First steps with R in Life Sciences

Date 17 - 18 February 2021
Speaker(s) Wandrille Duchemin
ECTS 0.5
Fees *academic: 120 CHF   -   for-profit: 600 CHF
Cancellation deadline 3 Feb 2021
City Basel
*academic fee includes non for-profit organisations as well as unemployed participants at the time of application.

This course will take place in Basel with rules complying to COVID situation (distances and hygiene). Should the Covid-19 situation in early February be such that physical meetings are not recommended by the Swiss Government, we will switch to a virtual event on the same date, restricted to registered participants only.

Please check that you are not coming from states and areas with an increased risk of infection as applications from these countries will not be accepted for courses held in classrooms.

Overview

R is a complete, flexible and open source system for statistical analysis and graphics, which has become a tool of choice for biologists and biomedical scientists who need to analyse and visualise large amounts of data. Due to its popularity, R is continuously updated and extended with the latest libraries for data manipulation, modelling and visualisation.

This course will give an introduction to R and Rstudio (an integrated development environment for R) in an interactive manner. Participants will receive sample data sets to practise data manipulation, graphical exploration and statistical hypothesis testing.

Audience

This "First Steps with R" two-day course is addressed to beginners wanting to become familiar with the R syntax, environment, and the most common commands to start using R to explore and interpret their data.

Learning objectives

At the end of the course, participants should be comfortable with the R environment and be able to read, understand and write R commands, allowing them to implement and interpret a workflow for their data analysis:

  • interact with the R environment
  • import data, explore it and summarise it
  • explore data with graphs
  • perform simple statistical tests

Prerequisites

Knowledge / competencies

As this is a course for beginners, no background in R or any programming language is required. However, you are encouraged to go through some of the R documentation available here.

Please note that this course is NOT a training on statistics but rather a training on how to use R to perform different tasks, statistics being one of them.

Technical

A Wi-Fi enabled laptop with latest R and RStudio versions installed. There will be access to the eduroam network.

Application

Registration fees are 120 CHF for academics and 600 CHF for for-profit companies.

Deadline for registration and free-of-charge cancellation is set to 03 February 2021. Cancellation after this date will not be reimbursed. Please note that participation to SIB courses is subject to our general conditions.

You will be informed by email of your registration confirmation.

Venue and time

This course will take place in Basel with rules complying to COVID situation. In the event of new restrictions, it will not be cancelled but streamed for the registered participants.

The course will start at 9:00 and end around 17:30. Precise information will be provided to the participants on due time.

Additional information

Coordination: Monique Zahn, SIB training group.

We will recommend 0.5 ECTS credits for this course (given a passed exam at the end of the course).

You are welcome to register to the SIB courses mailing list to be informed of all future courses and workshops, as well as all important deadlines using the form here.

SIB abides by the ELIXIR Code of Conduct. Participants of SIB courses are also required to abide by the same code.

For more information, please contact training@sib.swiss.