Welcome Note

The hm2020 new dates

Dear friends and colleagues,

Considering the recent information related to the COVID-19 situation at the national and international levels and concerns for the health and well-being of all, we have made the decision to postpone the dates for HM 2020 to June 9-12, 2021.

Thank you for understanding!
Scientific Organizers: Horolma Pamjav, Lutz Roewer and Walther Parson

Conference Patron:
Dr Gábor Nagy 

director general of the HIFS

We would like to announce and cordially invite you to the 12th Haploid Markers Conference (HM2021) that will be held in Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities of Europe. Previous conferences have taken place in the magnificent cities of Berlin, Porto, Innsbruck, Ancona, Brussels and Bydgoszcz. In 1872 Budapest was formed by the union of three separate settlements, Pest, Buda and Óbuda (literally "Old" Buda). Its origins can be traced back to the Celtic people who occupied the plains of Hungary from the 4th century BC until its conquest by the Roman Empire, during which the fortress and town of Aquincum was established on the banks of the Danube around 100 AD, and the subsequent arrival of the Hungarian Conquerors in 895 AD. Budapest officially became the capital city of Hungary in 1873 and underwent rapid growth in size and eminence. This was the city's golden age, and coincided with the Hungarian millennial celebrations in 1896 when the continental Europe's first underground transport system was opened. 

The Hungarian Institute for Forensic Sciences (HIFS) was inaugurated in 2017 based on the merger of the two previous Hungarian Forensic Institutes, the former Hungarian Institute for Forensic Sciences and the Network of Forensic Sciences Institutes. The Hungarian Institute for Forensic Sciences that is located in Budapest, has a long-standing tradition in the analysis of haploid markers in Hungary and will be hosting the Conference.

The Conference motto is “Big data – stretching the borders of forensic genetics”. Novel sequencing techniques have significantly increased the body of haploid data and will continue to shape our understanding of extant lineage variation. This also impacts forensic applications. Therefore, attendees who specialize in this aspect are encouraged to submit relevant abstracts. We invite papers on a variety of topics including

  • forensic biostatistics of haploid markers
  • haploid markers in the courtroom
  • evidential value of high-resolution mtDNA and Y haplotypes - new sequencing technologies and bioinformatics
  • update on forensic databases
  • population structure and inference on its history
  • forensic genealogical testing
  • human evolutionary genomics
  • ethical considerations in the context of phenotyping and biogeographic Ancestry testing
  • and more

As in the conferences before renowned plenary speakers will be invited to share their views with us. 
Moreover, HM2021 will offer attractive pre-congress and training events.

We hope to see you in Budapest!

Horolma Pamjav (HIFS), Ágota Dobos (HIFS), Lutz Roewer (ILM Berlin) and Walther Parson (ILM Innsbruck)