29 - 31 August 2022
Application deadline:
15 August 2022
Cancellation deadline:
15 August 2022
Frédéric Schutz
Programming and Computing Techniques
Academic: 180 CHF
For-profit: 900 CHF
0.75 ECTS credits

Next course(s):
02 - 04 Sep 2024 Lausanne

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This 3-day advanced course is targeted at life scientists or bioinformaticians using the R statistical software who want to extend their knowledge.

Lectures will be conducted in the morning, with practicals in the afternoon. Topics covered include, among others:

  • Data structures in R
  • R internals
  • Object-oriented programming in R
  • Best practices for programming in R
  • Using R to conduct reproducible analysis
  • Manipulation of data within R
  • Profiling code


This course is addressed to life scientists or bioinformaticians in academia or industry who are using the R statistical software and want to extend their knowledge.

Learning outcomes

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

  • reduce the number of potential errors and bugs when programming in R
  • efficiently use R data structures in order to store and process their data
  • profile their code to find and remove bottlenecks in order to make it run faster


Knowledge / competencies

This course is designed for advanced users who are already comfortable using the R statistical software in practice. Having attended the "First Steps with R" SIB course does not provide enough background to follow this course; regular practice with R extending beyond the First Steps course is required.

If you are unsure if this course is for you, please contact us at training@sib.swiss.


A WiFi-equipped laptop with the latest R version and RStudio installed PRIOR to the course.


The registration fees for academics are 180 CHF and 900 CHF for for-profit companies. While participants are registered on a first come, first served basis, exceptions may be made to ensure diversity and equity, which may increase the time before your registration is confirmed.

You will be informed by email of your registration confirmation. 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 15/08/2022. Cancellation after this date will not be reimbursed. Please note that participation in SIB courses is subject to our general conditions.

Venue and Time

This course will take place at the University of Lausanne. The course will start at 9:00 and end around 17:00.

Precise information will be provided to the participants in due time.

Additional information

Coordination: Monique Zahn, SIB Training group.

We will recommend 0.75 ECTS credits for this course (given a passed exam at the end of the course).

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Please note that participation in SIB courses is subject to our general conditions.

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