The largest annual meeting focusing entirely on DNA forensics.

Discover the newest advances in DNA technology from top experts in the field at the 35th International Symposium on Human Identification. It’s all happening September 23-26, 2024!

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:

  • 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
  • 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

Unlock the Narrative: Discover the Keynote

Submit an Oral, Interesting Case, or Poster Abstract

The 35th International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI) invites abstract submissions from the global community of professionals and researchers specializing in DNA forensics. 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 on topics that will improve their technical, legal or policy knowledge.

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

  • Advanced DNA Profiling Techniques
  • Emerging Technologies in Forensic Genetics
  • DNA Database and Privacy Concerns
  • Cold Case Investigations and DNA
  • Ethical Implications in Forensic DNA Analysis
  • Case studies and Real-World Applications
  • Tips for Testifying
  • Addressing the Backlog
  • Activity Level Questions

Oral and Interesting Case Presentations due June 9, 2024.

Poster Abstracts due July 7, 2024.

Submit Your Abstract

From Classroom to Crime Lab: Career Guidance from DNA Experts

Register for an exclusive online event where aspiring forensic scientists can connect directly with leading figures in the field of forensic DNA. This engaging forum encourages students and early-career professionals to seek advice, discuss challenges, and explore opportunities within the realm of forensic DNA analysis. Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of the field, practical advice for advancing their careers, and strategies for making significant contributions to forensic science. Whether you’re navigating the complexities of academic research or looking for ways to break into the forensic industry, this forum will offer invaluable guidance and inspiration.


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Calling all students and young scientists!

Calling all students and 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 Student Resources page. Plus, we’re now accepting applications for Student Ambassadors through May 5, 2024!



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.

Forensic Genomics is the Official Journal of ISHI

Forensic Genomics is a new peer-reviewed journal that addresses how advances in genetic testing and genomic analysis can enable investigators to break through previously impenetrable forensic DNA barriers. Led by Editor-in-Chief Nicole Novroski PhD, the Journal focuses on the use of DNA testing technologies, algorithms, artificial intelligence, and genealogical research methods to support human identification using inference tools and inductive reasoning. Forensic Genomics aims to accelerate the validation and adoption of new methods to support investigations that would be otherwise stalled with traditional testing methods (view past issues).

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