BEMC Talks

BEMC Talks are held on the first Wednesday of each month from 4-6pm in the Hertwig–Hörsaal  (Oscar Hertwig-Haus, Anatomie), Philippstr. 11, 10115 Berlin (Charite 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.


  • January – Winter Break. See you in February!
  • February 6th
    • Lars Andersen, Aarhus, Denmark
    • “The use of time-depending propensity score matching to address changes of treatment and covariates over time”
    • **Location change: Virchow-Saal, Philippstr. 11, Charité – Campus Mitte
  • March 6th
    • Maarten van Smeden, Leiden, Netherlands
    • “Regression shrinkage: better answers to causal questions” 
  • April 3rd
    • Pamela Rist, Boston, USA
    • “One Size Does Not Fit All: Teaching Introductory Epidemiology”
  • May 8th
    • Christoph Lippert, Potsdam, Germany
    • “Machine Learning for Population-Based Health Studies”
  • June 5th 
    • Jochen Kruppa, Berlin, Germany
    • “Cool new applications in R for epidemiologists: optimize your programming”
  • July 3rd
    • Suzanne Cannigieter, Leiden, Netherlands
    • “Epidemiology as a toolbox to benefit the patient”
  • August – Summer Break!
  • September 4th
    • Malcolm Barrett, California, USA
    • “An introduction to precisely and ggdag: Tools for modern methods in R.”
  • October 23rd
    • IPH Partner Event: IPH Lecture (no BEMC Talk in October)
    • John Gill, Vancouver, Canada
    • **Location:Charite Campus Mitte, Crossover building (CCO)
  • November 6th
    • Michelle Kelly-Irving, Toulouse, France
    • “The causes of the causes in context: confronting the burden of proof in lifecourse and social epidemiology”
    • Location: Hertwig–Hörsaal  (Oscar Hertwig-Haus, Anatomie), Philippstr. 11, 10115 Berlin
  • December 4th
    • Uwe Siebert, Hall in Tirol, Austria
    • “Causal decision analysis for benefit, harms and cost-effectiveness”
    • Location: Hertwig–Hörsaal  (Oscar Hertwig-Haus, Anatomie), Philippstr. 11, 10115 Berlin

2020 schedule coming soon! Stay tuned….

The Details

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

Where do the talks take place? In Hertwig–Hörsaal Philippstr. 11, 10115 Berlin (Charite Mitte) . Follow our signs once you get to the building entrance.

See that red rectangle? That is the door that you have to go through! And then climb up the stairs.

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? Get all the details on our ‘For Students’ page (or click here).

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