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Reproducible data science for population genetics (RDPG01)

23rd October 2017 - 27th October 2017

£260.00 - £580.00

Course Overview:

With the increasing availability of various types of genetic and genomic data, population genetics and molecular ecology are becoming largely data driven sciences. Understanding the evolutionary, demographic, and ecological underpinning the genetic makeup of natural populations now relies on a combination of exploratory approaches and models. This course will provide an in-depth introduction to these techniques, with a strong emphasis on reproducibility though the use of modern analytic practices and tools. After an introduction to phylogenetic reconstruction, the course will cover a number of multivariate approaches for the analysis of genetic patterns, including supervised and unsupervised factorial methods, clustering approaches, and advanced methods for describing population diversity and revealing spatial genetic patterns. The approaches introduced will be applicable to most genetic data, including markers such as microsatellites, SNPs, or AFLP, as well as nucleotide and amino-acid sequence data. Every day will start with a lecture dedicated to a type of problem and methods, followed by an introduction to a specific technique for reproducible data analysis; afternoon will be devoted to hands on praticals. The last day will be devoted to open problems, where participants will be able to analyse their own data.

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.

Venue – Margam Discover Centre – Google MapDownload directions PDF
Availability – 24 places
Duration – 5 days
Contact hours – Approx. 37 hours
ECT’s – Equal to 3 ECT’s
Language – English


• COURSE ONLY – Includes lunch and refreshments.
• ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE (to be purchased in addition to the course only option) – 
Includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, refreshments, minibus to and from meeting point and accommodation. Accommodation is multiple occupancy (max 3 people) single sex en-suite rooms. Arrival Sunday 22nd October and departure Friday 27th October PM.

To book ‘COURSE ONLY’ with the option to add the additional ‘ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE’ please scroll to the bottom of this page.

Other payment options are available please email oliverhooker@prstatistics.com

Cancellation policy: Cancellations are accepted up to 28 days before the course start date subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations later than this may be considered, contact oliverhooker@prstatistics.com Failure to attend will result in the full cost of the course being charged. In the unfortunate event that PRstatistics must cancel this course due to unforeseen circumstances a full refund for the course will be credited. However PRstatistics cannot be held responsible for any travel fees, accommodation or other expenses incurred to you as a result of the cancellation.


Dr. Thibaut Jombart


Dr Zhian Kamvar


Dr. Oliver Hooker

Teaching Format
Course Programme


23rd October 2017
27th October 2017
£260.00 - £580.00


Margam Discovery Centre
Magram Park
Port Talbot , SA13 2UA United Kingdom
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