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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

coreR Course

A five-day immersive learning experience with essential R-based data science tools

The research landscape is changing. Are you changing with it?

Researchers are increasingly engaging in collaboration across networks; open science includes not just open publication but also open data, software, and workflows; and technology is evolving in support of this new paradigm.

Taught as an in-person or remote event, this five-day immersive workshop is designed to help researchers at any stage of their career and will provide a researcher with collaborative, reproducible, open and essential environmental data science skills.

This course is taught in partnership with DataONE.

Curriculum at a Glance

Who Should Attend

This opportunity is for researchers from across career stages and sectors who want to gain fundamental data science skills that will improve their reproducible research techniques, particularly for the purposes of synthesis science. This workshop focuses on using R as the primary programming language. Participants should be familiar with basics of programming in R. If you are unsure of your ability or do not know R and want to learn, please email for more information and pre-course preparation recommendations.

Funding Opportunities (the Director’s Scholarship)

NCEAS is committed to advancing diversity and equity among workshop participants. We recognize the financial barrier that registration and travel costs present and are excited to offer funding opportunities for each coreR Course. Interested participants may choose to apply for any of the open opportunities detailed below. 

For our upcoming coreR Course (April 2023), we are able to offer one award for an in-person participant. This include a tuition waiver plus reimbursement for travel, lodging, and per diem for each in-person course. At this time, we are only able to fund in-person participants from North America. Participants from other regions are eligible for funding for our virtual coreR Course. Applications are due February 3, 2023. For immediate questions please reach out to us at

* in-person trainings are contingent upon current COVID protocols established by UC Santa Barbara and NCEAS

Register for an Upcoming Course

Registration Details

Space is limited, and applications are accepted on a rolling, first-come, first-served basis. If the minimum number of registrants is not met by the cutoff date, the session may be canceled. In this case, participants can choose to attend a future session or receive a refund. Participants may continue to register for the workshop after the cutoff date if the course minimum has been met.

When in person, this workshop takes place at NCEAS: 1021 Anacapa, Santa Barbara, CA
Remote course delivery occurs via zoom.

Cost: $2,100*

*Includes: 5 days of hands-on instruction. Does not include: travel, lodging costs, breakfast or dinner.

  • Meet Our Instructors

    With their diverse backgrounds and extensive hands-on experience doing synthesis science, our trainers bring years of experience in environmental data science, data management, collaboration, and open science to our workshops. Each workshop has 2-3 trainers in the room at all times; while one trainer teaches, others help debug errors and answer questions during hands-on exercises, ensuring no participant is left behind. 

    Instructor Bios

Additional Details

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made before the deadline will receive a refund subject to a 10% fee. Cancellations made after this date are not eligible for a refund. If a session needs to be cancelled by the organizers due to insufficient number of participants, all registrants will be notified on the day after the cancellation deadline. In this instance, a full refund will be issued, or registrants will be provided with a credit that can be applied to another session date within 12 months.

Cancellation Deadlines

Cancellation for in person courses is required 1 month in advance. Exact dates for cancellation are provided in the registration process. 

In-person Event Logistics


NCEAS secures a reduced rate for local hotels. Check back closer to the registration deadline for housing options. Participants may also find affordable housing options on AirBnB.


NCEAS is located in downtown Santa Barbara, 15 minutes driving from the Santa Barbara regional airport. Most visitors to NCEAS choose to stay within walking distance to NCEAS, and utilize ride-sharing apps (Lyft/Uber) for transport to and from the airport. Santa Barbara also has a bus system, in addition to an Amtrak stop.