Welcome to the joint conference

of the GMDS & CEN-IBS 2020

65th Annual Meeting of the German Association for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS), Meeting of the Central European Network (CEN: German Region, Austro-Swiss Region and Polish Region) of the International Biometric Society (IBS) including the 66th Biometric Colloquium of the German Region
BERLIN September 6 - 9, 2020

Corona and the GMDS & CEN-IBS 2020

Dear All,


you have probably all already read that the GMDS CEN 2020 cannot take place as planned. We had intensive discussion within the organizing societies what could and should be offered online.


We agreed on a small online format:


  • Sunday, 06.09: Two live-stream tutorials (please register)

  • Monday, 07.09: Live streams of the keynote talks

  • Tuesday, 08.09: Young career day (Young Statisticians, MI-Preisträgersitzung, Podium Discussion, Industry talks), annual assembly of the GMDS

  • Wednesday 09.09: Working group assemblies, annual assembly of the IBS-DR

  • Download area: Prerecorded presentations of talks, posters and tutorials


Information for preparing, recording and uploading presentations can be found here.


Please note that this defines a compromise between all societies after intensive discussions and we are aware that probably not all will be happy with this plan. However, our radius of action is definitively limited. We are happy to receive suggestions which do not require complete changes. Hope that you all understand, that this situation is hard for everyone.


Best wishes,

Geraldine Rauch

Key Topics

  • Educating the next generation - data scientists of tomorrow

  • Communicating methods, evidence and uncertainty

  • Innovative study designs for clinical trials

  • Early phase clinical trials and dose finding

  • Meta-analysis and generalized evidence synthesis

  • Challenges of small and big data for clinical trials and cohorts

  • Causal inference and modelling in epidemiology and clinical trials

  • Precision medicine, biomarker assessment and subgroup analysis

  • Survival and event history analysis

  • Statistical methods in agriculture, forestry and ecology

  • New data sources for evidence generation

  • High-dimensional data and single cell data

  • Deep learning & artificial intelligence

  • New perspectives of the digitalized health system

  • Chances and limitations of health services research data

  • From data to information, from information to knowledge

  • Regulatory statistics and health technology assessment

  • Reproducible research, reporting and data sharing

Important Dates

  • End of Registration

September 05, 2020

  • Reopening of the registration 

June 23, 2020

  • Regular Submission

Call: March 31, 2020 ​

Notification of acceptance: to be announced

  • Young Statisticians

Call: March 15, 2020 ​

Notification of acceptance: March 28, 2020

  • Contributed and Special Sessions

Call: September 30, 2019​

Notification of acceptance: October 31, 2019

  • Invited Sessions

Call: December 15, 2019​

Notification of acceptance: January 31, 2020

  • Tutorials

Call: January 15, 2019​

Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2019

Keynote Speaker


Prof. Susan A. Murphy

Professor of Statistics, Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute and Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

Time slot:

Monday ,02:00 - 03:00 pm


Clinical Trial Designs for Personalizing Digital Interventions

Sarah Zohar, PhD

Director of Research at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), Paris



Time slot:

Monday ,11:00 - 12:00 am


The day after Covid-19 – Sharing the experience of two embedded clinical trials, raising the questions; if, when and how to restart temporarily stopped clinical trials?

Prof. Xiao-Li Meng

Department of Statistics,

Harvard University, Cambridge,

Massachusetts, United States of America

 Time slot:

Monday ,03:00 - 04:00 pm


COVID-19: A Massive Stress Test with Many Unexpected Opportunities (for Data Science)



Dr. Hamish S. Fraser

Associate Professor of Medical Science, Brown University, Providence, United States of America                                                



Time slot:

Monday ,04:30 - 05:30 pm


Can electronic health record systems improve patient care, disease surveillance and research in low income countries? 

Prof. Peter Bühlmann

Professor of Statistics and Mathematics and Director of ETH Foundations of Data Science, ETH Zürich


Time slot:

Monday ,10:00 - 11:00 am


Causal Regularization and Stabilization for Distributional Robustness and
improved Replicability



Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado, MD, PhD, MBA

Professor of Medicine & Chair, UC San Diego Health, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Associate Dean for Informatics and Technology,  University of California, San Diego

 Time slot:

Monday ,05:30 - 06:30 pm


Data Sharing and Data Privacy: Distributed Models for International Collaboration





Basic and advanced methods for diagnostic studies including exercises



Antonia Zapf, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf

Day of tutorial: Sunday, September 6

Length of tutorial: full day

Technical level: low


The aim of the tutorial is to give an introduction into the basic and advanced methods of diagnostic studies (development process, study phases, design aspects, measures, advanced analyses methods, …). The content will be illustrated and practiced using example studies and datasets.

Local Organizer:

Institute of Biometry and Clinical Epidemiology
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin & Berlin Institute of Health