About ISHI

For the past 26 years the International Symposium on Human Identification has been witness to new technologies, changing policies, and trends in forensics. You can be part of ISHI 27 by organizing a workshop, giving a talk, presenting an interesting case, or submitting a scientific poster. It’s all happening September 26-29, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN!

Registration for ISHI is $775, and students are able to register at a discounted rate of $575. Those interested in attending only the workshops do not need to pay the full registration rate, and can simply pay for the workshops attended. Register before August 1st to save $100 off of the standard registration cost!

Pre-registration for workshops is strongly encouraged, as space is limited. On-site registrants cannot be guaranteed admittance.

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Save the Date!

We’ll be heading west for ISHI 28! We’re excited to announce that the 28th International Symposium on Human Identification will be held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA October 2-5, 2017. More information will be coming soon. Just announced – ISHI 29 will be held in downtown, Phoenix, Arizona!

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More Networking Options than Ever!

The International Symposium on Human Identification is the best place to learn about the latest advances and trends in forensics. It’s also an ideal venue to network with forensic scientists from around the world. This year’s ISHI 27 will offer more opportunities than ever to meet and collaborate with others who share your passions, including a forensics themed pub quiz at Brit’s Pub! See what’s in store for you!

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10 Validation Tips You Need to Know!

Validations can be intimidating for any lab, so to make your life easier, we asked Promega’s Technical Support and Validation Teams to share tips on how to make the process go smoother. Read them here. 

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Why YOU Should Attend

ISHI 27 Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to announce that video journalist David O’Shea will present this year’s keynote address. David’s talk at ISHI will chronicle what he learned while filming a documentary, entitled “Returning the Stolen” about the work of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo. During the late 1970s as many as 500 babies in Argentina were taken from parents detained and killed by the country’s military dictatorship for their political activism and given away to supporters of the regime to raise as their own. Learn more here. 

ISHI 27 Panel Discussion Winner

Thank you to those who voted for the ISHI 27 Panel Discussion! The winner, with 38% of the vote is… Local DNA databases: their use, effectiveness and the legal considerations. More information to come soon!

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