On 15-16 September 2021 ITAKA Foundation – Centre for Missing People, University of Warmia and Mazury and the University of Warsaw organized International conference «Contemporary methods to identify missing persons» (online). Languages of the conference were Polish and English. Moderators of the event were Alicija Tomaszewska, President of the ITAKA Foundation – Centre for Missing People, Prof. Dr. hab. Ireneusz Sołtyszewski and Prof. Dr. hab. Ewa Gruza. Participants from Belarus, Croatia, Germany, Poland and Russia took part in the conference.
The conference included three sessions:
- Criminological and legal aspects of search for missing persons;
- Methods to identify unknown persons, corpses and human remains;
- Perspectives for the development of missing person search and identification methods.
Next scientific reports were during scientific sections: «(In)effective search for missing persons – why?», prof. Ewa Gruza, University of Warsaw; «Methodology of searching for missing underage», «The system of searching for missing people in Germany», Joanna Melz, Ph.D., LL.M., Chair of Criminal Law, in particular European and International Criminal Law, Faculty of Law, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), «Contemporary methods of searching for missing persons», Grzegorz Prusak, Jun. Insp., Head of the Search and Identification Division, National Police Headquarters; «Searching for missing persons in the Republic of Belarus: theoretical, legal and methodological aspects», Witalij Kirwiel, PhD in Law (Belarus); «Establishment of missing people facts in conditions of armed conflict: legal regulations, order of investigation, usage of criminalistic identification», Prof. Dr. hab. Valery Shepitko, Dr. hab. Mykhaylo Shepitko, Yaroslav Mudry National Law University; «Identification of unknown corpses in forensic practice», Marcin Fudalej, PhD, Department of Forensic Medicine, Warsaw Medical University; «Genetic testing in the identification of corpses and remains of persons of unknown identity», Krzysztof Rębała, PhD. MD, Chair and Department of Forensic Medicine, Medical University of Gdańsk, etc.