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Structural Equation Modeling


21-25 January 2019


Magdalena Steiner, University of Fribourg
Sven Bacher, University of Fribourg


Dr James Grace, US Geological Service, Lafayette, Luisiana



Natural systems are dynamic and involve many factors which interact and influence each other. This influence can be direct or indirect where effects can be «hidden» and the investigator will miss the importance of such background factors.

Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) is a statistical method to evaluate a priori theory-based models and a statistically more comprehensible alternative to null hypothesis testing. While other statistical techniques such as CCA, PCA or NMDS are rather used to explore multivariate datasets, SEM is used in confirmatory analyses and the evaluation of multivariate hypotheses. It has the capability to look at and distinguish between effects of different factors in one system which makes it possible to investigate multiple hypotheses at the same time. Therefore SEM is a powerful complementary skill to other multivariate techniques for researchers in ecology.

In this workshop the participants will be introduced to the topic and different methods of SEM. The course is a primer on structural equation modelling (SEM) and confirmatory path analysis, with an emphasis on practical skills and application. Theoretical content will be visualized and strengthened by practical exercises. Participants have the possibility to practice on prior to the course prepared datasets but are also encouraged to bring their own data. The used course software is R.

A basic statistics knowledge as well as basic skills in R are a precondition for this workshop


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University of Fribourg




2.5 ECTS with full attendance and active participation



21 - 25 January 2019


University of Fribourg (CH)

PER04 building

Rue Albert-Gockel, 3

Seminar room 0.109


Sara Santi

@: ecologie-evolution(at)cuso(dot)ch

Phone: +41 (0)26 300 88 91


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
 Chemin du Musée 10
 CH-1700 Fribourg

NO reimbursement of your individual 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 of 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").

Deadline for registration: January 7, 2019. Priority will be given to CUSO DPEE PhD students until December 9, 2018.

Registration fees:

CUSO DPEE PhD Students: free

Other CUSO members: 165 CHF (it includes all the 5 collective lunches, coffee breaks and a social dinner)

External participants (i.e. from a non-CUSO university): Please contact ecologie-evolution(at)cuso(dot)ch before registering!



Deadline for registration 07.01.2019
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