Short biographies of the guest speakers 

Dr Oran Finegan

Head of the Forensic Unit of the ICRC



Dr Oran Finegan had been working for International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) since 2008 and has been recently appointed as the Head of the Forensic Unit. Before working for ICRC, Dr Finegan worked for the United Nations as forensic anthropologist in Kosovo and Cyprus.

Dr Morris Tidball-Binz

Forensic coordinator for the Assistance Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)


 Dr Tidball-Binz is a specialist in the application of forensic sciences to human rights and humanitarian investigations, including the search for the missing. Before joining the ICRC,  he was, among others, as the co-founder and first director of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team  and the Director of the Human Rights Defenders Office of the International Service for Human Rights.


Assoc. Professor Dr Kate Spradley, PhD.

The University of Tennessee




Dr Spradley is a biological anthropologist with interest in human biological variation, forensic anthropology and quantitative methods. Her current projects include identification of remains of migrants in the south of Texas and developing identification methods for US/Mexico border crossing fatalities.

Professor Dr Douglas Ubelaker

the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History


Professor Ubelaker is a physical and forensic anthropologist with extensive experience in the identification of human skeletal remains.  Since 1978, he has served as a consultant in forensic anthropology for the FBI in the USA. In this capacity he has served as an expert witness, reporting on more than 900 cases and has testified in numerous legal proceedings. 

Professor Dr Maryna Steyn

University of Witwatersrand



Professor Steyn was appointed director of the Forensic Anthropology Research Centre of University of Witwatersrand in 2008. As a specialist in human skeletal remains, she acts as a consultant for the South African Police Service on decomposed and skeletonized human remains.

Professor Dr Andreas Schmeling

University of Münster


Dr Schmeling is a leading expert in forensic age estimation. He is the author of numerous publications and recommendations on this topic and is the President of the AGFAD (The Working Group of Forensic Age Diagnostics).  

Professor Dr Duarte Nuno Vieira

University of Coimbra


Professor Vieira is a forensic pathologists at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra. He holds  a number of roles, including as a Forensic Consultant of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Forensic Consultant of the International Committee of the Red Cross and forensic expert of the International Council for Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture.

Professor Dr Eric Baccino

University Hospital of Montpellier


Professor Baccino is the Head of the Research Laboratory of Legal Medicine and Clinical Toxicology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Montpellier and the Head of the Medico-Legal Unit at the University Hospital of Montpellier. His research interests and activities include clinical forensic medicine, forensic anthropology and identification.

Dr Laurent Martrille

University Hospital of Nancy


Dr Martrille is the Head of the Service of Legal Medicine in the Hospital Centre of Nancy since 2011. He has extensive experience with forensic case work, including forensic pathology, age estimation and trauma analysis.

Dr Danilo De Angelis

Laboratorio di Antropologia
e Odontologia Forense (LABANOF)


Dr De Angelis works as a forensic odontologist in the LABANOF, University of Milan. Apart from the routine case work, he is actively involved in the identification efforts concerning the migrant mass fatalities in the Meditteranean Sea. He also consults and provides traning on behalf of  the ICRC.


The organiser: Professor Cristina Cattaneo and the Laboratorio di Antropologia e Odontologia Forense  (LABANOF)

LABANOF was founded in 1995 by Professor Cristina Cattaneo. The Laboratory is part of the Section of Legal Medicine of the Department of Biomedical and Health Sciences of the University of Milan. The staff of LABANOF includes anthropologists, pathologists, biologists and forensic odontologists, who are involved in forensic research and the routine practice of the recovery and study of the human remains and the identification of living persons in the forensic context. LABANOF is also home to one of the largest modern identified collections in the world consisting of more than 2000 skeletons. Professor Cattaneo and LABANOF act in Italy as coordinators in the process of identification of the migrants deceased in the Mediterranean Sea. For more information please check the following websites: