Training courses

Statistical foundation for stock assessment

27-31 March 2023
ICES Headquarters, Copenhagen, Denmark

Registration deadline: 6 February 2023

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This course covers the basic statistical foundation needed to follow the discussion in a typical assessment working group. The course is inspired by requests expressed by participants in other ICES courses and by discussions in many expert groups. Simple small examples will be used to illustrate the concepts of statistical modelling relevant to fish stock assessment. The format will be to iterate between lectures, examples, and exercises for each subject.

Participants will learn how to draw inference from models which are not covered by linear model routines in standard statistical software packages. Such non-standard models are very common in natural resource assessment and contain, for example: 

  • non-trivial non-lineari​ties
  • complex covariance structures
  • complicated couplings between fixed and random effects
  • different sources of observations needing different likelihood types 


The level of the course will be tailored to meet the participants needs, but the goal is to be useful to most ICES expert group members.​​​​

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Anders Nielsen, DTU Aqua, Denmark
Olav Breivik, Norwegian Computing Centre, Norway

​Course fee:

750 Euros for ICES member country affiliated participants
1250 Euros for non-member country affiliated participants

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Statistical foundation for stock assessment

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