• FLAMES Events and Courses 2016-2017

    Please find the FLAMES program 2016-2017 in a nutshell below, but keep in mind it is constantly evolving.

    Also don't forget to have a look at the different courses on Statistics and Methodology currently on offer at our Flemish universities. For an overview, visit our 'Training' tab or click here.

    For all FLAMES courses, the FLAMES Cancellation Policy applies. Read more on this policy here.


    In the list below we distinguish between two types of courses and events:

    - FLAMES InterUniversity (IU) events and courses: regularly organized with a rotating system over the five universities

    - FLAMES events and courses: locally organized by one of the FLAMES coordinators



    October 2016


    November 2016


    December 2016

    January 2017


    February 2017


    March 2017


    April 2017


    May 2017


    June 2017





    Local workshops

    Tools and Methodology - FLAMES @UGent seminars:


    Statistics for life scientists - FLAMES @UGent seminars:

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  • INBO FLAMES Award winner 2017

    The Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) won the FLAMES Award 2017! Take a look at the photographs!


    The Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) is the Flemish research and knowledge center for nature and its sustainable management and use. INBO (  conducts excellent evidence-based research and supplies knowledge to policy makers. In addition to their achievements for the nature of Flanders and nature research, it is admirable how this institute of the Flemish government seeks to achieve excellent practices when dealing with their large quantity of data.

    At the INBO, researchers are supported by statisticians to ensure good statistical practices. This institute became clearly aware of the importance of statistics and recognizes the added value of working with professional statistical software such as R.

    The INBO is also a pioneer in its efforts to make observational data freely available to the public, which it has been doing since 2011. In 2015, the INBO adopted an open data policy and became an open data institute: The whole process of publishing the scientific data of which INBO is (co-)owner is well organized. For instance, data sets of species observations are cleaned and documented, and can be requested through the international biodiversity hub GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility).

    In the scientific community, publishing research data as open data fits in the larger transition to open access and open source. The INBO hopes its open data policy will contribute towards more transparent, accessible and eventually reproducible research in Flanders concerning nature and biodiversity.

    Currently the INBO is working on the transition into an open science institute in which not only the data, but all scientific information (e.g. R-code of statistical analyses) is freely available. Therefore, researchers are encouraged to work with tools and platforms such as R Markdown and GitHub.Read more

  • FLAMES Cancellation Policy

    As FLAMES, it is our mission to provide training on statistics and methodology issues to as many Phd students and postdocs as possible. Furthermore, to guarantee access to our events for as many Phd students and postdocs as possible, we try to offer most courses free of charge to our public. Very often, the number of interested persons is much higher than the number of spots that we can offer to guarantee a qualitatively good course.
    Nonetheless, for many of our events about 20% of the registered ànd confirmed participants do not show up, without a timely notification. We, as FLAMES coordinators, do not only find this impolite towards us as an organizing team, but we also find this inconsiderate towards all other Phd students and postdocs on the waiting list.
    This is why FLAMES applies a no-show policy for all FLAMES events. If not otherwise mentioned in the announcement of the event, FLAMES wraps up registrations and cancellations two weeks before the start of the event. Cancellations less than two weeks prior to the start of the event will therefore fall under this policy.
    In case of a no-show without a timely notification, we will work in two steps.
    As a first measure, you and your supervisor will receive an email, underlining our policy on no-shows. Of course, if you did have a valid reason for not showing up at the last minute (for example, you turned ill the morning of the course), you can still let us know and we will leave it at that. No harm done. However, if we do not receive a good argumentation for your absence at the event without prior and timely notification, your name will be put on a separate list.
    After two no-shows without prior and timely notification for not showing up, you will not be admitted to any other future FLAMES events.
    We see this as a necessary measure to guarantee our mission, that is to make training on statistics and methodology issues accessible to as many Phd students and postdocs as possible.
    The FLAMES coordinators
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Past FLAMES events