Workshop – DNA-based facial reconstruction

Am 18. Dezember 2018 findet ein offener Workshop von WIE-DNA-Mitgliedern zum Thema “DNA-basierte Gesichtsrekonstruktion” an der Universität Freiburg statt. Zusammen mit externen ExpertInnen aus verschiedenen wissenschaftlichen Fachbereichen sollen die unterschiedlichen Aspekte der Technologie, wie Methodik, Treffsicherheit, Anwendungsrisiken und -chancen, diskutiert werden.

December 18, 2018, 2 to 6 pm
Location: Veranstaltungssaal 01-016, Library of the University of Freiburg, Platz der Universität 2, 79098 Freiburg
Organizers: Philipp Harms, Veronika Lipphardt, and Peter Pfaffelhuber
Event website

In crime investigations, composite sketches (also referred to as identikit pictures, phantom pictures, or mugshots) are created using data from different sources. DNA-based facial reconstruction aims at predicting a person’s face using only genetic information. This workshop aims at a multi-disciplinary look at this technology. It brings together experts from genetics, anthropology, statistics, political sciences, social sciences, and forensics to discuss various aspects of this topic, including terminology, methodology, scientific validity, potential and actual use in applications, and risks and benefits to society.
The workshop is open to the public.

Confirmed participants

Peter Claes (KU Leuven)
Amade M’charek (University of Amsterdam)
Lutz Roewer (Charité Medical University Berlin)
Mark Shriver (Penn State University)
Denise Syndercombe-Court (King’s College London)
Matthias Wienroth (Newcastle University)


14:00 – 15:30: Talks by Mark Shriver, Denise Syndercombe-Court, and Amade M’charek
15:30 – 16:30: Coffee break
16:30 – 18:00: Open panel discussion

Funding: We gratefully acknowledge support of the University of Freiburg and the Freiburg-Penn State Collaboration Development Program 2018, which is co-funded by FRIAS and PSU.