Introduction to statistics with R

Date 8 - 11 February 2021
Speaker(s) Rachel Jeitziner, Isabelle Dupanloup
Fees *academic: 240 CHF   -   for-profit: 1200 CHF
Cancellation deadline 26 Jan 2021
City Lausanne
*academic fee includes non for-profit organisations as well as unemployed participants at the time of application.

This course will take place in Lausanne with rules complying to COVID situation (distances and hygiene). Should the Covid-19 situation in early January 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.


This course is designed to provide researchers in biomedical sciences with experience in the application of basic statistical analysis techniques to a variety of biological problems.

The course will combine lectures on statistics and practical exercises, during which the participants will learn how to work with the widely used "R" language and environment for statistical computing and graphics.

Topics covered during the course include: reminders about numerical and graphical summaries, and hypothesis testing; multiple testing, linear models, correlation and regression, and other topics. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the analysis of their own data.


This typical profile is a biologist needing to perform statistical analyses using R.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the participants are expected to:

  • choose the right method to summarize a dataset, graphically and numerically
  • perform basic hypothesis tests on a datatest
  • assess whether different variables are linked, using correlation and regression analysis
  • Use the R statistical package to run statistical analyses and interpret their outcome



  • A laptop with a wifi connection
  • Software to be installed PRIOR to the course: R, R Studio

Knowledge / competencies:

  • No prior statistical knowledge is required in order to attend the course
  • Participants do not need any experience in R before the course


Registration fees for academics are 240 CHF and 1200 CHF for for-profit companies.

Upon reception of the confirmation email, participants will be asked to confirm attendance by paying the fees within 5 days.

Deadline for free-of-charge cancellation is set to 26/01/2021. Cancellation after this date will not be reimbursed. Please note that participation in SIB courses is subject to our general conditions.

Venue & Time

University of Lausanne

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

Additional information

Coordination: Valeria Di Cola.

We will recommend 1 ECTS credits for this course (given a passed exam at the end of the course).

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