The health and safety of our attendees and exhibitors is our top priority. As such, we will work closely with the Gaylord National to minimize risk. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and Guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
It is strongly encouraged, but not required, that participants stay up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations to provide protection from severe illness. For those who have received their full WHO- and CDC-approved COVID initial vaccinations, you will need to upload a copy of your vaccination card. These precautions are being put in place to ensure that all who attend ISHI are able to safely enjoy the conference.
Depending on COVID-19 levels in the Washington DC area, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History may require proof of vaccination status or a negative test result within 72 hours of attending the off-site event. ISHI will not be supplying test kits for this purpose. Please download the ISHI conference application to receive the latest information as it’s available. The conference app will be available in early-mid October, 2022.
To upload a copy of your vaccination card, please use this link to register for or sign into your CrowdPass account. When you access the link, you will be asked to “Register”. Please understand that this is separate from your conference registration; it is just for uploading your vaccination card.
We at ISHI understand that vaccination records are “protected” health information and that your privacy may be of concern. We have taken the necessary precautions to ensure compliance with HIPPA guidelines. CrowdPass is a thirdparty entity that will be collecting the vaccination data. They are hosted on Heroku, which in itself regularly performs audits and maintains PCI, HIPPA, ISO, and SOC compliance. Their Validating Team are the only people who see vaccination information and the health data is deleted after 30 days.
Will masks be required?
Masks are optional for all individuals, although we encourage and support anyone who wishes to wear one or is at a higher health risk especially while indoors.
What is considered an approved face covering?
All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must:
- Be made with at least two layers of breathable material
- Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the Guest to remain hands-free
At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters and open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings. Costume masks are also not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn, in alignment with our existing rules. The use of face coverings is not a substitute for physical distancing.
What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?
Anyone who is feeling ill or has any symptoms of COVID-19 should refrain from attending the meeting or if at the meeting and symptoms develop leave and test if available. We will refund any registration fees paid.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Will social distancing be required?
Social distancing is not currently required.
Where will ISHI be held in the future?
Save the dates of September 18-21, 2023 (Denver, Colorado) and September 23 – 26, 2024 (San Antonio, Texas) for future ISHI conferences.
Who attends ISHI?
We’ve received a lot of questions over the years on whether or not attending the International Symposium on Human Identification is appropriate for someone in a certain career field. In most cases, if you have an interest in or work with DNA typing, then the answer is yes, definitely!
Our audience is primarily comprised of Criminalists, Analysts, and Forensic Scientists ranging from those who have just entered the field to veterans. What’s unique to ISHI is that we also host many of the decision makers in the field, from Technical Leaders and Supervisors to Directors and CEOs.
What are the exhibit hours?
Exhibit hours will run from 7:30am – 5:30pm Tuesday and Wednesday, and from 7:30am – 10:30am on Thursday.
*New this year – connect with exhibitors months before ISHI begins! We have expanded our exhibitor listing to allow for enhanced profiles. Learn how vendors can benefit your lab by visiting their website and social media profiles, viewing videos, brochures, photos, and downloadable collateral, and meeting and chatting directly with their staff members.
What is the ticket price to attend?
Early registration will run through July 31, 2022, with a rate of $795. After July 31st , the standard registration rate of $895 will apply. Students are able to register at a discounted rate of $625.
What is included in the registration fee?
Included in the registration fee are the General Session talks, admission to the exhibit hall, conference materials, breakfast Tuesday – Thursday, lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Welcome Reception on Monday evening, and the event on Wednesday evening. Attendees can register for workshops presented for an additional fee.
What payment types are accepted?
We accept VISA, Mastercard, and American Express debit and credit cards, check payments, purchase orders, ACH, and wire transfers. Please make checks payable to “Promega” (attn: ISHI 33) and send to PO Box 689768, Chicago, IL 60695-9768. Please contact ISHI Customer Service for wire transfer instructions. When submitting payment, please include your registration ID or other identifying information so that we can be sure to apply your payment to the correct account.
Do I need to pay at the time of registration?
No! You can make payment at a later date by logging into your account. This allows you to register at the early rate and pay later. When paying later, make sure to check the appropriate payment option. If you do not select a payment option, your registration will not be complete. We encourage you to pay prior to arriving on-site to avoid crowds in the registration area. ISHI Customer Service can assist with questions and payment processing.
Do I need to register in advance, or can I register at the show?
While on-site registration is available, we recommend registering in advance to streamline check-in when you arrive at the conference.
What is the dress-code?
Dress is business casual for all sessions, workshops, and dinner events.
What is the official language at ISHI?
The official language will be English, however, the GCLAITH workshop will be held entirely in Spanish.
Attending ISHI Virtually
When will I receive the instructions for attending ISHI 33 as a virtual event?
Once you register, you will receive an email confirming your registration. When you register, make sure that you do not opt out of receiving communication from ISHI. Please make sure that the email address associated with your registration is accurate and up to date so that there is no delay in receiving our communications.
In order to log in to the platform, you will need the email address that you registered with and your confirmation number. The platform will be live prior to the start of the conference, so we encourage you to log on ahead of time.
Can my computer or mobile device handle the virtual event? What technology do I need to attend this event?
To participate, you need an Internet connection and web browser. For the best viewing experience, we recommend that you join the conference using a supported internet browser, which includes Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Internet Explorer is not recommended as some functions, such as chat, are not fully supported.
We’ll be streaming in HD but some computers and internet connections may not quickly auto-adjust to a lower resolution stream. If you experience buffering or issues with viewing the video stream, you may have a better viewing experience by reducing the quality to SD manually.
Technical support will be provided during the conference. Additional questions can be sent to ISHI@promega.com.
Will I receive a certificate of participation?
Yes, you will be able to download certificates of participation for the ISHI 33 General Sessions presentations and the workshops, depending on what you had registered for.
Can I ask questions during the sessions?
As the sessions will be presented on-demand and not live, the chat functions will be deactivated within the platform. To ask questions of the speakers, we encourage you to use our Crowd Compass mobile application or reach out through our website ahead of time.
Can I share my virtual ISHI login information with other members of my team?
For every paid registration to attend virtually, only one device (computer, laptop, tablet, phone) will be allowed to enter the virtual conference. The credits earned, networking features, etc. are all tied to the account of the individual that purchased the virtual event. Only that individual will receive a certificate of attendance.
Could you please explain how networking activities will occur?
Email and chat with attendees, speakers, and exhibitors from around the world one on one through our Crowd Compass mobile application. An attendee directory will include all who are attending (both in-person and virtually) and allows you to easily connect. This application will become live by mid-late August, is available through a web browser or phone application, and will be linked within the platform.