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    Introduction to Statistics for Biologists

    Bellinzona, 2-4 February 2016

    Trainers: Frédéric Schütz
    Venue: IRB Institute of Research in Biomedicine, Bellinzona
    ECTS: 1 (given a passed assessment)
    Fee: 150 CHF for academics. Others, please contact us
    Application deadline:
    25 january 2016
    Application status: CLOSED (FULL)


    This course is designed to provide researchers in biomedical sciences with experience in the application of basic statistical analysis techniques to a variety of biological problems.

    The course will combine lectures on statistics and practical exercises. The participants will learn how to work with the widely used "R" language and environment for statistical computing and graphics.

    Topics covered during the course include: reminders about numerical and graphical summaries, and hypothesis testing; multiple testing, linear models, correlation and regression, and other topics. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the analysis of their own data.


    This typical profile is a biologist needing to perform statistical analyses using R.

    Learning objectives

    After this course, the participants should be able to:

    • choose the right method to summarize a dataset, graphically and numerically
    • perform basic hypothesis tests on a datatest
    • assess whether different variables are linked, using correlation and regression analysis



    • A laptop with a wifi connection
    • Software to be installed PRIOR to the course: R, R Studio

    No prior statistical knowledge is required in order to attend the course. However, this course will be most useful for participants who have already followed a statistics course in the past (even if they don't remember much of it).

    We strongly recommend that participants get familiar with the R statistical analysis package prior attending the course.


    The registration fees for academics are 150 CHF. This includes course content material, coffee breaks and a social dinner. Participants from non-academic institutions should contact us before application.

    Upon reception of the confirmation email, participants will be asked to confirm attendance by paying the fees within 5 days.

    Deadline for registration and free-of-charge cancellation is set to January 25. Cancellation after this date will not be reimbursed. Please note that participation to SIB courses is subject to this and other general conditions.


    IRB Institute of Research in Biomedicine, Via Vincenzo Vela 6, Bellinzona.
    Conference Room, 1st floor

    Additional information

    The course will be taught by Frédéric Schütz.

    Coordination: Training & Outreach group, Ornella Guerra.

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