|Learning Matlab is tough, but
also fun ;-) (detect the error in the code below, which
would have required an extra person to solve)
Participants needed to help one day in the kitchen.
Coffee and beer turned out to be the most essential
Messages for future participants
We asked the participants which
message they would like to leave for future participants,
and here it is. Note that many of the comments are on
Matlab; which we addressed by simplifying the BYOM tool (and adding templates to
get started), and by using OpenModel
as alternative platform. Furthermore, we limited the
subsequent course to sub-lethal effects.
- Pre-course home exercises and preparation is really
important. It is a really busy week but it was great.
- Learn the tool (Matlab) in advance, so not all things
you encounter are new and complicated.
- It is difficult if you do not have previous knowledge
on matlab and DEB, but even then you can learn a lot.
Don’t be scared of matlab, you are not the only one.
Don’t try to finish all exercises, it’s not possible.
- You will learn more about modelling than you thought
there was to learned. Don’t be afraid of formulas and
models, it is just a language.
- Most different class both for student experts in
programming and for those who have poor skills in
- I am completely new to DEB, modelling, matlab and even
the maths used on this workshop (differential equations+
likelihood functions), so I was very concerned that the
level would be pitched too high. However, I have found
that as long as you put in enough time and effort, it is
possible to complete at least some of the exercises and
understand all the concepts. It was also very surprised
at how many other people had as little previous
experience as myself, so don’t assume you will be the
only one to struggle.
- Try to become as fluent as possible with matlab
beforehand so you can focus on learning concepts. Once
you have arrived, try not to stress about the matlab
- Understanding matlab before the course is worth the
pain. Remember that everyone has different starting
- Come really prepared with matlab to get the most out
of this course.
- Challenging and rewarding.
- That the course is good.
- Learning matlab took a lot of time and there was less
time to absorb TKTD theory.
- Overall a good course, but a bit advanced. Better
suited to those that already have a background in
- Take your time to properly prepare yourself to work on
models. Do not give up!
- Try to learn as much as possible about matlab before
- Have a good understanding of matlab.
- Introduction material can be given at time of
advertisement of the course. Not the exercises. Matlab
tutorial should be better.
- I recommend to make the course a bit longer and less
hectic. The course is very relevant.