Trainings‎ > ‎

BIOM 203: R Programming

R is the leading open source statistical and data analysis programming language. Through thousands of useful open source libraries, R empowers its users to solve complex problems, efficiently analyze data and develop powerful visuals. R also enables users to build their own analysis methods and algorithms to solve specific problems. Through the use of an online self-study platform as well as live practice sessions and office-hours offered in-person at International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Headquarters (HQ) or online via live streaming, this course empowers participants to become proficient in the R programming language so that they can begin to utilize R for whatever purpose they may need. For a more personalized learning experience, in-person attendance at IRRI HQ is recommended, but it is not required.

Course Objectives

  • Master the basics of data analysis and common data structures
  • Learn the how to automate multi-step processes and repetitive tasks 
  • Learn how to write R functions so that your processes can be more easily repeated 
  • Get over the R learning curve

Course Content

  • Introduction to R
  • Conditional statements
  • Loops
  • Functions
  • Data visualization

Learning Events

  • Online self-study that includes lectures and graded exercises
  • Live practice and Q&A sessions with experienced R programmers

Course Coordinator

Ms. Alaine Gulles

About the Course

Course Schedule:  July 9 - August 3, 2018

Venue: IRRI Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines

Application Period:  until May 26, 2018

How to Apply:

        Requirements and Instructions:

        Please read before proceeding to the online application.

    1. Interested applicants must have a fully accomplished online application form with all the necessary attachments on or before May 26, 2018.
    2. Applicant must have a certification of availability of funding from IRRI, donors or sponsoring agencies to cover the full cost of the training.  This should be reflected in the Endorsement form or Consent form that can be downloaded below.
    3. Slots for this training are awarded on a competitive basis and participants will be chosen based on the information provided on the online application form.


    1. Download and accomplish the consent form that you will need for your application. Please attach them to the online application form. 
      • Consent form (Save as PDF with CF_R2018_Your-Lastname as filename).
    2. Proceed with the online application here.


        1.  Applicants will be notified thru email if they are accepted or not, on or before May 31, 2018.
        2.  Participants must bring their own laptop.