Find the final version of the programme here.


This is the provisional programme and is subject to change. Suggested talk timings:

  • Keynote and Closing Talks: 1 hour (45 mins talk, 15 mins Q&A)
  • Talk: 20 mins (15 mins talk, 5 mins Q&A)
  • Lightning Talk: 5 mins talk plus Q&A


11 October 2023

09:00 - 12:00

DataSHIELD beginners' workshop @ UMCG (optional, supplementary fee)


This workshop will begin with a 30-minute introductory talk about DataSHIELD, including how it works and how it facilitates data sharing. This will be followed by a hands-on practical where participants will learn how to assign data from Opal and Armadillo servers, carry out basic data manipulations such as reshaping and merging dataframes, subsetting data and creating new variables and perform some simple data analysis.

12:30 - 13:30

Registration and lunch (joint with the EUCAN-Connect Consortium)

13:30 - 13:45
13:45 - 15:00

DataSHIELD Software Compliance and Audit Discussion (Moderator Andrei Morgan)

Discussion time: 45 minutes

15:00 - 15:30

DataSHIELD Infrastructure Updates

15:30 - 16:15

Coffee Break

16:15 - 17:15

DataSHIELD Community Session

  • Updates from the DataSHIELD Steering Committee
  • Updates from the DataSHIELD Advisory Board

12 October 2023

08:45 - 09:15

Registration and coffee

09:15 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:30

Keynote talk
Personal Health Train (title to be confirmed). Gijs Geleijnse, IKNL

10:30 - 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 - 13:00

Machine Learning

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:40


14:40 - 15:00

Infrastructure I

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 - 16:20

Infrastructure II

16:20 - 17:20

Closing Talk
Join the DataSHIELD train - but how far away is the station? Bodil Svenblad, Uppsala University

Among analysts without experience of federated analysis the concept is often met with interest, curiosity, skepticism and hesitation. The infrastructure SIMPLER can offer federated analysis as a tool – but researchers are hesitant to use it. The Swedish Medical Products Agency has reported on the concept, the technical requirements and the analysis methods currently implemented with the aim of investigating whether Federated Analysis is a possible tool to use for structured follow-ups of pharmaceuticals. In this talk I will describe the projects, the response and questions we get when presenting the concept for an unexperienced audience together with my personal thoughts about how the way to the station where one can hop on the DataSHIELD train looks like today– and whether it is possible to find a shortcut.

17:30 - 19:00

Drinks reception and networking


Conference Dinner 
Cafe Willem Albert

13 October 2023

08:55 - 09:00


09:00 - 10:00

Keynote Talk
NFDI4Health - Building up a national research data infrastructure for personal health data  Tobias Pischon, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine

10:00 - 10:30

Coffee break

10:30 - 12:15

Longitudinal Data

  • Talk: Legal Review of DataSHIELD (Title TBC). Fruzsina Molnár-Gábor, Heidleberg University
  • Talk: Does federated analytics preserve statistical and scientific value of real world data? David Pau, Roche
  • Lightning Talk: Enhancing Survival Analysis with survival tables. Xavier Escribà Montagut, IS Global
  • Talk: Survival according to sex at birth among extremely preterm fetuses: a pan-European study from the RECAP Preterm platform of cohort and register data. Andrei Morgan, INSERM
  • Lightning Talk: Long term Follow-up after Trials Using a European Platform of Preterm birth cohorts – the LIFT-UP Preterm study protocol. Andrei Morgan, INSERM
  • Talk: DARAH Project -  deploying a DataSHIELD federated network in real world healthcare environments. Camille Bachot, Roche
  • Panel Discussion (All speakers)
12:20 - 12:30

Closing remarks. Morris Swertz, UMCG

12:30 - 13:30


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