This year’s ISHI conference will be held as an in-person event with no virtual offerings. Should that change, we will post an update on our website. Please email with any questions.

COVID-19 Precautions

The health and safety of our attendees and exhibitors is our top priority. As such, we will work closely with the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country 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.

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 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
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


Will social distancing be required?

Social distancing is not currently required.


General Questions


Where will ISHI be held in the future?

You can view all of our upcoming dates and locations by clicking on the “Upcoming Meeting Locations” tab on the menu. Locations and dates are currently listed through 2028.


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.


What is the ticket price to attend?

Early registration will run through July 19, 2024, with a rate of $845. After July 19th , the standard registration rate of $995 will apply. Students are able to register at a discounted rate of $495.


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 off-site dinner 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) 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.