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Analysis and visualisation of movement data in R


28 January - 1 February 2019


Prof. Dr Raphaël Arlettaz, Conservation Biology, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Uni Bern


Dr Kamran Safi, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany
Dr Anne Scharf, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany


In this one-week course the participants will obtain an introduction in working with the increasingly ubiquitous (animal) movement data.

The course will combine theory and practical parts in a dense working programme.

On the first day, the participants learn about the aspects of data collection in animal ecology and how the way data is collected influences the range of questions that can be addressed with them. Also, all participants will obtain a quick update on programming in R and the resources required to follow the course in terms of developing environment and libraries and packages as well as the details of the object definitions that characterise movement data, compared to other kinds of data.

On the second day, the students learn about movement from a trajectory perspective, where locations through time can give much information about the processes that underlie movement of animals in their natural environment.

On day three the participants will be translating movement in space use and obtain an «area» perspective on movement. At the end of the day, participants will be invited to a social dinner with the organisers and the speakers.

Day four is dedicated to contextualising movement data in the environmental domains with learning much about how to connect location and time with remote sensing information, which also will include visualisation of movement data.

Day five finally will address resource use questions and statistical approaches around how to infer from movement data the ecological relationships that govern the processes ultimately giving rise to the emergence of movement per-se.

The participants are expected to work on the data sets prepared by the instructors as the time available will not suffice to bring own material. However, they will certainly be capable to analyse and handle data they have collected on their own after the course.


University of Bern




2.5 ECTS with full attendance and active participation



28 January - 1 February 2018


University of Bern (CH)

Unitobler, room B -181 (underground floor)


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 14, 2019. Priority will be given to CUSO DPEE PhD students until December 21, 2018.

Registration fees:

CUSO DPEE PhD Students: free (including the social donner, taking place January 30, 2019)

Other CUSO members: 100 CHF (it includes a social dinner and coffee breaks for the 5 days of the course)

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



Deadline for registration 14.01.2019
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