Workshop on Spatial Modelling with inlabru, 2018

26-30th March, 2018 – CREEM, St Andrews

The Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling at the University of St Andrews, in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, will be holding a 5-day workshop on fitting geostatistical and spatial point process models to spatial survey data. The workshop will be held at the custom workshop facility at the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling in St Andrews, Scotland.

It will cover methods for fitting geostatistical and spatial point process models to data obtained from surveys on which the whole region or population of interest is observed, as well as surveys on which observations are available only in a spatial sample from the region of interest, and surveys on which members of the population of interest are missed with some unknown probability. Inference for this last class of surveys will focus on distance sampling surveys. The workshop covers methods for spatial modelling problems in general, although the examples and exercises in the workshop will focus on ecological surveys.

Participants will be instructed in the use of the R package “inlabru”, developed by researchers at the Universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh, which is available here:

This package provides a flexible and convenient interface for spatial inference with the R-INLA package, without having to be familiar with the details of R-INLA syntax and structures, as well as a means of doing spatial inference when detection probability is not known.

Participants will be instructed in the use of the software on example datasets, with approximately half the workshop time being devoted to practical computer exercises in which participants use the software.

Participants should bring their own laptop to the workshop.

Participants should have some experience using the R statistical software package, and be familiar with basic statistical methods to the extent of being comfortable at least with linear regression models and preferably be familiar with fitting generalized linear models, and have a basic understanding of Bayesian inference.

The course instructors are:
David Borchers, Janine Illian (University of St Andrews)
Finn Lindgren (University of Edinburgh)


Earlybird Regular Participant – 550 GBP
Earlybird Registered Student/Developing Country Participant – 400 GBP
The Earlybird fee is available until 28th January 2018, after which they will increase to:

Regular Participant – 600 GBP
Registered Student/Developing Country Participant- 450 GBP

Fees cover tuition, a light lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments.


The number of participants on the workshop will be restricted to 35. Places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis on receipt of a completed a registration form and payment in full.


Payment is made via the University of St Andrews online payment service. You will be asked to register if it is your first visit to the store. This is the link to the Online Payment Service. Confirmation of a place on the workshop will follow once payment has been received.

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Please contact:
Rhona Rodger, Workshop Administrator
Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling
University of St Andrews
The Observatory, Buchanan Gardens
St. Andrews
Scotland KY16 9LZ
Tel:+44 (0) 1334 461842