Data, Evidence, and Insights
Statistical methods in the life sciences -
current trends and a future outlook.

XXXIInd Conference of the Austro-Swiss Region [ ROeS ] of the International Biometric Society

In Cooperation with
Austrian Statistical Society [ Österreichische Statistische Gesellschaft, ÖSG ]
Swiss Statistical Society [ SSS ]
American Statistical Association [ ASA ]

Hosted by the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of Salzburg

More about the Austro-Swiss region (ROeS) of the International Biometric Society (IBS)

The working language of the conference is English.


Andrea Baumgartner


7-10 September 2021


Faculty of Natural Sciences
Hellbrunner Str. 34
5020 Salzburg, Austria

Registration and abstract submission are open!
Abstract submission will be possible until 31 May 2021.

If a meeting in presence is not possible in Fall 2021, the conference will be held as a virtual meeting. Decision will be made in early June 2021. Registration fees will then be adjusted accordingly.

Registration fee

Regular Member of sponsoring
statistical society
- 2021-06-30 € 290 € 240 € 130
2021-07-01 - 2021-07-31 € 330 € 280 € 160
2021-08-01 - 2021-08-31 € 370 € 320 € 190
2021-09-01 - € 410 € 360 € 210
Pre-Conference Short Course € 150 € 100 € 50

Sponsoring statistical societies: International Biometric Society (IBS), Österreichische Statistische Gesellschaft (ÖSG), Swiss Statistical Society, American Statistical Association (ASA); for others, please inquire

Invited Sessions

    Replication Studies in Biomedical Research
    Organizer: Leonhard Held
    Invited Speaker: Kit C.B. Roes
    Causal Inference Frameworks applied to Real-World Data
    Organizers: Dominik Heinzmann, Thibaut Sanglier, Adrian Cassidy
    STRATOS initiative - Tools for guidance for analysis of observational studies
    Organizers: Mark Baillie, Georg Heinze
    Invited Speaker: Tim Morris, London
    How can statistics help to disrupt drug development?
    Organizers: Marcel Wolbers, Kaspar Rufibach
    Invited Speaker: Hans-Ulrich Burger, Basel
    Early clinical trials and dose escalation in oncology
    Organizers: Anja Victor, Armin Schüler
    Invited Speaker: Thomas Jaki, Lancaster
    Statistical Challenges in Platform Trials
    Organizer: Martin Posch
    Invited Speaker: James Wason, Newcastle
    The design of model discrimination experiments
    Organizer: Werner Müller
    Confirmatory Adaptive Designs in Clinical Practice
    Organizer: Rene Schmidt
    Invited Speaker: Gernot Wassmer, Köln
    Statistical advising - models and outcome assessment for improving medical research
    Organizer: Georg Heinze
    Invited Speaker: Matthias Briel, Basel
    Biometrical Journal Selected Papers
    Organizers: Arne Bathke, Matthias Schmid
    Young Statisticians
    Organizer: Andrea Berghold

Pre-Conference Short Course

    Variable Selection
    Georg Heinze, Daniela Dunkler, and Christine Wallisch (Medical University Wien)

Conference Topics

The IBS-ROeS Conference 2021 provides a platform for an exchange regarding statistical methods in all applications of Biometrics, including Medicine, Biology, Pharmacy, Agriculture, Forestry, Veterinary Medicine, Ecology, Epidemiology, and Genetics, among others.
It is the venue where Swiss and Austrian biometricians / biostatisticians meet to share information, ideas and opinions.

Concrete topics: Causal Inference, Clustered Data, Diagnostic Tests, Drug Development, Epidemiology, High-Dimensional Data, Machine Learning and AI in Health (incl. Imaging Data and Computational Semantics), Meta-Analysis and Systematic Reviews, Multiple Comparisons, Nonparametric Methods, Observational Data, Registry Data, Regression Modeling, Time-to-Event Analysis, Trial and Survey Methodology, as well as Advising, Teaching, Educating, and Consulting - and Free Contributions.

Recent events have made it clear that our field is much more central to the well-being of humankind than many people would have previously thought. Our 2021 conference theme "Data, Evidence, and Insights" highlights the special and important role played by biometricians (statisticians and biostatisticians) when making sense of life sciences data in order to provide real, robust, and authoritative evidence which can support decision making.
Communicating this central role has always been an important challenge, ever since the establishment of statistics as its own discipline. It could never be taken for granted that the good statistical practices which we consider self-evident, based on the scientific progress made in our field, are always given full consideration by others. This becomes evident in regular intervals, in particular during times where the buzzwords of the day are mistaken as an alternative way to analyze data, just without having to follow some well-grounded practices of statistics.
In some sense, the 2021 ROeS meeting will therefore be a natural continuation of the discussions at the 2019 ROeS meeting which featured the theme "From Controlled Trials to Big Data and Back" and the bridge between exploratory and confirmatory analyses.
As ROeS was established in 1961, the conference will also offer the possibility to celebrate the 60th (diamond) founding anniversary which will be celebrated during the Diamond Dinner.

Scientific Committee

The Board and Advisory Board Members of IBS-ROeS, and the Presidents of ÖSG and SSS

Arne Bathke, Andrea Berghold, Frank Bretz, Hans-Ulrich Burger, Georg Heinze, Dominik Heinzmann, Shu-Fang Hsu, Florian Klinglmüller, Franz König, Martina Mittlböck, Martin Posch, Regina Riedl, Valentin Rousson, Susanne Strohmaier, Michael Vock, Simon Wandel, Martin Wolfsegger; Ulrike Oschischnig, Stella Bollmann

Local Organizing Committee

Arne Bathke

University of Salzburg

Wolfgang Trutschnig

University of Salzburg

Georg Zimmermann

University of Salzburg
Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg