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DEPARTMENT OF BIODIVERSITY at UP FAMNIT is announcing a series of courses

MODERN METHODS IN CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

 

These courses are aimed at undergraduate students of natural and environmental sciences. The series includes the following courses: Biological Data Analysis in R, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Biodiversity Research, Methods in Conservation Genetics, Morphometrics in Biological sciences and other relevant topics.

The courses will be taught by profesionals from the field of conservation biology, who use these methods as part of their ongoing research and teach them as a part of FAMNIT's undergraduate and postgraduate study programmes Biodiversity and Nature conservation at UP FAMNIT.


THE FOLLOWING COURSE IN THE SERIES WILL BE

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) IN BIODIVERSITY RESEARCH

For further information, dates and application follow our website.


 

SUCCESSFUL 1st COURSE OF THE SERIES

Between 27th and 28th May 2017 the Department of Biodiversity held the course Biological Data Analysis with R in the UP FAMNIT Campus Livade in Izola, Slovenia. 15 students attended the course, coming from 4 different uiversities: University of Primorska in University oz Ljubljana (Slovenia), University of Zagreb (Croatia) and University of Wollongong.

During the course participants learned the basics of biological data analysis, using a free and widely used software R. The objective of this 2-day course was to demonstrate the utilities of R in biological research, and to teach participants how to query, manipulate and analyse their data using some relatively simple tools. The course covered the fundamentals of using R, common data manipulation tools and basic statistical approaches. It equiped the participants with the skills to carry out these task on their own, and provided a baseline for further learning of more complicated techniques.

The course was be taught by Tilen Genov, M.Res., a researcher and teaching assistant at the Department of Biodiversity, University of Primorska, and a doctoral student at the University of St Andrews, UK, who has taught R and data analysis to over 200 students in South Africa, Namibia and Slovenia, and uses these techniques in his research.

STUDENT REVIEWS

SARA ERŽEN, UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT OF BIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA

I really liked the course, from its organisation, to the topics that were addressed and also the ways of how we learned the skills. I have learned a lot of useful things!  Our instructors were great and I would love to spend the whole week in Izola, not just this two days.

 

JURAN KRALJ, GRADUATE STUDENT OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF ZAGREB

After this workshop, I would say that the probability of me coming back on "Intermediate Biological Data Analysis in R" Workshop" is really high. I enjoyed Slovenian coast, people, food and the workshop. Definitely would recommend it to everybody interested in R!

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