3rd Bone Workshop and Conference 2015
Workshop and conference dedicated to DNA typing of bone samples from both forensic and ancient specimens, non-DNA methods, skeletal remains and investigation site documentation and 3-D modeling etc, social events and more
3-5 December 2015, Prague, the Czech Republic
Workshop and Conference description
Collaborative exercise
Workshop and Conference mailing list
Accommodation and travel information
Technical support and registration
Important dates
Abstract Submission
Conference Flyer
Satellite meeting - Microbial Forensics and Paleomicrobiology
NEWS, Book of Abstracts to download
Presentation guidelines
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,  and evaluation of results plus the practical demonstration of sample preparation and DNA extraction hints for ancient material.

Conference topics include:
Microbial forensics & non-DNA techniques
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 1st Collaborative exercise on DNA identification of bone samples
Case and project reports

Practical training includes:

Bone sample preparation in OSTEOBOX, sample grinding in cryogenic mill SPEX SamplePrep, DIGITAL PHOTOGRAMMETRY (conversion of source photographs into 3D model). See also the Collaborative excercise on DNA identification of bone samples.

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 and lunch as well as the social program the first day evening.

Invited speakers:
Bruce BUDOWLE (University of North Texas, USA)
Bruce will cover the procedures for difficult DNA templates, including massive parallel sequencing, microbial forensics for pathogens on the skeletal remains,  DNA phenotyping and  bioancestry prediction, and much more.

Jeremy Austin (Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, Adelaide, Australia)
Ancient DNA typing from A to Z.

Michael Hofreiter (Institute of Biochemistry and Biology, Universitet Potsdam, Germany)
Recent revolution of ancient DNA analysis

Bruce A. JACKSON (Department of Biotechnology and Forensic DNA Science,MassBay Community College, MA, USA)
Roots project
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 1st Collaborative exercise on DNA identification of bone samples.

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 doesn't work well if open 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.

Collaborative exercise
Evaluation of  the 1st Collaborative exercise on DNA identification of bone samples during the workshop.

Participants of the  3rd BONE WORKSHOP and CONFERENCE 2015 can participate in a
2nd 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
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 "workshop2015 @ DNA.com.cz" and with the subject "Mailing list".
Accommodation and travel information
Prague is easily accessible by plane, train and car.

Rooms in the conference hotel will be available for participants at a special conference rates, such as 1200 CZK (44 EUR approx.) / night single Standard, 1500 CZK (54 EUR aprox.) / night double Standard, 1600 CZK (58 EUR approx.) / night single Superior, 2000 CZK (73 EUR aprox.) / night double Superior, all including breakfast, fees and VAT. More information about accommodation in the venue hotel as well as the link to the hotel and conference code will be sent to all participants upon registration. This offer is valid till September 30, 2015 or untill the booked rooms will be sold.


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 meeting will take place in TOP HOTEL**** Conference Centre, Prague, Blazimska 1781/4, Prague 4. The venue is accessible by local transport – 10 minutes ride by bus from the underground station “Chodov”. 


Technical support and registration
Biologicals Ltd.

Registration fee is 14910 CZK (540 EUR approx.) for regular participants, 12390 CZK (450 EUR approx.) for ISFG members and 10370 CZK (375 EUR approx.) for returning participants who attended the last workshop. 


Registration fee

Early bird
(untill October 20, 2015)

Late registration
(until November 20, 2015)

On site registration

Regular participant

14910 CZK (540 EUR approx.)

15910 CZK (576 EUR approx.)

16410 CZK (594 EUR approx.)

ISFG member

15 % DISCOUNT (12670 CZK, 459 EUR approx.)

15 % DISCOUNT (13520 CZK, 489 EUR approx.)

15 % DISCOUNT (13940 CZK, 505 EUR approx.)

Returning participant

25 % DISCOUNT (11180 CZK, 405 EUR approx.)

25 % DISCOUNT (11930 CZK, 432 EUR approx.)

25 % DISCOUNT (12300 CZK, 445 EUR approx.)


Proceed to registration fee payment ONLY after registration.


The prefered method of payment is by credit card in Czech Crowns. The payment system uses the most secure (3D-secure) on-line system currently available provided by Ceska sporitelna a.s. (ERSTE group) and is accesible after your registration via login with your unique registration number and personal password. Since the actual exchange rate may change during the year, the conference fee was calculated using the rate 1 EUR = 27,60 CZK. 


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 (123XXXXX) for your clear payment identification. For transfers in CZK, bank transfer fees MUST be paid by the participant (bank code OUR) 

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 August 30, 2015. An administrative fee of CZK 1650 ( EUR 60.00 approx.) will be deducted. 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 - EXTENDED October 20, 2015
Abstract submission - EXTENDED October 20, 2015
Selection of contributed oral presentations  - EXTENDED November 5, 2015
Final programme announcement November 15, 2015
Workshop and Conference December 3-5, 2015
Abstract Submission
Abstract submission is due on August 30, 2015 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.
Conference Flyer
Download flyer
Satellite meeting - Microbial Forensics and Paleomicrobiology
Organizers a happy to announce that the Bone workshop participants can register for the one-day access to the Ecology of Soil Microorganisms 2015 (ESM2015).

The access is valid to Archaeomicrobiology, Paleomicrobiology and Microbial Forensics session, which will be held on Thursday December 3, 2015 morning at the same hotel as the 3rd Bone Workshop and Conference 2015 (Top-Hotel). The registration fee for this session is 5000 CZK (180 EUR approx.) and covers participation at the session, complete ESM2015 conference materials (programme and book of abstracts), lunche and coffee/tea during the meeting day. Active participation is highly encouraged. Registration for this satellite meeting can be chosen in the registration form for the 3rd Bone Workshop and Conference 2015.
NEWS, Book of Abstracts to download
Programme to download.

Book of abstracts

Presentation guidelines
Poster dimensions should not exceed 90 cm (width) x 150 cm (height).

All speakers are requested to load their presentations to the conference computer during coffee and lunch breaks in advance. Presentations should be prepared in Microsoft PowerPoint PC 2010-compatible format or as a PDF. The authors are responsible for checking the functionality of their presentations. We strongly recommend saving any web pages in the presentation offline.
Disscussion at posters: All presenters will be requested to introduce their presented work in 3 minutes to all participants.