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An Introduction to R


29 August - 1 September 2017


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




Full attendance, active participation and possible examination


29 August - 1 September 2017
09h00-12h00 and 13h30-17h30

University of Lausanne

Tuesday August 29th: Genopode building, Amphitheater C

Wednesday August 30th: Biophore building, Amphitheater

Thursday August 31th: Biophore building, Amphitheater

Friday September 1st: Genopode building, Amphitheater C

- Please bring your laptop to the course!


Caroline Betto-Colliard
Phone: +41 (0)21 692 42 44

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) and meals (up to 25 CHF). Please send the original tickets (no copies, except for the general abonnement) with the reimbursement form to:

 Caroline Betto-Colliard

 Doctoral Program in Ecology and Evolution

 DEE- Biophore Building

 University of Lausanne

 CH-1015 Lausanne


Regarding reimbursement of accomodation, please contact Caroline Betto-Colliard (ecologie-evolution(at) BEFORE the beginning of the course (only for PhD students of the DPEE ).


For all other PhD students, please check reimbursement conditions on the website of your 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 15th of July 2017



Deadline for registration 31.07.2017
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