The Vienna Biometric Section of the Austro-Swiss region (ROeS) part of the International Biometric Society (IBS) organises events with lectures on various biostatistical topics on an annual basis.
On the 25th October 2017, the Herbstseminar was co-hosted by IBS, Medical University of Vienna and IDEAS. The organisers were three IDEAS Early Stage Researchers, Johanna Mielke, Julia Niewczas and Nicolas Ballarini, who were provided with the opportunity to gain experience of the other side of scientific meetings in having responsibilities such as inviting speakers, finding a venue for the event, promotion, logistics, etc.
The topic of the seminar was “Young Statisticians” and there were eight presentations of whom 6 were from IDEAS (Arsenio Nhacolo, Johanna Mielke, Julia Niewczas, Nicolas Ballarini, Pavel Mozgunov, Saswati Saha). The other speakers, Christine and Hana, were local PhD students from the Section for Clinical Biometrics of CeMSIIS, Medical University of Vienna. The seminar was divided into two sessions that were chaired by invited discussants Gerd Rosenkranz and Harald Heinzl, whom the organisers would like to thank for kindly agreeing to participate. They provided valuable feedback on the presentations including general comments as well as suggestions for research extensions or possible issues.
After a slightly stressful morning due to one of the speakers having a delayed flight, the event was a great success. Organiser Julia said: “It was a really great experience discovering a different side of being an ESR where we could actually leave our desks and put in practice our soft skills that we have been undertaking training in”. Nicolas also added “At the beginning, I was worried in case there would only be us at the venue, but this wasn’t the case. We had a very successful morning and I received really useful feedback on my research”.
The full list of IDEAS presentations at the seminar were: