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What You Can Expect And How You Can Contribute To The Conference In November 2024

[00:00:00] Alexander: Welcome to another episode of the effective statistician. Today I want to talk about the upcoming new conference [00:00:10] that will happen in fall this year. It will actually happen on November 7th and 8th and November 11th and 12th. [00:00:20] So that is actually a weekend in between. So it is Thursday, Friday and then Monday, Tuesday in 2024. And we [00:00:30] will have a lot of new things around this conference. Now for the last conference there were over 800 people that [00:00:40] registered and I very very much hope that we can reach many more people for the fall conference. Because I [00:00:50] will, I have made a couple of adjustments to make it even more valuable.

[00:00:56] Alexander: So, the first thing is, we will [00:01:00] have sessions not only in the European afternoon, which is nice for America, but not so nice for Asia. [00:01:10] We will also have sessions early in the European day so that we can also have people from Asia [00:01:20] joining live. So every day we’ll have three parts. The first part is we will kick off with a [00:01:30] session, a contributed session, 60, 90 minutes long.

[00:01:35] Alexander: And these will be parallel sessions where you can [00:01:40] also contribute your content. You can contribute as a presenter with a 80 minute presentation, or you can do a proposed [00:01:50] session together with others and organize this session. Then we will have the half an hour break [00:02:00] and then we will have either a keynote or a panel discussion for one hour.

[00:02:07] Alexander: Then we’ll have a break. Well, European lunch [00:02:10] break we will probably have some fun activities. You can go over to the networking and I will talk a little bit about that later. And then in the [00:02:20] afternoon, we will start again with a keynote or a panel discussion followed by another lunch break. Short break, and [00:02:30] then we have another 90 minute slot where we can contribute presentations and sessions.

[00:02:38] Alexander: Throughout that, we will [00:02:40] also have workshops. These will also happen in these early or late sessions. Slots where we have the parallel sessions. So, [00:02:50] if you want to contribute, yeah? Please submit an abstract for either a poster, a [00:03:00] presentation, or a session. You can find all the details around this on the Effective Statistician homepage.

[00:03:07] Alexander: Just go there, you can directly via the [00:03:10] menu, find the conference page, and there you will have it. All the program details, all these kind of different things. What can you actually talk [00:03:20] about? Well, you can pretty much talk about everything that helps us to be more effective. These can be [00:03:30] technical things, like you want to maybe talk about a new design feature.

[00:03:35] Alexander: Or about How to apply estimates in the [00:03:40] oncology space, or how to better improve quality in certain areas, or programming tips, [00:03:50] or what kind of new machine learning or other kind of techniques are out there, something that is helpful to the community. [00:04:00] Of course, you can also speak about things that are more from a knowledge point of view, review of guidelines, or something that helps [00:04:10] people to better understand certain disease areas.

[00:04:14] Alexander: And of course, something that is about Leadership, personal effectiveness, [00:04:20] all these things matter a lot. So, if you have anything that helps our community to strive to be more [00:04:30] effective, to have more visibility, to be more active. So, in terms of the community overall, then please help with [00:04:40] that and contribute something.

[00:04:41] Alexander: By the way, all people that contribute will also get free access to the complete conference. [00:04:50] Now, free access, you can actually have that anyway for the conference and that includes two things. First, it includes [00:05:00] our networking experience and I want to talk a little bit more about this because I think this is something really, really unique and cool.[00:05:10] 

[00:05:10] Alexander: Of course, it will not be completely replaced. How it looks like at a, at a real conference. Well, you can’t have you know you know, you can still have a [00:05:20] beer together or wine or whatsoever. But of course, you know, you can’t hug other people or whatsoever. But on this networking space, you can actually see all [00:05:30] the other people that are there, at least their avatars.

[00:05:33] Alexander: And then you can move around, they are your avatar, and if you come closer to [00:05:40] another avatar, then a new virtual meeting starts, in which you can then interact like it would be a Teams meeting, Zoom meeting or [00:05:50] whatsoever. And these meetings can actually be quite big. You can also close them so that you have maybe a private discussion.

[00:05:59] Alexander: I don’t know if [00:06:00] you want to talk about a career change or anything like that. Oh, you can have discussions here with lots of other people. Now on this [00:06:10] platform, we will also have dedicated areas, rooms, where you can, for example, meet the speakers. Where [00:06:20] you can, after the presentations, meet them and talk about their presentation.

[00:06:26] Alexander: Learn more about them. You can interact [00:06:30] with the sponsors of the conference. There will be specific areas for the different sponsors. So you can Interact with them, learn about their [00:06:40] services, or whether they would be your next employer. That is another opportunity. And we will also [00:06:50] have areas that help you to engage with like minded people.

[00:06:54] Alexander: So, for example, if you’re interested in real world evidence. We will have a [00:07:00] reward evidence area so that you can quickly identify, oh, these are also people that I can speak about this topic [00:07:10] or maybe biomarkers or maybe HTA or other areas. Yeah, so we will have lots of these different areas. [00:07:20] So you can Engage about a topic that is of interest to you with like minded people.

[00:07:27] Alexander: I want this [00:07:30] networking to be as nice and easy as possible. By the way, you can also connect your LinkedIn profile to to your [00:07:40] profile on this homepage so that other people can directly kind of connect with you and you can connect with them. That makes things so [00:07:50] much more nicer. And you can do that, all of that, basically from your home.

[00:07:57] Alexander: from your desk or [00:08:00] wherever you want to join. So that is, I think, a really, really nice thing. You don’t need to travel around the world. You can just stay at home. And that, of course, [00:08:10] makes it also much more affordable. We’ll talk about price in a moment, but we have really, really nice [00:08:20] prices. I mentioned earlier, we will have these workshops, workshop sessions.

[00:08:27] Alexander: So I will definitely give a [00:08:30] workshop about data visualizations that are already some things that I can share. And I’m already in contact with some people that they [00:08:40] also give some workshops about their specific area of expertise. If you also want. to contribute [00:08:50] with the workshop, yes, then you can very, very easily do this.

[00:08:54] Alexander: Just send an email to conference at the effective statistician dot com. By [00:09:00] the way, you can send all kinds of different questions all to that email address and then my team will take care of that. So, [00:09:10] if you want to present, there are three ways you can present, or participate actively. The first is, of course, you can [00:09:20] submit a poster.

[00:09:21] Alexander: And we will have a poster area on this virtual platform that I already mentioned. So you can upload the poster [00:09:30] leave it there, and then people can interact, or during the poster sessions, you can also be there and send. Talk with people about your [00:09:40] poster. I want to have an abstract for all these different posters, presentations, and sessions, so that it’s easy for people to understand.

[00:09:48] Alexander: I should go to [00:09:50] this poster, I should go to that session, and so on. And you can also have short videos that tell the people [00:10:00] about What you can expect there. That is very often much more engaging than just have a, let’s say, boring abstract. [00:10:10] The second thing is you can submit presentation. And the length of this presentation is 18 [00:10:20] minutes.[00:10:20] Alexander: Well, 18 minutes, why? Because that is a really, really nice length that I have seen. Works very well from the [00:10:30] previous conferences. And this is not by chance, also the length of a typical TED talk. So, you can pre [00:10:40] record these videos and these presentations so that you don’t need to worry about any kind of logistical [00:10:50] things that, don’t know, your internet connection breaks down or whatsoever.

[00:10:55] Alexander: I still want you. to sign in, of course, for your [00:11:00] presentations. And then, while others are watching your presentation, you can engage with the audience, you can answer questions, and all these kind of different things [00:11:10] that you normally can’t do if you do a live presentation. So, this will be definitely a very, very nice experience.

[00:11:19] Alexander: And [00:11:20] of course, you can always meet the people that watched your presentation afterwards in the networking space, or maybe before. [00:11:30] We also have the opportunity that you submit a complete session. So this can be either a 60 minute or a [00:11:40] 90 minute session. And there are lots of things that you can do.

[00:11:45] Alexander: You can either have a couple of recorded presentations, [00:11:50] or you can have a mix with presentations plus some live discussions or as I mentioned earlier, you can even have a workshop, [00:12:00] something like this. Yeah. So if you have a workshops and, you know, that is a little bit of a different thing because that usually needs a little bit more interaction [00:12:10] and things like that.

[00:12:10] Alexander: Yes. And let me know. Why is he. conference at theeffectivestatistician. com email, but for the presentations, you can be [00:12:20] really, really flexible. There’s certainly the opportunity to engage with your audience through question and answer things, through polls, [00:12:30] all these kinds of different things that help a virtual conference to be really, really nice.

[00:12:39] Alexander: By the [00:12:40] way, the deadline for all of that Is September 20, no, September 15th, 2024. By [00:12:50] that, I would like to have all the abstracts, all the presentations, and also the session proposals. Yes, that [00:13:00] is not that far away from the conference itself. That’s why I very, very much hope that you actually submit lots of these things [00:13:10] earlier.

[00:13:10] Alexander: Now, you will be able to kind of alter things later on in the conference set up, yeah, in this virtual [00:13:20] conference set up. There will be lots of opportunities to kind of engage, set up your profile, all these kind of different things. Now [00:13:30] one other thing is. You can also contribute to this conference as a volunteer.

[00:13:37] Alexander: So, why should you volunteer? Well, [00:13:40] the first is, you will then be able to network with lots of other experts, with the speakers, with other volunteers. So, this will be a [00:13:50] great networking experience. Just, not just for you. During the conference, but before and otherwise. You can definitely [00:14:00] increase your skills.

[00:14:02] Alexander: You get more understanding in terms of networking, communication, all these kind of different things. [00:14:10] And you also get complementary access. So you will get access to all the workshops, all the recording, all these kind of different things. [00:14:20] And I’m thinking about doing something additionally very, very special for the volunteers, but that’s a surprise.

[00:14:28] Alexander: [00:14:30] So what are the different things? We need networking facilitators. We need workshop assistants. And we need people that help with the [00:14:40] overall communication. Yeah, maybe you also just want to be there and helps some [00:14:50] kind of conference speakers, but that is largely covered by my support team. So who can actually volunteer?

[00:14:58] Alexander: Well, anybody [00:15:00] that is really interested in moving our community forward can volunteer. You can be a very seasoned statistician, a very junior [00:15:10] programmer, or a data scientist that just came into healthcare from, don’t know, finance or whatsoever. There’s [00:15:20] no restrictions there. It’s just important that you have a passion for contributing to the conference.

[00:15:29] Alexander: And finally, [00:15:30] you can also contribute as a sponsor to this conference. Now, what are the sponsorship opportunities? This [00:15:40] includes first and foremost, of course, registrations for people that are in your team, your [00:15:50] organization. It includes also that you get a nice job. Sponsor place on the networking space, we will have your company [00:16:00] logos displayed on the conference website and also conference related social media posts.

[00:16:08] Alexander: We can also include [00:16:10] you depending on which tier you have in additional. featured promotional items. We will have shout outs about you on the, [00:16:20] our email list. And that includes tens of thousands of, of people. And if you choose the the top tier in terms [00:16:30] of sponsorship, we will also mention you in prominent podcast episodes and have dedicated posts on our social media platforms [00:16:40] so that you get more visibility, whether that is to attract new people or attract new clients.

[00:16:49] Alexander: [00:16:50] It works pretty simple, yeah? For the first tier, the t test sponsorship tier you pay for 10 times the [00:17:00] registration price and then you get 11 registration plus additional things. For the second tier, the ANOVA tier, you pay for 20 [00:17:10] times the current registration price and get 23 registration. Or you take the ML, the machine learning tier, and [00:17:20] then you pay 40 times the current registration price.

[00:17:23] Alexander: And you get 48 full registrations. So [00:17:30] the price will actually increase over time because over time you will learn more and more what is in it for you for the [00:17:40] conference. So if you participate despite not knowing. What are all the sessions already? Then you pay [00:17:50] less price. If you wait until you have all the information, you know, all the keynote speakers, all the sessions, all these kind of different things, [00:18:00] then, only then, you pay the full price.

[00:18:04] Alexander: And that’s the same with sponsorship, that basically increases [00:18:10] over time as well. Now there’s one specific thing about academia. For people in academia, I will have a specific [00:18:20] price, and also the sponsorship works there based on the academic price. So if you are working at a university, maybe you [00:18:30] can get your university to, I don’t know, have all the people attending this conference.

[00:18:37] Alexander: Because It will be a [00:18:40] very, very nice thing. And of course, you can also contribute as a post, a presenter, session, all these kind of different things. So, my hope is [00:18:50] that this will be a really, really great conference that brings lots of, lots of different people together. I actually have some numbers in mind that [00:19:00] I’m aiming for.[00:19:01] Alexander: But this is just for me to see whether I reach my, my kind of personal goals. That is a kind of a competition with [00:19:10] myself. So, check out the conference homepage on the effective statistician and let’s transform healthcare [00:19:20] together so that we have a community that makes a big difference, an even bigger difference in healthcare.

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