Exchange Annual Conference

Current and future challenges of forensic genetics in society

3 de maio de 2016, 09h30

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


DNA technologies have become indispensable tools in the arsenal of modern criminal justice systems. Recent developments in DNA databases and scientific innovations anticipate the developments of a third wave of forensic genetics, which promises a farther reach into the informative potential of DNA, but also brings new societal, ethical, and regulatory challenges. Addressing these issues calls for an interdisciplinary dialogue on the challenges of forensic genetics.

Featuring internationally renowned forensic and social scientists, this conference offers an opportunity to approach the many aspects of the on-going debate in the EU. By critically examining the role of forensic genetics in surveillance apparatuses, the variety of perspectives and topics presented aim at creating a common for understanding current critical issues and anticipating future challenges.

Activity within the research project EXCHANGE - Forensic Geneticists and the Transnational Exchange of DNA data in the EU: Engaging Science with Social Control, Citizenship and Democracy