Introductory workshop 07-18 October 2024

Posted 10 July 2024 by Eric Rexstad

Registration now open for the October 2024 introductory distance sampling workshop. Registration deadline is 09 September 2024. In addition, the widening participation scholarship application period closes 22 July 2024.

Interactive introductory distance sampling training

The University of St Andrews has been training ecologists and statisticians in design and analysis of distance sampling studies for decades. Distance sampling methods are widely used in population assessment of many different taxonomic groups. Perhaps you’ve wanted to attend a previous workshop, but schedules conflicted with your field work. πŸ‘¨β€πŸŒΎ

We are offering the training workshop in 10 2.5-hour blocks in October 2024. You will be invited to interact in short lectures on distance sampling principles. πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“ Exercises analysing data sets in R will reinforce those principles and the lecturer will be available to assist during the practical session via screen sharing. The session will conclude with a summary of the exercise and question/answer session for both lecture and exercise. πŸ’» You can participate in polls during the workshop to assess your comprehension of topics discussed. πŸ€” In addition to questions at any time during the lectures and practicals, an optional additional half hour will be set aside each session for discussion of topics arising. πŸ—£

New for October 2024: Simultaneous translation of lectures and discussions will be available in closed captions courtesy of Zoom. If English is not your first language, translation will be available into (most) languages. Contact instructor for more details.

The workshop will be delivered using Zoom web conferencing software along with R-Studio β€œin the cloud”.☁️ You will need (free) accounts for both pieces of software. I encourage you to experiment with Zoom (at and before the workshop begins. πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» There will be an internet connection testing and general orientation session the week of 23 September 2024.

Important details

  • Workshop dates and time: 07-18 October 2024; 1400-1630 British Summer Time.
  • Registration deadline: 09 September 2024πŸ“…
  • Enrolment limit: 14
  • Cost: 225 British pounds πŸ’΅
  • What is included: Lectures, exercises, code, data all available onlineπŸ“ƒ

Widening participation scholarship

One place will have the registration fee waived, for participants from under-represented groups. Details of eligibility and application process at Deadline for scholarship application for the October 2024 introductory workshop is 22 July 2024.     

What they are saying

I would like to say I really liked RStudio Cloud and it is working just fine and I am really enjoying using it as a student. I’m looking forward to using it as an instructor too. I really liked the first half of the course. I love distance sampling and I am enjoying every second of the course! The only thing I can say about this particular workshop is it deserves more time. – Kaan Γ–zgencil, PhD student, Department of Biological Sciences, Middle East Technical University, Ankara

Further details

At the webpage above, you will find a link to the St Andrews online shop where payment is made. After you registration, I will contact you with additional details regarding workshop electronic materials, etc.

Feel free to contact me with questions. Please share this announcement with interested colleagues 🏒.

Information regarding all distance sampling workshops can be found at