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

Corona and the GMDS & CEN-IBS 2020

Dear all,

In the last weeks, we intensively discussed the how the GMDS CEN 2020 could be realized in the current pandemic situation. After thorough reflection, we felt that the conference cannot take place as intended as the situation is still not easy to handle. We also discussed pros and cons of an online-conference. Due to the limited time, we agreed on a small online-format.


  • We are planning to have up to three days with video-live session covering the key notes topics and the different board meetings of the societies as well as the young statistician sessions.

  • Some of the tutorials will be held as video-live sessions.

  • The abstracts which have been submitted so far were already reviewed. Presenters of talks and posters which can be accepted from the reviews are invited to record a video of their talk/poster. The collection of all videos will be made available for all registered participants.

  • Organizers of invited and topic contributed sessions or workshops will be contacted separately.

  • The registry will be reopened during the next days. Registration fees for the online-format will be considerably reduced. Fees which were already paid will be refunded.


Detailed information and technical details will be send out soon.


Stay healthy.


Geraldine Rauch

(in behalf of the conference organizers)

BERLIN September 6 - 11, 2020

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

  • Notification  whether the conference is taking place

August 01, 2020

  • Extended Early Bird Deadline

August 15, 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 ,09:30 - 10:15 am


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 ,09:30 - 10:15 am

Title: Clinical Trial Designs for Personalizing Digital Interventions

Prof. Xiao-Li Meng

Department of Statistics,

Harvard University, Cambridge,

Massachusetts, United States of America

 Time slot: Monday ,09:30 - 10:15 am

Title: Clinical Trial Designs for Personalizing Digital Interventions 

Dr. Hamish S. Fraser

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

 Time slot: Monday ,09:30 - 10:15 am

Title: Clinical Trial Designs for Personalizing Digital Interventions 

Prof. Peter Bühlmann

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

 Time slot: Monday ,09:30 - 10:15 am

Title: Clinical Trial Designs for Personalizing Digital Interventions 

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 ,09:30 - 10:15 am

Title: Clinical Trial Designs for Personalizing Digital Interventions 


Modern Resampling and Permutation Techniques for Complex Designs


Frank Konietschke, Charité Berlin



Markus Pauly, Ulm University

Edgar Brunner, University Medical Center Göttingen

Day of tutorial: Sunday, September 6

Length of tutorial: full day

Technical level: medium


The tutorial will explain when and how resampling methods (nonparametric bootstrap, permutations and others) work. The correct use and application of existing software will be explained.

Local Organizer:

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