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An introduction to R (2019)


4-7 June 2019


In collaboration with the Doctoral Programs in Organismal Biology, CUSO StarOmics, CUSO Molecular Plant Sciences & CUSO Microbiology
Prof. Jérôme Goudet, University of Lausanne (CH)


Prof. Jérôme Goudet, University of Lausanne (CH)


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) 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.


University of Lausanne


2.0 ECTS


Full attendance, active participation and possible examination



4-7 June 2019
9h00-12h00 and 13h30-17h30


University of Lausanne
Biophore Amphitheater, Biophore building, quartier UNIL-Sorge

Information: Please bring your laptop to the course and installed the last version of the R software (

Marta Bellone
Phone: +41 (0)26 300 88 91

Registration Fees: 

Free for participants 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.


PhD students of the DPEE are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class). Please send the original tickets along with the reimbursement form to:

 Marta Bellone Doctoral Program in Ecology and Evolution
 PER04 building
 University of Fribourg
 Rue Albert-Gockel, 3
 CH-1700 Fribourg

NO reimbursement of your meal expenses

Regarding reimbursement of accomodation, please contact the coordinator of the doctoral program (ecologie-evolution(at) BEFORE the beginning of the course. NO reimbursement of accomodation without the agreement in advance of the course of the coordinator fo the doctoral program.


CUSO PhD students: through your MyCUSO account.

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").

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 5 May 2019



Deadline for registration 19.05.2019
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