Biostatistical Basics – Autumn Edition

Sarah Kaspar   2021-09-14   Comments Off on Biostatistical Basics – Autumn Edition

Date(s) - 2021-09-14 - 2021-09-23
10:00 CEST - 15:00 CEST



The course will take place on four days:

  • Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 10:00 – 15:00 CEST
  • Thursday, 16 September 2021, 10:00 – 15:00 CEST
  • Tuesday, 21 September 2021, 10:00 – 15:00 CEST
  • Thursday, 23 September 2021, 10:00 – 15:00 CEST

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 offered by EMBL Heidelberg and will be held online.


This is the same course as the “Biostatistical Basics” course held in June.

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. Please help us to adapt the content to your pre-knowledge by answering the questions in the booking form.

Researchers from all EMBL sites are welcome to participate. As the demand within EMBL is high, currently only bookings from EMBL / EBI email addresses will be accepted.


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


Bookings are closed for this event.