5th EMPOP meeting and 8th Y-User Workshop
The fields of mitochondrial (mt)DNA and Y chromosome analysis enjoy fruitful development as witnessed by the growing scientific contributions in different genetic disciplines. An important basis for guiding research and exchange of ideas are international meetings. Our community is meanwhile looking at some tradition. After three Forensic Y-Chromosome User Workshops between 1996 and 2002 the Charité Berlin hosted the first joint conference Haploid Markers in Forensics in 2004 with parallel presentations and discussions in Y chromosome and mtDNA research. Two years later we introduced the concept of DNA in Forensics 2006 in Innsbruck, which was expanded at the meeting in Ancona, Italy 2008. Our intention to organize meetings is largely based on demands of users and scientists. This is why we introduced themed sessions to stimulate suitable contributions and ignite discussions. Our past meeting in 2010 in Berlin was inspired by the discussion on the biostatistical interpretation of haploid markers.
It is Innsbruck again where we cordially invite you to DNA in Forensics 2012. The motto of the upcoming meeting is Exploring the Phylogenies. Haploid markers are inherited along a phylogeny and therefore left genetic footprints in modern populations. The incisiveness of the picture depends on the history of populations and their migration. Forensic scientists are taking advantage of the derived patterns in their daily work, e.g. by assigning geographical landscapes to lineages or by performing quality control of datasets. We invite you to submit scientific contributions, especially those that are related to phylogenetic research. We favour population studies with elaborated phylogenetic background, methodological developments and analytical presentations that have phylogenetic principles in mind.
The congress will take place at the University of Innsbruck, SOWI building, Universitätsstraße 15, Innsbruck, surrounded by an amazing mountain view.
We are looking forward to our meeting in Innsbruck! We hope to see you there!
Walther Parson and Lutz Roewer