BEMC Talks

BEMC Talks are held on the first Wednesday of each month from 4-6pm in the Neurology Seminar Room (Bonhoefferweg 3, Charité Campus Mitte). BEMC Talks consist of a 60-75 minute lecture followed by an interactive discussion session with the speaker and other participants. Please register in advance to secure a seat — space is limited!


  • January – Winter Break. See you in February!
  • February 6th
    • Lars Andersen, Aarhus, Denmark
    • **Location change: Virchow-Saal, Philippstr. 11, Charité – Campus Mitte
  • March 6th
    • Maarten van Smeden, Leiden, Netherlands
  • April 3rd
    • Pamela Rist, Boston, USA
  • Tuesday, May 7th – Partner Event: IPH Lecture (no BEMC in May)
    • Frits Rosendaal, Leiden, Netherlands
  • June 5th 
    • Jochen Kruppa, Berlin, Germany
  • July 3rd
    • Suzanne Cannigieter, Leiden, Netherlands
  • August – Summer Break! See you in September! 
  • September 4th
    • Malcom Barrett, California, USA
  • October IPH Partner Event: IPH Lecture (no BEMC Talk in October)
    • John Gill, Vancouver, Canada
  • November 6th
    • Michelle Kelly Irving, Toulouse, France
  • December 4th
    • Uwe Siebert, Hall in Tirol, Austria

The Details

Want to participate? Register for the event ahead of time- seating is limited!

What is the level? BEMC Talks are designed for an audience having at least some experience with epidemiological methods (intermediate to advanced level).

What is the language? English.

How about credits? BEMC does not offer CME credits. However, it is possible to collect ECTS within the “Promotionsumgebung” of the Charité. To earn 2.5 ECTS, students must attend at least 7 BEMC Talks in one year (be sure to sign in on our attendance sheet) and submit a 250 word summary of the key points from these BEMC Talks. Please use the form below to submit your summary. Collecting ECTS points for individual talks is unfortunately not possible.

BEMC Talk summary form (only for students who want to claim ECTS)

Once you have submitted summaries for 7 BEMC Talks and want to claim your 2.5 ECTS, simply email Bob Siegerink ( In this email, please outline which BEMC Talks you attended, and attach the Teilnahmebescheinigung form from the Promotionsumgebung with all information filled out (i.e. Veranstaltungsart: BEMC Talks, Titel der Veranstaltung: Title of all 7 talks you attended, number of teaching units: 20, Anbieter: BEMC/Bob Siegerink).

Archive: Past BEMC Talks


  • January 10th
    • “Prior Beliefs, Posterior Distributions and Frequencies – Basic Concepts of Bayesian and Frequentist Statistics”
    • Inaugural lecture (Antrittsvorlesung) followed by social gathering
      • Dr. Ulrike Grittner
  • February 7th
    • “Rasch models & analysis” + bonus hands-on workshop (following BEMC)
      • Prof. Leslie Pendrill, Gothenburg
  • March 7th
    • “Planning and evaluating studies with time-to-event endpoints in a competing risk framework”
      • Prof. Geraldine Rauch, Berlin
  • April 4th
    • “Modeling of nutritional data”
      • Dr. Sven Knüppel, Potsdam
  • May 2nd
    • “Analyzing multimethod data with structural equation modeling”
      • Prof. Michael Eid, Berlin
  • June 6th
    • “Post-marketing studies and drug safety”
      • Dr. Christof Prugger, Berlin
  • July 4th
    • “Applications of computer adaptive testing and item response theory in health outcomes assessment”
      • Prof. Matthias Rose, Berlin
  • August 20-24th – IPH Intensive Short Course
    • “Advanced Epidemiologic Methods – causal research and prediction modeling”
      • Instructors: Rolf Groenwold and Maarten van Smeden
  • September 5th
    • “Covariate selection in observational studies with limited knowledge of the true causal structure”
      • Dr. Sebastian Baumeister, Regensburg
  • October 10th
    • “Interactive DAGs: Exploring causality theory with Dagitty”
      • Dr. Johannes Textor, Nijmegen
  • October 17th – Partner event: IPH Lecture @ Charité Crossover
    • “Are we ready for a biomarker-only based diagnostic criterion for research in Alzheimer’s Disease?” (with methodological/causal framework focus)
      • Prof. Maria Glymour, San Francisco
  • November 7th
    • “Multi state modelling in chronic diseases”
      • Dr. Ralph Brinks, Düsseldorf
  • December 5th
    • “This talk has no title”
      • Prof. James Robins, Boston


  • January 26th
    • “All you ever wanted to know about propensity scores (and more!)”
      • Prof. Tobias Kurth, Berlin
  • March 8th
    • “The paradox of the obesity paradox”
      • Dr. Bob Siegerink, Berlin/Leiden
  • April 12th
    • “Mixed models for epidemiologists”
      • Dr. Ulrike Grittner, Berlin & Annette Aigner, Hamburg
  • May 3rd
    • “Measuring the prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and human trafficking:  methods, analysis and ethics”
      • Dr. Heidi Stöckl, London
  • June 7th
    • “Lessons from Nephrology: Challenges in primary data collection in large cohort studies”
      • Prof. Dr. Elke Schäffner, Berlin
  • September 6th
    • “Unmeasured confounding in observational studies of medical interventions”
      • Prof. Rolf Groenwold, Utrecht
  • October 4th
    • “Mendelian randomization: vitamin D and kidney function”
      • Dr. Alexander Teumer, Greifswald
  • November 1st
    • “Methodological challenges and opportunities in observational research: perspectives from rheumatology”
      • Prof. Angela Zink, Berlin
  • December 6th
    • “Machine Learning in Epidemiology”
      • Dr. André Karch, Braunschweig


  • November 16th
    • “Perspective of relative versus absolute effect measures”
      • Charlie Poole and Donna Spiegelman via SERdigital