Aims and objectives

With the aim of promoting standardisation and research in the field of forensic microbiology, the ESCMID Study Group of Forensic and Post-mortem Microbiology (ESGFOR) launched in October 2014 with the following main objectives:

  • Establishing European guidance for standardised microbiological sampling testing methods and results interpretation in forensic cases
  • Promoting cooperation between microbiologists, pathologists, and other specialists with shared points of interest

ESGFOR welcomes any person interested in ancient DNA, phylogenetics, organ and tissue transplants, biosafety and bioterrorism.

Activities and resources

ESGFOR Newsletter, Spring 2023, 10 April 2023

ESGFOR Newsletter, Autumn 2023, 23 November 2023

The future is now: Unraveling the expanding potential of human (necro)microbiome in forensic investigations.

Ferreira AC, Barbosa D, Saegeman V, Rodríguez AF, Oliveira RJD, Freitas AR; on behalf of ESGFOR. Microorganisms. 2023;11(10):2509.

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Webinar-Workshop ESGFOR-SEPAF “Challenging autopsy cases: what we may learn from them”

Online - 19 December 2023

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What can forensic medicine teach us for the management of pandemics?’ co-organisers ESGIE (ESCMID Study Group for Infections in the Elderly) and SEPAF (Spanish Society of Forensic Pathology)

Post-graduate course, 1-2 March 2023

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Executive Committee

  Marta Cohen

Marta Cohen

Sheffield Children's Hospital. Histopathology.
Sheffield, United Kingdom
  Nihan Ziyade

Nihan Ziyade

Council of Forensic Medicine
Istanbul, Turkey
  Domitille Callon

Domitille Callon

Academic and University Hospital
Reims, France


If you have questions or comments for our study group, we warmly invite you to contact us!

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