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Understanding and using statistical methods have become more necessary than ever in scientific research and decision-making. With the recent development in IT, statistics have evolved, and developed sophisticated tools and methods for processing complex data. The challenge today is less linked to data acquisition but rather more to how to handle and derive information and knowledge from existing complex data. Unfortunately, due to the lack of knowledge and good statistical ability, some researchers are unable to optimize the data they have acquire with much energy. The Laboratory of Biomathematics and Forestry Estimates (LABEF), in line with its objective of “raising awareness and improving the use of statistics in biological and social sciences”, offers for the academic year 2017-2018, three training modules, each of duration of one week (4 days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) in order to improve the capacity of students, researchers and professionals in data analysis with the free software R. The Laboratory also offers a special module on “Geographic Information System, Forest Modeling and Introduction to Geostatistics” with particular emphasis on species ecological niche modelling, a relatively new, but very popular, dynamic and useful domain.

The training modules offered for the academic year 2017-2018 are:

Modules Lectuer Date Home institution
Module 1 : Geographic Information System, Forest Modeling and Introduction to Geostatistics Dr.ir. Idohou Rodrigue,


Dr.ir. Achille Hounpkèvi

15 to 19 January 2018 LABEF/FSA/UAC
Module 2 : Introduction to statistical analyses in R software Prof. Romain Glèlè Kakaï,

Dr. Valère Salako,

Dr. Charlemagne Gbemavo

02 to 06 July 2018 LABEF/FSA/UAC
Module 3 : Generalized Linear Models: Principles and Applications in R Software Prof. Romain Glèlè Kakaï,

Wilfried Bonou (PhD Student),

Bruno Lokonon (PhD-student)

30 July to 03 August 2018 LABEF/FSA/UAC

Module organization: Each module lasts four days [Monday to Tuesday-Thursday to Friday] each lasting 3 hours of courses and practices. Participants will be trained on how to report the results of statistical analysis for scientific articles and reports.

How to register: Participants can register for the module of their choice but no later than two weeks before the module starts. Registration is by sending the filled registration form (downloadable here) to contact.labef@gmail.com or filling in the online registration form (available here).

Cost of each module: Each module costs 25,000 FCFA (~50 USD) to be paid no later than one week before the start of the chosen module.

Where to pay the participation fee? Secretariat of the LABEF, Tel: 67 80 86 30 — 65 32 84 65 — 96 17 27 29

How many places are available? The maximum number of places available for a module is 50.

Where will the trainings take place? The LABEF conference room

What is the training language? French


The Laboratoire de Biomathématiques et d’Estimations Forestières (LABEF), is offering some free of charge trainings in different thematics of interests for scholars and professionals. .

The first one is about the Contribution of Statistical methods in analyzing survival data in clinical trials

  • Date: 26th and 27th April, 2018
  • Venue: Conference room of LABEF
  • Hour: 09h00h-15h00
  • Lecturer: Kossi E. GNEYOU, Department of Mathematics, University of Lomé, Togo; Laboratory of Biomathematics and Forest Estimations, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin. Email: kgneyou@gmail.com

The admission is free