Advancing DNA Forensics: Meet, Learn, Innovate

Step into the heart of forensic DNA innovation at ISHI – the largest annual symposium dedicated to your field. Connect with thought leaders, engage in hands-on workshops, and absorb presentations that are driving our industry forward. From September 23-26, 2024, be part of a vibrant community shaping the future of forensic science. Join us at ISHI for an experience that’s not just about attending, but about contributing to the evolution of DNA forensics.


This year’s keynote spotlights the dynamic intersection of true crime and DNA forensics: from unraveling mysteries and personal narratives to inspiring change and advancing justice. Our panel of speakers will share their insights and experiences, underscoring the pivotal role of DNA in connecting the past with the present and shaping the future.

Speakers include:

  • Patty Wetterling | Advocate of children’s safety and chair of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • Joy Baker | Co-author of Dear Jacob: A Mother’s Journey of Hope and blogger
  • Professor Turi King | Scientist, presenter, speaker and author who is passionate about communicating science to the public
  • Dr. Anna Barbaro | President of the Worldwide Association of Women Forensic Experts
  • Ashley Flowers | Founder of AudioChuck, podcaster, best-selling author, and advocate

Submit an Abstract

Submitted abstracts will undergo a peer-review process by experts specializing in DNA forensics. All proposals will be selected based on perceived interest to the forensic community. Abstract proposals should be non-commercial and focused on educating forensic scientists.

We welcome submissions that explore diverse aspects of DNA forensics, including but not limited to:

  • Emerging Technologies in Forensic DNA
  • Ethical Implications in Forensic DNA Analysis
  • Case studies and Real-World Applications
  • Tips for Testifying
  • Addressing the Backlog
  • Activity Level Questions
  • DEI in Forensic Labs


Poster Abstracts due July 7, 2024.

calling all students & young scientists!

Learn about what we have in store for those early in their career at ISHI this year and check out additional resources available on our


Book a booth at ISHI and introduce your products and services to scientists from around the world. You’ll reach decision makers who purchase products and services related to all aspects of forensic DNA.

Showcase Your Creativity and Win Free Registration to This Year's Conference

We’re turning the spotlight onto you, the creative minds of the forensic community! This is your chance not just to attend ISHI, but to showcase your design on the official conference t-shirt. Whether you draw inspiration from the meticulous art of DNA analysis or the broader strokes of the ISHI conference throughout the years or the hills of San Antonio, your design should resonate with professionals across the globe. For a full list of specs, view our submission page. A panel of judges from Promega Corporation and our ISHI Advisory Committee will select the top four designs, which will then be put to a community vote.


Mark These Dates:

  • Deadline extended to June 24th!
  • June 26: Top four finalists announced.
  • July 5: Voting closes.
  • Week of July 8: Winner revealed.


Advancements in forensic techniques and technologies never stop, so learning shouldn't either. Watch one of our on-demand webinars or online forums.

The ISHI Report

Each quarter, we’ll bring you a glimpse into the fascinating field of forensic science and the dedicated people committed to carrying out the important work of identifying the missing, exonerating the innocent and finding the truth in each DNA sample.

Future Meeting Locations

Mark your calendars for future ISHI meeting dates and locations listed through 2027.

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