This conference has been withdrawn from the 2020 conference schedule
As you are aware, coronavirus is having a global impact and the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control have instituted recommendations that include social distancing and cancelling conferences and large gatherings. Since safety of our attendees is always GRC's highest priority, the GRC Board of Trustees has decided to withdraw this conference and it will be rescheduled for 2022. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and to alleviate the concerns of our conference communities that are scheduled to meet in this timeframe.
The Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Forensic Analysis of Human DNA is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of education and experience to share cutting-edge, new/unpublished scientific research.
The 2020 GRS will include discussion-based presentations that explore current technological advancements and achievements for human identification as they relate to forensic DNA analysis. This meeting will cover topics involving the entire spectrum of the DNA analysis process from extraction optimization and biological source identification to next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics. The goal of the GRS is to provide attendees with an informal, relaxed atmosphere that enhances collaborative opportunities, while helping to identify challenges in research and its applications. The seminar will close with a mentorship session consisting of both academic and industry experts that will allow for open discussion on career development.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 20, 2020. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.