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Biometrics Institute Congress and Biometrics Week 2020

19 October-23 October


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Our next Biometrics Institute Congress will be held on 20 – 21 October 2020.

The Biometrics Institute Congress has established itself as the meeting place for the international biometrics community to gather annually in London. It provides an independent platform for off-the-record discussion among the institute’s global multi-stakeholder community.

In 2019, over 300 representatives from over 30 nations came to the Congress. This is a must-attend week of events, organised by the independent, impartial and international Biometrics Institute.

We live in an era where laws and regulations are often unable to stay abreast of technology change and the business models based on that change. Join us in making the world a safer place through the responsible and ethical use of biometrics. 

The Biometrics Institute Congress is where you can have these kinds of conversations with senior decision makers in government, industry, academia and with privacy advocates and regulators – and help shape the future of biometrics.

Either side of the two days of Congress we’re bringing you unmissable workshops and events run by industry-leading biometrics experts. These make up what is now recognised as the official Biometrics Week, run by the Biometrics Institute – your industry body. Every one of these events has been meticulously planned to help you and the rest of the industry put good practices for biometrics into use. 

Key themes 

  • Responsible & ethical use – What does this really mean? What kind of world to do we want to live in? How can we influence the direction technology developments are taking? How do we balance security, privacy and convenience?
  • Digital identity What solutions are there? How do you onboard the customer? What are the vulnerabilities and how can they be mitigated? What certification and assurance for new products is available?
  • Technology innovation and their application – Artificial intelligence and machine learning, mobile biometrics and what is next? What does it offer?
  • Consumer biometrics How can biometrics contribute to the payment environment and digital transactions? Where else are we going to see biometrics facilitate our daily live? What are the opportunities for health services?
  • Intelligent borders and the travel continuum – Entry/Exit and ETIAS – what are the opportunities and challenges? Intelligent borders – pre-checks, data sharing and watchlists.
  • Secure documents How to establish trusted identity?
  • Biometrics for social enablement – Legal identity for all, financial inclusion and protecting children.
  • Security and Integrity – Liveness detection, vulnerability assessments, testing and governance. How can AI improve biometric performance?
  • Research and innovation in biometrics – Present your latest research or recently published paper to the user and vendor community.

Organisations attending our 2019 Congress included:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • European Commission 
  • UK Home Office
  • Metropolitan Police UK
  • Netherlands Police
  • Norwegian Police
  • Mastercard
  • Microsoft
  • International Airlines Group
  • Deutsche Lufthansa 
  • Heathrow Airport
  • Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore
  • Estonian Ministry of the Interior
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Caixa Bank 
  • Sberbank, Russia
  • United Nations agencies
  • Prime Minister’s Office Israel – National Cyber Directorate, Identity & Biometric Applications Unit
  • Finnish Immigration Service
  • EU-Lisa 

At Congress 2019 you heard from more than 60 speakers, including:

  • Bob Schukai, Senior Vice President, Identity Solutions, Mastercard 

  • Paul Wiles, Biometrics Commissioner, UK

  • John Boyd, Assistant Director, Futures Identity, Office of Biometrics Identity Management (OBIM), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), USA

  • John Frank, Vice President, EU Government Affairs, Microsoft

  • Sam Jefferies, Identity Management Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

  • Dana Michalski, Science Team Lead, Intelligence Analytics Branch, Australian Defence Science & Technology Group
  • Richard Rinkens, Coordinator for Biometrics and Identity Management, European Commission 
  • Mark Branchflower, Head of Fingerprint and Face Unit, INTERPOL 
  • Silkie Carlo, Director, Big Brother Watch
  • Jakob Dam Glynstrup, Head of Centre, Danish National ID Centre

  • Patrick Grother, Biometric Standards and Testing Lead, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

  See full list of speakers

Target audience

The congress will attract over 300 delegates including representatives from the user community such as retail, banking and aviation, the government agencies, biometric suppliers and academics. 


Thought leadership and guidance – Biometrics Institute events are known for their thought-provoking discussions and high-quality speakers in an independent and international forum.

Knowledge transfer – This event will provide a range of case study presentations, discussion sessions and innovation talks. It offers a fantastic opportunity to share best-practice and knowledge.

Connecting and sharing – Biometrics Institute represents over 240 membership organisations from around the world and provides a platform for regular discussion around the responsible use of biometrics.

Biometrics Week 2020 will include a two-day Congress on the 20-21 October, accompanied by satellite events on either side. This week will again include the Biometrics Institute annual evening reception to be held on Tuesday 20 October 2020 from 17:30 – an annual event not to be missed.

The event will be held under Chatham House Rule and will be off-the-record (no media) to facilitate open dialogue between our members and stakeholders.

To register your interest or to find out more information please email nicky@biometricsinstitute.org.

For sponsorship and exhibition spaces please e-mail michelle@biometricsinstitute.org.

To find out more about speaking opportunities please e-mail emilia@biometricsinstitute.org.


Our valued sponsors and exhibitors from 2019 are:

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19 October
23 October
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London – QEII
QEII Conference Centre
London Westminster, United Kingdom


Agenda Notification Email
nicky@biometricsinstitute.org, emilia@biometricsinstitute.org, michelle@biometricsinstitute.org, manager@biometricsinstitute.org