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Data Visualization With R


11-12 March 2021


Marta Bellone, Dr., CUSO coordinator E&E
Corinne Dentan, Dr., CUSO coordinator StarOmics
Debora Zoia, CUSO coordinator MPS


Frédéric Schütz, Dr., University of Lausanne & Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB)


Scientific results are mostly conveyed through graphics and tables, and representing data graphically in a clear way is an important task for any scientist.

Creating such graphs is not a trivial task though and choosing the right representation depends on many factors: among the most important the data itself, the message that the researcher wants to get across, and the way in which the data is presented (a figure in an article is completely different from a figure in slides).

During this course, we will present different ways for representing data, how to choose among them, why you should avoid using error bars, how to design efficient graphs, which tools to use (and which tools to avoid!), how to design graphs for specific media, good practices for plotting data, and common mistakes to avoid.

 This course will also include practicals using the R statistical software; during these practicals, we will discuss and introduce the different models for creating graphics in R (including base R and ggplot2).


This course is addressed to Scientists who need to produce data visualization and who have already used the R software before.

Learning Objectives
At the end of the course, the participants will be able to:
* apply data visualisation methods to represent their data and get their message across
* choose the right method to represent a dataset graphically
* use the R software (base R and ggplot2) to produce data visualization

Knowledge / Competences
This course is designed for beginners in R, for instance those who have attended any of the SIB courses on Firts Steps in R.

You are required to bring your own laptop with a wifi connection, and the following software installed PRIOR to the course: R, R Studio.



09:00 - 17:00





The course is organized in collaboration with the CUSO doctoral programs in Ecology and Evolution (CUSO E&E) and StarOmics (CUSO StarOmics).





- Maximum number of participants: 20 people (minimum 6).
- 2 places available for CUSO MPS student
s, 9 places available for CUSO StarOmics students, 9 places available for CUSO E&E students
- A waiting list will be prepared to ensure that there are no empty seats.

Deadline for Registration: March 1st, 2021

Please Register through the CUSO StarOmics Website




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