BEMC JClub

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.


JClub Summer 2022 Schedule

Book Club: “Epidemiology by Design”

Starting April 2022 until July 2022, we will host a digital book club to read and discuss “Epidemiology by Design: A Causal Approach to the Health Sciences” by Daniel Westreich. 

You will want to buy or rent a copy of the book before the start of the book club. We encourage you to support your local library or book retailer. Alternatively, you can order the book online.

We will meet every third Wednesday of the month (except for June, where we meet during the fourth week) at 4:00 PM Berlin (Germany) time via Zoom. JClub meetings are typically 90 minutes long. As the meeting format is online, participants from other locations and time zones are welcome to sign up!

Meeting dates and reading assignments are as follows:

Meeting DateReading Assignment
April 20, 2022Chapters 1 & 2
May 18, 2022Chapters 3 & 4
June 22, 2022 (note: 4th Wednesday)Chapters 5 & 6
July 20, 2022Chapters 7, 8, & 9
Note: There will be no BEMC JClub in August due to summer break.

The series registration is currently full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, or have any questions, please reach out via the contact form with mention of the “JClub.”

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.


For a list of articles we’ve read in past years, check out our archives available in the pulldown menu under “JCLUB.”