FASE Basic Course in Forensic Anthropology - 17th -  21st September 2018 at Faculty of Medicine in Marseille (France)

The workshop is 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 course will be divided in two parts. The first « morning » part will be dedicated to oral presentations held by renowned experts in the field, including Prof. Pascal Adalian, Prof. Eric Baccino, Prof. Cristina Cattaneo, Prof. Eugénia Cunha, Prof Philippe Lefèvre, Prof. Ann Ross, Prof. Douglas Ubelaker, Dr. Zuzana Obertova and Dr. Anja Petaros.
The second « afternoon » part will be dedicated to practical sessions. Besides presenting the main topics of forensic anthropology, including biological profile construction, trauma analysis and taphonomy, the lectures and hands-on-it sessions will also focus on such issues as forensic facial reconstruction, laboratory management procedures, or writing forensic reports and witnessing in the court.


The registration for the Basic Course is now open!

The registration form is available here.

N.B: There are no automatic replies but we will send out confirmation emails every two weeks.


One-Day Symposium 2018 -  Saturday 22nd September 2018 at Faculty of Medicine  in Marseille (France) 

The one-day Symposium provides the opportunity to share your research in the form of oral (10 min) or poster presentations.

Abstract submission: Deadline for abstract submission is 15th August 2018

The form is available here.

N.B: There are no automatic replies but we will send out confirmation emails every two weeks.


Date: Monday, 17th September to Friday 21st September 2018 (Basic Course) followed by Symposium on Saturday 22nd September 2018

Location: Aix Marseille University, Medical Faculty – Campus Timone Marseille,27 boulevard Jean Moulin, 13385 Marseille cedex 5, France

Google Map here


How to get to the campus ?

Metro Station (Line 1) : La Timone Metro map


Deadline for registration and payment of the registration fee is 15th August 2018
Registration fees is including morning and afternoon coffee breaks, USB with course material (the registration fee also includes the attendance of the one-day Symposium on 22 September 2018

Price list:
Students: 300 €

FASE members: 350 €

FASE non members : 450 €

Special fee for One-day Symposium only:  50 €

Pay by bank transfer:

Account Holder: FASE: 269-860142.41V (Address: International Academy of Legal Medicine (IALM),  c/o Centre Universitaire Romand de Médecine Légale (CURML), Ch. de la Vulliette 4, 1000 Lausanne, Switzerland).

* IBAN: CH68 0026 9269 8601 4241 V
* Bank address: UBS AG, CH-8098 Zürich, Switzerland



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.


Registration on site:  Monday, 17 September (8.00 am-8.45 am)

Symposium Registration on site:  Saturday, 22 September (8.30 am-9 am) - for Symposium participants who did not attend the Course



The oldest city in France, founded 2,600 years ago

The tourism Marseille webpage: http://www.marseille-tourisme.com/en/

2 metro lines, about 80 buses lines and 3 tramways lines : http://www.rtm.fr/en/travellers-guide/getting-around/maps




Marseille Provence airport

Passenger information T : + 33 (0)820 811 414 - Fax : + 33 (0)4 42 14 27 24 - www.marseille-airport.com/

From the airport to Marseille City Centre (Gare St Charles Railway station) - Tel : + 33 (0)4 42 14 31 27

Shuttle service every 15 minutes from 4:10 to 0:10

Journey time : 25 minutes – direct by motorway

After 0:10, additional coach services are organized accorded to scheduled flight arrivals.

Fare : https://www.marseille-airport.com/access-car-parks/access/bus/marseille-gare-saint-charles


Taxi service :

24h/24 – Tel : + 33 (0)6 25 23 13 19/(0)4 42 14 24 44 - fax : + 33 (0)4 42 88 04 77


Between the airport and the city center, the fare is about 50€ in the daytime and about 60€ at night, as well as Sundays and holidays. (Night fare is from 19:00 to 7:00)



Saint-Charles railway station

Direct access to the metro 1 et 2, bus n°49

Passenger information Tel : 3635

The new Mediterranean high speed train (TGV) : Marseille – Paris in 3 hours

Links between the main railway stations of Europe and Marseille

SNCF - www.sncf.com



Coach station 3 rue Honnorat - 13003 (near the railway station Saint-Charles)

Tél : 0891 024 025 www.lepilote.com

A dense motorway system : 3 highways (East / North / Coastline) connecting Spain, Italy, and Northern Europe come together at Marseille.



Here are the suggestion for accommodations at walking distance from the venue :

Some of you may prefer an accommodation in the city center closer to the restaurants, bars and night life (5 métro stations from the venue):

You may also find a large choice of BnB on various online plateforms.

NB : if renting a BnB, try to avoid the St Charles railway station immediate surrounding area, where some security issues might occur at night.


FASE will organise a workshop at 24th Congress of the International Academy of Legal Medicine (IALM) in Fukuoka, Japan 5-8 June 2018

 Výsledok vyhľadávania obrázkov pre dopyt 24th Congress of the International Academy of Legal Medicine (IALM)

Workshop titled "Some key questions in Forensic anthropology" by Eugénia Cunha & Douglas Ubelaker will be held in two sessions. The morning session "Identification issues in forensic anthropology" will present the most updated methodologies used to estimate sex, age and ancestry, and practical cases will be presented.
The afternoon session "TRAUMATIC INJURIES: why we have to know the language of bone fractures." will illustrate the key role of forensic anthropologists in the analysis of fractures for the cause and manner of death but also to document human rights violation.

Read more about workshops here.


FASE at EAFS 2018, 27th - 31st August 2018, Lyon, France

Výsledok vyhľadávania obrázkov pre dopyt eafs 2018

FASE parallel session will be held on Thursday (30 August) in the afternoon. Cristina Cattaneo, Eric Baccino, Pascal Adalian and Laurent Martrille will present their guest lectures.

More information here.

FASE at 2nd International Turaz Forensic Sciences, Forensic Medicine and Pathology Convention. Istanbul September 01-04, 2018

Don´t miss the forensic anthropology session and workshop by Professor Eugénia Cunha and Dr. Anja Petaros at 2nd International Turaz Forensic Sciences, Forensic Medicine and Pathology Convention in Istanbul! 

Moreover, two keynote lectures will be held at the event -
"Imaging and 3D challenges in forensic anthropology" by Dr. Petaros and " Bodies, skeletons, body parts, bones, burned remains, fragments: challenging forensic anthropology" by Prof. Cunha.


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!


Scientific Programme of Advanced Course
Day 1 Identification of Deceased Migrants on Three Continents (14 September 2017)

08:00 Registration
08:45 Welcome notes and greetings:

Professor Santo Davide Ferrara, President of IALM 
Professor Riccardo Zoja, Head of the Section of Legal Medicine, University of Milan and President of SIMLA, Società Italiana di Medicina Legale
Professor Francesco Auxilia, Director of the Department of Biomedical and Health Sciences, University of Milan
Professor Cristina Cattaneo, President of FASE, Head of LABANOF

09:15 The role of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the Identification of Dead Migrants, Dr Oran Finnegan, Head of Forensic Unit, ICRC, Geneva, Switzerland
09:45 The international migration scenario, Prof Morris Tidball Binz, ICRC, Geneva & University of Milan
10:15 The complex juridical scenario of deceased migrants, Prof Marilisa D’Amico, University of Milan
10:45 Discussion
11.00 Coffee break
11:30 Overview of identification methods and protocols, Prof Douglas Ubelaker, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA
12:15 Identification of deceased migrants in Europe: The Italian “model”, Prefetto Vittorio Piscitelli (Commissario Straordinario del Governo per le Persone Scomparse) & Prof Cristina Cattaneo, University of Milan
13:00 Lunch break
14:00 Where are the dead? Identifying migrants along the South Texas border, Prof Kate Spradley, Texas State University, USA
14:45 Migrants, bodies and identification in South Africa, Prof Maryna Steyn, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 Practical session on human remains: Real case simulation and collection of PM data
19:00 End of day

Day 2 Torture Assessment and Age Estimation in Migrants (15 September 2017)

08:30 Follow up from Day 1. AM data collection; matching and identification
11:30 Coffee break
12:00 The Istanbul Protocol: how to examine victims of torture, Prof Duarte Nuno Vieira, University of Coimbra, Portugal
12:45 Victims of Torture: a French and European Perspective, Prof Eric Baccino, University of Montpellier, France
13:30 Migrants, asylum and the law, Dr Francesca Paltenghi, UNHCR Italia
14:00 Lunch break
15:00 Aging unaccompanied minors: state of the art, Prof Andreas Schmeling, University of Münster, Germany
15:45 The role of legal medicine in aging unaccompanied minors, Prof Laurent Martrille, University of Nancy, France
16:15 Teeth and age estimation: a radiological perspective, Prof Danilo De Angelis, University of Milan
16.45 The “cut off” approach, Dr Roberto Cameriere, University of Macerata, Italy
17:15 Coffee break
17:45 Cases and practicals on torture and age estimation
19:00 End of day

FASE Symposium (16 September 2017)

The Symposium focuses on topics related to  migration and personal identification, but other topics of interest to forensic anthropologists and pathologists, including trauma analysis  will be include in the programme.  Oral communications and posters are accepted forms of presentations.

Symposium Scientific Programme

09:00 Welcome note, Professor Cristina Cattaneo, LABANOF, Sezione di Medicina Legale, Università degli Studi di Milano

Session 1: Chairmen: Eric Baccino, Cristina Cattaneo

09:15  Prof A Ross, University of : Human Identification and Global Patterns of Craniofacial Variation 

09.30 Prof E Cunha, University of Coimbra: Identifying migrants in anthropology: the few cases from Portugal 

09.45  Prof G Lo Re, University of Palermo: CT Imaging in deceased migrants

10.15  Prof A Argo, University of Palermo : Outside protocols:  the experience of Palermo

10.30 FASE Board, Strengthening the role of forensic anthropology in disaster victim identification  (with particular focus on migration deaths): Position statement by the Board of the Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe (FASE)

10:45  Coffee break

Session 2 Chairmen: Eugenia Cunha, Giancarlo Di Vella

11:15  Invited speaker G Di Vella

11.30  Invited speakers A Kustermann, G Barbara, SVS e D (Soccorso Violenza Sessuale e Domestica), Milano

11.45  Uys A et al.: Third molar development in South Africans and the probability of being 18 years of age 

12.00  Bonicelli A et al: Case study : Age estimation using structural, chemical and bio-Mechanical data of modern ribs retrieved from the seashore

12.15  Navega D et al: Lost in the Woods: The Value of Tree Ensemble Modelling for Adult Age-at-Death Estimation from Skeletal Degeneration 

12.30   Salazar et al: Methods to quantify shape changes in the proximal metaphysis of the humerus 

12.45  Almeida Prado et al: Anthropological estimations in mixed populations: the next challenge in forensic anthropology 

13.00  Alblas et al: Nasal morphology assessment of the three predominant South African ancestral groups 

13:15  Lunch break



Session 3: Chairmen: Ann Ross, Philippe Lefévre

14:15  Cappella A et al. The relevant role of university in the identification of dead migrants: a comparative study on the experience of University of Milan and Texas State University 

14.30  Bertoglio B et al: Preliminary results of the genetic identifications of the Lampedusa 2013 shipwreck victims 

14.45 Kranioti E et al: Postmortem CT in the investigation of decomposed human remains: advantages and limitations 

15.00 Cummaudo M et al: Histomorphometric analysis of bone lacunae in human and pig: can it be useful for species discrimination? 

15:15 Karell M et al: Pair-matching temporals using a digital mesh-to-mesh value comparison method 

 15.30 Lefévre P et al. :Exhumation of a juvenile body. Identification and marks of battered child 

15:45  Coffee break


Session 4 Chairmen: Maryna Steyn, Pascal Adalian

16:15   Franceschetti L et al: The Medico-legal evaluation effect: asylum grant rate in the Metropolitan City of Milan

16.30  Ferreira et al.: A reflection on the maintenance of identified skeletal collections state of preservation

16:45  Rebeleanu et al: Forensic anthropology in Romania – a systemic neglected problem?

17.00  Steyn M & Brits D: Dismemberment in South Africa: Case studies 

17:15  Makhoul C et al: Experimental burnings and real fire scenarios: are they comparable in terms of chemical anthropology? 

17:30  Final discussion

18:00 end of day 

Poster presentations

P1. Ruiz Mediavilla E et al.: Sex determination by bone volume on Spanish population: A study on 3D images on talus, radius, clavicle and patella 

P2. Gaudio D et al.: Sex estimation of subadult human remains and determination of geographic origin: New perspectives and methodologies 

P3. Coelho C et al.: The Efficacy of Calcanei to Estimate Ancestry 

P4. Ekizoglu O et al.: T2-weighted spoiled gradient echo sequence (MERGE): A different perspective on the forensic age estimation 

P5. Bessa A et al.: Finding what is missing: three-dimensional coordinates estimation for ancestry assessment through geometric morphometrics

P6. Michopoulou E et al.: Stature estimation using long bone metrics in contemporary Turkish

P7. Olivieri L et al.: The importance of “secondary methods” in the identification of the victims of the 3rd of October 2013 shipwreck  

P8. Fagundes LL et al.: Asymptomatic anatomical variations of the postcranial skeleton as a marker for human identification  

P9. Tsiminikaki K, Karell MA, et al.:  Pair-matching phalanges using an automated digital mesh-to-mesh value comparison method 

P10. Petaros A et al.: Discussing the possibilities and limitations of the analysis of antemortem fractures through a forensic case report 

P11. Almeida Prado PS et al.: Fake dental brackets helped in the identification process of two skeletonized human remains: a probably double murder case 

P12. Scendoni R et al.: Immunohistochemical analysis for the evaluation of agonal time in a clandestine migrant’s death and forensic implications 

P13.  Macher N et al.: Importance Of Modern Imaging in Firearm Trauma 

P14. Boussayoud PK, Macher N, et al.: Extreme violence and respect for integrity and human dignity.  Experience of forensic pathologists at forensic department, hospital university of Lamine Dabaghine, Bab El-Oued, Algiers 

P15. Abrunhosa B et al.: Anthropological analysis of bone trauma 100 years after the autopsy 

P16.  Henriques M et al.: Injury reconstruction using multi-criteria approach: a preliminary study 

More photographs can be found on official Facebook page of FASE (FASE - Forensic Anthropology Society of Europe)



The advanced course was be organized by Prof Eric Baccino and Dr Philippe Cathala from the University Hospital of Montpellier, France in collaboration with the Association of Legal Medicine and Clinical Toxciology of Montpellier.  It took place in the 14th century old historical rooms (Theatrum Anatomicum) of the Montpellier Medical School (2 rue Ecole de Médecine, Montpellier, France) from Sept 3 (Thursday) to Sept 4 (Friday) 2015.

The course covered many topics - postmortem CT, 3D CT scanning and MRI - bone trauma in forensic medicine and anthropology - age determination in the living - interesting and helpful case reports.

The course allowed an interdisciplinary perspective on the topic and involved lecturers from different scientific fields: radiologists, forensic pathologists, forensic anthropologists etc. The main speakers of the course were Prof Fabrice Dedouit (radiologist and forensic pathologist, University Hospital of Toulouse, France), Prof Niels Lynnerup (forensic anthropologist, University of Copenhagen, Denmark), Prof Cristina Cattaneo (forensic pathologist and anthropologist, LABANOF, University of Milan, Italy), Prof Pascal Adalian (forensic anthropologist, University of Marseille, France), Dr Laurent Martrille (forensic pathologist, University Hospital of Nancy, France), Dr Samuel Merigeaud (radiologist, Montpellier, France), Prof. Patrice Taourel (Chief of the Radiology Department, University Hospital of Montpellier, France), Prof Eric Baccino (Chief of the Forensic Medicine Department, University Hospital of Montpellier, France).

The two-day course wasfollowed by another event: FASE Symposium which took place on September 5 (Saturday) 2015. The symposium aimed to gather forensic anthropologists from Europe and worldwide that wanted to present their research projects in form of oral presentations or posters, share their experience and contribute to further networking in the European forensic anthropology community.

 FASE BASIC WORKSHOP, ZAGREB - Croatia (8th September - 12th September 2014)   

The basic workshop was organized in cooperation with the Anthropological Centre of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb and the Department of Legal Medicine and Criminalistics, Rijeka University, Rijeka.

The beautiful library of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts served as the main location for the workshop, in which both the oral and practical sessions of the workshop took place. The workshop gathered 30 participants (students, anthropologists, archaeologists and forensic practitioners (mainly legal medicine specialists)) from 17 different countries, and a total of 18 lecturers and laboratory staff.

The workshop was divided in two parts: the first dedicated to oral presentations held by renowned experts in the field, including Prof. Eric Baccino, Prof. Cristina Cattaneo, Prof. Eugénia Cunha, Prof. Ann Ross, Prof. Douglas Ubelaker, Dr Daniel Gaudio, Dr Pierre Guyomarc’h, Dr Zuzana Obertova, Anja Petaros, MD; and the second dedicated to practical sessions. Besides presenting the traditional topics that characterize every basic workshop in forensic anthropology, including construction of the biological profile, trauma analysis, and taphonomy, the lectures focused also on forensic facial reconstruction, identification of the living, laboratory management procedures, writing forensic reports and witnessing in court.

The practical sessions were organized so that the laboratory assistants followed the oral presentations and were organized in teams that rotated between stations presenting different aspects of the topics of the day. Since the samples presented at the practical sessions included both archaeological and recent forensic osteological material, participants specialising in archaeology not familiar with forensic cases, and conversely legal medicine practitioners less familiar with archaeological taphonomy and trauma were well-served and could gain new insights. Both younger FA - laboratory assistants and lecturers -professors took part at the practical sessions.

Friday, the above listed lecturing team was joined by local forensic specialists: Prof. Hrvoje Brkić, Prof. Dragan Primorac, Prof. Mario Šlaus from Croatia, as well as Assoc. Prof. Tomaž Zupanc and Prof. Irena Zupanič-Pajnič from Slovenia who introduced the participants to the identification work conducted in their respective countries. The emphasis was especially on the role of forensic genetics and forensic odontology in the identification process. Both Croatian and Slovenian recent history, marked by great losses of human lives and the consequent uncontrolled emerging of mass graves pertaining to the 1991-1995 Croatian War (Croatia) and the WWII and post-war period (Croatia, Slovenia), created a wealth of experience in the management of mass casualties and techniques of forensic identification. The presentations also allowed for comparison of different working habits and techniques between countries, and emphasized the practical value of forensic anthropology.



FASE Advanced Course on PMI and FASE SYMPOSIUM HEIDELBERG- Germany (26th June - 28th Sept2013)

From 26th to 28th September 2013, the beautiful city of Heidelberg, Germany served as a stunning background for the FASE Advanced Course and the FASE symposium, by which FASE celebrated its 10th anniversary.  
This year’s course was dedicated to post-mortem interval and was organized with support of Frank Ramsthaler and the Institute of Traffic and Legal Medicine, University of Heidelberg  that provided the space for the two events and arranged the schedule and the lectures for the PMI advanced course. The course brought together participants of different professional backgrounds (forensic anthropologists, archaeologists, and anthropologists) from 21 different countries. It lasted two days and included a visit to the Mannheim Radiocarbon Laboratory.

The course covered a very important subject, essential to any forensic death investigation and aimed to offer a multidisciplinary view on the topic, covering the pathological, archaeological and anthropological way of approaching the PMI assessment problem. The topics presented during the two days did not cohere perfectly - while the first day focused specifically on the subject of the course, the second day covered a much more varied range of topics, some of them not related directly to the main aims of the course.
During the first day, the participants were able to attend the presentations of E. Baccino and S. Potente who discussed on different methods of PMI estimation in an early post-mortem period offering new insights on the problem and their personal experience. While these two lectures were for sure interesting for all the participants, they were more related to the medico-legal practice than forensic anthropology practice which deals with skeletal or decomposed remains at best. The presentations that followed, one by J. Amendt on forensic entomology and the lectures held at the Isotope Laboratory in Mannheim by B. Kromer, N. Lynnerup on radiocarbon testing, studies and caseworks and M. Verhoff on morphological and chemical techniques used in PMI estimation on bone were much more related to forensic anthropology practice at medical examiner’s offices. Herein we would like to express our appreciation to Bernd Kromer and his team, not only for lecturing at the course, but also for offering to the participants a guided tour throughout the noteworthy Mannheim Laboratory. The lectures of the second day moved away from the main goal of the course, but still managed to catch the attention of the participants. The lectures covered the topics on archaeology practice, field methods, documentation and modern archaeology and were offered by P. Held and H. Meller.
To summarise, the course was interesting and well accepted, yet with some shortcomings. The problems noted during the course will for sure serve as an admonition for the forthcoming FASE courses and workshops organizers. We thank all the participants of the course, especially those who took time to answer to our course evaluation survey and point out all the pros and cons of the advanced course.

The symposium, held on the 28th September, was a perfect occasion to celebrate the 10th FASE anniversary. The symposium offered a one-day program of oral and poster presentations.  The beautiful anatomical theatre of the Heidelberg University served as an unconventional location for the symposium, charming but still suitable for the event.

The opening session started with a short presentation on the FASE 10 year activity by Eugenia Cunha and Cristina Cattaneo, which focused on the milestones of FASE development since 2003.The opening session was enriched by the lecture given by Dr. Bradley Adams, D-ABFA on the forensic anthropology practice at the New York City’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The presentation of real-life experience, followed by presentation of case studies was very attractive for the participants. In his lecture, Dr. Adams presented the general organization of the Unit, which brings together the largest number of anthropologists outside of the US Department of Defense, as well as the every-day problems and cases that a forensic anthropologist faces in a medico-legal setting of such a huge city as New York.  Dr. Adams knew how to catch the attention of the participants, and presented the outstanding work that is being conducted in NY Chief Medical Examiner Office, especially the one associated with the identification process of the victims of the 9/11 tragedy. This was a great opportunity for the attendees of the symposium to get acquainted with the practical aspects of forensic anthropology as well with the professional reality of US colleagues which is quite different from the European one.  Dr. Adams took the opportunity to invite all the interested participants to apply for the Visiting Scientist program at the NY Chief Medical Examiner Office which allows the fellows to immerse themselves in the daily routine of the OCME-NY Anthropological Unit  for one month (more information available at http://www.nyc.gov/html/ocme/html/anthro/anthropology.shtml).

After the invited lecture, the formal poster and oral presentation program of the symposium started. The Symposium brought together presenters from 21 countries with 19 oral and 10 poster presentations. The presentations were divided in four different sessions and covered a variety of topics. Most of the presentations were case reports (10/29), while others focused on biological profile (8/29), taphonomy (6/29), identification (2/29), PMI and dating (2/29) and forensic anthropology accreditation (1/29). It is noteworthy to see an increase in forensic anthropology case reports that showcase the implementation of forensic anthropology in medico-legal practice and not only in academic circles.



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.


FASE at the 19th IAFS Meeting, MADEIRA - Portugal (September 2011)


The Triennial IAFS Meeting was organized in Madeira, Portugal in September 2011. Simultaneously, the venue hosted also the 9th Triennial Meeting of World   Police Medical Officers and the 5th Meeting of the Mediterranean Academy of Forensic Sciences. More than 1 700 participants from 109 different countries attended these three meetings.
FASE acted as one of the scientific sponsors of the meeting. FASE activities during the meeting included the organization of the workshop in Facial reconstruction and the Scientific Session of the Society dedicated to new developments in forensic anthropology. The Scientific Session included three invited lectures.

Douglas Ubelaker presented new methods in estimating time since death and species determination; Gerald Quatrehomme focused on forensic bone trauma analysis; and Ann Ross discussed the advantages of 3D geometric morphometrics and ID classification of crania for forensic scientists.

In addition, during the session the presentation entitled 'International Certification in Forensic Anthropology: The next step' by Ross A., Cattaneo C., Martrille L., Baccino E., Kimmerle E., Baraybar J. P., Ubelaker D. and Cunha E. was presented. It provoked a heated discussion, in which several conflicting opinions were raised. As a consequence, FASE decided to postpone the launch of the certification and give one more opportunity to discuss the initiative at the next FASE assembly in Istanbul in July 2012.


During the 19th IAFS Meeting, FASE organized also an one-day workshop dedicated to facial reconstruction in forensic context. The lectures were given by two renowned specialists: Douglas Ubelaker and Caroline Wilkinson. The participants of the workshop learned about the main concepts and techniques of facial reconstruction and about its application in forensic investigations. Practical exercises and case-solving were offered to the participants, enabling better understanding of the possibilities and limitations of the method.

From the pen of the attendees:

"The Facial Reconstruction Workshop was presented by Douglas Ubelaker and Caroline Wilkinson. Douglas Ubelaker gave an introduction about facial reconstruction by explaining the origins of this technique, its earliest applications and the different methodologies used, including case studies. Caroline Wilkinson explained how facial features can be predicted from skeletal morphology. She mentioned in particular the position and protrusion of the eyeball, eyelid and eyebrow forms, nasal profile, nasal tip shape, mouth width, lip thickness and ears. After the theoretical session, several cranial photos were distributed to attendees and a prediction and description of the
facial features was attempted in pairs and then discussed with others. Finally, various cranial photos had to be matched with corresponding faces. Following the practical exercise questions were raised about the accuracy and reliability of the facial reconstruction. Caroline Wilkinson concluded by talking about recent technological advances and how they can be used for craniofacial reconstructions. The workshop ended with more case studies on facial reconstruction from Douglas Ubelaker.

by Elena Ruiz Mediavilla, Escuela de Medicina Legal, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain


Copenhagen 2010 


Lisabon 2009 - Workshop on Identification of Living