The International Biometric Society (IBS) Journal Club is a new initiative, designed by the Education Committee to help members and others network and discuss recent papers published in IBS journals.

Upcoming 2017 Journal Club dates: August 10, October 12, and December 7 all scheduled at 15:00 GMT

Organizer and Chair: Jim Todd (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

Venue: Sessions are presented online, and will include both audio and video content. Instructions for access are made available to all confirmed participants.

Audience: The IBS Journal Club is open to all IBS members worldwide (not limited to English-speaking natives). Eventually the Journal Club may be open to non-members, but we first plan to evaluate the Club and the views of IBS members.

Registration Fees:
*IBS Member – Free (Registration is limited to the first 100 members for each session.)
*Non-member – N/A

Purpose and plan: The purpose is to widen the scope for understanding papers and to provide a new networking opportunity for IBS members through a regular internet forum.

The IBS Education Committee will choose a recent paper published in the Biometrics journal. The paper may highlight an interesting application or a new methodology or development in biometrics, biostatistics or biomathematics. The papers will be chosen by the Education Committee, in coordination with Biometrics Co-editors and shall be of wide interest amongst members.

The author of the paper will be asked to make a 20 minute presentation on the paper and its importance. A discussant will also be identified to highlight the main points and raise some relevant questions for a maximum of approximately 10 minutes. The discussion will be opened up to participants for comments, questions and responses to the paper, under the direction of the Chair. IBS members may want to email and request an opportunity to speak about the paper, but the wider audience will be able to contribute to the discussion.

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For more information about the Journal Club, please contact IBS Education Committee Members Jim Todd (jim.todd@LSHTM.ac.uk) or Jaakko Nevalainen (Jaakko.Nevalainen@staff.uta.fi). For information on future club dates in 2017, contact IBS Director of Education, Alphonsus Baggett (regions@biometricsociety.org) .