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2023 - Summer School in Advanced Statistics for the Life Sciences

Hierarchical models in the life sciences

May 8 – 12, 2023


This annual summer school will provide the opportunity to deepen your knowledge in advanced statistics, in a convivial environment.

The theme for the 2023 edition is Hierarchical Models in the life sciences. The course aims to introduce hierarchical models from both a theoretical and practical point of view. Hierarchical models with and without constraints (e.g. spatial and/or time) as well as multivariate hierarchical models will be presented. Everything will be done using R with an introduction to Stan. Bring your dataset!

  • Date: May 8 to 12, 2023
  • Location: Station de biologie des Laurentides
  • Cost: 600$ (shared room) 800$ (private room) 

Official 3-credit course (at the MSc or PhD level) from the Faculty of Science of the Université de Sherbrooke, or Non-credit continuing education.


  • Guillaume Blanchet, Ph.D
    Professor, University of Sherbrooke
  • Andrew MacDonald, Ph.D
    Research Professional, University of Sherbrooke
  • Vincent Tolon, Ph.D
    Researcher, ISARA (France)


  • Intermediate level of knowledge in statistics and scientific programming

Location and cost

The summer school will be held at the Station de Biologie des Laurentides.

The price includes lodging, meals and transportation from Sherbrooke or Montreal.

  • Registration fee: 600$ (shared room) 800$ (private room)


Those interested in participating in the summer school must

  1. Fill out the Pre-registration form
  2. Send a letter of motivation before April 3, 2023 to

Official registration

The official registration will take place during the week of April 8, 2023.

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The intensive summer school is supported by Université de Sherbrooke and the NSERC-CREATE Training program in computational biodiversity science and services BIOS2.