Free workshop: How to be an effective statistician (Get the LIKE Manuscript)

Are you a statistician early in your career or are you about to become a statistician working in academia or the industry? This workshop is for you to dramatically increase your impact!


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Peter Drucker – one of the main leadership gurus of the 20th century, who heavily influenced how we think about leadership today – wrote many books. One of his best is “The Effective Executive – The Definite Guide to Getting the Rights Things Done”. Drucker describes the different techniques and tools executives need to master to produce results for their organizations.

In a similar way to Druckers book for executives, this workshop will equip you as a statistician with a toolbox to become much more impactful.

For you to increase your output, you need to apply and master these 4 dimensions:

  • Leadership – the ability to influence others with or without formal authority
  • Innovation – the skill to solve problems in better ways creating value for the organization
  • Knowledge – the capability to learn about the area of research and the written and unwritten rules of the organization and the environment it operates in
  • Excellence – the way you get the right tasks done with minimal effort and high quality

The workshop will provide you with insights into these areas via real-life examples and give you actionable steps to move forward.

The interactive virtual workshop on

December 1st, 2021 – 9am-12pm East Coast Time in the US and 3-6pm Central European Time

will be a combination of

  • short presentations,
  • question and answer sessions, and
  • group discussions in break-out groups via zoom.

The 3-hour workshop will be split into smaller parts separated by breaks for networking between the participants using makes it amazinlgy easy to socialize in a virtual environment.

Speakers and Moderators:

Gina-Maria Pomann, PhD

Director, Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) Core

Gina-Maria Pomann is Statistical Research Scientist and the Director of the Duke Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) Methods Core. The mission of the Core is to work with the interdisciplinary network of clinical investigators conducting research at Duke by providing expertise in study design, implementation of statistical methodology, and interpretation of results. The Core also serves as the primary coordinating center to connect investigators with the appropriate methodologists/quantitative experts to foster and promote reproducible research in an effort-based collaborative model.

To meet the increased demand for biostatistical collaboration in medical research, Dr. Pomann develops quantitative collaborative teams specifically tailored to medical research units across the school of medicine. Dr. Pomann works to improve the collaborative infrastructure and hire staff necessary to meet the evolving collaborative needs. Since 2015, the Core has grown from 6 staff biostatisticians to over 20 staff biostatisticians who work on interdisciplinary teams, led by over 15 quantitative faculty, to conduct research throughout the school of medicine. 

Dr. Pomann’s current research focuses on the development of models for quantitative units in academic medical centers, development of collaboration teams with quantitative and qualitative expertise, and methods for training the clinical and translational science collaboration workforce. Dr. Pomann also has broad statistical expertise in experimental design, image analysis, functional data, case-control sampling, and real-world evidence methods. She has led initiatives to develop collaborative research, medical investigator training programs, biostatistician staff training programs, a biostatistics training and internship program, and seminar series.


Alexander Schacht, PhD

Podcast host, leadership trainer at The Effective Statistician, and Executive Vice President of Launch and Commercialization Data Sciences at Veramed.

He studied mathematics and received my PhD in biostatistics on non-parametric statistics from the University of Göttingen in Germany. He authored more than 70 scientific manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and regularly speak at international conferences – both statistical ones like PSI and medical ones like EADV. During my career at university and within the pharma industry, he has collected more than 20 years of experience.

His career focused mostly on phase III and IV (RCT, observational studies, HTA submission, commercialization work) with some regulatory work as well as some experience in the early phases of clinical development.

He’s interested in a broad range of methodological areas but specifically on making better decisions based on data. As such, he was the chair of the EFSPI/SPI SIG on benefit-risk and the data visualization SIG for some time. In addition he served PSI as a director of the board responsible for communications.

He’s a happy husband and father of 3 wonderful kids, who he loves to spend time with. In the rest of his time, he loves running and listening to podcasts.

People and organizations supporting this workshop through sharing the word and helping with the group moderations are:

PSI – the community dedicated to leading and promoting the use of statistics within the healthcare industry for the benefit of patients. Check to learn more.

The Portuguese Statistics Society (SPE) aims to promote, cultivate and develop, in Portugal, the study of Statistics, its applications and related sciences. Learn more about SPE here:

The Federation (FENStatS) promotes mutual communication, co-operation and interchange of views among all those interested in statistical sciences, in their scientific principles, in a broad sense and in as wide a range of applications as possible. The Federation serves as an agency for the dissemination of technical and scientific information among the National Statistical Societies forming the federation, promoting their mutual collaboration and those activities that can augment the research scientific impact of the members, including international conferences, journals, books and other publications. Learn more here:

  • further to be announced shortly

If you or your organization/company would like to support the workshop as well, please contact Alexander Schacht at alexander.schacht (at)