International Summer School on Bayesian Modelling 24.-29. Sept 2017 in Bergen, Norway


Sunset at Lygra

We are pleased to announce our 7th international summer school on Bayesian Modelling in the ecological and environmental sciences (see past courses here). This year the course will take place at the Heathland Centre on the beautiful island of Lygra in western Norway.


Bayesian inference is an increasingly used statistical framework in ecology and the environmental sciences but it is still rarely taught within the standard curriculum. This course provides a practical introduction to Bayesian inference covering both the theory and application of Bayesian methods using a number of examples motivated from the ecological and environmental sciences. The course is taught with early-career researchers in mind (PhD students and post-doctoral researchers) but we welcome applications from all researchers at any stage in their career.


The contents of the course will include:

  • Introduction to the concepts of Bayesian statistics (priors, likelihoods, etc.)
  • Sampling methods (Markov Chain Monte Carlo, rejection sampling, etc.)
  • Bayesian modelling and hierarchical Bayesian models
  • The BUGS model language and its implementations such as JAGS and OpenBUGS
  • An introduction to other Bayesian modelling software such as STAN, BayesianTools, and INLA
  • Demonstration of how to fit process-based/simulation models using Bayesian methods

The course will consist of lectures, practical exercises (with R and JAGS) and talks on advanced topics in Bayesian statistics. Course language will be English. This is an introductory course, but a basic knowledge of general statistics as well as a competency in R or another programming language will be highly beneficial to profit from this course.


The total price for the 5 day course is 5800 NOK (approximately 615€ or £520). This price includes accommodation from the 24th September to the 29th September, 3 meals on each of the full teaching days (25th to 29th September) and an evening meal on the night of the 24th September. Tea, coffee, and light snacks will also be provided.


Applications to the course can be made here. Note that because we often have many applicants for the course we try to preferrentially offer course places to those participants who would benefit most. The application deadline to make the initial selection round is 30th June.


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