4th Bone Workshop and Conference 2019
Workshop and conference dedicated to DNA typing of bone samples from both forensic and ancient specimens, non-DNA methods, skeletal remains, investigation site documentation and 3-D modeling etc, social events and more
9-10 September 2019, Prague, the Czech Republic
Workshop and Conference description
Workshop and Conference mailing list
Practical training and demonstrations
Presentation guidelines
Collaborative exercise on DNA identification of bone samples
Travel information
Technical support and registration
Important dates
Abstract submission
The workshop and conference PROGRAMME TO DOWNLOAD
Workshop and Conference description
Workshop on DNA typing of bone samples will focus in details on all areas of DNA typing of bone samples, inc. specimen documentation, laboratory set-up, sample cleaning and preparation, removal of inhibitors, extraction techniques, mini-STR systems, Next Generation Sequencing, evaluation of results and DNA extraction hints for ancient material.

Conference topics include:
Massive Parallel Sequencing of small amounts of degraded DNA
DNA extraction methods,  Removal of inhibitors & DNA sample enrichment
DNA phenotyping and  bioancestry prediction
Evaluation of  the 2nd Collaborative exercise on DNA identification of bone samples
New discoveries at the Prague Castle (ruling Premyslid dynasty)
Case and project reports
Microbial forensics & non-DNA techniques
Ancient DNA preparation and analysis
Paleomicrobiology and dental calculus analysis

The number of participants is limited, therefore it is highly recommended to register as soon as possible.

The registration fee covers the 2-day intensive workshop, workshop materials, coffee-break refreshments, lunch, banquet at the first day evening and a guided visit of the famous Church of the Virgin Mary and St. Charles the Great within the Police Museum premises.
The workshop agenda will include Evaluation of  the 2nd Collaborative Exercise on DNA Identification of Bone Samples.

We will distribute samples for the 3rd Collaborative excercise on DNA identification of bone samples.
Workshop and Conference mailing list
To join the Workshop and Conference mailing list, please send us an e-mail with your name and address to the e-mail "boneworkshop@ DNA.com.cz" with the subject "Mailing list".
Invited speakers:
Bruce BUDOWLE (The University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, USA)
Procedures for difficult DNA templates, massive parallel sequencing, microbial forensics for pathogens on the skeletal remains, DNA phenotyping and  bioancestry prediction,  and much more. 

Magdalena BUS (The University of North Texas Center for Human Identification, USA)
Whole mitochondrial genome analyses with short amplicon multiplexes.

Angie AMBERS (The University of New Haven) 
MPS/ForenSeq identification of two adult male skeletons recovered from the 17th century La Belle shipwreck.

Michael HOFREITER (University of Potsdam)
How to get ancient DNA and what to do with it

Daniel VANEK (Archaeogenetic laboratory, Forensic DNA Service, Czech Republic)
Process of Bone sample DNA typing step by step: comparison of procedures, hints and recommendations, evaluation of  the 2st Collaborative exercise on DNA identification of bone samples. Results of archaeogenetic research at the Prague Castle.

Jiri SINDELAR (Geo-CZ, Czech Republic)
Modern possibilities of digital photogrammetry during 3D modelling of skeletal corpses. Introduction of novel method of data collection and 3D modeling of skeletal corpses and investigation sites using data obtained by standard photography technique. Comparison of results with commonly available methods and software for processing of digital photogrammetry. See the SOURCE PHOTOGRAPHS and resulting interactive 3D MODEL (please download to enjoy all capabilities of the model, this interactive PDF has to be downloaded; it doesn't work well if opened in some browsers).

Jan FROLIK (Institute of Archaeology of the Czech Academy of Science, Prague, Czech Republic)
Mediaeval Population in the Centre and Country. Archaeology, Bioarcheology and Genetics of cemeteries of Prague Castle, central and Eastern Bohemia.

Edvard EHLER (Institute of Molecular Genetics of the ASCR)
Ancient mtDNA database     https://amtdb.org/

Martin POSPISEK (Charles University and Biologicals s.r.o.)
Dental calculus microbiome from medieval populations in Pilsen

Visualising latent cellular material using  DNA binding dyes (presentation and practical demonstration).

Practical training and demonstrations
DETECTION OF LATENT DNA on the surface of bones in 2 minutes
3D modelling
Sampling and sample preparation
Presentation guidelines
To be added
Collaborative exercise on DNA identification of bone samples
Evaluation of  the 2nd Collaborative exercise on DNA identification of bone samples during the workshop.

Participants of the  4th BONE WORKSHOP and CONFERENCE 2019 can participate in a
3nd Collaborative Exercise on DNA based identification of Bone samples. The aim of the exercise is to make  progress on standardization and to identify the technical problems  connected with identification of bone samples and difficult DNA templates. The results of the collaborative exercise will be published. Certificates of successful completion will be issued to all participants..

We will distribute only 1 sample set per participating laboratory. The number of sample sets is limited and will be distributed on the bases first-come-first-serve.

Frequently asked questions about the COLLABORATIVE EXERCISE
Travel information
Prague is easily accessible by plane, train and car.

Prague is often regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, where tourists can hardly choose between the visit of hundreds of Prague historical monuments, galleries, shopping malls and parks. Prague is easily accessible by plane from many European cities as well as several ones outside Europe.

Prague tourism webpage 

The history of science in Prague goes back into the Middle Ages. In 1348, the oldest university in Central Europe, Charles University was founded in Prague. In the 20th century, Prague is connected with the name of Albert Einstein who spent several years of his creative life there and with the name of the Nobel Prize winner, Jaroslav Heyrovsky, the founder of polarography. 

The 4th Bone Workshop and Conference will be held in the very center of Prague in premises of the Police Museum. A guided visit in the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and St. Charles the Great which is located within the premises of the Police Museum will be arranged for the participants. The church is one of the Prague architectural masterpieces. It was founded by the emperor Charles IV and represents the east head of the imaginary cross formed by five churches from the Charles IV age (wikipedia)

The workshop & conference venue is located in a 10 minutes walking distance from the venue of the 28th ISFG meeting. 


Technical support and registration
Biologicals s.r.o.


Registration fee is 350 EUR for regular participants, 290 EUR for ISFG members and for returning participants who attended the last workshop. 


Registration fee

Early bird
(untill July 31, 2019)

Late registration
(until August 20, 2019)

On site registration

Regular participant

350 EUR

390 EUR

420 EUR

ISFG member

17 % DISCOUNT (290 EUR)

17 % DISCOUNT (324 EUR)

17 % DISCOUNT (348 EUR)

Returning participant

17 % DISCOUNT (290 EUR)

17 % DISCOUNT (324 EUR)

17 % DISCOUNT (348 EUR)

 Proceed to registration fee payment ONLY after registration.

The prefered method of payment is by credit card. The payment system uses the most secure (3D-secure) on-line system currently available provided by GP Webpay, part of the Global Payments Europe and is accesible after your registration via login with your unique registration number and personal password.

However wire transfer payments are also possible. When using wire-transfer, please remit to: 

BANK: CITFIN Prague Czech Republic

IBAN: CZ16 2060 0000 0000 0100 7829 SWIFT: CITFCZPPXXX  

Account holder: Biologicals s.r.o., Sramkova 315, Ricany, 251 01, Czech Republic 

Please add your your name and registration number (129XXXXX) for your clear payment identification. Bank fees MUST be paid by the participant (bank code OUR). For payments in Czech Crowns please ask organizers for the current exchange rate.

After submitting your registration, you will still be able to CHANGE your registration DETAILS, to submit / change your ABSTRACT or to make your PAYMENTS by credit card. To do this, please log in at the top-right corner of this website.
Cancellation and refund: Please note that your registration is binding. Cancellations need to be made in writing and will be accepted by July 31, 2019. An administrative fee of EUR 60.00 will be deducted. After July 31, no fee return will be possible. Fees will be due in full after the above deadlines or in the event of non-attendance. 

Important dates
Registration opens open
Registration deadline - Early bird July 31, 2019
Abstract submission July 31, 2019
Selection of contributed oral presentations August 10, 2019
Final programme announcement August 20, 2019
Workshop and Conference September 9-10, 2019
Abstract submission
Abstract submission is due on July 31, 2019 through the conference website. Each conference participant can offer one abstract to be considered for either oral or poster presentation. There will be no parallel sessions. Please note that the number of oral presentation slots will be limited.