Biostatistical Basics 2023

Sarah Kaspar   2023-03-21   Comments Off on Biostatistical Basics 2023

Date(s) - 2023-03-21 - 2023-03-30
10:00 CET - 15:00 CEST



The course will take place on four days:

  • Tuesday, 21 March 2023, 10:00 – 15:00 CET (data visualization in R)
  • Thursday, 23 March 2023, 10:00 – 15:00 CET (probabilities and statistical distributions)
  • Tuesday, 28 March 2023, 10:00 – 15:00 CEST (hypothesis testing)
  • Thursday, 30 March 2023, 10:00 – 15:00 CEST (contingency analysis and multiple testing)

Each day consists of lectures and practical demonstrations in R from 10:00 to 12:00 and tutored exercises from 13:00 to 15:00, with 1h lunch break in between.


This course teaches basic statistical concepts that will immediately help you to better understand your data, and which are also the foundation for many advanced topics.

  • Data exploration and visualization in R
  • What are common statistical distributions of biological data?
  • What distribution do my data follow?
  • How do statistical tests work in general?
  • Tests for comparing two groups
  • Contingency tables
  • How can we measure association of two variables?
  • What is multiple testing and how can we correct for it?


  • Pre-installed R and R-Studio
  • Basic knowledge in R is an advantage.


The course is hybrid and will take place in the IC lecture hall in Heidelberg and online. Zoom details will be shared with the participants before the event.


If you are already proficient in data handling and visualization using the tidyverse in R, you may skip the first course day. Please let me know in advance.

We will be working in R, but we will not learn – nor require – advanced programming. The focus of the course is on the statistical concepts.

As the demand within EMBL is usually high, currently only bookings from EMBL / EBI email addresses will be accepted.


  • Sarah Kaspar, Centre for Statistical Data Analysis, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany.


  • Eleonora Mastrorilli
  • Mike Smith
  • Julia Philipp


Bookings are closed for this event.