Training courses

Fish stock assessment: SAM and TMB

Training course in fish stock assessment models, with focus on State-space Assessment Model (SAM) and Template Model Building (TMB)

12-16 October 2020
Online course

Application deadline: 14 September 2020

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​This course is designed to train scientists in setting up assessment models, and correctly interpret the results. The focus will be on the state-space assessment model (SAM), but different formulations will also be presented and compared.

A series of lectures and exercises will be used to study every single part of SAM. The exercises are constructed such that when completed they can easily be combined to a working version of SAM.  

Template Model Building (TMB) is a modern tool for efficiently setting up highly parameterized models possibly including random effects. TMB will be introduced and used during exercises.

Validating assessment models is equally (or more) important than merely constructing them. The generic tools for model validating and model comparison and those specific to state-space models will be presented and practiced.

Who should participate?

​The course is mainly aimed at assessment scientists and assessment model developers.

Prior knowledge of TMB is not required, however basic understanding of R will be beneficial to the course (read in data, basic plotting).  A familiarity with basic c++ syntax will also be helpful to following the course. Coding will be kept to a minimum.​​

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​Instructors:
Anders Nielsen, DTU-Aqua, Denmark
Olav Nikolai Breivik, Norwegian Computing Centre, Norway​

Course fee:
750 Euros for ICES member country affiliated participants
1250 Euros for non-member country affiliated participants​

Following application submission, please await notification from the course coordinator prior to making travel arrangements.
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