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Live Online Course – 1st Edition

Generalised Additive Mixed Models (GAMM): modelling space-time correlation structures

April 8th-12th, 2024

Live sessions will be recorded

Course Generalised Additive Mixed Models (GAMM) modeling space-time correlation structures

Course overview & Programme

The objective of this course is for participants to be able to:

  1. Visualise and perform the tests of correlation structures in time and space in our data set
  2. Adjust a GAM model
  3. Adjust a GAM+M model with auto-correlation structure (Temporal)
  4. Adjust a GAM+M model with auto-correlation structure (Spatial-Temporal)

Module I. Spatial and Temporal Autocorrelation    

  • Definition of spatial and temporal autocorrelation
  • Tools for detection of spatial and temporal autocorrelation
  • GAM Models
  • Theory of Additive Models (AM) and Generalized Additive Models (GAM)
  • Simple GAM Model
  • Fitting and Validation of a simple GAM model (bivariate)
  • Multiple GAM Models (multivariable)
  • Fitting and Validation of a multiple GAM model
  • Multiple GAM for count data with an offset

Module II. Mixed Models and GAMMs        

  • Introduction to Mixed Effects Models
  • Fitting GAM Model and Independence Validation
  • Fitting and validation of GAMM 1 Model
  • GAMM with temporal autocorrelation structure
  • Fitting and validation of GAMM 2 Model
  • GAMM with space-temporal structure
  • Resolution of specific work doubts

Basic knowledge of  working in R.

All participants must have a computer (Windows, Macintosh, Linux), with access to a good internet connection. The use of webcam and headphones is strongly recommended.


Antonio Canepa instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Antonio Canepa
University of Burgos

Dates & Schedule

Online live sessions on April 8th, 10th, and 12th

15:00-19:00 (Madrid time zone)

Total course hours: 21

12 hours of live lessons, plus 9 hours of participants working on their own, with tutored exercises.



This course will be delivered live online

This course will be taught using a combination of live (synchronous) sessions on Zoom and tasks to be completed in between live sessions on the Slack platform.

Live sessions will be recorded. Recordings will be made available to participants for a limited period of time. However, attendance to the live sessions is required.


Places are limited to 18 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

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

Haris Saslis instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Haris Saslis
Transmitting Science

Fees & Discounts

  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until February 29th, 2024):
  • 346 €
    (276.80 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Regular (after February 29th, 2024):
  • 420 €
    (336 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Prices include VAT.
    After registration you will receive confirmation of your acceptance on the course.
    Payment is not required during registration.

We offer discounts on the Course Fee.

Discounts are not cumulative. Participants receive the highest appropriate discount.

We also offer the possibility of paying in two instalments. Please contact us to request this.

Former participants of Transmitting Science courses receive a 5% discount on the Course Fee.

20% discount on the Course Fee is offered to members of certain organisations (Ambassador Institutions). If you wish to apply for this discount, please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later). If you would like your institution to become a Transmitting Science Ambassador Institution, please contact us at communication@transmittingscience.com

Unemployed scientists, as well as PhD students without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, can benefit from a 40% discount on the Course Fee. This applies only to participants based in Spain. If you wish to ask for this discount, please contact us. The discount may apply for a maximum of 2 places, which will be covered by strict registration order.


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