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Pertubuhan Konservasi Biodiversiti Sarawak
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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 Meeting Room, Block S6 Level 4, 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 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.

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.

This workshop is now fully booked. If you register now, we will add your name to the waiting list.

Other specialist workshops for wildlife researchers

We ran a Bayes with JAGS workshop in Bhutan in September 2018 and 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 workshops@bcss.org.my if you are interested in hosting one.

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.

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 19 October 2018 by Mike Meredith