FASE Advanced Course and Symposium: Esteemed lecturers and practicals with human remains simulating real-life scenarios in a city with lots to offer

Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe (FASE) organises the Advanced Course - Anthropology and Migration, on September 14th and 15th in Milan, Italy. The Advanced Course is a combination of lectures delivered by renowned speakers and practical exercises simulating real-life scenarios related to migration fatalities, using human remains in different stages of preservation.  The practicals will include collection of postmortem data, which will then be discussed and matched with antemortem information provided in a role-play setting.

The one-day Symposium provides the opportunity to share your research in the form of oral or poster presentations. The abstracts will be published in the La Revue de Médecine Légale!

Advanced Course: Thursday, 14 September (8.45 am) to Friday, 15 September 2017 (6.30 pm)
FASE Symposium: Saturday,16  September 2017 (9 am to 5.30 pm).

Registration on site:  Thursday, 14 September (8 am-8.45 am), Saturday, 16 September (8.30 am-9 am)-for Symposium participants who did not attend the Course

Location: Aula Magna, Istituto di Medicina Legale, Via Luigi Mangiagalli 37, 20133 Milan, Italy

Preliminary Programme of the Advanced Course:

Identification of Dead Migrants on Three Continents (14 September 2017)

Invited lectures, discussion of cases, practicals with simulated real-life scenarios pertaining to migrant fatalities (postmortem data collection)

Torture assessment and age estimation in migrants (15 September 2017)

Morning: practical: matching of antemortem information with postmortem findings from the previous day

Invited lectures on torture and age assessment and discussion of cases


FASE Symposium (16 September 2017)

Topics with a focus on migration, and identification are preferred, but all topics will be considered. Oral communications and posters will be accepted.

Registration form is available at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSda8epZl5sLRpyQc0un63CuWtt50nbdh157e-PNBSoowCRohQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Abstract submission: please email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (in the Subject: please type “FASE Symposium Abstract” and indicate clearly the preferred type of presentation (oral or poster))

Deadline for abstracts: 7 July 2017

Deadline for registration and payment of the registration fee (Symposium and Course): 15 August 2017
Registration fees including morning and afternoon coffee breaks, USB key with course material:
FASE members: 250 € Students: 150 € FASE non-members: 350 € Special fee for one-day Symposium:  50 €

Please transfer the registration fee to:

Account Holder: IALM: 269-860142.40A


IBAN: CH37 0026 926986014240A

Please indicate clearly your name and status (student, FASE member etc.) on the transaction

Disclaimer: All transaction fees must be carried by the participant. In case of any discrepancies in the amount of the transaction, the participant will be required to pay the difference at the registration counter in cash.



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:





What to do and see in Milan, Italy


Shop till you drop (but do not forget to attend  the Course :))

As one of the world’s fashion capitals, Milan is home to some of Italy’s most renowned designer brands as well as a wealth of independent boutiques and international stores. Via Montenapoleone  is home to many big designer brands, from Gucci to Prada to Valentino. Corso Vittorio Emanuele II offers many high-street and mid-range brands, making it one of the best places in Milan to shop for young fashion and international labels. The street is also home to La Rinascente, one of the city’s biggest department stores (eight floors featuring everything from luxury women’s clothing to fine perfume and accessories). Corso Buenos Aires is reputed to be Europe’s longest shopping street and is comparable to London’s Oxford Street or Paris’s Avenue des Champs-Élysées.





Foodie’s paradise:

Gelato, pizza, pasta, wine and coffee… Yum :)




Milano is the home to Duomo, La Scala Opera House and Sforzesco Castle. Walk the streets of Brera and enjoy a drink at Collone di San Lorenzo. History lovers can admire the many works of Leonardo da Vinci, including the canals and the famous Last Supper.

Milano also hides a number of anthropologists’ delights, for example the San Bernardino Alle Ossa Church and the anatomical drawings of Leonardo da Vinci in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana.


For sports fans, the soccer season commences in September and the San Siro Stadium is the home of both FC Inter Milano and AC Milano.

Want to explore farther? Rome, Florence, Venice, Verona or Brescia are easily reachable by train (for example, by Freccia Rossa 3h to Rome, or by Freccia Bianca 2h to Venice).


How to get here

Milano is well connected to Europe and the world.


There are three airports: Linate, Malpensa and Bergamo Orio al Serio. The Linate Airport is located close to the city centre and easily accessible by public transport. Malpensa and Bergamo Orio al Serio are located within an hour drive from the city centre.

When arriving to the Bergamo and Malpensa airport buses are awaiting in front of the arrivals to take you to Milano Centrale, the main railway station for the price of 5 Euro (Bergamo) and 8 Euro (Malpensa).When arriving to Linate airport bus number 73 will take you directly to Duomo with one way ticket (1.50 Euro).

Malpensa airport is the only airport connected to the city by train - the Malpensa Express.

Bergamo airport is the base for low-cost airlines like Ryanair and Wizzair. Other airlines, including Alitalia, Eurowings and others fly to Malpensa and Linate.  Easyjet has its own Terminal (2) at Malpensa Airport.


Milano is connected by train to many European cities. The main railway station is called Centrale. There is a Metro station directly within the building and there are a number of buses and trams in front of the station, connecting many different parts of the city.

The tickets for public transport can be bought in Tabacchi (newsagents) or automatic machines at every metro station.


Parking can be a little complicated – always make sure you park within the blue lines or no lines, and pay the parking fee. Information about the prices can be found on every street, they differ depending on the location (and some streets are free). The city centre is limited by Congestion Charge, operational on weekdays 07.30-19.30 hours (Thursday till 18.00 hours), but not on Saturday and Sunday. Only hybrid, bi-fuel and electric cars are exempt of the Congestion Charge so please buy and activate your entrance ticket.  When parking in residential areas always check when the weekly street market takes place since strict no parking rules apply on these days!

Where to stay

The choices of accommodation are numerous. The best advice is to use one  of the hotel search engines and you will surely find a place to stay that caters to your needs.

The public transport in Milano is good. There are several buses and trams that bring you within 5 minutes walking distance to the venue (circular buses 91/90 stop to L.go Rio De Janeiro; bus 93 to P.le Gorini Istituto Dei Tumori; bus 61 to Via Botticelli Via Saldini). The Metro station is 10-15 minutes by foot – green line stop Piola.