"Recent Advances in Meta-Analysis"


On 28th and 29th of August 2024 a symposium on current statistical methods for meta-analyses will be held in Göttingen, initiated by Tim Friede, Christian Röver (Department of Medical Statistics, University Medical Center Göttingen) and Markus Pauly (Department of Statistics, TU Dortmund University).

The programme will include presentations of many renowned researchers in the field of meta-analysis.

The symposium is part of the joint research project "Valid methods for meta-analyses with few studies and small sample sizes" of Tim Friede and Markus Pauly funded by the German Research Foundation.


Wednesday, August 28th 2024 (1.30pm - 6.30pm)

  • 1:30pm - Welcome
    Tim Friede (UMG Göttingen)
    Markus Pauly (TU Dortmund University)
    Julian P. T. Higgins (University of Bristol, UK, for the MiM group)
  • 1:40pm - Methods in meta-analysis I
    Katja Ickstadt (TU Dortmund University): "Bayesian model finding: hierarchical modelling and meta analysis"
    Wolfgang Viechtbauer (Maastricht University, NL): "Model selection in meta-analysis"
  • 3:10pm - Coffee break
  • 3:40pm - Methods in meta-analysis II
    Speakers to be announced
  • 5:10pm - Poster session with wine and appetizers
  • 6:30pm - End of symposium day one
  • 7:00pm - Joint dinner at the "Bistro DT" restaurant
    Self-pay, only if registred by the beginning of August

Thursday, August 29th 2024 (9:00am - 1.30pm)

  • 9:00am - "Comparison of meta-analysis methods for synthesizing heterogeneous studies"
    Anna Chaimani (INSERM, Paris)
  • 9:30am - "IQWiG's methodological approach to subgroup analyses in benefit assessments"
    Ulrich Grouven (Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), Köln)
  • 10:00am - "Subgroup comparisons within and across studies in meta-analysis"
    Renato Panaro (Department of Medical Statistics, UMG, Göttingen)
  • 10:30am - Coffee break
  • 11:00am - "Misunderstandings and misuses of commonly-cited methods in meta-analysis"
    Julian P. T. Higgins (University of Bristol, UK)
  • 11:30am - "Using Bayesian methods to analyze data from N-of-1 trials"
    Chris Schmid (Brown University School of Public Health, Providence, RI, USA)
  • 12:00pm - "Beta-binomial models that respect randomization for meta-analysis of the odds ratio in case of very few events"
    Tim Mathes (Department of Medical Statistics, UMG, Göttingen)
  • 12:30pm - "Improved forest plots"
    David Rindskopf (City University of New York, New York, NY, USA)
  • 1:00pm - Discussion
  • 1:30pm - Farewell

Call for posters

On Wednesday evening there will be the opportunity to present contributions as posters.

If you are interested, please send title and brief abstract for a poster presentation to christian.roever(at)med.uni-goettingen.de by 28 JULY 2024.


Registration for the symposium is free but required by 04 AUG 2024 at the latest.
For registration please contact Judith Heinz at judith.heinz(at)med.uni-goettingen.de.


A joint dinner in the restaurant DT bistro is planned at the end of the first day. If you would like to attend (on a self-pay basis), please let us know when you register for the symposium.

Event location


Conference room 0.138, Waldweg 26, 37073 Göttingen

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