Welcome note

The HM2020 New Dates

Dear friends and colleagues,

Considering the recent situtation related to the COVID-19 at the national and international levels and the different vaccination requirements we have made the decision to postpone the dates for HM 2020 to May 17-20, 2023.

Thank you for understanding!
Scientific Organizers: Horolma Pamjav, Lutz Roewer and Walther Parson

Conference Patron:

Márton Lontai

director general of the HIFS

We would like to announce and cordially invite you to the 12th Haploid Markers Conference (HM2021) that will be held in Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities of Europe. Previous conferences have taken place in the magnificent cities of Berlin, Porto, Innsbruck, Ancona, Brussels and Bydgoszcz. In 1872 Budapest was formed by the union of three separate settlements, Pest, Buda and Óbuda (literally "Old" Buda). Its origins can be traced back to the Celtic people who occupied the plains of Hungary from the 4th century BC until its conquest by the Roman Empire, during which the fortress and town of Aquincum was established on the banks of the Danube around 100 AD, and the subsequent arrival of the Hungarian Conquerors in 895 AD. Budapest officially became the capital city of Hungary in 1873 and underwent rapid growth in size and eminence. This was the city's golden age, and coincided with the Hungarian millennial celebrations in 1896 when the continental Europe's first underground transport system was opened. 

The Hungarian Institute for Forensic Sciences (HIFS) was inaugurated in 2017 based on the merger of the two previous Hungarian Forensic Institutes, the former Hungarian Institute for Forensic Sciences and the Network of Forensic Sciences Institutes. The Hungarian Institute for Forensic Sciences that is located in Budapest, has a long-standing tradition in the analysis of haploid markers in Hungary and will be hosting the Conference.

The Conference motto is “Big data – stretching the borders of forensic genetics”. Novel sequencing techniques have significantly increased the body of haploid data and will continue to shape our understanding of extant lineage variation. This also impacts forensic applications. Therefore, attendees who specialize in this aspect are encouraged to submit relevant abstracts. We invite papers on a variety of topics including

  • forensic biostatistics of haploid markers
  • haploid markers in the courtroom
  • evidential value of high-resolution mtDNA and Y haplotypes - new sequencing technologies and bioinformatics
  • update on forensic databases
  • population structure and inference on its history
  • forensic genealogical testing
  • human evolutionary genomics
  • ethical considerations in the context of phenotyping and biogeographic Ancestry testing
  • and more

As in the conferences before renowned plenary speakers will be invited to share their views with us. 
Moreover, HM2021 will offer attractive pre-congress and training events.

We hope to see you in Budapest!

Horolma Pamjav (HIFS), Ágota Dobos (HIFS), Lutz Roewer (ILM Berlin) and Walther Parson (ILM Innsbruck)

General information

Scientific Organizers of the Workshop

  • Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences • Forensic Genetics, Berlin (Germany)
  • Institute of Legal Medicine, Medical University, Innsbruck (Austria)
  • Hungarian Institute for Forensic Sciences (HIFS)

Host organization

  • Hungarian Institute for Forensic Sciences (HIFS)

Pre-congress workshops

May 17, 2023

Company workshops

from Thursday May 18, 2022 to Saturday May 20, 2023

Conference venue

Hotel Hungaria City Center
Budapest, Rákóczi út 90, 1074
Phone: (+36 1) 889 4400


Call for Abstracts

Please note that the abstract submission deadline is: 10 March, 2023!


10 March, 2023
Publication of the program on the website

Social programs for accompanying persons

Budapest sight-seeing tour
Thursday, May 18, 2023 / 10:00 – 13:00
Departure: from Congress Venue.
Departure time: 10:00
Price: EUR 30 (till 01.04.2022), EUR 40 (after 01.04.2022)

The tour takes 3-4 hours with stops at historical places. During the tour, guests can get acquainted with the major attractions of the capital of Hungary. Transfer is included.
(Minimum 20 people)

Danube Bend Tour
Friday, May 19, 2023 / 10:00 – 17:00
Departure: from Congress Venue.
Departure time: 09:00
Price: EUR 60 (till 01.04.2022), EUR 70 (after 01.04.2022)

The program includes a visit to one of most famous historical Baroque artists' village, Szentendre.  After sight-seeing in Szentendre the next stop is Visegrad, visiting at the Visegrad Citadel, a formal royal residence and fort. Near the Citadel a traditional 3-course Hungarian lunch is organized for the guests. Transfer is included.
(Minimum 20 people)


Gold Sponsor


Preliminary programme


Invited speakers

Charla Marshall

Armed Forces Medical Examiner System's Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFMES-AFDIL)

Talk title: Forensic considerations for deep mitogenome sequencing

Peter de Knijff

Department of Human Genetics, Leiden University Medical Centre, The Netherlands

Title: Population demographic processes influencing Y-chromosome
landscape: two different examples

Contribution from the Board

Lutz Roewer

Department of Forensic Genetics, Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Berlin, Germany

Talk title: Y chromosome analysis in the forensic laboratory - sexing, profiling and matching male DNA

Walther Parson   

Institute of Legal Medicine, Medical University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

Talk title: EMPOP in the era of Massively Parallel Sequencing

Registration and accommodation

Registration fees

(the fees inlcude the Hungarian VAT)

till 01.04.2023after 01.04.2023
Registation feeEUR 150EUR 200
Registration fee for students with document EUR 100EUR 150
Processing Y chromosome related casework
Casework experience with mtDNA: reporting of evidence, haplogrouping and ancestry estimation

    Registration Fee Includes

    • Admission to main congress and company workshops, exhibition and poster area
    • Congress bag with all materials incl. programme book, abstract book
    • Admission to Welcome dinner
    • Coffee breaks and lunches during main congress days
    • Gala dinner


    Payment should be made by bank transfer to the bank account provided. Please refer to the programme title and the name of the participant in your notice or letter in this form: programme title/name of participant.
    The invoice will be issued after the receipt of the fees to the address provided by you.
    Payment can also be made by credit card.

    Cancellation, repayment

    To guarantee any registration and/or accommodation the payment of full fee/stay is required. In case of any cancellation up to 01 April, 2022 the costs will be refunded less 30% for administration costs. After this date no any payment (registration, hotel accommodation) can be refunded under any circumstances.


    Hotel Hungaria City Center
    Venue of the conference
    Address: Budapest, Rákóczi út 90, 1074, Phone: (+36 1) 889 4400)
    Standard single room100 EUR /room /night
    Standard double room115 EUR /room /night
    Superior single room110 EUR /room /night
    Superior double room125 EUR /room /night


    Room rates include: buffet breakfast, WiFi, VAT, local tax.

    About Budapest

    Budapest and its surroundings

    Some fall in love with Budapest at first sight, others will only become devotees after a longer stay, but no-one denies that it is one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world. The wide stream of the Danube divides the metropolis of some two million inhabitants into two, the hilly Buda and the flat Pest. The panorama over the Danube and the radial avenue of Andrássy út are on the UNESCO world heritage list. Once you have seen them flood-lit, you will appreciate why.

    Budapest - History of the City

    The story starts on the Buda side when Celts settled on Gellért Hill well before the birth of Christ. This territory was later occupied by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. in their effort to expand the empire's frontiers north to the river Danube. The Roman settlement – Aquincum - grew into a town of 30,000 inhabitants and became the main city of Pannonia province. The Romans constructed paved roads, amphitheatres, bastions and fortified strongholds here, the ruins of which now increase Óbuda district's reputation.

    Magyars settling in the territory in the 9th-10th century considered the river Danube the core of their new homeland rather than a natural borderline. The flat areas were populated first, including the large island that once stood where Pest City Centre stands today. The Tatar invasion in the 13th century quickly proved that defence is strategically difficult on a plain. King Béla IV therefore ordered the construction of reinforced stone walls around the towns and set his own royal palace on the top of the protecting hills of Buda.

    The town's development was abruptly halted and took a new direction in the 16th century. Formerly rich settlements of Western civilization were gradually turned into vivid oriental "towns" and later abandoned, while the Christian cross was replaced by a new symbol: the crescent of the East. The Turkish occupation lasted for more than 140 years and left only very few marks but much destruction. All the values created by the occupants are linked to water - Turkish thermal baths are the best example. So after the Romans, we "owe a note of thanks" to the Turks for turning our city into a valuable spa resort capitalizing on its rich thermal resources. Some of the pools built in Budapest during the Turkish thraldom are still used today, like Rudas, Király, and another reminder of the Turkish times in Hungary.

    The 18th century marked the slow awakening and recovery of the city. On the other hand the 19th century was the age of major changes and witnessed the birth of a completely new city almost from scratch. The hills of Buda and the city walls of Pest no longer provided protection and limited space was a barrier to real development. The core of the shaping metropolis thus moved down from the hill to the plains, making Pest the centre again. 1867 was the year of Reconciliation that brought about the birth of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy which significantly contributed to the blossoming of the country and its capital city.

    In 1873 Buda and Pest were officially merged with the third part, Óbuda (Ancient Buda), thus creating the new metropolis of Budapest. The rapidly growing and flourishing city received new public offices, avenues, channels, public lighting, horse carriageways, a subway, green parks and bridges. By the turn of the century it was a genuine rival to Vienna. Dynamic Pest grew into the country's administrative, political, economic, trade and cultural hub.

    The destruction of the Second World War could only be compared to the devastation wrought by the Turkish occupiers. After the war and until May 1990, when the first democratically elected government took power, the country was a victim of communist imperialism. The achievements of the political changes and the past decade, like democracy and a market economy, help to efface the dictatorship of the not so distant past.

    Budapest is waiting for you

    (Photographed by Horolma Pamjav)

    Chain bridge from Buda csatle

    Parliament at night


    Margit bridge from the Buda castle

    St Stephen Basilica in Budapest

    Erzsebet bridge

    Margit bridge at night

    Chain bridge at night

    A rare sight

    Scientific information

    Congress Office

    Convention Budapest Ltd.
    H-1143 Besnyői street 13. 1st. floor
    Budapest, Hungary
    Phone: (+36 1) 299 0184, 299 0185
    Fax: (+36 1) 299 0187