In 2019 Liverpool Convention Bureau bid to host the International Association of Craniofacial Identification (IACI) 2021.
The Face Lab at LJMU is an interdisciplinary research group who focuses on facial depiction and representation, at the interface of art and science.
Face Lab carries out forensic/archaeological research and consultancy work, including craniofacial analysis, facial depiction and forensic art. The Face Lab specialises in facial identity, population demographics, portraiture and depiction. Their research uses cutting edge technology in facial depiction, animation and recognition, making Liverpool and Face Lab a perfect fit to host the IACI.
Led by Professor Caroline Wilkinson, the bid was supported by Dr Jessica Liu – Project Manager at Face Lab, Dir Sarah Shrimpton – Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at Face Lab, Dr Marta Flores – Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at Face Lab, Kathryn Smith – Research Assistant at Face Lab, Isabel Hengelhaupt – PHD Researcher at Face Lab, Mark Roughley – Lecturer in 3D Digital Art and Dr Mara Castaneyra – Post Doctoral Research Assistant at Face Lab.
The conference had been due to take place at Liverpool School of Art & Design at Liverpool John Moores University in July 2021 but unfortunately due to the pandemic was postponed until 2022.
The team at LJMU decided to host a virtual one-day symposium taster event on 23rd July 2021.
Liverpool Convention Bureau’s International Conference Bidding Manager, Rachael Molyneux attended the symposium. This was an opportunity for delegates to chat to Rachael and ask any questions about the city, where to stay and things to do.
The 2022 conference is taking place on 28th – 31st July 2022 at Liverpool School of Art and Design at LJMU and 130 international delegates are expected to attend.
Liverpool Convention Bureau works in partnership with Club Liverpool, the city’s ambassador programme. Club Liverpool Ambassador Programme is a network of Liverpool academics and professionals who volunteer their time to help bid for conferences such as IACI in order to bring economic growth and value to Liverpool City Region.