Power Analysis in research studies

24 - 25 October 2023

Two afternoons, Belval Campus, Luxembourg

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Power and Sample size estimation represent one of the most important decisions researchers make. Intervention studies which enrolled too many patients might expose people to unnecessary risks. Intervention studies enrolling too few patients fail to detect the desired effect under the study and they expose patients to possible and needless risks. Accurate power assessment must be an integral part of any grant proposal and research study plan.

This course is aimed at researchers in any field who design or conduct research studies. Examples of power and sensitivity analysis for a variety of design and model parameters will be discussed, including examples of multiomics studies.

The course will be held on-site over two afternoons on 24 and 25 October 2023, 14:00 - 17:00.

Successful completion of the assignments will be awarded with 0.5 ECTS by the Doctoral School for Science and Engineering (DSSE).

Learning objectives

  • Conceptual understanding of statistical power in research projects
  • Learning misconceptions and pitfalls
  • Knowing the key factors influencing power
  • Gain experience with tools/software for conducting power analyses
  • Reporting power assessments into research study plans


Prior Knowledge

No prior requirements are needed, however this course assumes you are comfortable with math and inferential statistics.


A laptop is required to follow the examples and assignments. A few examples will require a recent version of R (4.1.3 or later) and RStudio installed. Please look at install tutorial to set it up prior to the course.

If you’re not familiar with R, you can skip the examples and the installation.


The workshop will be held at Roudeneck BTL building on 4th floor, meeting room 04.020 University of Luxembourg, Belval campus 1, Boulevard du Jazz Esch-sur-Alzette


Day 1 we will introduce the importance of power and sample size estimation in research studies and we will identify the main factors influencing the power. Applications using G*Power and pwr R package will be discussed.

Day 2 we will define simulations for complex study designs and multiple testing correction methods for omic experimets. Power assesment in multiomics and RNAseq experiments will be discussed using MultiPower and PROPER R packages applications.


Registration is open with limited places. Therefore, it is confirmed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Instructor and Contact

Veronica Codoni

Veronica Codoni (LCSB, Elixir-Luxembourg)