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Data Visualization with R – Mastering Visual Data Communication

This practical online course enables you to effectively create figures based on your quantitative data. If you want to understand your data better and add impact to your publications, Data Visualization with R is the course for you!

Data visualization to effectively tell the story of your research

Expert Rick Scavetta enables you to understand the art of visual communication and practical implementation of data visualization. This is done using the R statistical programming environment with your own data.

Join in to learn how to use R to make your data analysis efficient, compelling and understandable. This is crucial to effectively tell the story of your research.

All online workshops will be available soon for academic research institutes, businesses and individuals.

Data Visualization with R course – What you'll learn

By the end of Data Visualization with R, you’ll understand:

  • The purpose of data visualization and how to use it to communicate effectively
  • Which is the most appropriate plot type for your data
  • The science of perception and apply design principles
    to communicate your message clearly
  • To distinguish between explanatory graphics for publication and for data exploration

And you’ll be able to:

  • Use data visualization in publication and presentations to effectively tell the story of your research
  • Use aesthetics to relate sensory attributes (colour, shape, etc.) to abstractions
  • Produce publication-quality figures directly in R
  • Use the ggplot2 package correctly, by understanding the underlying principles
  • Produce interactive visualizations for data exploration

This introduction to Data Visualization with R programming is for you, because:

  • You have a dataset to analyze but have only used GUI-based software so far
  • You want to use R to make your data analysis efficient, compelling and understandable
  • You’re interested in effectively telling the story of your research
  • You want to improve your skills to better your future career prospects

Preparation for Data Visualization with R and follow up


  • Basic R programming and data analysis skills, e.g. obtained via the Data Analysis with R workshop or elsewhere

Recommended follow-up

  • Scientific Writing
  • Presentation Skills (coming soon)

Meet your instructor
Rick Scavetta

“We believe in informed decision making, that’s why we help researchers master data literacy”

Rick Scavetta has worked as an independent workshop trainer, freelance data scientist and co-founder since 2012. Operating as Scavetta Academy, Rick has a close and recurring presence at primary research institutes all over Germany, including many Max Planck Institutes and Excellence Clusters, including primatology, earth sciences, marine biology, molecular genetics, and behavioral psychology. His online courses at DataCamp have been taken by over 200,000 students since 2016 and he’s also contributed to advanced data science courses for O’Reilly and Manning.

Data Visualization with R
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Flexible Online Course Packages for Data Visualization with R

Pay for only what you need or choose a customized offer for your organization.


Get access to all online course materials and learn at your own pace.

Per course licence
  • Acces to all online content
  • Books, video lessons and quizzes
  • Individual learning
  • Self-taught
  • Access to all future updates


Join our group e-learning sessions and get 1-on-1 time with your instructor.

Per course licence
  • Acces to all online content
  • Books, video lessons and quizzes
  • Open class, limited participants
  • Self-taught and 1-on-1 lesson
  • Live 1-on-1 Zoom Meetings
  • Exclusive training content
  • Access to members area
  • Access to all future updates

Multiple Seats

Buy multiple seats for your organisation. Participants learn in exclusive workshops.

Request customized offer
for your individual group

Exclusive class licence
  • Acces to all online content
  • Books, video lessons and quizzes
  • Exclusive class
  • Maximum 12 participants
  • Self-taught and 1-on-1 lessons
  • Live 1-on-1 Zoom Meetings
  • Exclusive training content
  • Access to members area
  • Access to all future updates

On-demand training at your location

Invite the instructors of Scavetta Academy on-site for a customized course or workshop.
Data Visualization with R will be dedicated to the individual needs of your institute or company.

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Illustration by Ernst Haeckel in black and purple

Inspiration for our artwork

The drawings used throughout our website come from Ernst Haeckel’s Kunstformen der Natur, published between 1899 and 1904.

As an accomplished German naturalist and artist, Haeckel was already familiar to Rick Scavetta from his studies in Evolutionary Biology. When developing the company’s visual identity, Rick was drawn to these images for a number of reasons.

Kunstformen der Natur is one of the most influential works bridging the gap between science and art. This is reflected in the marriage of the hard and soft skills in every workshop, such as the presentation of difficult technical material in the Presentation Skills workshop. 

All our courses are soon available online

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All courses will be soon available online for academic research institutes, enterprise clients and individuals. To join or buy course licenses, please fill out the form.

We will get back to you as quickly as possible and let you know when new seats in our courses become available.