On July 23, 2000,
Laboratory Division hosted the 9th Biennial International Association for Craniofacial
Identification's (IACI) Educational Conference. The Conference entitled "Facing
the Millennium: Advances in Craniofacial Comparisons" was held at the J. Edgar Hoover
Building in Washington, DC. The Conference is designed to promote research in the
field of craniofacial identification and provide a forum for the dissemination of ideas.
The Association was developed by a group of people with a
special interest in craniofacial identification meeting in 1987. The event was the
annual Conference of the International Association of Forensic Sciences held in Vancouver,
Canada. As a result a special workshop, arranged by Prof. Richard Helmer, was held
the following year, 1988, in Kiel Germany. The subject was "Advances in skull
Identification via Video Superimposition." There were many invited speakers
from all over the world, setting the tone for a very international meeting. On this
occasion the International Craniofacial Identification Group (CIG) was established.
At the third meeting of the CIG in 1992 in Shenyang, China, those present decided the time
had come to reform the group as the new International Association for Craniofacial
The IACI is an organization comprised mainly of medical and
scientific professionals throughout the world who specialize in Forensic Odontology,
Forensic Anthropology, 2 and 3-dimensional Skull Reconstruction Techniques, Computer Based Skull
Reconstruction, Facial Aging for Law Enforcement, and Facial Mapping, as well as
Composite Sketching. During the conference members presented papers and lectures on
various subjects pertaining to the latest advancements on these subjects.