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ISCB Conference 2021


Each year, the main event on the ISCB calendar is the Conference.


The conference is 5 days filled with courses, presentations, mini-symposia and discussions about everything and anything related to clinical biostatistics, together with an exciting social programme.


For specific information, please go the conference website.




Participate in the ISCB conference - ISCB42 - in Lyon, France: 18-22 July 2021.


From ISCB News #69, July 2020: 

ISCB42 Lyon, France, 18-22 Jul 2021: First Announcement

From Pascal Roy (LOC Chair) and Hélène Jacqmin-Gadda (SPC Chair)

Welcome to the

42nd Conference of the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics (ISCB)

Lyon, France, 18-22 July 2021

"The International Society for Clinical Biostatistics (ISCB) 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.”


The 42nd Annual Conference of the ISCB will be held in Lyon (France), a city with 2000 years of history, located at the confluence of two rivers (Rhône and Saône) and whose old centre is registered on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

The scientific community of Lyon and its wider region (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) is pleased to invite you to increase your scientific knowledge, share your personal experiences, exchange with specialists from all around the world, and discover Lyon. Besides the numerous scientific research and training centres it hosts (Universities, École Normale Supérieure, École Centrale, etc.), the city of Lyon offers also various cultural sites and events: Museums (Confluences, Gadagne, Beaux-Arts, Gallo-Romain, Frères Lumière, Tony Garnier, Art Contemporain, Tissus, Imprimerie…), Theatres (Célestins, TNP…), Dance (Maison de la Danse), Music (Orchestre National de Lyon, Opéra National de Lyon), Gastronomy (Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie, Halle Paul Bocuse).


Each annual ISCB Conference is usually attended by hundreds of statisticians and biostatisticians with various backgrounds, levels, and professional experiences. It provides statisticians the opportunity to present, discover, and exchange their most recent theories, methods, applications, and experiences in several biological and medical disciplines. It will also be the occasion for fruitful meetings, discussions, and collaborations between researchers.

Per Kragh Andersen (Copenhagen, Denmark) ) will serve as President’s Invited Speaker. The Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) has invited Geert Molenberghs (KU Leuven, Belgium) as eminent conference keynote speaker.

The introductory day (Sunday 18) will be dedicated to short courses in biostatistics. The Conference will then alternate sessions of oral communications and posters.


The 8 invited sessions retained for 2021 will tackle:

  • Causal inference in continuous time for dense longitudinal data from wearable devices: Linda Valeri (US)
  • Variance modelling for multilevel data and joint models : Donald Hedeker (US) & Karen Leffondré (FR)
  • Modelling the global spread of Covid19 and impact of interventions : Roch Giorgi (FR) & Boris Hejblum (FR)
  • Challenges and opportunities for learning from long term disease registers : Els Goetghebeur (BE) & Linda Sharples (UK)
  • The best of both worlds: combining deep learning and modelling : Harald Binder (DE)
  • Selective inference after variable selection : Georg Heinze (AU) & Els Goetghebeur (BE)
  • Personalized Medicine with Dynamic Predictions : Dimitris Rizopoulos (NL) & Brian Tom (UK)
  • Optimal design of longitudinal cluster randomised trials : Andrew Copas (UK) & Stacia De Santis (US)


Other members of the SPC are: Ismael Ahmed (FR), Tim Friede (DE), Catherine Legrand (BE), Delphine Maucort-Boulch (FR), Havi Murad (IL), Muriel Rabilloud (FR), Pascal Roy (FR, LOC Chair), Sarah Zohar (FR).

The 42nd Conference will be an opportunity to display and view posters related to the participants’ works. This will give the participants unique opportunities to exchange with posters’ authors on many recent or innovative biostatistical issues. Besides, the Conference will offer a Best Poster Award.


The Conference will take place on Rockefeller site of the University of Lyon, an Art Deco building that was recently restored and fully equipped for modern conferences. This site hosts the faculties of medicine and pharmacy and several research laboratories.


The Local Organising Committee (LOC) invites you to visit the Conference website to learn more about the scientific and social programmes, the registration and accommodation conditions, the sponsoring opportunities, and, especially, about the city of Lyon.

  • LOC: Pascal Roy (Chair), Delphine Maucort-Boulch (Vice-Chair),
  • Muriel Rabilloud and Stéphanie Dupinay (Treasurers),
  • Fabien Subtil (Secretary),
  • David W Warne (Relationships with Geneva / Lausanne),
  • Mathieu Fauvernier (Webmaster),
  • Hélène Jacqmin-Gadda (SPC co-ordinator),
  • Jean Iwaz, Nadine Bossard (Sponsor acquisition),
  • Paola Damaso, Stéphanie Dupinay, Sylvie Damour (Conference facilities, Social programme),
  • Fabien Subtil (Mini-symposium Committee Chair).


To see past or future conferences, go to ISCB Annual Conferences.

(Last edited: 2020-07-23)