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A big thank you to all who attended the 25th Congress ISFG here in Melbourne. You supported the congress by coming from 49 different countries and in large number with over 550 attending.

The 25th Congress was celebrated in style with a packed scientific program and memorable social events. Alec Jeffreys provided an educational, informative and entertaining opening address and set the right tone for the Congress that was to follow. Key themes of the congress included new technologies such as mass parallel sequencing, body fluid typing, ancient DNA, lineage markers, wildlife and non-human DNA typing and DNA interpretation.

An adventurous nine workshops were delivered both before and after the congress with often three parallel sessions. The large number of registrants is testimony to the interest and success in providing such a diverse choice. A stellar cast of tutors delivered the workshops using a combination of presentations and hands-on workbooks.

Social events are an excellent opportunity to catch up with old colleagues and make new contact setting up future collaborations. Aboriginal Dancers provided the traditional welcome to country and a Hakka, recognising the New Zealand influence, helped start the welcome reception with international guest then experiencing exposure to some of our Australian wildlife. The Gala Dinner was a fitting way to conclude the congress and set many on their way home.

The congress would not have happened had we not had the support of our sponsors. The organisation of the Congress depends on a strong team and here we thank and acknowledge the support of the local scientific and organising committee. The Congress ran without incident and that is due largely to the activities, often behind the scenes, of the dedicated team from ARINEX.

Melbourne was a tremendous backdrop and the weather shone favourably. We trust all will return stimulated and renewed vigour to continue forensic genetic research and with happy memories of Melbourne and Australia. For those coming to Australia for the first time, we trust you return and see more of this amazing country, and for those attending an ISFG congress for the first time, we hope to see you in Krakow in 2015.

Prof. Adrian Linacre
Congress President

Dr Linzi Wilson-Wilde
Congress Vice President

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