[sib-courses] New SIB workshop: "Statistical concepts for non-statisticians", 16 January 2014

Frédéric Schütz frederic.schutz at isb-sib.ch
Wed Dec 18 16:21:24 CET 2013

Dear all,

We are pleased to announce a new SIB workshop:

  "Statistical concepts for non-statisticians"

which will take place in Lausanne on Thursday 16 January 2014, and is
targeted at people who need to understand the statistics used in the
biomedical field, but who are unlikely to conduct statistical analysis


Statistics are an integral part of scientific research, especially in
the biomedical field. Understanding statistical results is of prime
importance for both, people who actually perform the research work in a
lab and the wider scientific community: group leaders, science
journalists, investors, etc.

The goal of this one-day course is to provide you with the skills you
need to understand statistical results. It will cover the following
topics: basic statistics to summarize data numerically and graphically;
basic tools used in biomedical research: hypothesis tests, confidence
intervals, correlation, etc; common pitfalls associated with these
tools; probabilities, risks, rates and other measures; "Big data",
promises and challenges.

The course will not include any practical work (using statistical
software to perform statistical analysis), but it will extensively rely
on concrete examples.

There is no prerequisite for this course. The attendance fee is 50 CHF
(for members of the academic community) or 200 CHF (for other
participants); it includes course material, coffee break and lunch.

Registration is now open at

The list of forthcoming SIB courses is available on the web at

For the organizers,

Frédéric Schütz

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