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An Introduction to R


7-10 June 2021


In collaboration with the Doctoral Programs in Organismal Biology, CUSO StarOmics, CUSO Molecular Plant Sciences & CUSO Microbiology

Prof. Jérôme Goudet, University of Lausanne


Prof. Jérôme Goudet, University of Lausanne


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:

  • Command syntax, basic functions,
  • Data import/export and data types,
  • Using R for data mining and statistical analysis,
  • Introduction to programming in S,
  • Graphical display,
  • 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.


More information will follow


University of Lausanne


Full attendance, active participation and possible examination


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

7 - 10 June 2021
9h00-12h00 and 13h30-17h30

Possibly, at the University of Lausanne (Biophore Amphitheater, Biophore building, quartier UNIL-Sorge), or Online (TBC)

Questions?Marta Bellone




PhD students of the DPEE are eligible for the reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class).

The online reimbursement system is now in place, so once the course is over you will be able to request the reimbursement via MyCUSO, without sending the paperwork to me. More information: Reimbursement


In case of onsite teaching, please contact the coordinator of the doctoral program (ecologie-evolution(at) BEFORE the beginning of the course. NO reimbursement of accommodation without the coordinator of the doctoral program agreement prior of the course. In case of overnight stay, please post the original tickets and original bills 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 meal expenses


Register via your MyCUSO account!


Deadline for registration:TBC

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 16 May 2021

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").

Registration Fees: 

Free for PhD students 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.

Cancellation Policy

In case of cancellations, before the deadline: free
Late cancellations or no-show: 100 CHF administrative fee



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