Welcome to my website! This site is intended to provide some information on my professional activities. I am an applied statistician, epidemiologist, and demographer with a special interest in advanced statistical methods for counterfactual causal inference.

As of November 2015, I have been employed at the Population Health laboratorMJBijlsmay of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR). At the MPIDR, I am primarily concerned with applying causal inference methods to study population health and mortality, but lately I have also been making some forays into fertility research.

Recently, I organized the Rostock Retreat on Causality. The conference was a great success, with excellent speakers from various fields! Participants really enjoyed it, and it received high praise.

A few months ago I developed a workshop on Causal Mediation Analysis with Longitudinal Data. I taught this workshop for the first time at the University of Helsinki, Finland, in May. This went really well! Students especially praised the clear course material (annotated R-code) and teaching style.

See the rest of this site for my CV, Publications, an archive of my blog posts, and my contact info.

By popular demand, for the non-Dutch/Frisian. Using English orthography, the Frisian pronunciation of ‘Bijlsma’ is exactly like ‘Beel-sma’ (where ee is like in beet, and the sma like in smathering), and the Dutch pronunciation can be approximated by ‘Bell-sma’.

Please also have a look at Demotrends, a blog that I edit.