NOTE: Until further notice, JClub will be held live via Zoom. These sessions will not be recorded. Use the registration link below to sign up!

The Details

The BEMC Journal Club (JClub) takes place every third Wednesday of the month at 4pm (Berlin time, GMT+01:00) as a Zoom meeting (with some exceptions due to holidays).

To prepare for BEMC JClub, we expect participants to read the journal article and submit 2-3 thoughtful questions per meeting using this BEMC JClub Contribution Form before 12 noon on the day of the meeting!

What do we read? The topics vary from meeting to meeting. Sometimes, we choose a paper that aligns with the topic of an upcoming BEMC Talk. Other times, we will select a recent methods-focused paper from a top epidemiology or statistical methods journal. We also take reading suggestions from our regular participants. We try to announce what we are reading at least one month in advance, so that we all have sufficient time to prepare.

What is the level? The BEMC JClub is not an introductory-level discussion group, and we select papers that beginners will likely find challenging.

What is the language? All JClub meetings are held in English.

Can I get credit for participating? Get all the details on our For Students’ page.

Where can I sign up? Use the registration link in the current JClub Schedule below.

2021 BEMC JClub Schedule

For the first half of 2021, BEMC JClub will turn into a “book club”. Chapter by chapter, we will be reading and discussing “The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect” by Judea Pearl and Dana Mackenzie.

You will want to buy or rent a copy of the text, and we encourage you to support your local library or book retailer. Alternatively, you can order the book online– e.g. or at (audio and digital versions available, too)

The JClub registration is currently full. If you would like to have your name added to our waiting list, please submit a request via the contact form with mention of the “book club wait list.”

Before 12 noon on the day of any meeting you plan to attend, don’t forget to submit 2-3 thoughtful questions/comments using this BEMC JClub Contribution Form.

Meeting dateReading assignment
January 27th, 2021 (note: alternative date)Chapters 1 & 2
February 17th, 2021Chapters 3 & 4
March 17th, 2021Chapter 5
April 21st, 2021Chapter 6
May 19th, 2021Chapter 7
June 16th, 2021Chapter 8
July 28th, 2021Chapters 9 & 10
Note: There will be no BEMC JClub in August due to summer break.
The remaining 2021 JClub schedule will be announced in summer 2021.

For a list of articles we’ve read in past years, check out our Archive.