Call for Papers

We are inviting submissions for presentations and workshops at the upcoming BAHID conference to be held on 5th - 7th July 2019 at the Fire Services College in Moreton-in-Marsh (UK). The theme of the conference is:

 "Recovery to Repatriation: Using cases from the past to develop future techniques"

Management of cold cases does not rely only on valuable lessons and experiences learned historically.  Innovative forensic techniques are continually applied and investigated in a bid to find new leads or establish links between cases previously thought to be unconnected. While the application of new techniques has led to successes and new leads for investigators, it has also led to discussions of the ethical implications of some of those techniques. This 3-day conference will host several practical workshops and presentations aimed at highlighting cold cases, and will also present new ground-breaking developments in forensic sciences in a continued bid to resolve open and future cases. The workshops will be held on Friday afternoon, covering topics such as fire investigation, assessing burnt human remains for DNA viability and a crime scene scenario. Saturday and Sunday will see experts from a wide range of disciplines invited to present on topics covering aspects of forensic sciences, cold/historical case experiences, innovative techniques and new insights which can help current and future investigators.  

The conference is aimed at all forensic fields working within this area, not just anthropology, and hopes to attract a range of speakers, both professional and academic to share their research and experience with the BAHID  membership and wider forensic community. Presentations submitted should fit into one of the following subthemes:

  • Cold/historical cases – As techniques have developed, there has been potential to re-examine and solve past cases. This session will focus on how modern technology is enabling the identification related fields to advance and find out more than ever from cold/historical cases. This session welcomes the inclusion of case studies where new and innovative techniques have been used to identify historical remains or close cold cases.

  • Recovery to repatriation – This general session will provide talks on all areas relating to the recovery, identification and repatriation of human remains.

We are welcome submissions from all fields related to human identification. When submitting your application to present please provide the following information:

  • Name of presenting author
  • Email address
  • Affiliation
  • Presentation type (podium or poster)
  • Theme of presentation
  • Student Prize Entry (yes/no)
  • Title
  • Abstract of no more than 250 words
  • Key words (up to five)
  • Short biography (podium presentations only)

The deadline for this call is extended to Friday 10th May 2019 due to deployments and other commitments undertaken by the Council Members. Those submitting to the Call for Papers will be given a response by the end of the following week, with a draft programme available after the deadline.

Please send your abstract to

Selected student members whose abstracts are accepted for presentation will recieve a BAHID bursary that will cover the costs of their registration and accommodation for the conference. This will not include travel costs. You will find out whether your presentation has been accepted and you have been awarded a bursary once the deadline for submission has passed. To qualify, you must be a fully paid up student member by the Call for Papers deadline.