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Online Course – 2nd Edition

Introduction to Statistical Analysis in Palaeontology and Archaeology

November 30th-December 4th, 2020

Palaeontology and Archaeology

Palaeontology and Archaeology

This course will be delivered ONLINE: 17.5 hours of online live lessons,  plus 5 hours of assignments. A good internet connection is required to follow the course.

Introduction to Statistical Analysis for Palaeontology and ArchaeologyCourse Overview

This course is aimed to introduce participants on the basic concepts of statistical analysis, through examples belonging to the fields of palaeontology and archaeology. There will be lectures combined with exercises.

More than understanding  the mathematical basis of each statistical analysis, this course is intended to provide each participant with the tools to develop and statistically test different hypothesis.

We will be using free user-friendly software (PAST).


All participants must have a personal computer (Windows, Macintosh), with webcam if possible, and a good internet connection.




This course will be delivered online.

Please check the schedule for the live online part, and be aware that it is GMT+1.


November 30th-December 4th, 2020




22.5 hours Online.

This course is equivalent to 1 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.


Places are limited to 16 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order. If the course fills up there will be an assistant instructor to help during the practise time.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.

Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno Transmitting Science coordinator

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno
Transmitting Science



Introduction to the theory behind statistics. Data and type of variables. Descriptive and inferential statistics. Parametric and non-parametric statistics. Distributions. Probability. P-value. Type I and II errors. Introduction to the software.

Analyses with quantitative variables. Normality test, Mean comparison, T-test, ANOVA. Non parametric tests: Wilcoxon, Mann-Whitney, Kruskal-Wallis. Confidence interval, percentiles and box-plots.

Analyses with qualitative variables. Frequency comparison, chi-square test, Fisher test and correspondence analysis.

Association between variables: correlation and linear regression.

Introduction to multivariate statistics: principal component analysis.


  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until September 30th, 2020):
  • 296 € *
    (238.8 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Regular (after september 30th, 2020):
  • 370 € *
    (296 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • This includes the course material (VAT included).
    * Participants from companies/industry will have an extra charge of 100 €.

You can check the list of Ambassador Institutions. If you want your institution to become a Transmitting Science Ambassador please contact us at communication@transmittingscience.com


  • Monday to Friday (GMT+1):
    • 16:00 to 19:30 online live lessons.

The rest of the time will be taught with recorded classes and assignments, to be done between the live sessions.


Discounts are not cumulative and apply only on the Course Fee. We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact courses@transmittingscience.com).

Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.

20 % discount on the Course Fee is offered for members of some organizations (Ambassador Institutions). If you want to apply to this discount please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later).

Unemployed scientists living in the country were the course will be held, as well as PhD students based in that country without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, could benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you want to ask for this discount, please contact the course coordinator. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict inscription order.


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