From 30 June to 4 July 2012 FASE organised the 40-hour workshop in forensic anthropology in Istanbul (Turkey). The workshop took place immediately before the 22nd Congress of the International Association of Legal Medicine (IALM), giving the participants the opportunity to combine these two events.
As in the previous years, the workshop was well attended, with 26 participants from 8 countries. The majority of participants came from France and Turkey, but there were several participants from non-European countries, such as UAE, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. Slovenia, Romania and Russia were also represented.
The participants came from diverse backgrounds, including physical anthropology, archaeology and forensic pathology.
The workshop has been designed to provide not only theoretical lectures about topics, such as biological profile, time since death, personal identification and cause and manner of death, but also practical sessions related to these topics.

The lecturers this year were Prof. Douglas Ubelaker (USA), Prof. Eugénia Cunha (Portugal), Prof. Cristina Cattaneo (Italy), Prof. Eric Baccino (France), Assoc. Prof. Yalçin Büyük (Turkey), Dr. Laurent Martrille (France), and Dr. Zuzana Obertová (Slovakia).

The forensic anthropology laboratory of Adli Tip Kurumu (The Council of Forensic Medicine) has been very well equipped and provided an authentic environment for analysis of skeletal remains.  The participants benefited from the possibility to work with skeletons from known forensic cases so they could directly test their theoretical knowledge acquired from the lectures. The lecturers were present during the practical sessions in order to explain specific details related to the cases and also to answer any questions from the participants.

One of the practical sessions included a demonstration of a facial reconstruction technique by Dr. A. Sadi Çağdır. Some students had the possibility to attempt facial reconstructions of their own based on Dr. Çağdır’s instructions.

On the last day, the participants took a knowledge quiz so they could evaluate what they had learned. The workshop was closed by Prof. Cunha, who handed out Certificates of Attendance to the participants.

Thanks to the wonderful organisation by Dr. Büyük and his staff, as well as the enthusiastic participants and lecturers, the FASE workshop was once again a success and we look forward to the next basic workshop in 2014.