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

11-12 January 2017


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 to explain 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

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

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: 11-12 January 2017

Schedule: 8.55-17.00

Venue: University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, Emile-Argand 11, building A, room A017 (ground floor)

ECTS: 1.0 (Research tools)

Evaluation: Full attendance and active participation

Information: Please contact  Romain-Daniel Gosselin [rdg (at) biointelligences.com] or the doctoral program coordinator Dr Christiane Bobillier (administration)

Registration fee: free

Travel expenses: For participants of the Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology (DP-biol ): see reimbursement conditions

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 until 4 December priority is given to "Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology" participants
  • Maximum number of participants: 16
  • This course is free, but the effective cost is approx. CHF 250.00 per person. Therefore a waiting list will be prepared to ensure that there are no empty seats.

Registration through the web only: Course full

Please note the cancellation policy (CHF 100).

Deadline: 23 December 2016