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An Introduction to R


7-10 June 2021

Lang EN Workshop language is English

Dr. Marta Bellone, CUSO Ecology and Evolution Coordinator


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 timeconsuming 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) Command syntax, basic functions
(2) Data import/export and data types
(3) Using R for data mining and statistical analysis
(4) Introduction to programming in S
(5) Graphical display
(6) 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.


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The course is organized in collaboration with the CUSO doctoral programs in Molecular Plant Sciences (MPS), Ecology and Evolution (CUSO E&E), StarOmics (CUSO StarOmics) Microbiology (CUSO Microbiology) and the Doctoral Program in Organismal Biology of the University of Neuchâtel.

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


When?7 - 10 June 2021
9h00-12h00 and 13h30-17h30


the course will be held online (TBC)




Since the course is happening online, no travel expenses reimbursement can be claimed.


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
The registration fees do not cover accomodation and food.

Cancellation Policy

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



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