2nd volume now available from CRC press


A supplemental follow-up to Forensic Human Identification: An Introduction is now available for purchase. Advances in Forensic Human Identification covers advances in the most well-known scientific techniques and discusses new and developing subjects and modalities of human identification. Details can be found here

Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a requirement for all accredited Forensic Anthropologists within the UK. Guidelines exist for CPD requirements of all grades of Forensic Anthropologists-the document is available here.

This page aims to inform you of courses and conferences which might be appropriate. Listing of events and training is for information purposes only. If you hear of any events or training please drop an email to l.hackman@dundee.ac.uk with details.

Academy of Forensic Medicine

The Academy of Forensic Medicine are advertising the following two courses for 2017.  

Diploma Course in Human Identification http://www.afms.org.uk/diploma-course-in-forensic-human-identification/ runs from March 6th - March 10th 2017

Diploma Course in Forensic Medical Sciences http://www.afms.org.uk/diploma-course-in-forensic-medical-sciences/ 

Looking for a unique opportunity in human rights field work?

 My name is Cristian Silva, Director of Operations of International Field Initiatives and Forensic Training (IFIFT). I would like to take the opportunity to share information for upcoming field schools in Guatemala. For those of you who have participated in an IFIFT field school previously, please share this information with peers or colleagues who would be interested in this experience.

 The purpose of the IFIFT is to connect individuals and institutions for collaborative field and research opportunities in an inter/multidisciplinary capacity. We provide ‘hands on’ experience in human rights and human development through a community focused approach.

The IFIFT collaborates with local organizations in Guatemala  (Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo (GAM), Instituto Internacional de Aprendizaje para la Reconciliacion Social (IIARS), Asociacion Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos de Guatemala (FAMDEGUA), Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Forenses de Guatemala (INACIF), and Centro de Analisis Forense y Ciencias Aplicadas (CAFCA) for example). Participants receive experience in ‘real world’ human rights work. Field schools are organized so that participants are able to work alongside those actively involved in on the ground human rights work, including recording interviews/ ethnographic information, forensic anthropology/archaeology, assisting in areas regarding gender violence, transitional justice, the fight to put an end to impunity and more.

Explore the IFIFT website at www.ifift.org . Here you will find information about upcoming field school initiatives including the application to participate; a blog that is currently showcasing the life-long work of forensic anthropologist Clyde Snow; a photo gallery; and testimonials of prior field school participants, and much more!

Field schools are an excellent means of gaining experience with work in the field, to network with like-minded individuals, and to meet and work with amazing people. Participants in IFIFT field schools have the potential of earning academic credits through their own institution, and have the opportunity for future research and volunteering with local organizations in Guatemala.

Upcoming 2015 Field Schools with the IFIFT are in June, August and November. There are a number of bursaries available on a first come basis. For additional information please visit the IFIFT  website:

www.ifift.org or contact Executive Director, Cristian Silva at cristian@ifift.org.


The Poulton Research Project is offering field schools again in 2017 and of particular note for osteology students is that it offers opportunities to learn the excavation and recording of human remains, post-excavation skills, and more.

You can find more information here: http://www.poultonresearchproject.co.uk/poulton-project-archaeology-courses/


 International Symposium on Anthropology and Natural Disasters to be held in the University of Coimbra (UC), Portugal, on April 17-18, 2015.

Organized within the framework of the three branches of the PhD course in Anthropology - Social and Cultural Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology, and Biological Anthropology - this symposium aims to discuss the impact of natural disasters in the human life in an interdisciplinary approach.

The International Symposium on Anthropology and Natural Disasters will offer the possibility for a complementary dialogue between the various fields of anthropology, in the understanding and resolution of problems, and in the promotion of new research avenues.

It will feature a blend of presentation formats, including keynote lectures, podium presentations, organized poster sessions, and an exhibition Tsunami in Banda Aceh [2004/2005]:photography and memory with photos taken in 2005 by Luís Costa.
For more details please visit http://www.uc.pt/fctuc/dcv/eventos/2015 and/or by anthropologyandnaturaldisaster@gmail.com.

The Symposium will be part of the 17th Cultural Week of the University of Coimbra  under the celebration of UC’s 725 years: Tempo de Encontro(s) and the 130 years of the creation of the discipline of Anthropology in Coimbra/Portugal.


Dear BAFA Members,

 UK DV recently invited members of the Forensic Expert Group to submit proposals for training exercises for their respective disciplines. I submitted the attached proposal (supported by Prof Sue Black) and I am pleased to announce that they approved it and agreed to fund the event. We agreed that the course would be suitable for SIMs, SERMs, CSMs and forensic anthropologists, and each discipline has been allocated 10 places on each course.

The first event will be held on the 31st March at the Defence College of Police and Guarding (DCPG), Southwick Park, Hampshire. A repeat event will be held later in the year, either June or August, date and location to be confirmed in the near future. The training will be free of charge, funded primarily by UKDVI supported by Cellmark and the Royal Military Police. Travel and accommodation costs are not included but accommodation for the March event (and possibly the summer one depending on venue) can be provided at the military training school at a much reduced rate.

This notice has already been sent to anthropologists accredited with the RAI and I am now asking for notifications of interest from other members of BAFA. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis with the expectation that those who wish to attend will enter into the RAI framework. There are five places available for the event in March and two places available at the summer event, although there may possibly be more if those who have provisionally booked find they cannot attend nearer the time. For the time being I am asking for notification of interest just for the March course as I should be able to give you a more accurate idea of numbers for the other around April / May.

Please can those of you who are interested reply to me directly at jroberts@cellmark.co.uk<mailto:jroberts@cellmark.co.uk> (by Friday 23rd January) and as soon as I have a final list of names I will let you know. For those of you who have been successful in obtaining a place, I will  issue further details relating to the event in the near future.

 Kind Regards,




The Poulton Research Project is offering field schools again in 2015 and of particular note for osteology students is that it offers opportunities to learn the excavation of human remains.

You can find more information here: http://www.poultonresearchproject.co.uk/poulton-project-archaeology-courses/



The annual UK DVI conference is set for Wednesday 28th January at the Central Methodist Hall, Westminster, London.  We have two spaces available for non-certified practitioners and if you are interested in attending could you please let me know by close of work on the 8th January to s.m.black@dundee.ac.uk.  This will be on a first come-first served basis but we expect that those who indicate their intention to attend will be applying for the next round of RAI certification.  I do not as yet have a programme for the event but talks on the French Rail Crash and flight MH17 are likely items.  You should be advised that there are no central funds available to support either your travel or your accommodation.



Symposium on Age Estimation, 9 – 11th December 2014, Oxford (UK)

This exciting symposium, organised in association with the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO, www.babao.org.uk), will bring together an international and interdisciplinary group of experts in different approaches to age estimation. Topics include new imaging methods to estimate age, and estimating age in the living, in forensic samples, and from skeletal remains, teeth and bones.


Field School Opportunity

If you are interested in work in Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Archaeology, Human Rights initiatives, or conducting ethnographic work, I recommend getting hands on experience in a field school scenario. You will receive experiential learning, and will have the opportunity to apply what you've learned in a classroom setting in a 'real world' environment. Check out www.ifift.org there is information on unique collaborative field school opportunities with the International Field Initiatives and Forensic Training (IFIFT) and the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation (FAFG). Field schools are an excellent way to gain experience with work in the field, to network with like-minded individuals, and to meet and work with amazing people. The website includes comments of past participants, a gallery of photos, a blog and some other interesting information (applications are available on the website as well.


FASE 7th Basic Workshop on Forensic Anthropology - REGISTRATION OPEN

More information here

Dear colleagues and members, we would like to inform you that the registration to the FASE Basic Workshop on Forensic Anthropology is open, and that the registration form with all the relevant information is available online. The registration form is available on our webpage.  

The 40-hours workshop will take place in Zagreb- Croatia from 8-12th September 2014. The workshop will include lectures given by renowned experts in FA and practical sessions that will provide you with hands-on experience. Alongside the basic topics, the workshop will cover additional topics such as bone biomechanics, facial approximation, photography and forensic anthropology report writing.

All the interested members should fill the registration form, save it and mail it back to anja.petaros@yahoo.com. We would be grateful if you could forward this message to your colleagues, students or contacts who might be interested in the workshop.

Sincerely, FASE Board and the Organizing Committee of the FASE Basic Workshop 2014

Short Courses in Forensic Anthropology

Please direct all inquiries to Kathi Staaf
2014 Forensic Anthropology Short Course Flyer

Further information available at: http://mai.mercyhurst.edu/contracted-services/forensic-anthropology/short-courses-in-forensic-anthropology/

The Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS 2014)

The Organising Committee of the 22nd International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS 2014) are delighted to extend an invitation to you to participate in the Symposium in Adelaide, South Australia. ANZFSS 2014 will be held from Sunday 31 August to Thursday 4th September 2014 at the internationally renowned Adelaide Convention Centre.

ANZFSS 2014 will bring together leading experts in the forensic science industry for an informative and engaging Symposium. Featuring a diverse and relevant scientific program, dynamic social events showcasing the best of Adelaide and Pre- and Post-Symposium workshops, ANZFSS 2014 is a Symposium not to be missed.

More information: http://www.aomevents.com/ANZFSS2014

        FORSTAT 2014 

Edinburgh this year from 3rd to 6th June.

Details, including those of registration and the programme are available at http://www.ies.krakow.pl/conferences/forstat2014/

The programme this year will be built upon four reports published by the Royal Statistical Society on the general theme of 'Communicating and interpreting statistical evidence in the administration of criminal justice'.  The first two reports are available online from http://www.rss.org.uk/statsandlaw.  The last two reports are available in draft form from http://www.maths.ed.ac.uk/~cgga.  They will also be taking time to discuss the work of the STEOFRAE (Strengthening the evaluation of forensic science across Europe) group who are developing an ENFSI standard for the formulation of evaluative reports in forensic science.

Note that, whilst the registration fee for full attendance is £400 and accommodation is £55, there are funds from the EU through ENFSI to subsidise this for the first 30 participants to register (separately to the 10 career-young scientists).  They will give out appropriate forms to these participants at the workshop. Participants at the full workshop can then reclaim one Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA), which is 276 euros.   The group of 10 career-young scientists can claim 3 DSA's.  All these individuals then use the claimed DSA money to pay for their own accommodation and meals as appropriate (paying the university for such services, if applicable, but which should already have been done as tehy ask for payment at the time of registration).

There is also funding to support up to ten career-young scientists for registration fee, accommodation and subsistence and travel expenses up to 400 euros.  This funding is aimed at scientists in the less prosperous of the EU countries.  The closing date for applications for that funding of March 31st.  After then, if there is money left over then they will consider applicants from the more prosperous EU countries.

International Association for Paleodontology

In August 2014, from 26 - 30 teh 16th International Symposium on Dental Morphology (ISDM) and 1st Congress of the International Association for Paleodontology (IAPO) are being held

It will be a great meeting on very nice and exclusive places in Zagreb with a plenty of social events including the visit to the Krapina Neanderthal Museum. We have an international scientific board with 19 members from 12 countries worldwide, and the president is Kurt W Alt from Germany.

Abstract submission deadline is April 15, 2014 and the reduced registration fee (230 EUR) is available up to May 31, 2014.

More information about this meeting available at http://www.paleodontology.com/index.php?id=143