Biostatistics for non-statisticians: good practices, misuse and pitfalls

9 - 11 November 2021 (3 days)



No heavy mathematics!

The objective of this workshop is to highlight the systematic and universal nature of the vast majority of statistical flaws and their solutions.

The course aims at explaining the importance of biostatistics for science reproducibility/reliability and teach good practices.


The lectures are tailored to biologists and concentrating on logic thinking behind biostatistics. Particular emphasis is placed on experimental design, analysis and presentation.

The sessions include lectures and a workshop where attendees can apply their newfound skills in critically analysing the statistics in published articles.

Biostatistics: why and when? A short (and digestible) introduction to biostatistics; Statistical inference: testing an hypothesis; Statistical design: power, independence of variables, randomization; handling missing data.

Analysis: Selection of statistical tests; Parametric vs. non-parametric tests; Regression and correlation; Multiple comparisons: ANOVA and beyond; Introduction to linear models; The problem of p-values; bits of odds-ratios and related concepts.

Data presentation: Graphical display; Error-bars, scatter plots and box plots: the dos and don'ts; Which information to disclose?

Overview of existing guidelines.

Hand on workshop. Critical analysis of biostatistics of published articles.

General information

Date: 9, 10, 11 November 2021 (3 days)

Schedule: 8.55-17.00

Venue: online with Zoom!

ECTS: 1.5 (Research tools)

Evaluation: Full attendance and active participation

Information: Please the doctoral program coordinators

Registration fee: free



  • This course is free and open to all PhD students, however until 17 October 2021 priority is given to "Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology" participants.
  • Maximum number of participants: 16 (minimum 10 participants)
  • This course is free, but the effective cost is approx. CHF 200.00 per person. Therefore a waiting list will be prepared to ensure that there are no empty seats.

Registration through the web only: OPEN here!

Cancellation deadline: cancellation policy (CHF 50) if you cancel your registration after 25 October 2021.