An introduction to R - in collaboration with CUSO

10 - 13 June 2013

Course in collaboration with CUSO Doctoral Program in Ecology & Evolution


Jérôme Goudet, University of Lausanne


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:

  • Command syntax, basic functions,
  • Data import/export and data types,
  • Using R for data mining and statistical analysis,
  • Introduction to programming in S,
  • Graphical display,
  • 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.

General information

Dates : 10-13 June 2013

Schedule : 9:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00

Location : University of Lausanne, Amphipole building, POL/204.2

ECTS : 2.0 (category Research tools)

Evaluation : full attendance

Information : Please contact Dr. Nadia Bruydonckx, coordinator of theCUSO Doctoral Program in Ecology and Evolution

Travel expenses : participants of the  Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology (University of Neuchâtel) are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class). 


Please send the original tickets (no copies) with the reimbursement form  to Dr. Christiane Bobillier.  No reimbursement for bus, taxi or car travel expenses will be paid.

For participants of the CUSO Doctoral Program in Ecology and Evolution, see CUSO web site


  • Priority is given to  "CUSO Doctoral program in Ecology and Evolution" and "Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Organismal Biology" participants until 1 May 2013.
  • Maximum number of participants: 30

Registration through the web only: closed

Select the course "An introduction to R" in the list, click on the icon "registration" (on the right):

  • CUSO PhD students: through your MyCUSO account.
  • External participants (non-CUSO PhD students, non-CUSO DP-biol participants, post-docs, etc...): select  the "non-CUSO student" account.

Deadline: 1 June 2013