Exchange Annual Conference

Current and future challenges of forensic genetics in society

May 3, 2016, 09h30

Seminar Room 1, Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra


Opening address
Helena Machado (Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, PT)

Session 1 | More than data? Challenges of the third wave of forensic genetics
(Chair: Susana Costa - Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, PT)

9:45-10:10 Robin Williams (Centre for Forensic Science, Northumbria University, UK)
Beyond rigid designation: Operational and policy issues in third wave forensic genetics

10:10-10:35 Amade M’charek (Department of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam, NL)
The forensics of face and the absent presence of race

10:35-11:00  Discussion

11:00-11:30  Coffee break

Session 2 | DNA in the criminal justice system: New technologies, old issues
(Chair: Susana Silva – Institute of Public Health, University of Porto, PT)

11:30-11:55  Barbara Prainsack (Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, King’s College London, UK)
Ethical, social and regulatory aspects of Next Generation Sequencing for criminal justice

11:55-12:20  António Amorim (I3S, University of Porto, PT)
Interpretation of DNA evidence by legal experts

12:20-12:45  Discussion


Session 3 | Forensic DNA technologies: Future challenges and current databasing
(Chair: António Latas – Chair of the Supervisory Board of DNA Profiles Database, PT)

14:30-14:55  Peter Schneider (Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Cologne, DE)
Introducing massively parallel sequencing (MPS) into the forensic genetic laboratory: Is it just another method, or a paradigm shift?

14:55-15:20  Kees van der Beek (Netherlands Forensic Institute, NL)
DNA-database management in the Netherlands

15:20 -15:45 Francisco Corte-Real (Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, PT)
DNA-database management in Portugal

15:45-16:10 Discussion

16:10-16:40 Coffee break

16:40-17:30  Plenum discussion | Opportunities, gaps and themes for research & policy work
(Chairs: Filipe Santos and Rafaela Granja - Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, PT)