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An Introduction to R – 1


7-10 juin 2021


Prof. Jérôme Goudet, UNIL


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:

  • Command syntax, basic functions,
  • Data import/export and data types,
  • Using R for data mining and statistical analysis,
  • Introduction to programming in S,
  • Graphical display,
  • Usage of R packages and libraries.

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.




Full attendance, active participation and possible examination.


Information:Please make sure that your laptop has installed the last version of the R software(

When?7 - 10 June 20219h00-12h00 and 13h30-17h30

Where? the course will be held online (TBC)

Questions? Marta Bellone


Registration open now.

Register via your MyCUSO account!


Deadline for registration: 22.05.2021


Priority is given to PhD students from the Doctoral Programs in Organismal Biology, CUSO StarOmics, CUSO Molecular Plant Sciences, CUSO Microbiology and CUSO Ecology-Evolution (6 places each) up to 16 May 2021


External participants (non-CUSO PhD students, post-docs, etc...): use the icon "registration" at top of page and the last gray box "non-CUSO student" ("personne hors myCUSO").


Registration Fees: 


Free for PhD students belonging to a CUSO University (UniBE, UniFR, UniGE, UniL & UniNE) and PhD students of the DP-biol.


400CHF for Academic participants
800CHF for Non-Academic participants


Cancellation Policy


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



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