Workshops

Workshops

The following educational workshops
will be held at the Meeting

Detailed schedule of workshops and the topics which will be covered can be downloaded here

Topic Organizers
Forensic reasoning Dr Andrei Semikhodskii
Parentage and Kinship Analysis Dr Andreas Tilmar
Dr Daniel King
Mixture Analysis Prof Denise Syndercombe Court
Forensic Use of Non-Autosomal DNA markers Dr Martin Bodner
Dr. Maria Geppert
DNA Phenotyping, Determination of the Age and Tissue Source Dr Jeppe Andersen
Dr Marie-Louise Kampmann
The Use of MPS in Forensic DNA Testing and Kinship Analysis Dr David Ballard

Workshop schedule at a glance

September 12 (Wed)
Workshop 1
Topic Forensic reasoning
Organizer(s) Dr Andrei Semikhodskii (Medical Genomics Ltd, Russia)
Time 14:00 – 18:00 (Coffee Break: 15:30 - 16:00)
Location Lecture hall Gagarin
Description The workshop will focus on the logic and principles of evidential proof – how evidence is used to prove guilt in the courtroom – hypotheses, frameworks, and place of DNA evidence among other types of evidence. Topics like logical errors and fallacies In DNA evidence interpretation, and interpretation of various types of DNA evidence will be covered in depth.
Workshop 2
Topic Parentage and Kinship Analysis
Organizer(s) Dr Andreas Tillmar
Dr Daniel King (National Board of Forensic Medicine, Sweden)
Time 14:00 – 18:00 (Coffee Break: 15:30 - 16:00)
Location Lecture hall Block
Description This workshop will focus on the statistical assessment of genetic kinship based on DNA profiling. The workshop will include basic theories and principles on inheritance and likelihood calculations. We will further discuss and show practical examples on how to account for phenomena like mutation, population substructure and genetic linkage. In addition, the workshop will include presentations and practical training of software available for the statistical calculations.
September 13 (Thu)
Workshop 3
Topic Mixture Analysis
Organizer(s) Prof Denise Syndercombe Court (Kings College London, UK)
Time 09:00 – 13:00 (Coffee Break: 11:00 - 11:30)
Location Lecture hall Gagarin
Description Major concepts and the different approaches to DNA mixture deconvolution will be discussed, including approaches to deconvolution of complex mixtures. How different models work and what to expect from them will be explained as well as the difficulties associated with the number of contributors and other factors affecting mixture interpretation.
Workshop 4
Topic Forensic Use of Non-Autosomal DNA markers
Organizer(s) Dr Martin Bodner (Medizinische Universität Innsbruck, Austria)
Dr. Maria Geppert (Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany)
Time 09:00 – 13:00 (Coffee Break: 11:00 - 11:30)
Location Lecture hall Block
Description Forensic analysis of non-linear DNA markers (Y-STR and mtDNA) will be the main topic of this workshop. How and when non-linear markers are used in forensic identification and approaches to evaluating DNA evidence obtained from them will be covered.
Workshop 5
Topic DNA Phenotyping, Determination of the Age and Tissue Source
Organizer(s) Dr Jeppe Andersen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Dr Marie-Louise Kampmann (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Time 14:00 – 18:00 (Coffee Break: 15:30 - 16:00)
Location Lecture hall Gagarin
Description The workshop will discuss methods to determine externally visible characteristics, concentrating on which traits are suitable and which are not and also on establishing the biological age of the donor and the tissue source of the biological material. The main discussion points will be eye- and hair colour prediction, skin colour and ancestry prediction, age prediction and whether it is tissue dependent and tissue-specific markers. Assessing the weight of evidence (LR or probabilities) of these novel approaches will be also covered in the workshop
Workshop 6
Topic The Use of MPS in Forensic DNA Testing and Kinship Analysis
Organizer(s) Dr David Ballard (Kings College London, UK)
Time 14:00 – 18:00 (Coffee Break: 15:30 - 16:00)
Location Lecture hall Gagarin
Description The workshop will be dealing with technologies currently available to MPS analyse DNA samples and how they can be best implemented for forensic and kinship analysis. Advantages of MPS over currently available technologies will be discussed