R: tidyverse for Data Science - joint with CUSO EE

5 & 12 November 2020

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

NB covid: in agreement with the speaker, this workshop will be held online.




Participants will be able to apply the R tidyverse, a powerful collection of R packages, for data science, to analyse their own data sets.

Particularly, there are going to learn:

  • the underlying common philosophy, data structure and grammar of the tidyverse packages.
  • the application of its fast and efficient libraries for data management, high-level visualisation, functional programming, date-time parsing and many more applications.


This two-day course for intermediate R users focuses on the tidyverse, a collection of R packages for data science.

We are going to focus on the two key packages dplyr (“The grammar of graphics”) and ggplot2 (“The grammar of graphics”) plus several more such as purrr (enhanced functional programming), tidyr (helpers to create tidy data sets), readr (fast & friendly data import/export), tibble (modern data frames), lubridate (easy and fast parsing of date-times) and forcats (tools for working with categorial variables).

The course is a mixture between brief presentations, demonstrations (on-screen, using R and RStudio) and supervised exercises (“learning by doing”).

Requirements for attending and completing the workshop

Familiarity with R before attending the workshop or previous attendance of an introductory course to R.

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

Bring your own laptop to the workshop with recent versions of R and R-Studio installed. Make sure that your laptop is properly connecting to the University of Neuchâtel or eduroam WLAN.


Course completion requirements:

  • Attendance - Presence and active participation is required during the entire course.
  • Home work - Participants are required to hand in a home work consisting of several exercises before 3 December 2020.

Please, reserve a day after the course for the completion of the homework!

1.0 ECTS will be attributed only after the completion of the homework.

General information

Dates: Thursdays 5 & 12 of November 2020 (2 days)

Schedule: 9:00 - 17:00


Credit points: 1.0 ECTS (Research tools)

Evaluation: Active participation during the workshop and completion of assignment, as described above.

Information: For questions on course content, please contact Jan Wunder. For any other question, please contact the doctoral program coordinator.

Travel expenses: For participants of the Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology: see reimbursement conditions
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 11 October 2020.
  • Minimum number of participants: 8
  • Maximum number of participants: 16, including 8 from CUSO Ecology&Evolution, 8 from Neuchâtel-DPOB

Registration: through the web only: CLOSED. The workshop is full.

Deadline: 18 October 2020

Cancellation policy (CHF 100) .