Applied statistical regression modelling for biologists using R - a joint course with CUSO

16, 23, 30 October & 6, 13 November 2020 (5 days)

Venue: University of Lausanne    ONLINE!

A workshop in collaboration with the CUSO Doctoral Program in Ecology & Evolution


Due to the still ongoing COVID19 pandemic, we have decided to switch this workshop to online.




This course features a hands-on approach to learning, dividing class time between lectures, case studies and practicals using the free R software environment for statistical computation and graphics.

The presented models will be applied to biological, biomedical and environmental data.


  • General aspects of fitting regression models (e.g. modelling strategies, and validating, describing and simplifying the model).
  • Linear regression models.
  • Generalized linear models (e.g. logistic and Poisson regression).
  • Nonparametric regression (e.g. scatterplot smoothers, generalized additive models).
  • Classification and regression trees (e.g. CART).
  • Mixed-effect models


The participants are expected to have prior experience with R and basic statistics in general. To be more specific, they are required to know how to use R for standard statistical analyses (e.g. doing a t-test), and they should know about the fundamental data structures such as vectors, lists and data frames.

Ideally, the participants have already participated in "An Introduction to R" training.

For information: An Introduction to R 14, 15 & 24 September 2020

General information

Dates : 16, 23, 30 October & 6, 13 November 2020 (5 Fridays)

Schedule : 9.00 - 17.00

Venue: University of Lausanne, room Anthropole - 2024 ONLINE

Credit points : 2.5 credit points (Research tools) 

Registration fee: This course is free

Information : Please contact Diego Kuonen or the doctoral program coordinator (administration)

Evaluation : Full attendance. A practical evaluation (case study or exercises) has to be passed at the end of the course.

Meals: The Doctoral Program in Organismal Biology does not reimburse meal expenses

Travel expenses: For participants of the Doctoral Program in Organismal Biology, 2nd class, half-fare, city-tickets to Lausanne University will be reimbursed. Please contact Pauline Fritsch before sending the original train tickets.
For participants of the CUSO doctoral program in Ecology and Evolution: see CUSO E&E web site


  • This course is free and open to all PhD students, however priority is given to "Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology" and CUSO doctoral program in Ecology and Evolution participants until 20 September 2020.
    Minimum number of participants: 12, maximum: 20
  • The effective cost is approx. CHF 500.00 per person. Therefore, a waiting list will be prepared to ensure that there are no empty seats.

Registration through the web only: see CUSO EE website!  The workshop is full!

Registration deadline: 27 September 2020.

Cancellation fee: before deadline: free of charge, after deadline: CHF 200. (See the cancellation policy)