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

14, 19, 21, 28 January and 2 February 2016

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



Dr Diego Kuonen, CStat PStat CSci, Statoo Consulting, Berne

Dr Marc-Olivier Boldi, Research center for statistics, University of Geneva


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 followed the "An Introduction to the Practice of Statistics Using R" training.

For information: An introduction to R 24.11.2015, University of Neuchâtel. Registration open on 25.10.2015

General information

Dates : Thursday 14, Tuesday 19, Thursday 21, Thursday 28 January, and Tuesday 2 February 2016

Schedule : 8.55 - 17.00

Venue:: University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, building C, room C001 (practicals: Millenium informatic room E026)

Credit points : 2.5 credit points (Research tools) 

Registration fee: This course is free

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

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

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

MAKE SURE you SIGN the ATTENDANCE LIST EACH and EVERY DAY and TAKE your ATTESTATION of ATTENDANCE at the END of the COURSE (no attestation will be sent by mail)


  • 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 15 October 2015
    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: closed  Course full

Please note:cancellation fee: until 22 December free of charge, after 22 December CHF 200.

Deadline: 10 December 2015