FASE Basic Workshop in Forensic Anthropology


COIMBRA - PORTUGAL,  1-5 Sept 2016


The next basic workshop in forensic anthropology will be held in the beautiful city of Coimbra- Portugal known also as the city which houses the renowned Human Identified Collection and the newly established 21st century identified skeletal collection, both based within the Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Coimbra. 


The workshop will last for 5 days and will be divided in theoretical and practical sessions.

The teaching staff will include Prof Eugenia Cunha (University of Coimbra, Portugal), Prof Cristina Cattaneo (University of Milan, Italy), Prof Ann Ross (North Carolina State University, USA), Prof Eric Baccino (University of Montpellier, France), Prof Douglas Ubelaker (Smithsonian Institution, USA), Dr. Zuzana Obertova (University of Milan, Italy), Dr. Teresa Ferreira (University of Coimbra, Portugal), Anja Petaros, MD (University of Rijeka, Croatia).


The number of places at the workshop is limited to 30 so early registrations are welcomed.

To register please fill the online registration form available at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16DzeIYEIHJ7Ws79OzyuAZMjpyoUJetJ3WW07W3kkDSA/viewform


This year FASE is offering 2 grants for the basic workshop corresponding to the payment of half of the registration fee meant to help those students who would otherwise be unable to attend the workshop due to financial reasons.

To see the necessary documentation for application click here.


The fees for the 5-day (40-hours) workshop are:

300 euro - students FASE members

350 euro - student non-FASE members

400 euro - non student and non-FASE members





FASE Symposium - FASE One Day Meeting





A FASE One Day Meeting (Symposium) will be organized after the FASE Advanced Course on Imaging and Forensic Anthropology and will take place in Montpellier the 5 September 2015. Participants will have the opportunity to listen to and/or present their latest research and results gained in the field of forensic anthropology.


Venue: Medical School of Montpellier, 2 rue Ercole de Medecine, Montpellier, France

Registration form request: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or philippe-cathala@chu-montpellier.fr

Online Registration: FASE online registration

Send abstracts to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Submission deadline: 1st July 2015

Fee: FASE members and students: 65 euro

        non FASE members:  85 euro

        "Imaging and Forensic Anthropology" advanced course participants: free of charge

Your abstract must be submitted following the instructions offered below:


1. Names of authors with respective degree(s) (Indicate presenting author with an asterisk (*))

2. Title

3. Learning Objectives. (Please indicate a brief statement of how your presentation will impact the attendees in terms of: competence (ability), performance (competence put into “action”), or patient outcomes (if applicable).

4. Material and methods

5. Results and discussion

6. Conclusion

7. Three key words.

Indicative size in length for abstract : approx 400 words to a maximum of approx 700 words

Notification of Acceptance will be mailed to the contact email by June 30th, 2015


Maximum size is A0. Please provide anything to hang it on a board.


use powerpoint. 10’ presentation + 5' question


FASE Advanced Course on Imaging and Forensic Anthropology and FASE Symposium



FINAL PROGRAM - download


We are happy to announce the next FASE events in Montpellier in September 2015.The main topic of the course will be "Imaging and Forensic Anthropology".

The course will cover many topics: from postmortem CT, 3D CT scanning and MRI; bone trauma in forensic medicine and anthropology, age determination in the living, accompanied with interesting and helpful case reports.

The course will allow an interdisciplinary perspective on the topic and will involve lecturers from different scientific fields: radiologists, forensic pathologists, forensic anthropologists etc. The list of the speakers is available in the pre-program.

The two-day course will be followed by another event: FASE Day (Symposium) that aims to gather forensic anthropologists from Europe and worldwide that want to present their research projects in form of oral presentations or posters, share their experience and contribute to a further networking in the European forensic anthropology community.

The advanced course and Symposium will be held in the beautiful 14th century old historical room (Theatrum Anatomicum) of the Medical School of Montpellier, 2 rue Ercole de Medecine, Montpellier, France.

Registration deadline: July 1st, 2015.

The pre-program and information about the advanced course can be downloaded here. Or register directly here.



FASE one day workshop "Ancestry Estimation in Forensic Anthropology"

 DUBAI - UAE,  19 Jan 2015

 The workshop will be organised as one of the opening events for the 23rd Congress of the International Academy of Legal Medicine, taking place in Dubai between 19 and 21 January 2015. The workshop will be held on 19 January with Eugénia Cunha and Douglas Ubelaker as lecturers.

Ancestry is one of the big four parameters of the biological profile which means that it is a mandatory item to be analyzed within a forensic anthropology expertise. We will here show that ancestry can effectively narrow down the field of inquiry, facilitating a match between human remains and a missing person.

The workshop will start with a discussion of the evolution of the concept and it will present several approaches to assess ancestry, in particular highlighting metric versus non-metric methods. Priority will be given to the skull, namely the face since it is considered the most informative anatomical area to infer this parameter. Yet, other bones such as the femur will also be discussed.The relation of ancestry with other biological parameters will be discussed followed by an evaluation of ancestry in a fresh cadaver versus in a decomposed body. It is well known that a combined assessment of morphological features and measurements gives the best insight to ancestry. Within the metric analysis we will progress from craniometric points to indexes, and then onto geometric morphometrics. Beyond linear measurements the benefits of 2D and 3D models will be discussed. The more popular software to assess ancestry – Fordisc, Cranid and Ancestrees – will be presented using practical example cases. The presenters intend to provide as many practical examples as possible as well as cases in which ancestry has proven useful in reaching positive identification. It will be emphasized that a holistic approach in which cultural, chemical (isotope analysis), genetic and other assessments are integrated, is the best option for achieving a good result. Practical recommendations will be provided regarding the use of metric and non-metric approaches, and a list of the most useful traits will be suggested. Finally, recommendations will also be given regarding the presentation of ancestry estimation in written reports.

 The workshop program can be downloaded here.


ZAGREB, CROATIA, 8-12 Sept 2014


After the successful workshop held in Istanbul, Turkey during the 22nd Congress of the International Association of Legal Medicine (IALM) in 2012, we are happy to announce that the next biannual basic 40 hours workshop on forensic  anthropology (FASE 7th Basic Workshop on Forensic Anthropology)  will be organized in Croatia.

The Wokrshop will take place in Zagreb, Croatia from  8th to 12th September 2014 and will be organized in cooperation with the Anthropological Center of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ACCASA), Zagreb and the Department of Forensic Medicine and Criminalistics, Rijeka University School of Medicine, Rijeka. The local coordinators of the workshop will be Prof. Mario Šlaus (ACCASA) and Anja Petaros (University of Rijeka).

The course aims to introduce the participants to the basics of forensic anthropology practice with numerous interesting lectures, case presentations and most importantly practical work with bone remains.

The workshop will be divided in two sessions: the morning sessions will focus on lectures given by renowned experts about the assessment of the biological profile, identification, trauma analysis etc., while the afternoon sessions will cover the practicals. The participants of the workshop will be able to work on archaeological and recent skeletal remains, by utilising their knowledge gained from the morning lectures.The workshop will provide access to hands-on experience that we believe is the most important part of the teaching process in forensic anthropology.
Both the archaeological specimen from the ACCASA osteological collection (which counts over 4 500 skeletons) and contemporary remains will be used during the practicals.

Alongside the basic topics, the workshop will cover some additional topics that could be of interest also to non-beginners:  bone biomechanics, facial approximation, photography and most importantly writing of a forensic anthropology report.

The last day of the workshop is going to be dedicated to the Croatian and Slovenian forensic anthropology/odontology experience, focusing on the identification process of the victims of the 1991 Croatian War, and the post WWII period with lectures on forensic anthropology and odontology in Croatia, as well as DNA analysis.  

We hope that the workshop will attract practitioners (anthropologists and forensic pathologists) and students from all over Europe, and particularly from its Eastern part.

You can register by filling the registration form:

1) Registration form

Please, fill the form, save it and mail it to : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   Students should provide a confirmation of their student status and mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All the additional information are listed below:

2) Final programme

3) Venue and accommodation, local info and maps

PLEASE, if you have any question on the workshop do not hesitate to write to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.