtroom testimony, plus two workshops on use of genealogical databases to solve criminal cases.

Networking and career growth 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 street party event on Wednesday evening.

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 July 15 to save $100 off the standard registration. We hope to see you there!

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