Event: Starten met R

Registration via https://event.ugent.be/registration/StartenmetR from 08-12-2022 14:41 until 02-05-2023 14:00



This course offers the opportunity to reserchers in life sciences and medicine to get familiar with R progressively with expert guidance. The sessions will be highly interactive and practical, making it possible for the participants to use R in their research studies in the most efficient way.


The course will be offered through six interactive sessions. Programming in R will be learned progressively through a combination of intense guidance by statistical experts and by self-study. 
During the first sessions, we will learn to import and manipulate data and to perform some basic statistical analyses.  Once we have mastered the basics, we will use the ggplot2 package to discover the excellent graphical capabilities of R. Moreover we will see some introductory applications of RMarkdown to set our first steps in automatic reporting, a key ingredient for reproducible research. Examples will be largely from health sciences.

A maximum number of 20 participants can subscribe to allow highly interactive sessions in a pc room.


- Exploring R and Rstudio, Constructing and working with vectors

- Importing SPSS, csv and Excel datasets

- Data manipulation: selecting data, creating new variables, merging datasets

- Data visualization using ggplot2

- Creating reproducible reports using RMarkdown


The course will take place on May: 2,9, 16, 23 and 30; June 6 from 14:00 till 16:30. Deadline for doctoral school recognition: April 1, 2023.

UZ campus - K3 (entrance 42), first floor- PC room 1.1 - Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Ghent University, De Pintelaan 185, 9000 Ghent, Belgium

The sessions will be in Dutch.

No previous experience with R required. Participants should have access to R and RStudio (either installed on their computer or via Athena)

Roos Colman and Joris Meys

For UGENT  (only through internal SAP UGent order):  250 euro.

For UGENT or UZ Gent personnel (without internal SAP UGent order): 300 euro

For participants outside UGent: upon request (secr.biostatistiek@UGent.be)

- For questions regarding the content of the course, please contact Roos Colman (roos.colman@ugent.be)

- For administrative questions, you can send an e-mail to secr.biostatistiek@ugent.be





May 2, 2023

(Roos Colman)

PC room 1.1, 1K3

Exploring R and R studio

Constructing and working with vectors

Importing SPSS datasets

Getting help

May 9, 2023

(Roos Colman)

 PC room 1.1 (1 K3, ingang 42)

Reading Excel and csv datasets

Data manipulation: creating variables, creating subsets

Introduction to R Markdown

May 16, 2023

(Roos Colman)

 PC room 1.1 (1 K3, ingang 42)

Modern data-handling using tidyverse

summarizing data

Basic statistical tests in R

May 23, 2023

(Roos Colman)

Room 5.1 (4 K3, ingang 42)

Exercise session

May 30, 2023

(Joris Meys)

 PC room 1.1 (1 K3, ingang 42)

High quality graphs using ggplot2

June 6, 2023

(Roos Colman)

PC room 1.1 (1 K3, ingang 42)

Automatic reporting: R Markdown

Illustration: Linear regression

Register Option Description Location When? Available Seats



PC 1.1, 1K3, UZ Gent

02-05-2023 14:00 - 06-06-2023 16:30


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PC 1.1, 1K3, UZ Gent

02-05-2023 14:00 - 06-06-2023 16:30

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