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Advanced Courses in Life Sciences

3rd Edition

R without Fear: Applied R for Biologists

September 4th-8th, 2017, Barcelona (Spain)

R without Fear- Applied R for Biologists

In this course the instructor will walk you through the practical issues of applied statistical analysis step by step, introducing the R language and R commands to solve the most common problems faced by the statistical practitioner. The course has been designed by virtue of example and of artificial data sets “à la carte”, highlighting the most common challenges that entail the fit of data to models, from simple linear regression to generalized linear models. The instructor has concentrated his 10 years of experience in statistical analysis in a single learn-by-doing one-week course. Since the course starts from the basics of statistical analysis and R code and increases in difficulty through the week, it fits the needs of a diverse set of scientists, from recent graduates and advanced undergraduate students to professors that want to refresh their statistical skills while switching to R.


Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont

C/ de l’Escola Industrial, nº 23
08201 Sabadell, Barcelona.

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35 hours on-site.

This course is equivalent to 2 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.


Places are limited to 20 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.



Ana Rosa Gómez-Cano coordinator at Transmitting Science

Dr. Ana Rosa Gómez-Cano
Transmitting Science

Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno instructor at Transmitting Science

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno
Transmitting Science


Basic familiarity with R and basic knowledge of statistics is needed to follow the course. All participants must bring their own personal laptop (Windows, Macintosh, Linux).


Monday, September 4th, 2017.

  • Introduction to R and RStudio.
    • Brief introduction to R.
    • Review of R basics.
    • The RStudio environment.
    • Reproducible research: R scripts and R markdown.
  • Data manipulation I.
    • Read your data: Local vs. remote location.

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017.

  • Data manipulation II.
    • Tidy your data.
    • Manage your data.
    • R Pipelines.
    • Summarize your data.

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017.

  • Regression models I.
    • Linear regression.
    • Multiple linear regression.

Thursday, September 7th, 2017.

  • Regression models II.
    • ANOVA.
    • Generalized linear model.
    • Non-linear model.

Friday, September 8th, 2017.

  • Data visualization with ggplot2.
    • Grammar of graphics.
    • The ggplot.
    • Basic visualizations (regressions, bar plots, error bars…).
    • Customize the ggplot.

Previous editions of this course

2nd Edition, September 19th-23rd, 2016

Course R without Fear: Applied R for Biologists - 2nd Edition, September 19th-23rd, 2016Eighteen people belonging to the following countries and institutions participated in this edition:

  • Austria: University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna.
  • France: Université de Perpignan Via Domitia, Centre de Formation et de Recherche sur les Environnements Méditerranéens – CNRS.
  • Ireland: University College Dublin.
  • Poland: University of Szczecin.
  • Spain: Universitat de Barcelona, Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont, Instituto de Hortofruticultura Subtropical y Mediterránea “La Mayora”, Fundación Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados IMDEA Agua, Universidad de Alicante, Autonomous University of Madrid, Laboratorios Ordesa, Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries.
  • The Netherlands: Leiden University.
  • United Arab Emirates: Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.
  • United Kingdom: University of Sussex, Royal Botanic Gardens – Kew.

1st Edition, September 21st-25th, 2015

Course R without Fear: Applied R for Biologists - 1st Edition, September 21st-25th, 2015Twenty-four people belonging to the following countries and institutions participated in this edition:

  • Tunisia: University of Gabes.
  • United Kingdom: East Malling Research, University of Nottingham, Royal Botanic Gardens – Kew.
  • Malta: University of Malta.
  • Lithuania: Vilnius University.
  • Denmark: Moesgaard Museum, University of Copenhagen.
  • Colombia: Universidad del Valle.
  • Spain: Instituto Pirenaico de Ecología – CSIC, Universidad de Murcia, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
  • Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History – Max Planck Society, Museum für Naturkunde – Berlin.
  • Estonia: Estonian Biocentre.
  • Italy: Second University of Naples.
  • Unites States of America: University of Washington, Burke Museum.
  • Poland: Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences.


  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until April 30th, 2017):
  • 410
  • Regular (after April 30th, 2017):
  • 575
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches.
    (VAT included)

We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact the course coordinators).


The course will take place in the city of Sabadell, Barcelona (Spain).

You may stay in Barcelona city or Sabadell. You will find information about Hotels and Hostel in Sabadell here. It takes about 45 minutes by public transport to arrive to Sabadell from the centre of Barcelona city. The place of the course is about 15 minutes walking from the train stop.


Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.

Unfortunately there are no scholarships available for this course. However a 20 % discount on the Course Fee is offered for members of some organizations (Organizations with discount). If you want to apply to this discount please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later).

Spanish unemployed scientists, as well as Spanish PhD students without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, could benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you want to ask for this discount, please contact the course coordinators. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict inscription order.

Discounts are not cumulative.


Course Schedule
Monday, September 4th through Friday, September 8th, 20179:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
13:30 to 15:00 Lunch.
15:00 to 18:00 Lessons.

There will be two coffee breaks each day, halfway through each lesson session.

The schedule is approximate; it is possible that the content of one day may run into the next and a working day may be longer than advertised.


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