French Speaking Working Group

The French Speaking Working Group (FSWG) of the ISFG consists of more than 20 laboratories from Belgium, France, Greece, Luxembourg, Morocco, Switzerland and Quebec (Canada). The group meets once a year to present and discuss the results of the collaborative exercise, to provide continuous education to the members and to share information on interesting cases and issues of concern.

Objectives of the FSWG include:

  • to continue the collaborative exercises,
  • to consider the problems related to the future accreditation of the laboratories (ISO 17025),
  • to exchange information about casework experience,
  • make recommendations for the French-speaking forensic community.

Registration of members at ISFG.ORG

To register for FSWG of the ISFG, please contact the secretary of the group, Marie-Gaëlle Le Pajolec (contact information below).


At first, FSWG was meeting to present the proficiency test results only half a day yearly. In 2005, the group extended the meeting to 2-3 days sessions, for proficiency test results as well as for scientific presentations. This group dispense now an active scientific discussion platform to the French community. Here is a list of the meetings since 2005:

13th meeting: Montréal (Québec, Canada), June 2005
14th meeting: Strasbourg (France), May 2006
15th meeting: Nantes (France), May 2007
16th meeting: Montréal (Québec, Canada), June 26-27, 2008
17th meeting: Liège (Belgium), May 13-14, 2009
18th meeting: Bordeaux (France), May 20-21, 2010
19th meeting: Marseille (France), May 25-26, 2011
20th meeting: Montréal (Québec, Canada), June 27-29, 2012
21st meeting: Namur (Belgium), May 29-31, 2013
22nd meeting: Skhirat (Morocco), May 12-15, 2014
23rd meeting: Lausanne (Switzerland), May 19-22, 2015
Professors Christophe Champod and Franco Taroni, from the School of criminal justice, University of Lausanne, provided training on DNA mixture’s interpretation and trial simulations.
24th meeting: Predore (Italy), May 31- June 3, 2016
Professors Christophe Champod and Franco Taroni animated round tables on subjects such as Population studies, Hierarchy of propositions, LR uses and Report statements.
25th meeting: Pontoise (Paris, France), May 30 - June 2, 2017
Professors Christophe Champod and Franco Taroni animated a half a day workshop on interpretation and Report statements.
Here, you find the recommendations of the FSWG for the French forensic biology community.
26th meeting: Chania (Crete, Greece), June 27-29, 2018 A half day workshop on LR (Likelihood Ratio) and interpretation given by Jennifer Comte and Dr. Vincent Castella, UGF Lausanne.
27th meeting: Brussels (Belgium), June 4-7, 2019 A 4-day meeting with a half-day workshop on Baysien networks by Prof. Christophe Champod and Franco Taroni.

Future planned meetings:

2020: Montréal (Québec, Canada). week of June 22nd
2021: Luxembourg

Executive Board



Diane Séguin, M.Sc.
Direction de la Biologie/ADN
Laboratoire de sciences judiciaires et de médecine légale
1701 rue Parthenais, 12e étage
Montréal (Québec) H2K 3S7
Tel : (+1) 514-873-3301 ext. 61439
Cell : (+1) 514-824-6528
Fax : (+1) 514-864-9992


Marie-Gaëlle le Pajolec
Directrice Générale Déléguée
Expert en empreintes génétiques
IGNA, Laboratoire de Nantes
1 Avenue des Lions, Hall A – CS 40193 – 44802
Tel : +33 (0)2 40 99 39 00
Fax : +33 (0)2 40 99 39 05


Moïse Menevret
Département Biologie
5 Bd de l’Hautil – TSA 16808
95300 Pontoise
Tél : (+33) 178 47 33 35
Fax : (+33) 178 47 33 33

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