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An introduction to R


13 May & 19 - 20 May


Catherine Suarez, coordinator CUSO Ecology & Evolution, UNIGE 

Debora Zoia, coordinator CUSO MPS, UNIL

Corinne Dentan, coordinator CUSO StarOmics, UNIL

Pauline Fritsch & Sabrina Bloch, coordinators CUSO Microbiology and DPOB, UNINE


Dr Jan Wunder, Wunder Consulting Wald, ZH


The open source software R ( has revolutionized the statistical data analysis for most bioscience disciplines.The required time to learn the R software is well invested, since the R environment covers an unmatched spectrum of statistical tools including an efficient programming language for automating time-consuming analysis routines. Due to its popularity, R is continuously updated and extended with the latest analysis tools that are available in the different research fields. The R environment is completely free and runs on all common operating systems. 

This course provides an elementary-level introduction into the R environment covering the following topics:
(1) Object-oriented programming & command line interface

(2) Work environment & data import/export,

(3) Data structures

(4) Data exploration

(5) Data visualisation

(6) Basic hypothesis testing

(7) R Programming

The attendees will practice their newly learned skills using exercises on the computer. Participants could also bring their own data sets for a first exploratory round.

Please bring your laptop to the course with the last version of the R software ( and R Studio ( installed!


9:00-12:00 and 13:30-17:00 TBC


University of Lausanne


It is likely that a valid COVID certificate will be required to attend this activity. TBC depending on the evolution of the pandemic.


Course in collaboration with the Doctoral Program in Organismal Biology of Neuchâtel, CUSO StarOmics, CUSO Ecology & Evolution and CUSO Molecular Plant Sciences


Please bring your laptop to the course with the last version of the R software and R Studio installed!



Reimbursements for CUSO Microbiology Students:
- Train ticket, 2°class, half-fare from your institution to the place of the activity.
- NO reimbursement for your meal expenses.


NEW from 2021: Reimbursement of your travel tickets can be asked online through your MyCUSO.
See HERE for the procedure.

For any question concerning reimbursement please contact the CUSO Microbiology coordinators: microbiologie(at)cuso(dot)ch


Cancellation Policy

In case of cancellations, before the deadline (TBA): free
Late cancellations or no-show: 100 CHF administrative fee



Deadline for registration: TBA

Priority is given to PhD students of the Doctoral Programs CUSO DPEE, MPS, StarOmics, Microbiology until 13 April 2022 (TBC)

Number of places for CUSO Microbiology: 4



Deadline for registration

In case of question, please write to us at microbiologie(at)cuso(dot)ch

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