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65th Annual Meeting of the German Association for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS), Meeting of the Central European Network (CEN: German Region, Austro-Swiss Region and Polish Region) of the International Biometric Society (IBS)

06.09. - 09.09.2020, Berlin (online conference)


Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of all the organizers, I’m pleased to welcome you as the conference president of the first joint online conference of the GMDS & CEN-IBS 2020.
Our slogan "Bringing Data to Life" takes account of the fact that we are faced to an increasing amount of data in medical research which is naturally related to an fast developing digitalization of the health system. However, to make use of these data and to benefit from these increasing sources of evidence many challenges have to be addressed which can only be faced if all disciplines related to data science work together. Our conference aims at bringing together these different disciplines of data sciences including medical informatics, bioinformatics, biostatistics, epidemiology, public health and medical documentation. Together, we want to discuss a variety of central, innovative key topics e.g. educating the next generation, evidence and uncertainty, new data sources for evidence generation, deep learning & artificial intelligence, reproducible research, reporting and data sharing. Our key topics cover central themes, which are relevant for the society in general and for supporting innovations in medical research in particular.

We started the planning of the conference already two years ago and so many people were involves in designing and implementing a most creative and interesting scientific and social programme. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our original plans due to the pandemic situation. Still, I feel that our reduced online program should be attractive to everyone, who is interested in data and who wants to experience that the right use and share of data can contribute to a better life. I really hope that you share our enthusiasm and that you enjoy the conference also under these modified circumstances.

Warm regards,
Geraldine Rauch