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 ]
Croatian Biometric Society [ HBMD ]

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.

The (quasi) final program:

Program still subject to minor changes.

Book of Abstracts

The Book of Abstracts is static and will not include program changes made after 01-September 2021.


Andrea Baumgartner


7-10 September 2021


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

Accommodation Suggestions and Booking Possibility

(external link, conference location indicated on the map)

The meeting will be "hybrid" in the sense that several (not all) sessions and the pre-conference short course will be available via online stream, and speakers are offered the possibility to give their presentations virtually.
As you register, you can choose an "online only" option, at 50% reduced fees.
In the (currently unlikely) event that the presence part of the meeting cannot be held in September 2021, the conference will be held fully as a virtual meeting (with 50% reduced fees).

Registration fee

The registration fee includes reception on Tuesday 7 September and conference dinner on Thursday 9 September;
"online only" rate is 50% off the rates given below;
if you have registered for "on site", but cannot travel, you may request to have your registration changed from "on site" to "online only" - for requests received by 29 August, we can still honor the 50% discounted rate.

Regular Member of sponsoring
statistical society
- 2021-07-12 € 290 € 240 € 130
2021-07-13 - 2021-08-05 € 330 € 280 € 160
2021-08-06 - 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
    Causal Inference Frameworks applied to Real-World Data
    Organizers: Dominik Heinzmann, Thibaut Sanglier, Adrian Cassidy
    Statistical genetics goes machine learning and personalized
    Organizer: Andreas Ziegler
    Invited Speaker: Marvin Wright, Bremen
    STRATOS initiative - Tools for guidance for analysis of observational studies
    Organizers: Mark Baillie, Georg Heinze
    Invited Speaker: Anne-Laure Boulesteix, München
    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
    Invited Speaker: Jesus Lopez-Fidalgo, Navarra
    Using baseline and short-term data to support decision making in adaptive clinical trials
    Organizer: Lisa Hampson
    Invited Speaker: Kelly van Lancker, Ghent
    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

It is possible to register only for the pre-conference short course (on site or online), without registering for the full conference, by choosing only the short course at the Registration Link.
If you register for the full conference, simply book the short course as an additional item during registration.

    Variable Selection for Statistical Models: a Review and Recommendations for the Practicing Statistician
    Georg Heinze, Daniela Dunkler, and Christine Wallisch
    (Medical University of Vienna and Topic Group 2 of the STRATOS initiative)
    [Extended Abstract of the Short Course]

    The short course will take place on Monday 6 September, from 14:00 to 17:30 (and available also online).

Partner Meetings

Registered IBS-ROeS 2021 Attendees may take advantage of the full programs of these two simultaneous partner meetings at no additional cost.

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: Biostatistical Issues Around Covid, 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, Modeling Aspects of a Pandemic, 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, Rachel Heyard

Local Organizing Committee

Arne Bathke

University of Salzburg

Wolfgang Trutschnig

University of Salzburg

Georg Zimmermann

University of Salzburg
Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg