New Two Day Course in Experimental Design and Statistics – 50% bursaries available

If you are a farmer, agronomist or researcher involved with field trials or would like to improve your understanding of crop trials data, our 'Statistics and Field Experimental Design' two-day training course has been designed for you.

It will be delivered from 9-10 Jan 2019 by practitioners at the University of Nottingham, who have many years of experience designing field trials and teaching statistics to professionals working in the field through the AgriFood Training Partnership.

The course, which will be hosted at the University of Nottingham's Sutton Bonington campus, has been developed in conjunction with the Morley Agricultural Foundation - a charity whose main purpose is to support agricultural research and educational projects. The Morley Agricultural Foundation are pleased to be able to offer up to ten 50% bursaries which reduce the course price to £350 for two days including overnight accommodation and subsistence throughout the course duration.

The course is designed to help participants become more confident with the principles of designing field experiments and doesn't require an extensive knowledge of mathematics and computer programming. The main areas covered include:

  • An introduction to crop experimentation (including why we need good experimental design and statistics).

  • How to select an appropriate experimental design (focussing on field experiments).

  • A practical exercise where participants get to design their own experiment, then your instructor will give feedback to the group on the pros/cons of each design.

  • The fundamentals of analysis of variance (no calculations, just a basic understanding to facilitate interpretation).

Debbie Sparkes, the Course Leader, said: "I work extensively with farmers and growers in the sugar beet sector and know how important it is to be able to understand the results of trials when looking to improve productivity and yield. It’s really important to be able to examine the effects that different levels of inputs have on crop yield and quality. Taking this course will give participants a working understanding of how to design good field experiments and interpret data."

David Jones, Farm Manager for the Morley Foundation, commented: "As someone who’s involved in farm trials on a daily basis I’ve been looking for training like this for several years. With the help of Debbie Sparkes at the University of Nottingham, we’ve put this course together that provides practical benefit to farmers and agronomists. We are delighted to be able to sponsor this training with bursaries that we aim to provide to independent farm and agronomy businesses."

For more details about the course and how to apply for the course bursary please visit the associated course page. The application deadline is November 30th 2018.

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