Survival Analysis for Junior Researchers

24-26 April 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark


The conference is now over. Thank you to all the participants for their contributions! Congratulations to the winners of the poster award (Natasha A. Sahr) and oral presentation award (Sven Erik Ojavee).
Next year the conference will be held in Ulm, Germany, 1-3 April, 2020. Check out the webpage!


Copenhagen is proud to host the second annual Survival Analysis for Junior Researchers conference outside the UK. This is the 8th annual SAfJR conference. It is a three-day event that is aimed at career-young statisticians with an interest in the application and development of time-to-event analysis and related topics. The conference provides a unique opportunity for participants to present and discuss their work with peers at a similar stage in their careers in a relaxed and friendly environment. The event includes a short course on Recurrent Event Analysis by Per Kragh Andersen (University of Copenhagen), talks from keynote speakers Nadine Binder (University of Freiburg), Thomas Alexander Gerds (University of Copenhagen) and Christian Torp-Pedersen (Aalborg University), as well as contributed talks, a poster session and a conference dinner!

Who should attend?

The conference aims to bring together researchers and statisticians working in different areas of survival analysis who are in the early stages of their career. This includes, career-young researchers and statisticians, post-docs, PhD students and postgraduate students. Those who do not consider themselves 'career-young' are still welcome to attend and present their work. The previous SAfJR conferences were organised by the universities of Leiden (2018), Leicester (2017, 2012), Leeds (2016), Keele (2015), Warwick (2014), and Liverpool (2013).

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Invited speakers

  • Per Kragh Andersen

    Short course on Recurrent Event Analysis (description)

    Per Kragh Andersen (webpage)

    Per Kragh Andersen is a biostatistician and professor at the Section of Biostatistics of the Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen. He has more than 40-years of experience in survival analysis. His main research interests are survival/event history analysis and analysis of cohort studies and other epidemiological applications of statistics. He has a strong experience in methodological research, teaching and collaborating with medical researchers. Per has co-authored the two books 'Statistical models based on counting processes' and 'Regression with Linear Predictors'. His expertise is well-recognized among both medical researchers and statisticians. Per is also known for being popular among students, who appreciate his pedagogical skills and friendliness.

  • Nadine Binder

    The gap between development of time-to-event methods and their application in epidemiology (abstract)

    Nadine Binder (webpage)

    Nadine Binder is a biostatistician and postdoc at the Institute for Prevention and Cancer Epidemiology of the Medical Center, University of Freiburg. She focuses on time-to-event models, while also facilitating the proper application of these models in the methodological and clinical communities. During the last years, she has been the primary researcher in a project, where she investigated different statistical approaches based on multi-state models and related regression methodology in order to allow for an adequate and unbiased analysis of data where disease information is missing due to death, and applied them to several epidemiological cohort studies. Nadine is a member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Student Conference Awards Subcommittee of the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics (ISCB). In 2016, she set up a 'Students Day' for career-young biostatisticians during the annual ISCB conference, which is dedicated to biostatistical research skills and future research directions and has led to the foundation of a new 'Early Career Biostatisticians' Subcommittee within the ISCB aiming to address all issues related to or raised by early career biostatisticians as members of the society.

  • Christian Torp-Pedersen

    The secrets of matching and floating absolute risk (joint talk) (abstract)

    Christian Torp-Pedersen (webpage)

    Christian Torp-Pedersen is a professor of cardiology and clinical epidemiology at Aalborg University. He will give a joint talk with Thomas Alexander Gerds, about their longstanding collaboration. Christian has more than 30 years of experience in clinical epidemiology. He has been awarded the 2016 Novo Nordisk Prize for his significant, original and internationally recognized work as a researcher spanning the past three decades. In 2002, he took up the subject of register based research. At that time multiple registers were provided for research within a research environment in Statistics Denmark, which holds multiple nationwide databases. Since then the main focus of his research has been register based studies and controlled clinical trials in cardiology. Christian is keen on learning and applying new statistical methodologies and during his career he has had many fruitful collaborations with researchers in biostatistics, including Per Kragh Andersen and Thomas Alexander Gerds.

  • Thomas Alexander Gerds

    The secrets of matching and floating absolute risk (joint talk) (abstract)

    Thomas Alexander Gerds (webpage)

    Thomas Alexander Gerds is a mathematician specialized in statistical methods for and applications of survival analysis here in particular risk prediction models, machine learning and causal inference. You can find his office in the young part of the Section of Biostatistics (University of Copenhagen). He has a longstanding collaboration with a group of cardiologists interested in epidemiology and the Danish Heart Foundation, here in particular with MD Christian Torp-Pedersen. They fight like cats and dogs about their research - of course only until they understand each other. Paradoxically, quite often Christian is the more abstract thinking one whereas Thomas fights for the clinical interpretation. There is a high predicted risk that their joint presentation will not be totally boring.


The conference will start on Wednesday the 24th of April around 13:00 and end Friday the 26th around 14:00. The first day is dedicated to the short course and includes a casual dinner. The second day there will be contributed talks, one invited talk, a poster session and the conference dinner. The third day there will be another invited talk and more contributed talks, before the goodbye lunch.
See the conference book for a detailed programme, abstracts and more practical information about the conference.


Since Monday the 4th of February the conference is sold out, but there is the possibility to register to a waiting list. This waiting list will enable new registrations in case there are some cancellations.
The conference fee is 2300 DKK (approx. 310 EUR). The fee includes the entire scientific programme, two lunches, drinks and bites during the breaks, a casual dinner and a conference dinner. Registration to the waiting list must be done online through this registration link. Please visit the link for details.

Practical information


Abstract submission is now closed (since the 9th of December). On the 7th of January 2019 all authors have been notified of abstract acceptance and if they have been assigned to oral or poster presentation.

Conference venue

The conference will take place in the meeting room Blixen of the Black Diamond, located at Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1, 1221 København K in central Copenhagen, Denmark. The Black Diamond is a modern waterfront extension to the Royal Danish Library's old building. Check Wikipedia or watch a movie promoting meeting facilities of the Black Diamond to learn more about this beautiful location. The venue is within walking distance of Copenhagen Central Station (main train station, 18 min), the metro (11 min) and the bus 66 stops in front of the building.

Social Events

There will be a casual dinner on the first day of the conference (24th April) and a conference dinner on the second day (25th April). The casual dinner will take place at Cock’s & Cows, located at Ravnsborggade 14 in the district of Nørrebro. The conference dinner will take place at Bæst, located at Guldbergsgade 29, also in the district of Nørrebro.


There will be awards for the best oral and poster presentation. The winning presentations will be selected by a designated award committee. The awards will be presented on Friday 26 April at noon.

Public transport

If you arrive at Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup Airport) the metro will take you directly to the city center in approximately 15 minutes. The metro departs every 4-6 minutes during the day and every 15-20 minutes during the night. A one-way ticket (3 zones) costs 36 DKK (approx. 5 EUR), and you must buy it at the airport before boarding the metro. An interesting alternative is to buy a City Pass.

Bus 66 stops directly in front of the Black Diamond ('Det Kongelige Bibliotek') and also serves for example Copenhagen Central Station ('Hovedbanegården, Tivoli'). The harbour bus also stops at the Black Diamond. You can plan your travel within Denmark at

If you prefer to travel around like the locals, you can also rent a bike from Donkey Republic or Bycyklen.

Hotel suggestions

The following hotels have easy public transport connections to the conference venue:
- CABINN Scandinavia and CABINN Express (bus 66 from 'Forum' metro station).
- CABINN City and Zleep hotel (bus 66 from Copenhagen Central Station).
- Danhostel and Copenhagen Downtown (within walking distance).


Visitors of Copenhagen usually enjoy the city for its nice atmosphere and numerous sightseeing opportunities. A popular place to visit is Nyhavn, located within a walking distance from the conference site (1km). This is where the header picture of this website was taken. You can check out these suggestions for nice things to do in Copenhagen. More suggestions here.

Recommendations of the organizing team:
- Walking - the Copenhagen city center is small enough for you to enjoy it by foot (especially the waterfront walk where you can return by the harbour bus).
- Viewing the city from the water - you can both go on canal tours by boat, rent a kayak, or go for a swim in the harbour.
- Grab a bite - go to the food market Reffen at 'Refshaleøen' or explore the restaurants in the former meatpacking district ('Kødbyen').
- Explore Christiania, the free town in the old military area in Christianshavn.


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Organising team

Below you can read about the organizing team of young statisticians who work or have been working at the Section of Biostatictics of the University of Copenhagen.

  • Mia Klinten Grand

    Mia Klinten Grand (webpage)

    Mia Klinten Grand is a postdoc at the Section of Biostatistics at the University of Copenhagen and the Research Unit for General Practice in Copenhagen. Her current research interests involve survival analysis, dynamic prediction and how to analyse messy registry data from general practice patients.

  • Corine Baayen

    Corine Baayen (webpage)

    Corine Baayen works as a senior statistician at the Pharmaceutical Company Lundbeck. She completed a PhD in biostatistics on adaptive dose-finding designs. Her research interests include nonlinear models, optimal design, adaptive clinical trials and since recently group-sequential trial design for competing risks data.

  • Kathrine Grell

    Kathrine Grell (webpage)

    Kathrine Grell is a postdoc at the Section of Biostatistics at the University of Copenhagen and the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the University Hospital Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. Her research interests include survival analysis and repeated measurements and the application of these in research within pediatric oncology.

  • Paul Blanche

    Paul Blanche (webpage)

    Paul Blanche is a postdoc at the University of Copenhagen. He has a joint position shared between the Section of Biostatistics and two university hospitals- Gentofte Hospital and Rigshospitalet. He currently collaborates with cardiologists on several projects based on registry data. His methodological research interests include inference in the competing risks setting, prediction modeling, ROC curves and multiple testing.