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The largest annual meeting focusing entirely on DNA forensics.

Discover the newest advances in DNA technology from top experts in the field at The 30th International Symposium on Human Identification. It’s all happening at the Palm Springs Convention Center September 23-26, 2019!

ISHI 30 Keynote, Paul Holes, presents on the Golden State Killer.

Keynote – Paul Holes

former investigator with the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office

Paul Holes had been working the Golden State Killer case for more than 20 years. He chased thousands of suspects and countless leads, but hadn’t been able to unmask the man who’d terrorized California. Nine months before he was set to retire, the unsolved cases continued to haunt him, and he wanted nothing more than to close this one.

In a conversation with a detective, Holes learned of a 2002 case in which Barbara Rae-Venter was able to identify a young kidnapping victim using her DNA and a genealogy website. After doing some research into a website called GEDmatch, Holes wondered if the same tactic might unveil the man he’d been chasing.

Hear first-hand how a little-used technique brought one of the most infamous serial killers to justice at ISHI, and read our interview with Paul in The ISHI Report.

A Brief History of Forensics – Infographic

As we look forward to the 30th anniversary of The International Symposium on Human Identification, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate the advances in forensic science and the people and moments that pushed the field forward. Some of these moments were triumphs in history, and others were times when the community came together following a tragedy. We’ve created an infographic highlighting these moments in time and invite you to scroll through history and perhaps down memory lane a little.




A Brief History of Forensics

Palm Springs Convention Center, September 23-26, 2019.Venue


ISHI’s 30th anniversary will be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Once the home to The Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, and Lucille Ball, Palm Springs now boasts a variety of restaurants, shops, spas, and attractions – all within minutes of the Convention Center.

Exhibit at the 30th International Symposium on Human IdentificationExhibition


Exhibit at ISHI and introduce your products and services to upwards of 1000 forensic scientists from around the world. You’ll reach decision makers who purchase products and services related to all aspects of forensic DNA. Registration opens in February, 2019.

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