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Applied Statistical Regression Modelling for Biologists Using R


16, 23, 30 October, 6 & 13 November 2020


Dr Pauline Fritsch, Doctoral Program in Organismal Biology, UNINE

Dr Marta Bellone, CUSO



Prof. Dr Diego Kuonen, Statoo Consulting, Bern

Dr Marta Pittavino, UNIGE




This course features a hands-on approach to learning, dividing class time between lectures, case studies and practicals using the free R software environment for statistical computation and graphics. The presented models will be applied to biological, biomedical and environmental data.




  • General aspects of fitting regression models (e.g. modelling strategies, and validating, describing and simplifying the model);
  • Linear regression models;
  • Generalized linear models (e.g. logistic and Poisson regression);
  • Nonparametric regression (e.g. scatterplot smoothers, generalized additive models);
  • Classification and regression trees (e.g. CART);
  • Mixed-effect models.

University of Lausanne


2.5 ECTS


Full attendance and practical evaluation (case study or exercises) to be passed at the end of the course




The participants are expected to have prior experience with R and basic statistics in general . To be more specific, they are required to know how to use R for standard statistical analyses (e.g. doing a t-test), and they should know about the fundamental data structures such as vectors, lists and data frames.


Ideally, the participants have already followed the "An Introduction to R" training.




October 16, 23, 30 & November 6, 13





University of Lausanne

Sorge/Room TBA


In case on-site teaching will still be prohibited, this course will be offered online




Marta Bellone


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

 Department of Biology

 University of Fribourg

 Chemin du Musée, 10

 CH-1700 Fribourg


NO reimbursement of your meal expenses


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



This course is free and open to all PhD students, however priority is given to "Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology" and CUSO doctoral program in Ecology and Evolution participants until 20 September


Registration Fees:


Free for participants enrolled in the CUSO Ecology & Evolution doctoral program and in the Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology, UNINE.


In case of cancellations, before the deadline: free


Late cancellations or no-show: Administrative fee of 200 CHF will be demanded


Other participants: please contact the program coordinator at ecologie-evolution(at)




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