Unlocking the past: Ancient DNA symposium


September 24-25, 2019,
Uppsala University Biomedical Centre

Analysis of ancient DNA provides an increasingly important contribution to understanding our past. Combined with other archaeological practices, ancient DNA analysis provide insight into traits, ancestry, and migration of humans, animals and plants. In connection with the establishment with the Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) ancient DNA facility in Sweden, we arrange a symposium describing the different type of applications of the methodology, historical questions that they are used to address. The SciLifeLab ancient DNA facility will provide analyses as a service to Swedish and international users.

The symposium includes an overview of the field, in-depth presentations of projects, panel debate, a public lecture, social activities, and a symposium dinner on Sept. 24. The event is aimed at archaeologists, museum staff, geneticists, national and local government representatives, and others who are interested in the analysis of ancient DNA.

The symposium will start at 12:30 on Sept. 24, and finish at 17:00 on September 25. The symposium is generously sponsored by SciLifeLab, the Swedish Research Council and the Wenner-Gren Foundations. The symposium is free of charge and we also offer a limited number of free accommodations for participants that require an overnight stay.

Invited speakers

  • Torbjörn Ahlström, Professor at Dept. of Archaeology and Ancient History, Lund University
  • Jan Apel, Senior Lecturer at Dept. Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University
  • Sanne Boessenkool, Associate Professor at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, University of Oslo
  • Love Dalén, Professor at the Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics, Swedish Museum of Natural History
  • Thomas Gilbert, Professor at Natural History Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen University
  • Anders Götherström, Professor at Dept. Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University
  • Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonsson, Researcher at the Dept. of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University
  • Volker Heyd, Professor at Dept. of Cultures, University of Helsinki
  • Mattias Jakobsson, Professor at Department of Organismal Biology, Uppsala University
  • Ulrika Liljedahl, Head of SciLifeLab National Genomics Infrastructure
  • Magnus Lundgren, Head of SciLifeLab Ancient DNA facility
  • Antti Sajantila, Professor at Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Helsinki
  • Carina Schlebusch, Associate Senior Lecturer at Department of Organismal Biology, Uppsala University
  • Viviane Slon, Paleogeneticist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Jan Storå, Professor at Dept. Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University
  • Helena Victor, Head of Archaeology, Kalmar County Museum
  • Torun Zachrisson, Head of Research, Uppsala County museum