The Recovery & Identification Technology Summit (RITS)

The inaugural Recovery & Identification Technology Summit (RITS) aims to convene a diverse assembly of academics, independent scholars, and non-profit recovery and identification groups devoted to researching cold cases and innovating technologies that contribute to our recovery of the missing.  The UW MIA RIP is focused upon researching and recovering military missing in action (MIA) service members, primarily from World War II.  We conduct year-round research on MIA cases across the globe, and we conduct scouting and field missions to excavate sites for material and biological evidence of missing aircraft and individuals.  We are interested in networking with an interdisciplinary group of scholars who do similar work.  We also welcome the participation of researchers and individuals who focus on missing individuals in the fields of criminal justice, as well as social justice organizations such as the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).   

Submissions for Presentations and Panel Discussions

We welcome members of the recovery and identification technology community to submit abstracts to be considered for panel or solo presentations.

Instructions for submissions:

  • 100-200 word abstract
  • Identify a topic for a panel presentation that may be solo or shared with other participants
  • Send abstracts to MIA@biotech.wisc.edu
  • Deadline for submissions is 12/31/22 at 11:59 PM

Selections will be notified by early January

The Summit

The Recovery & Identification Technology Summit will begin on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 and will conclude on Friday, February 24. A tentative schedule for the event is included below:

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 – Registration and Arrivals

  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm – Tour of MIA Offices and Labs
  • 6-8 pm – Dinner & Cocktails
  • 7 pm Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sarah Wagner

Thursday, February 23, 2023 – Summit Day 1

  • 8:30 am – Registration, Coffee and Opening Remarks
  • 9:00 am – Panel 1
  • 10:00 am – Panel 2
  • 11:00 am – Panel 3
  • 12:00 pm – BREAK FOR LUNCH – Sponsor Tables Available
  • 1:00 pm – Panel 4
  • 2:00 pm – Panel 5
  • 3:00 pm – Afternoon Break
  • 3:30 pm – Panel 6
  • 4:30 pm Poster Sessions
  • 5:30 pm – Sponsor Wine & Cheese Reception
  • 6:30 pm – End of Day 1

Friday, February 24, 2023 – Summit Day 2

  • 8:00 am – Break-out Discussions
  • 10:00 am – Poster Award Session
  • 10:30 am – Panel 7
  • 11:30 am – Closing Remarks
  • 12:30 pm – End of Summit

The Inaugural Recovery & Identification Technology Summit
February 22-24, 2022

University of Wisconsin-Madison Biotechnology Center
425 Henry Mall, Suite 3130
Madison, WI 53706

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Dates & Deadlines for Abstracts

  • Deadline for Submissions: Saturday, December 31, 2022
  • Selections Announced: TBA (Early January)

Information for Attendees

  • Registration details will be announced soon

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