Advanced Training School on Bayesian methods

Advanced Training School on Bayesian methods

12 July, 2023 
- 14 July, 2023
Venue: VISAVET Health Surveillance Center, Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spain


Going beyond test evaluation and true prevalence estimation

The HARMONY COST Action 18208 is organizing a 3-day training school in Madrid, Spain, 12-14 July 2023.

This 3-day event is a training school, part of the HARMONY COST Action 18208, training activities with didactic teaching and hands-on practical sessions and discussion, focusing on Bayesian statistics. The event goes beyond Bayesian methods for diagnostic test evaluation and true prevalence estimation and focuses on important aspects of Bayesian statistics, for example model selection, posterior predictive checking. This training school targets participants that have a basic understanding of Bayes theorem and with a strong interest advancing on Bayesian methods.

English is the working language of this training. Participants will be guided to use the statistical language R and JAGS so it’s highly recommended to bring their laptops. Pre-course preparation will also be provided to participants who want to follow the hands-on training sessions. Primary learning objectives of the school are that participants (i) become familiar with methods for planning the sample size of prospective diagnostic test evaluation studies (ii) understand, apply and interpret methods of evaluating the fit of Latent Class models (LCMs) and (iii) compare different approaches to specifying LCMs.

The first two days focus on important aspects of Bayesian methodology and participants will be guided to complete a set of exercises using R and JAGS. We have defined key discussion topics that will be presented and discussed in the last day (14 July). On this day participants will be able to join the discussion online and contribute.

Registration details
Where to Register:

Deadline for registration: Sunday 16 April 2023

The training school is organized under funding from COST Association and financial support is provided according to COST rules.

Twenty (20) participants will receive an official invitation from e-COST.

You can find more details on the training school in the attached agenda. 

For further details of the program and information about financial support please contact Eleftherios Meletis ( 

Recent News

harmony cost action ca18208
31 January, 2024 
- 2 February, 2024
Venue: COST Association Avenue du Boulevard – Bolwerklaan 21 Brussels, Belgium
Conference Highlights List of Topics We invite abstract submissions on the Action’s objectives: Case studies, real-world applications, related methodological advancements as well as software tools, packages and applications in the aforementioned topics are welcome. Submissions outside these fields are also welcome if they fall within the conference’s theme. Submission Guidelines Submission guidelines, and further details...
31 January, 2024 
- 2 February, 2024
Venue: COST Association Avenue du Boulevard – Bolwerklaan 21 Brussels, Belgium
We are excited to announce the Call for Abstracts for the upcoming conference organized by SBED and also invite people to become a member of the society. This pivotal event, scheduled to take place from January 31 to February 2, 2024, in Brussels, Belgium, is a unique platform for professionals, researchers, and enthusiasts in the...
25 October, 2023 
- 27 October, 2023
Venue: Joist Innovation park, Larissa, Greece
Training material for the training school on “Navigating through Bayesian approaches in disease measurement” in Larissa, Greece, 25-27 October 2023. – part of the HARMONY training activities.