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Advanced Courses on Life Sciences

Short Online Course – 1st Edition

Graphs with R’s ggplot

November 7th-8th, 2022

This course will be delivered live online

Online live sessions on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th, from 13:00 to 18:00 (Madrid time zone).

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.

Short course Graphs with Rs ggplotCourse Overview

In this two-day course, students will learn to build and customize ggplot graphics.  The ggplot2 package is built upon the Grammar of Graphics of Leland Wilkenson.  Wilkenson described how all quantitative data visualizations share common component elements.  Learning this grammar enables efficient construction (or modification of) of professional graphics.

This course will teach the core elements (data, aesthetics, and geometries) as well as more advanced topics of information communication and styling (annotation, themes, and facets).  Class exercises will cover common visualization tasks such as rescaling axes, managing legends, reordering categories, and highlighting data elements of special interest.

Students are encouraged to bring data and graph ideas based on their own work. The course content assumes some prior basic R experience and will require a current install of both R and RStudio.

Dr. Ashton Drew, is owner of data consulting firm KDV Decision Analysis LLC and an R Studio Certified Tidyverse and Shiny instructor.


All participants must have a computer (Windows, Macintosh) with current versions of R and R Studio pre-installed. If you have any problem installing them, please contact the course coordinator. Basic knowledge of R is required.

Webcam and headphones are strongly recommended, as well as a good internet connection.




November 7th-8th, 2022

Schedule and Course length

Online live sessions on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th, from 13:00 to 18:00 (Madrid time zone)
10 hours




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.

Ashton Drew instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Ashton Drew
KDV Decision Analysis LLC
United States of America

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


  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until September 30th, 2022):
  • 196 €
    (156.8 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Regular (after September 30th, 2022):
  • 235 €
    (188 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • The price is VAT included.
    After registration you will receive confirmation of your acceptance in the course. Payment is not required during registration.

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 Spain may benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you would like to enquire about this discount, please contact the course coordinator. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict registration order.


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