Welcome note

Conference Patron:

Márton Lontai

director general of the HIFS

We would like to announce and cordially invite you to the 12th Haploid Markers Conference (HM2023) that will held in Budapest, Hungary. Because of Covid, the meeting was unfortunately postponed from 2020 first to 2021 than to 2022, but now we are very happy to finally be able to hold it in 2023.

HM2023 will be taking place in Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities of Europe. The previous conferences have taken place in the magnificent cities of Berlin, Porto, Innsbruck, Ancona, Brussels, and Bydgoszcz. In the history of Budapest, the year 1872 stands out as a milestone, for it was then that the three separate settlements of Pest, Buda and Óbuda (literally "Old" Buda) were united into one city. Its origins can be traced to the Celtic people who occupied the plains of Hungary from the 4th century BC, until its conquest by the Roman Empire who established the fortress and town of Aquincum on the bank of Danube, today’s Budapest around AD 100, and the subsequent arrival of the Hungarian Conquerors 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 was opened. 

The HIFS is the only institution established for forensic expert activities in Hungary, covering the entire country and under the control of the Ministry of the Interior.
The Hungarian Institute for Forensic Sciences located in Budapest, one of the most experienced in studies of haploid markers in Hungary, will be hosting the Conference.

The venue is Hotel Hungaria City Centre in the heart of the Budapest. 

Under the motto
Application of haploid markers – innovation and reflection
we want to invite papers –among others- on the following topics: 

  • forensic application of the MPS technology, including the capture approach
  • bringing Y chromosome and mtDNA haplogrouping on a new level using MPS
  • haploid markers in the courtroom
  • adjustment of forensic frequency databases to the needs of science and law enforcement 
  • model-based statistics to evaluate the weight of evidence for haploid markers
  • guidelines and recommendations concerning the interpretation of haploid markers results 
  • ancestry and genealogical analyses using haploid markers
  • matches and mismatches between genetic, linguistic, and geographical histories
  • advanced statistical tools for population genetics analyses
  • identification of human remains in a forensic, archaeological, and humanitarian context
  • strengthening scholarly freedom and scholarly responsibility in the forensic genetics field
  • testing evidence in sexual assault cases
  • rapidly mutation Y-STR markers
  • distinguished casework examples

As in the conferences before renowned plenary speakers will be invited to share their views with us.
The HM2023 has 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
May 18, 2023

Company workshops

from Thursday May 18, 2023 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!


31 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 01.04.2023), EUR 40 (after 01.04.2023)

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 01.04.2023), EUR 70 (after 01.04.2023)

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)


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Preliminary programme

Wednesday   |   17.05.2023


Processing Y chromosome related casework
Sascha Willuweit, Lutz Roewer


Casework experience with mtDNA: reporting of evidence, haplogrouping and ancestry estimation
Walther Parson


Welcome get-together party

Thursday   |   18.05.2023


Registration / Poster Exhibition / Seminar / Lunch


Forensic Database Advisory Board
For more information click here

09.00-10.00   Presentation of the report
(including Ethical Challenges and Recommendations)
10.00-10.15Short survey of participants
11.05-11.30Coffee Break
  • Type of data and identifiability
  • When should we assume vulnerability?
  • Legacy data
  • Data without consent
  • What should a good informed consent form and information sheet look like?
  • Elements of informed consent for international data sharin
11.45-12.00Concluding remarks
12.30-13.00Promega Lunch Seminar
13.15-13.45Opening ceremony

Population genetics I.
Chairs: Lutz Roewer, Francesc Calafell
13.45-14.15A global analysis of matches and mismatches between human genetic and linguistic histories
Chiara Barbieri
14.15-14.30The universal Y-SNP database: from a few to a lot and beyond; how to bring it all together
Arwin Ralf
14.30-14.45Combining autosomal ancestry with X and Y AIMs: the VISAGE Enhanced Tool for Appearance and Ancestry
Jorge Ruiz-Ramírez
14.45-15.00Population analysis of complete mitogenomes for 334 samples from El Salvador
Francesc Calafell
15.00-15.15Finnish Y chromosome sequencing data suggests dual paths of N1a1 into Finland
Annina Preussner
15.15-15.30Novel Y chromosomal STRs set demonstrates high resolution of male lineages in North Eurasian human  populations
Vadim Stepanov
15.30-15.45Optimalization of ancient deep Y haplogroup calling
Emil Nyerki
15.45-16.00Assessment of automated tools for mitochondrial haplogroup prediction
Kimberly Sturk-Andreaggi
16.00-16.15Sequencing the Lebanese Mitogenome and Y-SNPs: Variants, Haplogrouping and Databasing
Mirna Ghemrawi
16.15-16.45Coffee Break / Poster session

Human Identification
Chairs: Marta Diepenbroek, Andreas Tillmar
16.45-17.00Klessin 1945 - history seen through forensics’ eyes
Marta Diepenbroek
17.00-17.15Haploid markers aid in the identification of victims of World War II
Charissa van Kooten
17.15-17.30Ancestry analysis of highly degraded remains to assist the identification of fallen Australian service members
Elaine Cheung
17.30-17.45Applications of massively parallel sequencing for unidentified and missing persons casework: An Australian perspective
Kelly Grisdale
17.45-18.00When a country exceeds one continent – genetic biogeographical ancestry analysis of remains found at the former Stalag II D prisoner-of-war camp 
Maria Szargut
18.00-18.15Maternal Lineages of Gepids from Transylvania
Alexandra Gînguță

Pdf programme

Friday   |   19.05.2023

Technology I.
Chairs: Walther Parson, Charla Marshall
09.00-09.30Mitochondrial DNA in the Age of SNPs 
Charla Marshall
09.30-09.45MITOBOOK: A work management tool for mtDNA analysis
Cibeles Serna Menor
09.45-10.00MITOMETRICS: Studying mitochondrial heteroplasmy along hair shafts
Vania Pereira
10.00-10.15mtDNA casework through MPS using Reverse Complement PCR and DNAxs as a routine tool
Natalie Weiler
10.15-10.30MPS mitochondrial DNA mixture analysis and Haploid markers based biogeographical investigation; criminal case examples. 
Jord Nagel, Patrick Dieltjes
10.30-10.45Comparison and evaluation of commercially available whole mitochondrial genome massively parallel sequencing workflows
Bethany Forsythe
10.45-10.55Discrimination of monozygotic twins using mtDNA heteroplasmy through probe capture enrichment and massively parallel sequencing
Atif Adnan
10.55-11.05Mitochondrial DNA Sequencing from Unbuffered Formalin Fixed Tissues: A Preliminary Study
Kangana Aggarwal
11.05-11.30Coffee Break / Poster session

Technology II.
Chairs: Sascha Willuweit, Maarten Larmuseau
11.30-11.50Advancing forensic SNP typing: Insights from an interlaboratory study of the FORCE panel
Andreas Tillmar
11.50-12.05A combined procedure of WGA and hybrid capture-based MPS enables to genotype 1.2 K identity-informative SNPs from sub-nanogram templates
Kyoung-Jin Shin
12.05-12.20Early noninvasive prenatal paternity testing with markers designed for forensic DNA mixture resolution
Diana Hall
12.20-12.30Developmental validation of the MGIEasy Signature Identification Library Prep Kit, an all-in-one multiplex system for forensic applications
Yicong Wang
12.30-13.45Lunch / poster session
12.30-12.45Qiagen Seminar

Technology III.
Chairs: Athina Vidaki, Arwin Ralf
14.00-14.20Epigenetic aging of the human Y-chromosome in sperm
Athina Vidaki
14.20-14.35A Y-chromosomal MSRE/MDRE multiplex assay for the detection of semen
Jessica Rothe
14.35-14.50Real Time Y Chromosome Enrichment with Nanopore Sequencing
Thomas Krahn
14.50-15.05RM Y-STRs: where do we stand and where are we heading next
Dion Zandstra
15.05-15.20Design and development of novel single multiplex system incorporating 26 rapidly mutating Y-STRs; 26 RM Yplex
Rashed Alghafri
15.20-15.35Developmental validation of a high-resolution panel genotyping 639 Y chromosome SNP and InDel markers based on next-generation sequencing
Le Wang
15.35-15.50A novel multiplex of 12 multicopy Y-STRs for forensic application
Lei Shang
15.50-16.05Postmortem prevalence of seminal stains and detectability of Y-haplotypes
Viktor Poór
16.05-16.15Uniq Typer™ Y-10 Genotyping System: Genetic Variation In Southern Africa
Maria Eugenia D’Amato
16.15-16.45Coffee Break / Poster session

Chairs: Amke Caliebe, Martin Zieger
16.45-17.05The discrete Laplace method in court
Martin Zieger
17.05-17.20Weight of evidence of Y-STR matches computed with the discrete Laplace method: Impact of adding a suspect's profile to a reference database
Mikkel Meyer Andersen
17.20-17.35Haploid marker data analysis using the STRAF 2 software
Alexandre Gouy
17.35-17.50The importance of relatedness in Y chromosomal match probability
Amke Caliebe
17.50-18.05Towards probabilistic genotyping for Y-STR profiles 
Maarten Kruijver
18.05-18.20Is the marker-specific average mutation rate the appropriate parameter for computations in forensics and population genetics? 
Nadia Pinto
18.20-18.35Recombulator-X: a fast and user-friendly tool for estimating X chromosome recombination rates in forensic genetics
Serena Aneli
20.00-24.00Social Evening

Saturday   |   20.05.2023

Population genetics II.
Chairs: Horolma Pamjav, Marcin Wozniak
09.00-09.20Combining haploid markers with in-depth family trees to enhance investigative genetic genealogy
Maarten Larmuseau
09.20-09.35Uniparental genetic diversity of three Hungarian-speaking isolated communities in the Carpathian Basin
Noémi Borbély
09.35-09.50Comparison of Iranian and Mongolian Populations Based on Y-STR Haplotypes Using Machine Learning Methods
Atefeh Joudaki
09.50-10.05Increasing the resolution of Latin American haplogroup Q sub-lineages using massively parallel sequencing
Zehra Köksal
10.05-10.15Unraveling the history of East Marshal Street Well through ancestry inferences 
Filipa Simão
10.15-10.45Coffee Break / Poster session
10.45-11.00Mitochondrial DNA analysis in the United Arab Emirates populations
Reem Mheiri
11.00-11.15Y-chromosomal landscape in Serbian population groups originating from the Balkan Peninsula
Milica Mihajlovic
11.15-11.30Unexpected findings at the Amelogenin sex test in forensic paternity/kinship analysis: insights from a 13-year case history
Elena Chierto
11.30-11.45Canine mitochondrial investigation for breed determination
Federica Giangasparo
11.45-11.55Genetic polymorphisms of 23 Y-STR loci in Romanian population
Raluca Dumache
11.55-12.15Wrap-up discussion and closing
12.45-14.15Farewell Lunch

Invited Speakers

Charla Marshall

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

Talk title: Mitochondrial DNA in the Age of SNPs 

Chiara Barbieri

Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Talk title: A global analysis of matches and mismatches between human genetic and linguistic histories

Lutz Roewer

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

Walther Parson   

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

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
Wednesday, 17 May, 2023 – 13.00-15.00
Casework experience with mtDNA: reporting of evidence, haplogrouping and ancestry estimation
Wednesday, 17 May, 2023 – 15.30-17.30

On ethical considerations for forensic genetic frequency databases

Thursday, 18 May, 2023 – 08.30-12.00 

For more information click here


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, 2023 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

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