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2024 - Summer School in Advanced Statistics for the Life Sciences

April 29 – May 3, 2024


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

The main theme of this summer school 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!

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 and Quebec Center for Biodiversity Science (QCBS)


  • Intermediate level of knowledge in statistics and scientific programming

Location and cost

  • The summer school will be held at the Jouvence resort in Orford (Quebec)
  • Price includes course registration, accommodation and meals
  • The registration fee is 600$ (shared room), 800$ (private room)


Anyone interested in taking part in the summer school must complete the form by March 20, 2024.

Applications will be reviewed to ensure that the prerequisites are met. If the number of applications is too high, a selection of applications will be made.

Official registration (admission and payment of registration fees) will take place during the week of March 25, 2024

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