The ICMP is hiring a DNA Coordinator

The International Commission of Missing Persons (ICMP) is hiring a DNA Validation and Development Coordinator for its new headquarters in the Hague, Netherlands. The coordinator will be responsible for coordinating and documenting a development and validation program based on the extraction and typing of DNA from postmortem remains and reference samples. A main focus for the position will be on the development and validation of protocols based on Massively Parallel Sequencing (MPS) for use on challenging bone samples, including the development of bioinformatics pipelines in coordination with ICMP’s Data Systems Department. Please find all details here!
Please also visit the ICMP website with many more job opportunities in the forensic field:
Posted 21 days and 1 hour ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 21 days and 1 hour ago)

ENFSI Animal DNA Testing Exercise

The Forensic DNA Service (Prague, Czech Republic) has volunteered to organize the Collaborative Exercise on Animal DNA Testing for species identification. The exercise is held under the auspices of the ENFSI DNA Working Group. Please register until February 28, 2017 by paying the registration fee. Further details can be found in the exercise announcement
Posted 2 months and 27 days ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 2 months and 27 days ago)

Making Sense of Forensic Genetics

The EUROFORGEN Network of Excellence has published in collaboration with the UK charity Sense about Science a guide for the wider public, the police and judiciary on "Making Sense of Forensic Genetics". The 38-page booklet is available for downloading here:
This guide shares what DNA analysis can currently do in the criminal justice system, what its limitations are, and what might be possible in the future. It includes graphics and real-life cases where DNA evidence has been a game changer in investigations as well as where its misuse has led to miscarriages of justice. The authors hope this guide will be a useful resource to anyone who works with, or crosses paths with DNA evidence in the criminal justice system.
Posted 2 months and 27 days ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 2 months and 27 days ago)

DNA Commission on software validation

The ISFG DNA Commission has published Recommendations on the validation of software programs performing biostatistical calculations for forensic genetics applications.
Recommendations for the software provider address, for example, the documentation of the underlying models used by the software, validation data expectations, version control, implementation and training support, as well as continuity and user notifications. For the internal validations the recommendations include: creating a validation plan, requirements for the range of samples to be tested, Standard Operating Procedure development, and internal laboratory training and education. To ensure that all laboratories have access to a wide range of samples for validation and training purposes the ISFG DNA commission encourages collaborative studies and public repositories of STR typing results. The document can be retrieved from the ISFG DNA Commission publication list.
Posted 6 months and 23 days ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 6 months and 23 days ago)

Discount for Open Access publication in FSI: Genetics

FSI: Genetics offers the option to buy "Open Access" for published articles, to make them freely available to both subscribers and the wider public. There is a 20% discount off the open access publication fee for members of the ISFG. For furter details, see the open access information for authors. You can identify yourself as a society member during the article submission process by providing your ISFG membership number (displayed on your personal profile page).
Posted 1 year and 3 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 1 year and 3 months ago)

Proceedings from the 26th ISFG Congress in Krakow published

The presentations of the 26th ISFG congress have been published in Vol. 5 of the Forensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series. The proceedings are now available free of charge due to funding by the congress organizers and the ISFG. You find links to all previously published congress proceedings here: Publications/Congress Proceedings.
Posted 1 year and 3 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 6 months and 23 days ago)

ISFG prize lecture video online

The recipient of the Scientific Prize of the ISFG 2013, Peter Gill, has prepared a video displaying the commented slides of of his prize lecture on the "Origins of modern forensic genetics" held at the 26th ISFG Congress in Kraków. The video can be retrieved from our webpage on the ISFG Scientific Prize. For online watching, you might need a browser plugin, such as e.g. the VLC media player
Posted 1 year and 4 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 1 year and 4 months ago)

ISFG 2015 Workshop presentations online

The presentations of the ISFG 2015 pre-congress educational workshops have been made available online for ISFG members. We are grateful to all workshop presenters who have shared their data. Please sign in and visit the "Education Members Area/Education
Posted 1 year and 6 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 1 year and 6 months ago)

Scientific Prize of ISFG 2015 awarded to T. Parsons

At the 26th ISFG Congress in Kraków in September 2015, the Scientific Prize of ISFG 2015 was awarded to Dr. Thomas J. Parsons. He is the Director of the Forensic Science Department of the International Commission of Missing Persons (ICMP). He received the award from the ISFG President, Dr. Mecki Prinz, for his work related to human mitochondrial DNA analysis and the identification of victims of war and disaster.
Posted 1 year and 7 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 1 year and 7 months ago)

ISFG General Assembly 2015 in Kraków

During the 26th ISFG Congress in Kraków, Poland, the General Assembly has elected Walther Parson (Innsbruck) as the new president of the society. Also, John Butler (Gaithersburg, MD) was elected as new Representative of the Working Parties, and Leonor Gusmão (Rio de Janeiro) was reelected as Treasurer of the ISFG.
Furthermore, the Assembly decided that Wolfgang R. Mayr (Vienna), the former secretary of the ISFG, and president of the two ISFG congresses in Vienna 1987 and 2011, as well as George Sensabaugh (Berkeley, CA), the president of the ISFG congress 1999 in San Francisco, will become Honorary Members of the ISFG.
As venue for the 28th ISFG Congress in 2019, the city of Prague (Czech Republic) was elected by the members of the assembly.
Posted 1 year and 7 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 1 year and 7 months ago)

ISFG 2015 in Kraków

The 26th ISFG Congress has been kicked off successfully on Sept. 1st, 2015, in Kraków, Poland. It is the largest international ISFG congress ever with more than 700 participants from all over the world. Follow us on Facebook under #isfg2015
Posted 1 year and 7 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 1 year and 7 months ago)

The ISFG has a Wikipedia page

A new page describing the International Society for Forensic Genetics has been created and recently accepted in the popular WIKIPEDIA Encyclopedia. Furthermore, the category Forensic Genetics has been established under Forensics to link all relevant pages for this topic. All ISFG members and users familiar with creating and editing Wikipedia pages are kindly invited to connect additional relevant pages and to scrutinize the quality and content of all Wikipedia pages related to this category.
Posted 1 year and 10 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 1 year and 10 months ago)

2014 Impact Factor for FSI Genetics: 4.604

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Elsevier, the publisher of our journal "Forensic Science International: Genetics" has just released information from Thomson Reuters that the impact factor for 2014 has jumped from 3.202 to an unprecedented 4.604, the highest value ever obtained by a forensic journal in this field! The details are shown in the figure above and document the excellent quality of our journal. FSI Genetics is again the leading journal in the category "Medicine, Legal".
Furthermore, FSI Genetics now ranks at position 33 among 157 journals in the category "Genetics" which is quite extraordinary!
Posted 1 year and 10 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 1 year and 10 months ago)

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
Furthermore, FSI Genetics has published an obituary for Konrad Hummel. with more details about his academic and private life.
Posted 2 years and 3 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 1 year and 9 months 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 2 years and 4 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 2 years and 4 months 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 2 years and 4 months ago by Dr. Walther Parson (Last modified 2 years 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 3 years and 7 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 3 years and 7 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 5 years and 1 month ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 4 years and 10 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 5 years and 3 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 5 years and 3 months ago)

In Memoriam George Carmody

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 5 years and 10 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 1 year and 8 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 6 years and 26 days ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 6 years and 26 days 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 6 years and 2 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 5 years and 4 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 6 years and 3 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 6 years and 3 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 7 years and 6 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 3 years and 7 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 7 years and 7 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 7 years and 6 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 7 years and 8 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 7 years and 4 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 9 years and 18 days ago by Mechthild Prinz (Last modified 7 years and 7 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 9 years and 3 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 7 years and 7 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 9 years and 3 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 7 years and 7 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 9 years and 9 months ago by Sascha Willuweit (Last modified 7 years and 7 months ago)