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Online Course – 3rd Edition

Introduction to Statistical Analysis in Palaeontology and Archaeology

8th-12th of March, 2021

This course will be delivered live online

Online live sessions from Monday 8th to Friday 12th from 10:00 to 14:00 (GMT+1, Madrid time zone).


Testimonials for this course

Introduction to Statistical Analysis in Palaeontology and Archaeology (online) – 2nd edition.

“I loved Sole as a teacher. She is very patient and takes the time to answer questions and explain a little more when she feels people are a little quiet and maybe don’t understand but are too shy to say so. Loved the Kahoots too.”

Introduction to Statistical Analysis in Palaeontology and Archaeology (online) – 2nd edition.

“I like the build up of subjects throughout the lessons. It’s in a very good order for understanding. I’m also happy language formed no limitations whatsoever. Sometimes it does with complicated subjects such as this, but there was no problem.”

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.




8th-12th of March, 2021

Schedule and Course length

Online live sessions from Monday 8th to Friday 12th from 10:00 to 14:00 (GMT+1, Madrid time zone), plus 4 hours of assignments to be done between the live sessions.

24 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.

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

Haris Saslis coordinator for Transmitting Science

Dr. Haris Saslis
Transmitting Science



Introduction to the theory behind statistics. Data and type of variables. Descriptive and inferential statistics. Parametric and non-parametric statistics. Confidence intervals, percentiles and box-plots. 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.

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

Association between variables: correlation and linear regression.

Introduction to multivariate statistics: Principal Component Analysis, Principal Coordinates Analysis.


  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until January 31st, 2021):
  • 296 € *
    (238.8 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Regular (after January 31st, 2021):
  • 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


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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