Event: Starten met R

Registration via https://event.ugent.be/registration/StartenR from 20-11-2023 13:46 until 08-10-2024 12:00




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 October: 8, 15 and 22 ; November: 5, 12 and 19 (2024) from 14:00 till 16:30. Deadline for doctoral school recognition: September 6, 2024.


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 course will be given in Dutch, but the slides are in English


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 or UZ Gent personnel (only through internal SAP UGent order):  300 euro

Others (non-profit, government, education staff): 400 euro

Industry/private sector: Will be announced soon


- 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

From the moment of registration for a course and receipt of the automatic confirmation email, the cancellation conditions below apply.

Cancellation by the course participant
Cancellation is possible as long as the course has not yet started, by sending an email to secr.biostatistiek@ugent.be. 
- If the cancellation occurs at least one month before the start of the course, there will be no additional costs. 
- If the cancellation occurs within one month up to one week before the start of the course, an administrative fee of 25 euros will be charged. 
- If the cancellation occurs less than one week before the start of the course, 25% of the registration fee will be charged in addition to an administrative fee of 25 euros. 
As an alternative to cancellation, an enrollee can have himself replaced by a colleague for participation in the course. This must also be notified in advance via secr.biostatistiek@ugent.be.

Cancellation by the Biostatistics Unit
The Biostatistics Unit reserves the right to cancel a course or postpone it to a later date. In the event of cancellation, the amount already paid will be refunded. If a course is rescheduled, the enrollee may either participate in the course on the new date(s) or cancel participation at no charge with a refund of the amount already paid.



Date Contents

October 8, 2024   

(Roos Colman)



Exploring R and Rstudio

Constructing and working with vectors

Importing SPSS datasets

Getting help


October 15, 2024  

(Roos Colman)



Reading Excel and csv datasets

Data manipulation: creating variables, creating subsets

Introduction to R Markdown

October 22, 2024   

(Roos Colman)


Modern data-handling using tidyverse

summarizing data

Basic statistical tests in R


November 5  2024   

(Roos Colman)


Exercise session



November 12, 2024    

(Joris Meys)


High quality graphs using ggplot2


November 19, 2024 

(Roos Colman)


Automatic reporting: R Markdown

Illustration: Linear regression


Register Option Description Location When? Cost in EUR Available Seats

Starten met R - Inschrijving

PC 1.1 @1K3, Campus UZ Gent

08-10-2024 14:00 - 19-11-2024 16:30



Starten met R - Wachtlijst

PC 1.1 @1K3, Campus UZ Gent

08-10-2024 14:00 - 19-11-2024 16:30


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