International Summer School on Bayesian Modelling
An Introduction for Ecologists and Environmental Scientists
25th - 29th September 2017

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Software

Participants will require the use of a laptop for the practical exercises. If you are unable to bring your own laptop then please mention this in your application and we'll try and arrange use of a laptop for the duration of the course. Whilst there will be some internet access available, we recommend that participants install the following software before they arrive on the course:

The easiest way to install the full set of R packages required for this course is to type install.packages(c("rjags", "coda", "INLA", "rgdal", "rstan", "BayesianTools"), repos = c(getOption("repos"), "https://inla.r-inla-download.org/R/stable"), dependencies = TRUE) into the R console.

Course Schedule

Sunday 24th September

4:30pm First ferry to Lygra leaves Bergen Strandkaiterminal (please aim to be at the terminal 20 minutes before departure)
5:10pm First ferry from Bergen arrives at Lygra
7:00pm Evening meal
8:00pm Introduction and course overview

Monday 25th September

8:00am Second ferry to Lygra leaves Bergen Strandkaiterminal (please aim to be at the terminal 20 minutes before departure)
8:40am Second ferry from Bergen arrives at Lygra
7:30am Breakfast
9:00am Methods of statistical inference (lecture)
11:00am Coffee break
11:15am Methods of statistical inference (exercise)
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Introduction to Bayesian theory
3:30pm Coffee break
3:45pm Introduction to JAGS
6:00pm Evening meal
7:00pm After-dinner forum

Tuesday 26th September

7:30am Breakfast
9:00am Introduction to Markov Chain Monte Carlo (lecture)
11:00am Coffee break
11:15am Introduction to Markov Chain Monte Carlo (exercise)
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Generalized linear models in JAGS (lecture)
3:30pm Coffee break
3:45pm Generalized linear models in JAGS (exercise)
6:00pm Evening meal
7:00pm After-dinner forum

Wednesday 27th September

7:30am Breakfast
9:00am Hierarchical Bayesian modelling (lecture)
11:00am Coffee break
11:15am Hierarchical Bayesian modelling (exercise)
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Free time
6:00pm Evening meal
7:00pm After-dinner forum

Thursday 28th September

7:30am Breakfast
9:00am Spatial models: an introduction to INLA (lecture)
11:00am Coffee break
11:15am Spatial models: an introduction to INLA (exercise)
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Spatial models: an introduction to INLA (exercise)
2:30pm Bayesian model selection (lecture)
3:30pm Coffee break
3:45pm Bayesian model selection (lecture)
5:00pm Bayesian model selection (exercise)
6:00pm Evening meal
7:00pm After-dinner forum

Friday 29th September

7:30am Breakfast
9:00am Bayesian model selection (exercise)
10:00am State-space models (lecture)
11:00am Coffee break
11:15am State-space models (exercise)
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Bayesian methods for simulation models
3:30pm Coffee break
3:45pm Questions and feedback
6:00pm Evening meal
7:55pm Ferry to Bergen Strandkaiterminal leaves Lygra
8:45pm Ferry from Lygra arrives at Bergen Strandkaiterminal
This course is run in partnership with and supported by:
Norwegian University of Life Sciences University of Regensburg University of Hohenheim