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October 2015

Applied Bayesian modelling for ecologists and epidemiologists (ABME01)

26th October 2015 - 31st October 2015
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course Overview: This application-driven course will provide a founding in the basic theory & practice of Bayesian statistics, with a focus on MCMC modeling for ecological & epidemiological problems. Starting from a refresher on probability & likelihood, the course will take students all the way to cutting-edge applications such as state-space population modelling & spatial point-process modelling. By the end of the week, you should have a basic understanding of how common MCMC samplers work and how to program them,…

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November 2015

Spatial analysis of ecological data using R (SPAE02)

16th November 2015 - 21st November 2015
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course Overview: The course will cover the concepts and R tools that can be used to analyse spatial data in ecology covering elementary and advanced spatial analysis techniques applicable to both plants and animals. We will investigate analyses appropriate to transect (e.g. line surveys, trapping arrays), grid (e.g. occupancy surveys) and point data (e.g. telemetry). The focal questions will be on deriving species distributions, determining their environmental drivers and quantifying different types of associated uncertainty. Novel methodology for generating predictions…

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Advancing in statistical modelling using R (ADVR03)

30th November 2015 - 4th December 2015
Juniper Hall, Juniper Hall,
Mickleham, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6DA United Kingdom

Course Overview: An introduction to working with real-life data: data ‘wrangling’, visualisation, graphing and analysis, including model selection and simplification, mixed effects models, generalised linear models and non-linear models. This five day course will consist of series of modules, each lasting roughly half a day and comprises of a mixture of lectures and practicals designed to either build required skills for future modules or to perform a family of analyses that is frequently encountered in the biological literature. Intended Audience…

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December 2015

Introduction to R for biologists (IRFB01)

7th December 2015 - 10th December 2015
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course overview:  The course will consist of a series of 8 modules each lasting roughly half a day, and designed to build required skills for subsequent modules and more advanced courses. At its conclusion, participants will have acquired basic skills in coding with R, and will be able to perform and interpret simple analyses, and critically evaluate similar analyses from the scientific literature and technical reports. Intended Audience The course is aimed at biologists with no experience using the software…

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January 2016

Stable isotope mixing models using R (SIMM02)

12th January 2016 - 15th January 2016
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course Overview: This course will cover the concepts, technical background and use of stable isotope mixing models (SIMMs) with a particular focus on running them in R. This course will cover the concepts, technical background and use of stable isotope mixing models (SIMMs) with a particular focus on running them in R. Recently SIMMs have become a very popular tool for quantifying food webs and thus the diet of predators and prey in an ecosystem. Starting with only basic understanding…

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February 2016

Introduction to Python for biologists (IPYB01)

1st February 2016 - 5th February 2016
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course Overview: Python is a dynamic, readable language that is a popular platform for all types of bioinformatics work, from simple one-off scripts to large, complex software projects. It gives an overview of the language with an emphasis on practical problem-solving, using examples and exercises drawn from various aspects of bioinformatics work. After completing the workshop, students should be in a position to (1) apply the skills they have learned to tackle problems in their own research and (2) continue…

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April 2016

Spatial analysis of ecological data using R (SPAE03)

11th April 2016 - 16th April 2016
Millport Field Station, Isle of Cumbrae,
Scotland, KA28 0EG, United Kingdom

Course Overview: The course will cover the concepts and R tools that can be used to analyse spatial data in ecology covering elementary and advanced spatial analysis techniques applicable to both plants and animals. We will investigate analyses appropriate to transect (e.g. line surveys, trapping arrays), grid (e.g. occupancy surveys) and point data (e.g. telemetry). The focal questions will be on deriving species distributions, determining their environmental drivers and quantifying different types of associated uncertainty. Novel methodology for generating predictions…

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May 2016

Advancing in statistical modelling using R (ADVR04)

2nd May 2016 - 6th May 2016
Malham Tarn Field Centre, Malham Tarn Field Centre,
Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9PU, United Kingdom

Course Overview: An introduction to working with real-life data: data ‘wrangling’, visualisation, graphing and analysis, including model selection and simplification, mixed effects models, generalised linear models and non-linear models. This five day course will consist of series of modules, each lasting roughly half a day and comprises of a mixture of lectures and practicals designed to either build required skills for future modules or to perform a family of analyses that is frequently encountered in the biological literature. Intended Audience…

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Time series models for ecologists and climatologists (TSMC01)

10th May 2016 - 13th May 2016
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course Overview: This course will cover model-based time series analysis with a particular focus on applications in ecology and climatology. All methods will be illustrated using the free, open-source software package R. Time Series data are ubiquitous in the physical sciences, and models for their behaviour enable scientists to understand temporal dynamics and predict future values. Participants will be taught a wide range of suitable time series models for both discrete and continuous time systems. The course takes a foundational…

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Introduction to Python for biologists (IPYB02)

23rd May 2016 - 27th May 2016
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course Overview: Python is a dynamic, readable language that is a popular platform for all types of bioinformatics work, from simple one-off scripts to large, complex software projects. It gives an overview of the language with an emphasis on practical problem-solving, using examples and exercises drawn from various aspects of bioinformatics work. After completing the workshop, students should be in a position to (1) apply the skills they have learned to tackle problems in their own research and (2) continue…

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July 2016

Advances in Spatial Analysis of Multivariate Ecological Data: Theory and Practice (MVSP01)

11th July 2016 - 15th July 2016
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course Overview: The course will describe recent methods (concepts and R tools) that can be used to analyse spatial patterns in community ecology. The umbrella concept of the course is beta diversity, which is the spatial variation of communities. These methods are applicable to all types of communities (bacteria, plants, animals) sampled along transects, regular grids or irregularly distributed sites. The new methods, collectively referred to as spatial eigen-function analysis, are grounded into techniques commonly used by community ecologists, which…

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August 2016

Advances in DNA taxonomy (DNTX)

1st August 2016 - 5th August 2016
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course overview: Starting from a refresher on approaches to obtain molecular phylogenies, the course will take students all the way to cutting-edge tools in DNA taxonomy. Species are one of the fundamental units in biology, and their identification is a pivotal step in biodiversity analyses. The rationale of the course is to offer a complete overview of the currently available methods to delineate units of biodiversity starting from DNA sequence data. By the end of the short course, you should…

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Introduction to bioinformatics using Linux (IBUL01)

15th August 2016 - 19th August 2016
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course Overview: Most high-throughput bioinformatics work these days takes place on the Linux command line. The programs which do the majority of the computational heavy lifting — genome assemblers, read mappers, and annotation tools — are designed to work best when used with a command-line interface. Because the command line can be an intimidating environment, many biologists learn the bare minimum needed to get their analysis tools working. This means that they miss out on the power of Linux to…

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Genetic data analysis and exploration using R (GDAR02)

16th August 2016 - 20th August 2016
Millport Field Station, Isle of Cumbrae,
Scotland, KA28 0EG, United Kingdom

Course Overview: This course will provide an extensive overview and comprehensive introduction to exploratory methods and various statistical approaches for the analysis of genetic data using the software R and aim to equip participants with powerful resources for tackling increasingly common challenges in genetic data analysis. Intended Audience The course is aimed at PhD students, research postgraduates, and practicing academics as well as persons in industry working with genetic data in fields such as molecular ecology, evolutionary biology, and phylogenetics.…

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Introduction to Bayesian hierarchical modelling using R (IBHM01)

23rd August 2016 - 26th August 2016
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course Overview: This course will cover introductory hierarchical modelling for real-world data sets from a Bayesian perspective. These methods lie at the forefront of statistics research and are a vital tool in the scientist’s toolbox. The course focuses on introducing concepts and demonstrating good practice in hierarchical models. All methods are demonstrated with data sets which participants can run themselves. Participants will be taught how to fit hierarchical models using the Bayesian modelling software Jags and Stan through the R…

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October 2016
£600 - £720

Introduction to Python for biologists (IPYB03)

3rd October 2016 - 7th October 2016
Malham Tarn Field Centre, Malham Tarn Field Centre,
Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9PU, United Kingdom

Course Overview: Python is a dynamic, readable language that is a popular platform for all types of bioinformatics work, from simple one-off scripts to large, complex software projects. It gives an overview of the language with an emphasis on practical problem-solving, using examples and exercises drawn from various aspects of bioinformatics work. After completing the workshop, students should be in a position to (1) apply the skills they have learned to tackle problems in their own research and (2) continue…

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£580 - £950

Landscape genetic data analysis using R (LNDG01)

17th October 2016 - 21st October 2016
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course Overview: The term ‘landscape genetics’ has been applied studies that integrate ecological context and intervening landscape into population genetic analyses of contemporary processes such as gene flow and migration.  This course will cover the basics of both quantitative landscape ecology and population genetics, focusing on how we develop and evaluate spatial/genetic analyses using the R platform. Intended Audience This course is suitable for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and primary investigators interested in learning how to integrate landscape ecological and…

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£630 - £1080

Applied Bayesian modelling for ecologists and epidemiologists (ABME02)

24th October 2016 - 29th October 2016
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course Overview: This application-driven course will provide a founding in the basic theory & practice of Bayesian statistics, with a focus on MCMC modeling for ecological & epidemiological problems. Starting from a refresher on probability & likelihood, the course will take students all the way to cutting-edge applications such as state-space population modelling & spatial point-process modelling. By the end of the week, you should have a basic understanding of how common MCMC samplers work and how to program them,…

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£510 - £620

Phylogenetic data analysis using R (PHYL01)

31st October 2016 - 4th November 2016
Millport Field Station, Isle of Cumbrae,
Scotland, KA28 0EG, United Kingdom

Course Overview: The main objectives of the course are to teach the theoretical bases of phylogenetic analysis, and to give the ability to initiate a phylogenetic analysis starting from the files of molecular sequences until the interpretation of the results and the graphics. The introduction will cover a brief historical background and an overview of the different methods of phylogenetic inference. Different kinds of data will be considered, but with a special emphasis on DNA sequences. The software used will…

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November 2016
£630 - £1080

Spatial analysis of ecological data using R (SPAE04)

21st November 2016 - 26th November 2016
SCENE, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom

Course Overview: The course will cover the concepts and R tools that can be used to analyse spatial data in ecology covering elementary and advanced spatial analysis techniques applicable to both plants and animals. We will investigate analyses appropriate to transect (e.g. line surveys, trapping arrays), grid (e.g. occupancy surveys) and point data (e.g. telemetry). The focal questions will be on deriving species distributions, determining their environmental drivers and quantifying different types of associated uncertainty. Novel methodology for generating predictions…

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December 2016
£520 - £630

Advancing in statistical modelling using R (ADVR05)

5th December 2016 - 9th December 2016
Juniper Hall, Juniper Hall,
Mickleham, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6DA United Kingdom

Course Overview: An introduction to working with real-life data: data ‘wrangling’, visualisation, graphing and analysis, including model selection and simplification, mixed effects models, generalised linear models and non-linear models. This five day course will consist of series of modules, each lasting roughly half a day and comprises of a mixture of lectures and practicals designed to either build required skills for future modules or to perform a family of analyses that is frequently encountered in the biological literature. Intended Audience…

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January 2017
£540 - £650

Model base multivariate analysis of abundance data using R (MBMV01)

16 January 2017 - 20 January 2017
Juniper Hall, Juniper Hall,
Mickleham, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6DA United Kingdom

Course Overview: This course will provide an introduction to modern multivariate techniques, with a special focus on the analysis of abundance or presence/absence data. Multivariate analysis in ecology has been changing rapidly in recent years, with a focus now on formulating a statistical model to capture key properties of the observed data, rather than transformation of data using a dissimilarity-based framework. In recent years, model-based techniques have been developed for hypothesis testing, identifying indicator species, ordination, clustering, predictive modelling, and…

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February 2017
£600 - £720

Advanced Python for biologists (APYB01)

6 February 2017 - 10 February 2017
Flatford Mill Field Centre, Flatford Mill Field Centre,
East Bergholt, Suffolk CO7 6UL United Kingdom

Course overview: Python is a dynamic, readable language that is a popular platform for all types of bioinformatics work, from simple one-off scripts to large, complex software projects. This workshop is aimed at people who already have a basic knowledge of Python and are interested in using the language to tackle larger problems. In it, we will look in detail at the parts of the language which are particularly useful in scientific programming, and at the tools Python offers for…

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£480 - £580

Stable isotope mixing models using SIAR, SIBER and MixSIAR (SIMM03)

28 February 2017 - 3 March 2017
Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland, KA28 0EG United Kingdom

Course overview: This course will cover the concepts, technical background and use of stable isotope mixing models (SIMMs) with a particular focus on running them in R. This course will cover the concepts, technical background and use of stable isotope mixing models (SIMMs) with a particular focus on running them in R. Recently SIMMs have become a very popular tool for quantifying food webs and thus the diet of predators and prey in an ecosystem. Starting with only basic understanding…

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March 2017
£430 - £520

Network analysis for ecologists using R (NTWA01)

6 March 2017 - 10 March 2017
Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland, KA28 0EG United Kingdom

Course overview: The first graphical representation of a food web dates back to 1880, with the pioneering works of Lorenzo Camerano. Since then, research on ecological networks has further developed and ecology is one of the fields that contributed the most to the growth of network science. Nowadays, ecologists routinely apply network analysis with a diverse set of objectives that range from studying the stability of ecological communities to quantifying energy flows in ecosystems. The course is intended to provide…

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