Biodiversity Conservation Society Sarawak
Pertubuhan Konservasi Biodiversiti Sarawak

Specialist workshops planned for March 2018
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"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 of content are here. See also the Boot Camp approach to learning stats and Who we are.

Kuala Lumpur, 15 - 26 January 2018 - in progress!

Venue: Sunway University, Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. The University is housed in a new building in Bandar Sunway, 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 15 - Fri 26 January 2018, with rest days on Thur 18 and Mon 22 January.

Registration fee: RM490, with an early-bird rate of RM295 for those who pay before 15 November 2017. BCSS is not registered for GST, so none will be levied.

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.

Specialist workshops for wildlife researchers

Kuala Lumpur, March 2018

Bayesian analysis with JAGS and R

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. Basic R skills are a prerequisite.

4 - 10 March, with a break on 7 March (6 days)

RM210 up to 15 Jan; thereafter RM315.

Places still available but don't delay!

Data Exploration and Display with in 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.

12 - 15 March (4 days)

RM140 up to 15 Jan; thereafter RM210.

Places still available but don't delay!

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.

17 - 23 March, with a break on 20 March (6 days)

RM210 up to 15 Jan; thereafter RM315.

Fully booked! Click on Register Now to join the waiting list.

Venue: ATCEN Training Centre, Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya. The Centre is a few minutes walk from the Taman Bahagia LRT station.

Registration fees include refreshments and materials, not lunch. One registration form for all three workshops.


Simulations and Modelling (in R)

Simulations are an important tool in study design. 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.

We'll be using the R programming language, which is ideal for building models and simulating data. You'll get more out of this workshop if you are already familiar with R. More...

Currently we have no plans for the next Simulations and Modelling workshop; email stats.bcss@gmail.com if you are interested in hosting one.

Updated 21 Jan 2018 by Mike Meredith