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ISCB News No. 70, Membership Renewal for 2021

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We are moving to a new payment system. Please be patient and do not use the old system.
You will be informed by mid-December how to use the new system to join as a new member or renew your subscription.

27 Nov-2020

Updated Newsletter#69

A slightly updated version of the ISCB News #69 is available in the Members' Area (Regular Posters added).
News #70 should be available before the end of the year.


New 10 Jan 2021 Deadline for Biom J Special Issue

Dear All,

The final deadline for submission of papers for the Special Issue (ISCB41 - Krakow 2020) of the Biometrical Journal has been extended to 10 January 2021.

We hope this will help you coping with all Covid-related delays etc.

Happy Holidays and New Year 2021

Michal Abrahamowicz



ISCB Ballot for ExCom 2021-22: Results

From the ISCB Secretary, Geir Egil Eide, and the Election Officer: Catherine Quantin, Ballot Committee Members: Jindra Reissigova & Paola Rebora:

1042 ISCB members were invited to participate in the ballot. 306 completed the electronic eBallot, corresponding to 29.36%.

ISCB Vice-President 2021-22

With 157 votes (51%), Tomasz Burzykowski wins the election to become ISCB Vice-President 2021-22 against Thomas Jaki (129 votes, 42%). 20 members abstained.

ISCB Treasurer 2021-22

With 139 votes (45%), Chris Metcalfe wins the election to become ISCB Treasurer 2021-22 against Lehana Thabane (124 votes, 41%). 43 members abstained.

ISCB Secretary 2021-22

Elaine Pascoe elected without vote, as the only candidate for this position.

ISCB Ordinary Members 2021-22

Dimitris Rizopoulos (205 votes), Jonathan Bartlett (188 votes), Laure Wynants (186 votes), Krystyna Szafraniec (186 votes), Nicole Close (173 votes), Gerta Rücker (173 votes), Nan van Geloven (162 votes), and Lehana Thabane (142 votes) were elected in the eight (8) places for Ordinary members, based on the highest vote. Erik Cobo (150 votes) was in 8th place but has declined for personal reasons, and Jan Terje Kvaløy (139 votes) was not elected. 19 members abstained.


As a consequence, the ISCB Executive Committee for 2021-22 will be:


  • President: Zdeněk Valenta (as the previous Vice-President, art. 5.05b of the Constitution)
  • Vice-President: Tomasz Burzykowski (majority vote, art. 15.10 & 15.11 of the Constitution)
  • Treasurer: Chris Metcalfe (majority vote, art. 15.10 & 15.11 of the Constitution)
  • Secretary: Elaine Pascoe (uncontested)

Members not for election

  • Past President: Vana Sypsa (for 2021 only, art. 6.02 of the Constitution)
  • News Editor/Webmaster: David W. Warne (art. 16.02 of the Constitution, re-appointed)

Ordinary members

(Elected by highest number of votes, no tie for the last post occurred, art. 15.11 of the Constitution):

  • 1. Dimitris Rizopoulos
  • 2. Jonathan Bartlett
  • 3.-4. Laure Wynants
  • 3.-4. Krystyna Szafraniec
  • 5.-6. Nicole Close
  • 5.-6. Gerta Rücker
  • 7. Nan van Geloven
  • 8. Lehana Thabane


ISCB Ballot for ExCom 2021-22: Please Vote!

If you are a member of ISCB for 2020, we would like you to vote in an electronic Ballot on the issue of electing the ISCB 2021-2022 Executive Committee.

The Ballot will run from Mon 26 Oct until Sun 8 Nov, 23:59 CET.

You should have received an email announcing the Ballot from ISCB President and an email from Laura Rytcher, Project Manager, Marketminds ApS, with a link to the voting website.

(Election Officer: Catherine Quantin, Ballot Committee Members: Jindra Reissigova & Paola Rebora.)

Summary of the Candidates:







Tomasz Burzykowski


Kinga Salapa

Marc Buyse


Thomas Jaki


Zdenek Valenta

Geir Egil Eide


Lehana Thabane


Zdenek Valenta

Thomas Jaki


Chris Metcalfe


Thomas Jaki

Chris Weir


Elaine Pascoe


Zdenek Valenta

Geir Egil Eide


Nicole Close


Stanislav Katina

Geir Egil Eide


Nan van Geloven


Saskia Le Cessie

Nadine Binder


Lehana Thabane


Zdenek Valenta

Thomas Jaki


Laure Wynants


Thomas Jaki

Ben Van Calster


Krystyna Szafraniec


Zdenek Valenta

Michal Abrahamowicz


Jonathan Bartlett


David W. Warne

Geir Egil Eide


Jan Terje Kvaløy


Geir Egil Eide

Katherine Lee


Gerta Rücker


Nadine Binder

Axel Benner


Erik Cobo


Tomasz Burzykowski

Juan Vicente Torres-Martin


Dimitis Rizopoulos


Tomasz Burzykowski

Jonathan Bartlett



ISCB Ballot for ExCom 2021-22: Update

We have received more nominations than the number of available positions for 2021-22 so an electronic Ballot will be held in the coming weeks, probably the 2nd half of October. If you're a 2020 member of ISCB, you will receive more information about the voting process in the coming weeks.


ISCB Ballot for ExCom 2021-22: Deadline for nominations extended

Dear ISCB Members,

I would like to inform you that the nomination deadline for the Executive Committee is extended for one week (i.e. to 7 September 2020). The reason for this extension is that we did not have enough candidates and that we need to cross-check ISCB membership for 2020 based on the final registration list of attendants of ISCB41. Please see my earlier e-mail below for more information on the process.

I would like to ask you to consider joining the Executive Committee of ISCB and participate in these elections.

Best regards

Vana Sypsa

ISCB President

28 July 2020 18:47 (To:

Dear ISCB Members,

As already advertised in the ISCB newsletter, in October/November there will be elections for the Executive Committee (ExCom) of ISCB.

Nominations are therefore sought for:

· Vice-President,

· Secretary,

· Treasurer and

· 8 ordinary members

If you are planning on being nominated or on nominating an ISCB member for the ExCom, please note the following criteria

1. Each nomination requires thee people: A Proposer, a Seconder and a Nominee

2. All 3 parties must be active ISCB members in years 2019 and 2020 with no outstanding membership balance

As this year our conference will be virtual, we will follow the process described below:

1. Before beginning the process, the Proposer must make sure that all 3 members have been informed and agree with the nomination

2. The Proposer may nominate an ISCB member to be: Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Ordinary member (8 spots). The Proposer may select one or two of the positions listed

3. The Proposer must send by email the names and email addresses of the Proposer, Seconder and Nominee to We will then proceed to send the links to the online forms that need to be completed to all 3 parties.

If there are more nominees than vacant positions, an electronic ballot will be held.

ExCom Ordinary members are required to attend ExCom meetings every two months (virtual meetings) and the ExCom meeting during the conference.

ISCB Officers meet at least monthly.

ISCB needs engaged volunteers who will invest their energy and time to help the Society move forward.

Best regards,

Vana Sypsa

ISCB President and Nominations Officer

ISCB41 Krakow 2020


We hope you're enjoying ISCB41 online at
ISCB members who are registered for the conference may attend the ISCB Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 
Wed 26 Aug from 15:50-17:20 (CEST).


You can find the latest ISCB41 programme here.
The conference starts with courses on Sun 23 Aug and the Scientific programme runs from Mon 24 - Wed 26 Aug.
Thu 27 Aug has 4 parallel sessions, the Early Career Biostatisticians' Day and 3 Mini-Symposia.
You may still register at


In the Members' Area, there's a new list of Books for Review and an updated Book Review Index.

Thanks to Jindra Reissigova, our Book Review Editor.



Please note that the online programme pdfs will be updated when needed in the coming weeks.

Important changes will be noted here:

24-Jul-2020: Speakers and titles for OC25-OC30 were corrected.


23-Jul-2020 Update:

ISCB41  - Still time to register and join the conference!

Please download the draft ISCB41 Programme pdf.


The 41st Annual Conference of the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics (ISCB) will be organised, together with the Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland), from 23-27 August 2020.

To join > 600 biostatisticians from about 50 countries on 6 continents, please visit for details of the programme, and registration fees and procedures.

This will be a Virtual conference but it will follow the traditional ISCB conference format, with exciting scientific and social programmes.

Sessions have been scheduled so that people all over the world can attend most of the programme, whatever time zone they live in. Recordings of sessions will be available during the meeting itself so you can catch up on a session you missed.


In Plenary Sessions, eminent researchers will address topics hotly debated in modern biostatistics. President’s Invited talk by Miguel A. Hernan (Harvard) will focus on Causal Inference to learn from real-world evidence, and the 2 Keynote Speakers Frank Harrell Jr. (Vanderbilt, US) and Trevor Hastie (Stanford, US) will exchange views on the relationships between Statistical Modelling and Machine Learning.

In the 13 Invited Sessions, 40 leaders in their fields will provide comprehensive views of recent methodological developments in both traditional areas of biostatistics (causal inference, clinical trials, survival analysis etc.) and the emerging fields of big data and functional analysis, omics and personalised medicine, Bayesian modelling of infectious diseases, and statistical challenges in Covid-19 research.

The programme for Mon 24 – Wed 26 August includes >200 oral presentations (in 42 topic--oriented sessions), about 90 short poster overviews, and about 150 posters that can be consulted through a secure website.

Five full-day pre-conference Short Courses, on Sun 23 August, by internationally recognised experts, will cover both recent methodological developments and practical advice in the areas of statistical modelling, absolute risks, high-dimensional data, measurement errors, and early-phase clinical trials. (There are still a few open spots for registration for each course).

Parallel activities on Thu 27 August include 3 Mini-Symposia on: Guidance for analysis of observational data, Statistical methods for pharmaco-epidemiology/-economics, and High-dimensional data; as well as the Early Career Biostatisticians’ Day, which will provide a unique opportunity for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and biostatisticians at the beginning of their careers to share experiences and advice, and discuss opportunities and challenges, in a less formal environment.

We look forward to welcome you at ISCB41 Krakow 2020!




31-May-2020 Update

Please note that the ISCB41 website ( has been updated shortly to reflect the new lower prices; Registration is open.


17-May-2020 Update

Dear Members and Friends of ISCB,


After careful consideration and in light of the uncertainty concerning travel restrictions and social distancing measures, ISCB had made the decision to convert ISCB41 Krakow 2020 to a virtual conference.


Although we were looking forward to seeing everyone in Krakow, we find this an opportunity to attract people from around the world and to offer the possibility to attend an engaging conference at a lower cost. The scientific programme will be identical, i.e. equally rich and exciting as what was originally planned.


The Chairs of the Local Organising Committee and of the Scientific Programme Committee will be reaching out with complete details and the programme shortly.


We look forward to having you join us for ISCB41 Krakow 2020!

Best regards,


Vana Sypsa, ISCB President

Krystyna Szafraniec, Chair of the LOC - ISCB41 Krakow 2020

Michal Abrahamowicz, Chair of the SPC - ISCB41 Krakow 2020

Education SC Courses

24-Apr-2020 Announcement

Please see the Education SC page for information about how to apply for funding for giving courses in 2020.



Dear members and friends of ISCB,

ISCB is closely following the news about COVID-19 around the world.We sincerely hope that all is well with you and your beloved ones.

We would like to inform you that, in consultation with the local organising committee of ISCB 41, we continue to plan our annual conference in Krakow during 23-27 August (

We will monitor the situation and will respond as more information comes to hand.

Our best wishes for this difficult time,

ISCB Officers

Vana Sypsa, Zdenek Valenta, Geir Eide Egil, Thomas Jaki


We have set up a page with links to some articles about Covid-19 which may be of interest.

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Next Conferences

Participate in ISCB's next annual conferences:

- ISCB41 in Krakow, Poland, 23-27 August 2020

- ISCB42 in Lyon, France, 18-23 July 2021 

- ISCB43 in Newcastle, UK, 21-25 August 2022


In August 2018, ISCB joined the SSA (Statistical Society of Australia) for "ISCB ASC 18" in Melbourne, Australia.

The next SSA meeting "ANZSC 2020" will take place from 6-10 July 2020 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

UPDATE: Postponed to 5-9 July 2021.


About ISCB

The International Society for Clinical Biostatistics was founded in 1978 to stimulate research into the principles and methodology used in the design and analysis of clinical research and to increase the relevance of statistical theory to the real world of clinical medicine.

Membership is open to all interested individuals who share the Aims of the Society. ISCB's membership include clinicians, statisticians and members of other disciplines, such as epidemiologists, clinical chemists and clinical pharmacologists, working or interested in the field of clinical biostatistics.


ISCB1: Brussels, 2-3 May 1979

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