Summer School: the importance of time series observations for the assessment of the biological and societal impacts of climate change

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General information

A summer school on all aspects of time series analysis will be held at the Alfred Wegener Institute's Biologische Anstalt Helgoland from September 22nd to October 3rd 2014. Instructors from National and International institutes will teach in 6 different modules. We will introduce different time series, discuss new methods (such as molecular tools) and how they impact on data collection for time series. Data management/archival and of course statistical techniques will be further important topics.

In addition to the teaching modules the summer school will hold data surgeries, in which the students can analyse their own data with an expert and will assign small independent student projects to work on during the two week course. Project results will be presented during a mini symposium on the last day of the summer school. The data will be analyzed using different statistical routines under the software R.

Course contents
The summer school will deal with all aspects of time series research from sampling and archival to statistics/modelling and societal issues. The two-week summer school is divided into two parts:

Week 1: will consist of a series of taught modules with lectures and short exercises. We will introduce a number of different biodiversity and physico-chemical timeseries, explore methodologies for sampling and analysis and discuss different statistical analysis and modelling approaches.

Week 2: Students will be able to work more independently. We will hold 'data surgeries' in which participants can discuss their own data with relevant experts. Participants can also choose from a number of optional, more specialized modules to learn about vizualisation techniques such as ODV, or learn more about the challenges of dealing with taxonomic time series. Lastly, throughout the event, participants will work on small analysis projects, the results of which they will present on the last day of the summer school.

Contact Person: Alexandra Kraberg (


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Venue: Alfred Wegener Institute
Helgoland, Germany

Biological Institute Helgoland (BAH)
Kurpromenade 201, 27498 Helgoland



The course is primarily targeting postgrauates and postdocs, but anybody interested in learning more about timeseries data can apply. Up to 5 places can be taken up by Polmar students.Students should bring their own laptops and, in case, their own data to analyze during the practical sessions.


Application Procedure:

The summer school was designed with a broad audience in mind, but attendance is limited to 25 participants. To facilitate a thorough application review process we require the following application materials (in English):

The deadline for applications is July 10th 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by July 25th. Applications should be sent to:

Grant Opportunities:

There is a limited number of (partial) travel bursaries of 300 - 1.200€ (depending from the country of origin) available. The submitted application materials are also necessary to allocate this funding. So please be sure to submit all requested documents


Academic level: Master, PhD, Lifelong Learning
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