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Advanced Courses on Life Sciences

Short Live Online Course – 2nd Edition

Graphs with R’s ggplot

April 11th-12th, 2023

Live sessions will be recorded

Short course Graphs with Rs ggplot


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Course 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.


Ashton Drew instructor for Transmitting Science

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

Dates & Schedule

April 11th-12th, 2023

13:00-18:00 (Madrid time zone)

Online live sessions on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th of April, from 13:00 to 18:00 (Madrid time zone)
Total course hours: 10



This course will be delivered live online

This course will be taught with live (synchronous) sessions on Zoom.

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 16 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

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

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


Fees & Discounts

  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until March 31st, 2023):
  • 210 €
    (168 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Regular (after March 31st, 2023):
  • 294 €
    (235.20 € 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.

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.