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Simulations and Modelling in R

National University of Singapore, 8-14 November 2018

Simulations are an important tool for wildlife biologists when designing a study. It enables you to explore different sample sizes and sampling strategies, to see how best to collect data to answer your research question. In addition, setting up simulations forces you to think through how the data might be generated, ie, to create a model of the system you are studying. More information here. Applicants must have a good command of R and successful completion of an R Skills Review is a prerequisite for acceptance.

Venue: NUS Science Library Block S6, top-right on the campus map.

Dates: Thurs 8 to Wed 14 November, with a rest day on Sun 11 November.

Registration fee: SGD 150. This includes all workshop materials and refreshments. Participants should bring their own notebook computers. All software used is free of charge. Note that lunch is not included: there are a several canteens near the venue (purple squares on the campus map plus more in the hospital area).


"Boot Camp" in wildlife study design and data analysis

The 10-day "Boot Camp" is intended for those involved in wildlife research using techniques such as presence/absence surveys or mark-recapture - or those who need to understand the results of this research. More details are here. See also Who we are.
 

Kathmandu, Nepal, 26 Sept - 8 Oct

This Boot Camp is organised by Friends of Nature Nepal, with funding support from USAID funded Hariyo Ban Program through WWF Nepal.

Venue: Bojinee Nagarkot Resort, in the hills overlooking the Kathmandu Valley. Access to the resort is difficult and participants are expected to stay on site. Transport to the venue from central Kathmandu on 26 Sept.

Dates: We start with an evening reception on Wed 26 Sept and finish on Mon 8 Oct; Sun 30 Sept and Thurs 4 Oct will be rest days.

Costs: No charge will be made for successful applicants. This covers all workshop materials and shared accommodation and meals from dinner on 26 Sept to 8 Oct.

Participants must bring their own notebook computers. All software used is free of charge.

Kuching, Malaysia, 6-17 December

Proposed venue: Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak, Jalan Simpang Tiga, Kuching, Malaysia. There are buses to Simpang Tiga, and some parking on campus for participants.

Dates: Thurs 6 - Mon 17 December 2018, with rest days on Sun 9 and Thurs 13 December.

Registration fee: RM350, with an early-bird rate of RM190 for those who pay before 15 October 2018.

The registration fee includes all workshop materials and refreshments. Participants should bring their own notebook computers. All software used is free of charge. Note that lunch is not included: there is a canteen on the campus and small restaurants nearby.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 7-18 January 2019

Proposed venue: Sunway University, Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. The University is located in Bandar Sunway, and is close to the BRT line which connects to KTM Komuter trains at Setia Jaya and the Kelana Jaya LRT line at USJ 7. Parking on campus is limited, but there is a multi-storey car park a few minutes walk away.

Dates: Mon 7 - Fri 18 January 2019, with rest days on Thur 10 and Mon 14 January.

Registration fee: RM490, with an early-bird rate of RM310 for those who pay before 15 November 2018.

The registration fee includes all workshop materials and refreshments. Participants should bring their own notebook computers. All software used is free of charge. Note that lunch is not included: there are two canteens on the campus.


Bayesian analysis with JAGS and R

UWICER Campus, Bumthang, Bhutan, 11-23 September 2018

We introduce Bayesian concepts in the Boot Camp, but to go beyond the simplest cases, you need to get to grips with JAGS software. Here we show how to use JAGS for typical analyses of wildlife data and provide skills to go further. Details of workshop content are here. Applications are now closed.


Other specialist workshops for wildlife researchers

We ran a series of specialist workshops in Kuala Lumpur in March 2018, including Bayes with JAGS, Data Exploration and GIS with QGIS and R. Details are included on our Past Workshops page. We currently have no plans to run other specialist workshops; email stats.bcss@gmail.com if you are interested in hosting one.

Data Exploration and Display with R

Checking, organising and exploring the data are vital before starting on any analysis. Here we discuss the process from recording in the field to ready-to-use data in R and the presentation of the data and results using charts. Details of topics to be covered are here.

Introduction to GIS with QGIS and R

Geographic information system (GIS) tools are essential today for understanding what is happening around us. QGIS software is free, open-source, cross-platform software that is constantly updated for greater performance. This workshop is intended for those who want to learn the basics of GIS but do not have access to proprietary software. More details of the content are here.

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Updated 15 September 2018 by Mike Meredith