Introduction to R

In this course, you will master the basics of R, a computer language and environment for statistics and graphics. The course focuses on getting familiar with the R environment by means of RStudio, to use R for manipulation and exploration of data. Basic programming as well as visualization in R are also part of this course.

Target group/prerequisites

This 2-day course is meant for people who have no experience with R and no specific knowledge is required.

Course design

The course consists of demonstrations and computer practicals.

Program topics

Day 1:

  • Introduction to R and RStudio;
  • Getting started;
  • Data types and structures: from vectors to data frames;
  • Reading and writing files;
  • Data manipulation in R.

Day 2:

  • Programming;
  • R coding style for concise, clear and consistent code which are easier to read and edit;
  • Standard programming constructs: loops, if-then-else statements, functions, ..., to write basic program scripts;
  • R base graphics for basic visualizations (bar plots, pie charts, scatter plots, ...).


    31 May - 1 June 2021.

    Study load:

    The study load of this course is 0.7 ECTS credits.


    This course will be online.

    Registration & Costs:

    PhD candidates affiliated with VLAG/WUR * 175 €
    All other PhD candidates 400 €
    Postdoc / staff from VLAG 400 €
    Postdoc / staff not affiliated with VLAG 525 €
    Professionals / Non academics 800 €

    Costs includes material, tea/coffee and lunches.
    * VLAG/EPS/PE&RC/WASS/WIAS/WIMEK PhD candidates with an approved TSP.

    Register here

    Cancellations policy:

    • No charge until 2 May 2021
    • 25% of the course fee paid or due till 24 May 2021
    • No refund after 24 May 2021

    Substitutions for participants may be made at any time until the start of the course.


    For more information please contact Suzanne van der Wielen