We are very glad to welcome you to the Jerusalem Joint Statistical Event 2018. The event includes a one-day symposium in honor of the 70th birthday of Professor Yoav Benjamini of Tel Aviv University, followed by the 10th Conference of the Eastern
Mediterranean Region of the International Biometrics Society (EMR‐IBS).
Yoav Benjamini is one of the founding fathers of the false discovery rate (FDR) approach to multiple comparisons, which has emerged as a key tool in modern science. The symposium in his honor includes a strong lineup of invited speakers.
The EMR was founded in 2001 as an association of statisticians and biostatisticians operating in the Mediterranean area. The EMR includes the following countries: Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Palestinian National Authority, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Bulgaria. Starting from 2001, the EMR has run a series of international conferences, held approximately once every two years. These conferences have been highly successful, attracting a wide range of participants from all over the globe. The 10th Conference, like the previous EMR conferences, will include a broad variety of topics in statistics and biostatistics.
We will again have a plenary talk in memory of Professor Marvin Zelen. Professor Zelen was a leader in the field of biostatistics and a strong supporter of the EMR, actively participating in the all the EMR conferences until the time of his passing.
In addition, for the 5th consecutive conference, to encourage the participation of young researchers, we will present student awards in memory of Professor Steve Lagakos, another leading biostatician with strong ties to the EMR.
We hope you enjoy both the Joint Statistical Event and your visit to Jerusalem.
Malka Gorfine and David Zucker
On behalf of the organizers of the 10th EMR-IBS Conference
Ruth Heller and Felix Abramovich
On behalf of the organizers of the symposium in honor of Yoav Benjamini