Obituary for Professor Konrad Hummel

Professor Konrad Hummel has passed away on December 30th, 2014, at the age of 91. He was the last living founding member of the ISFG. Konrad Hummel was a highly recognized scientist in particular in the German-speaking countries due to his contributions in the field of population genetics and biostatistics for paternity and relationship testing at a time when such cases could only be analyzed using blood group serology and protein polymorphisms. In the 1960ies, he collaborated with the statistician Peter Ihm for developing a general algorithm for kinship analysis. However, his concept of using equal prior probabilities to "simplify" the Essen-Möller formula that helped to standardize paternity calculations in many European countries was also critically commented by fellow scientists.
The Executive Board of the ISFG has published an obituary in German language on January 10th, 2015, in his home town Freiburg in the Badische Zeitung
Posted 2 months and 15 days ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 2 months and 11 hours ago)

ICMP Established as International Organization

The Foreign Ministers of the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Belgium, and Luxembourg have signed a Framework Agreement on December 15, 2014, that grants a new legal status to the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP).
The Framework Agreement stipulates that ICMP will establish its Headquarters in The Hague, where it will be close to other international organizations in the justice and rule of law field. This move, which is subject to further administrative and legal arrangements, is expected to take place during 2015.
Posted 3 months and 11 days ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 3 months and 11 days ago)

GHEP-ISFG Working Group Received Accreditation for Proficiency Exercise

The basic level of the Proficiency Exercise 'Analysis of DNA polymorphisms in bloodstains and other biological samples' annually organized by the GHEP-ISFG and coordinated by the Quality Assurance Service at the Madrid Department of the National Institute of Toxicology and Forensic Sciences (Ministry of Justice, Spain) received accreditation by the Spanish National Accreditation body (ENAC) under the standard ISO/IEC 17043:2010.
We are very grateful to the Excercise Coordinator, Koro Fernández, to the previous Coordinator, Josefina Gómez, and to all the staff involved for their excellent work and endeavour which have made this achievement possible.
Posted 3 months and 16 days ago by Dr. Walther Parson (Last modified 3 months and 16 days ago)

English Speaking Working Group Meeting 28-30 May 2014

The report of the ESWG Meeting is available at the site of the ESWG
Posted 9 months and 16 days ago by Professor Niels Morling, MD DMSc (Last modified 9 months and 16 days ago)

Proceedings of the ISFG Congress 2013 in Melbourne available online

The proceedings of the ISFG Congress in September 2013 in Melbourne are now freely available online as a special issue of the FSI Genetics Supplement Series.
Posted 1 year and 3 months ago by Professor Niels Morling, MD DMSc (Last modified 1 year and 2 months ago)

ISFG 2013 Presentations Online

A number of invited lectures and workshop presentations from the 25th ISFG World Congress in Melbourne are now available online, with restricted access for ISFG members only:
Furthermore, many oral presentations of the main conference are freely available for downloading at the ISFG 2013 website
Posted 1 year and 4 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 1 year and 4 months ago)

ISFG Scientific Prize awarded to Peter Gill

At the General Assembly of the ISFG members in Melbourne (September 4, 2013) during the 25th ISFG World Congress, the president M. Prinz announced that the Scientific Prize of the ISFG will be awarded to Professor Peter Gill (Oslo, Norway, formerly Glasgow and Birmingham, UK) for his outstanding contributions to the scientific development of STR technology. As prize winner, Peter Gill will give the introductory lecture at the 26th ISFG World Congress in Krakow, Poland, in 2015.
Furthermore, Josefina Gomez Fernandez (Madrid, Spain) was elected by the General Assembly as Honorary Member of the ISFG. She has been a key person for the Spanish and Portuguese Speaking Working Group of the ISFG (GHEP-ISFG) and for organizing the annual quality control exercises.
During the General Assembly, elections for some members of the executive board were held. Wolfgang R. Mayr (Vienna) announced that he will retire as secretary of the ISFG at the end of this year after serving in this position for more than 30 years. Mechthild Prinz (New York) was re-elected as President for her second and final term, Walther Parson (Innsbruck) was re-elected as Representative of all Working Parties, and Peter M. Schneider (Cologne) was elected as new Secretary.
Posted 1 year and 6 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 1 year and 6 months ago)

Biological Evidence Retention Guidelines:

follow this link to the recent NIJ NIST Technical Working Group on Biological Evidence Preservation report to obtain a copy of the 2013 publication on best practices in the area.
Posted 1 year and 8 months ago by Mechthild Prinz (Last modified 1 year and 8 months ago)

2012 Impact Factor for FSI Genetics: 3.861

Elsevier, the publisher of our journal "Forensic Science International: Genetics" has just released information from Thomson Reuters that the impact factor for 2012 has grown from 3.082 to 3.861
The details are shown in the figure above and document the excellent quality of our journal. FSI Genetics is now the leading journal in the field of Legal Medicine.
Posted 1 year and 9 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 1 year and 9 months ago)

Mixture interpretation training online:

follow this link on the STRbase mixture page to access a webinar hosted by the US National Institute of Standards (NIST). Speakers John Butler, Mike Coble, Robin Cotton, Bruce Heidebrecht and Charlotte Word show examples and address topics like the effect of different assumptions, profile uncertainty and statistical approaches. The full length video, example profiles and all presentations are available.
Posted 1 year and 11 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 1 year and 6 months ago)

New ISFG statutes in place

The amended ISFG statutes, which were decided at the General Assembly in Vienna in September 2011, have been approved and registered by the District Court of Mainz in March 2012. The main changes include the following topics:
  • §2 (1): "The society aims to promote scientific knowledge in the field of genetic markers in the human genome as applied to forensic science. This is to be accomplished by scientific meetings of the society, formation of commissions, meetings of the working groups, and by scientific publications."
  • §4 (1): "Any academic graduate, or member of the technical support staff, dealing scientifically with genetic markers, can apply for full membership."
  • §4 (5, new section): "The membership is considered terminated, if the annual membership fee according to § 9 has not been paid for a period of at least two years."
  • §4 (7): "The membership may not be used for advertising purposes. The Executive Committee can decide to terminate the membership if in spite of a warning this regulation is violated."
  • §9 (2): "Membership fees are waived for Honorary Members. For supporting members the annual fee is set to be tenfold the membership fee for full members according to § 9 section 1."
Posted 3 years and 14 days ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 2 years and 9 months ago)

Obituary: Herbert Polesky, M.D.

Herbert Polesky, president of the 13th International ISFG Congress 1989 in New Orleans, and former AABB president, recently passed away. He died suddenly of a heart attack in Punta Arenas, Chile on December 11 while on a trip through Chile and Argentina.
Dr. Polesky is well known for his influential work in promoting safer blood products by advancing infectious disease testing. Additionally, he made significant contributions in relationship testing and the prevention of hemolytic disease in newborns. He also helped establish criteria for transfusion medicine training, helped develop the first board examination for transfusion medicine and was dedicated to education throughout his career. Herb Polesky was 78 years old.
Posted 3 years and 2 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 3 years and 2 months ago)

In Memoriam:

The ISFG would like to pay tribute to the memory of the late George Carmody (1939-2011). Dr. Carmody, a native New Yorker, spent most of his career teaching evolutionary biology and population statistics at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He had a special interest in forensic DNA. During his tenure and after his retirement he trained and advised many laboratories, prosecutors, and defense lawyers across Canada and the US. He will be missed.
Posted 3 years and 9 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 3 years and 9 months ago)

FSS inquiry results published and hearings broadcasted

The inquiry launched by the Science and Technology Committee of the House of Commons (the British Parliament) examining the winding-down of the Forensic Science Service (FSS) has led to more than 400 pages of written statements submitted. All submissions can be read on the Committee website:
Furthermore, the Committee hearing are broadcasted live, and can also be viewed later on here:
Posted 3 years and 12 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 3 years and 12 months ago)

Forensic use of bioinformation

An update on the "Nuffield Report on the forensic use of bioinformation" has recently been published online. The report addresses recent developments in using DNA databases, the storage of bioinformation taken from witnesses, victims and children, and the possibility of inferring ethnicity.
Posted 4 years and 1 month ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 3 years and 3 months ago)

Letter to THE TIMES to support the FSS

The ISFG board has sent a letter to The Times to address the consequences of closing the Forensic Science Service (FSS) for the advancement of forensic genetic research in the UK. Sir Alec Jeffreys and Sir Edwin Southern are among the 33 signatories (see full text).
The letter has already caused a strong reaction both in England, as well as internationally, as can be seen from the articles published by the BBC and the LA Times. This BBC news video carries a statement by the chairman of our DNA commission, Professor Peter Gill (Strathclyde/Oslo).
In a newspaper statement, Sir Alec Jeffreys said: "I would love to know a little bit more about the thinking, if indeed any thinking at all went into this bizarre decision, and whether that thinking involved any understanding whatsoever about the nature of forensic science and its importance in delivering justice."
Posted 4 years and 2 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 4 years and 2 months ago)

Direct access to FSI: Genetics online for ISFG members

All ISFG members have now a direct and unrestricted link from the ISFG website to the journal FSI: Genetics. Members who have not yet registered for getting access to our website have to activate their personal profile on the ISFG website to use this service. Here you find instructions about the activation procedure. Registered ISFG members can use the FSI:Genetics link on the page Journal Access in the Members' Area.
Posted 5 years and 5 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 1 year and 6 months ago)

Online payment of membership fees


Secure payment site

You can now pay your annual membership fee online by credit card (MasterCard and VISA). A secure link to a bank website has been added to your personal profile. Using a simple "one click" button, you reach the secure payment site. After the payment, you will receive a confirmation of your payment by email, as well as a PDF document with a receipt and all payment details. To use this service, you must activate your personal profile.
Posted 5 years and 6 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 5 years and 5 months ago)

First Impact Factor for FSI Genetics

The first official impact factor has been calculated for FSI: Genetics by Thomson Reuters. The impact factor of 1.347 has been published in a re-release of the Journal Citation Report at the end of September. In addition, all publications beginning with Vol. 1, 2007 are fully searchable in NCBI PubMed.
This will enhance the public awareness about the articles which have been published up to now in the journal, and will further stimulate the interest of colleagues to submit their manuscripts to FSI: Genetics.
Posted 5 years and 7 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 5 years and 3 months ago)

Use of ISFG logo on private websites

The executive board has published guidelines for the ISFG members to comply with the statutes of the ISFG. In particular, the use of the ISFG logo and the reference to the ISFG membership on a commercial website, and to the participation in proficiency testing exercises organized by one of the ISFG working groups has been addressed.
Posted 6 years and 11 months ago by Mechthild Prinz (Last modified 5 years and 6 months ago)

FSI Genetics launch celebration

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During the 22nd ISFG Congress in Copenhagen, the successful launch of the new journal FSI Genetics was celebrated at a reception organized by the journal publisher Elsevier for the members of the editorial board as well as numerous journal reviewers who were present at the congress.
Posted 7 years and 2 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 5 years and 6 months ago)

Welcome and Farewell

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Following the elections during the General Assembly in August 2007, the executive committee of the ISFG welcomes Leonor Gusmao as a new member. She will serve as treasurer, taking over from Niels Morling, our new ISFG president. At the same time, the board bids farewell to Angel Carracedo, who is retiring from the board after having served for 16 years.
Posted 7 years and 2 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 5 years and 6 months ago)

Website design

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The official website of the ISFG has been completely redesigned. Following an extensive testing period, the new website has been transferred on December 23rd, 2007 to the server to replace the old ISFG web design which has been active since 2001.
Posted 7 years and 8 months ago by Sascha Willuweit (Last modified 5 years and 6 months ago)