November 6-10 , 2017 | CIBIO-InBIO, Vairão, Portugal


R is a programming language for statistical computing freely available, and with excellent graphical capabilities. As such, it has become an indispensable tool in all fields of biological research: many new statistical methods have been developed in recent years using R and numerous top-rank journals nowadays favor its use for the publication of scientific results.
The objective of this short course is to provide a general introduction towards using R for data analyses. We will provide a general review of basic operations, data types and management, aiming at familiarizing the students with the R environment without requirement of prior experience in R or programming. The course will follow a hands-on approach, with a theoretical background previous to each practical session. Participants are encouraged to bring their own data.
This course will provide the basis for more advanced courses on specific topics using R, and it will be a requirement for students interested in enrolling in those courses.


1: What is R? Installation (R and R-studio), main structure, seeking help.
2: Assignment, variable modes and operators.
3: Functions and packages (and seeking more help).


1: Data types I: vectors, matrices and arrays.
2: Data type II: data frames, lists, and other data types.
3: Data import-export, workspaces and directories.
4: Practical session: bring and load your own data.


1: Data indexing.
2: Reviewing and tabulating your data.
3: Plotting.
4: Practice session: plots, indexing and data review.


1: Control functions I: conditionals.
2: Control functions II: loops.
3: Practice session: control functions.


1: Some advanced features: build your functions.
2: Practice session: function writing.

3: Showcase: statistical analysis of biological data


Pedro Tarroso - CIBIO - InBIO | BIODESERTS
Jesús Muñoz - CIBIO - InBIO | PLANTBIO
Antigoni Kaliontzopoulou - CIBIO - InBIO | AP


The course will be open to a maximum number of 25 participants.

75% of available student slots are reserved for BIODIV students. Priority will be given to:
• 1st year and other PhD students attending the BIODIV Doctoral Program;
• PhD students attending other courses;
• Other post-graduate students and researchers.


Registration Deadline: October 15, 2017

Participation is free of charge for BIODIV students | 95 € (students) / 200 € (other participants).CIBIO-InBIO members will have an additional discount of 20%. Does not include lunch nor coffee breaks.
To apply, please send an e-mail accompanied by your short CV (max. two A4 pages) to Please refer your academic status (PhD student, MSc Student, Other) and the institution to which you are affiliated. BIODIV students should also mention which year of their PhD they are in. If you are interested in more than one course, you need to send a separate application for each of them. All applicants will be notified about whether they are accepted by October 19, 2017.


Please note that new rules apply for all BIODIV students.