Students' Day

9.30-18.00 hrs. (estimated) - Room: TBA

From Nadine Binder, on behalf of the Student Conference Awards Sub-Committee


We welcome all students to join the Students’ Day on Thursday, 13 July 2017.


The aim of the day is to stimulate discussion on how to be a good researcher, how to come up with biostatistical research projects of ongoing or future interest and to discuss difficulties that students face during their degree. It also provides an opportunity to practice your presentation skills in a semi-formal environment. Although research presentations are welcome from first time attendees, we strongly encourage students to instead use this opportunity to share their personal experiences about doing biostatistical research and how they have dealt with pitfalls that have come up in the research process. It doesn’t matter if you are studying for a masters, just about to start with your PhD or will hand in your thesis soon, the Students’ Day provides a perfect opportunity to meet your peers, exchange thoughts and ideas, and to get to know more about how to shape a career in biostatistics.



The majority of the day will be student presentations and time for discussion, but we have also invited the following three experienced speakers to give advice on strategies for a successful career in biostatistical research, and who will be there to discuss your research challenges with you:


  • Deborah Ashby, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
    Using Statistical Theory, Epidemiology and Clinical Trials for Public Health Impact


  • Sonia Pértega Díaz, Universitary A Coruña Hospital, Spain
    Portrait of a biostatistician in a clinical research unit


  • David W. Warne, Consultant Biostatistician and Academic Fellow at University of Geneva, Switzerland
    How Not to Plan A Career in University, Big Pharma, Small Biotech, Medium Pharma, Consulting and back to University


Abstract submission

We invite students to submit an abstract for the Students’ Day. Talks may present results from your research (first time attendees only), discuss strategies you have tried in order to address a research question, present programming or statistical tools that you have used in your research and from which others may benefit, and/or provide details of problems/challenges that you have faced during your studies. Importantly, you do not need to present final- or publishable results. The Students’ Day should be seen as a chance to discuss your work and experiences in a friendly and constructive environment and to gather new ideas for your path forward, rather than to get feedback on your research.

Eligibility: All students who are expecting to graduate within or shortly before August 2017 for a BSc, MSc or PhD in statistics or who are registered as a PhD student in 2017.

Abstract submission deadline: 10 April 2017

Abstract acceptance notifications: 25 April 2017


Please prepare your abstract as a Word file following this template and send it to Nadine Binder, email:



You can register for the Students' Day through the main ISCB conference registration website Participation will be free of charge for delegates also attending the main conference, and will be 30 EUR for participants attending the Students' Day only.


We encourage you as young researchers to attend the Students’ Day and seize the opportunity to gather input from peers as well as experienced senior statisticians in the field of biostatistics.


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