An introduction to R - in coll. with CUSO

7-10 June 2021

Venue: online

Course in collaboration with the CUSO Doctoral Programs in Ecology & Evolution, StarOmics, Molecular Plant Sciences & Microbiology


Prof. Jérôme Goudet , University of Lausanne

Objectives and Content

The open source software R (http://www.r-project.org) has revolutionized the statistical data analysis for most bioscience disciplines.The required time to learn the R software is well invested, since the R environment covers an unmatched spectrum of statistical tools including an efficient programming language for automating time-consuming analysis routines. Due to its popularity, R is continuously updated and extended with the latest analysis tools that are available in the different research fields. The R environment is completely free and runs on all common operating systems.

This course provides an elementary-level introduction into the R environment covering the following topics:

(1) Command syntax, basic functions,

(2) Data import/export and data types,

(3) Using R for data mining and statistical analysis,

(4) Introduction to programming in S,

(5) Graphical display,

(6) Usage of R packages and libraries

The attendees will practice their newly learned skills using exercises on the computer. Participants could also bring their own data sets for a first exploratory round.


Please make sure that you have the last version of the R software (https://www.r-project.org/) installed on your laptop!

General information

Date: 7-10 June 2021 (4 days)

Schedule: 9:00-12:00 and 13:30-17:00 (see CUSO Ecology & Evolution website)

Location: online

ECTS: 2.0 (Research tools)

Evaluation: Full attendance, active participation and possible examination

Information: Please refer to the CUSO E&E website

Registration fee: Free for PhD students enrolled into the Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Organismal Biology .


  • Priority is given to PhD students of the Doctoral Programs EE, Microbiol, MPS, StarOmics, and DP-biol until 16 May 2021
  • Limited number of participants: 30 (6 places for Organismal Biology PhD students)

Online registration : OPEN on the CUSO doctoral program Ecology and Evolution website! Please let the CUSO EE coordinator knows that you are part of the DPOB program in the Comment field of the registration form, thanks!

Deadline: 21 May 2021

Cancellation policy (CHF 100) .