The University of Rwanda/UR, College of Medicine and Health Sciences/School of Medicine and Pharmacy in collaboration with the Institute of Legal Medicine, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, UKE) is organizing the 8th Interdisciplinary Forensic Summer School under the theme “Forensic science : fostering evidence-based practice in the East African region- A South-South/ South-North partnership between Rwanda, Uganda and Germany”.


When  : The Summer School is due to take place at the Nobleza Hotel/Kicukiro District from July 1st – 5th , 2019.

Curriculum : will consist of both theoretical and practical workshop sessions on different aspects of medico-

legal casework including forensic DNA analysis, toxicology, autopsy, post-mortem imaging, tissue/organ

transplantation, forensic physical evidence, forensic anthropology, trauma & PTSD, as well as GBV& Domestic violence. Lectures will be delivered by experts from the Institute of Legal Medicine, UKE-Hamburg and the University of Rwanda.


Participants : intended for medical doctors, medical students, postgraduate students, laboratory

scientists/ technicians, biologists, clinical psychologists, pharmacists and forensic scientists. 60 candidates will be retained for this year’s summer school. Interested participants should send their applications to Prof. Leon Mutesa at : or and copy to Dr. Herbert Mushumba at : or (Institute of Legal Medicine, UKE- Hamburg) and Joseph Kalisa at :


Requirements for Applicants :


- Should be a medical doctor, medical student, postgraduate student, biologist, clinical psychologist,

 pharmacist, forensic scientist, lab technician/scientist with at least A0 level degree in a public hospital


- Candidates in the field of forensic science will be encouraged to apply.


Required documents :

- Application letter addressed to the Dean of the School of Medicine-CMHS/UR clearly indicating

 preferred workshop.

- Full CV and reference letter from the workplace for those in employment.


Deadline : by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 30th, 2019.


Done at Kigali, April 1st, 2019..


Prof. Stephen RULISA, MD, PhD

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Dean,  

School of Medicine and Pharmacy

College of Medicine and Health Sciences

University of Rwanda 








Abstract Submission Guidelines for the 8th Interdisciplinary Forensic Summer School in Kigali/Rwanda from 1st to 5th of July 2019.


Theme : “Forensic science : fostering evidence-based practice in the East African region- A South-South/ South-North partnership between Rwanda, Uganda and Germany”


Example for abstract form :

Full Paper Title (Font 14 size, Arial font, bold)

Author(s) First Name Author(s) Last Name (Font 12 point, Arial, bold)


Organization/Affiliation (Font 10 point, Arial), Country (Font 10 point, Arial)


Presenting Author’s E-mail address


<Introduction> and so on... please put into consideration the following :


  1. Abstract(s) and Full Paper(s) must be written in English.
  2. Use line spacing of 1
  3. Preferred fonts : Arial4.Set paper size A
  4. Format with 20mm margins
  5. Do not write page numbers on the pages.
  6. Figures and tables must be numbered and captioned underneath.
  7. Please send the abstracts as a Word-file and a PDF-file (this cannot be edited or modified).


Deadline : Wednesday, May 15th 2019 !!!!!!

  • Abstracts must follow the required format and must be sent to :

Dr. Herbert Mushumba at

and Oliver Krebs at


Copy to :

Prof. Leon Mutesa at·

We encourage you to submit abstracts early to ensure prompt confirmation and processing.



The body of the abstract is limited to 400 words (excluding headings). Please include the following sections in your abstract : Background/Purpose, Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusion.


  • You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment of your abstract submission within 24 hours of submission. Research Topics

Abstracts should describe research relevant to one of the following topics :

  1. Victims of violence, especially against Females and Children (cases of physical-, sexual- violence)
  2. Forensic Medicine (e.g. Forensic pathology, forensic imaging)
  3. Identification of human remains (DNA-Analysis, anthropology, and archaeology, management of the dead)
  4. Biometrics (e.g. securing of evidence, methodology of criminal technical units, management of crime scenes)
  5. Legal Issues (e.g. transplantation law, tissue law, cornea transplantation, cornea bank set-up)
  6. Psycho–Social Aspects (e.g. gender-based violence, posttraumatic stress disorder)
  7. Medical Education (proposal for the development of a curriculum for medical students in forensic medicine

 and postgraduates concerning specialization in Forensic Medicine)

  1. Research projects in the field of forensic science



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