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February 20-24, 2017, Weedon Island, St Petersburg, Florida, USA. This was a 5-day PRIMER 7 workshop led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory), a numerical ecologist who has been closely involved in developing the PRIMER methods, not only in the most recent version 7 but over the last twenty years. Paul covered the full range of PRIMER routines offered, in a week suitable for those who were new to its non-parametric, permutation-based multivariate approaches, and developments in functional and structural biodiversity indices. The workshop catered equally for those who were very familiar with the routines in PRIMER 6 (and earlier) but wanted mainly to learn about the many new clustering, testing, ordination, graphical and species-based analyses now available in PRIMER 7 for the first time.

March 6-10, 2017, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Florida, USA This was a 5-day PERMANOVA+ workshop in the USA, covering methods for analysing multivariate data from more complex field surveys and experimental designs (and a range of other semi-parametric techniques), using tools available in PERMANOVA+, an add-on package to PRIMER. The week was aimed at practitioners, and was appropriate for people who already had some experience of multivariate analyses, such as that covered in typical PRIMER 7 workshops. This workshop covered only the PERMANOVA+ add-on routines and not the PRIMER 7 methods generally. The local organiser is Lisa Kellogg (Virginia Institute of Marine Science),

5-9 & 12-16 December 2016, Massey University, North Shore Campus, Auckland, New Zealand. This was an opportunity to experience the full spread and detail of methods in PRIMER v7 and the PERMANOVA+ add-on, given by the acknowledged experts in these methods, over the course of two weeks.
Week 1 was a 5-day PRIMER 7 workshop led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory), a numerical ecologist who has been closely involved in developing the PRIMER methods, not only in the most recent v7 version but over the last twenty years. Paul covered the full range of PRIMER routines offered, so was suitable for those who were new to its non-parametric, permutation-based multivariate approaches, and developments in functional and structural biodiversity indices.
Week 2 was a 5-day PERMANOVA+ workshop led by the instigator of these methods, Prof Marti Anderson FRSNZ (Institute for Advanced Study, Massey University). This week covered the full range of semi-parametric permutation-based statistical tests for crossed and nested designs with several fixed/random interacting factors, including unbalanced designs or those with covariates; unconstrained and constrained ordination (including analogues of discriminant analysis); and the equivalent of multiple linear regression for understanding the links between multivariate responses and explanatory variables. Photo week 1... Photo week 2...

10-14 October 2016, British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Cambridge, UK. This was a 5-day PRIMER 7 workshop suitable both for those who were new or relatively new to the subject of multivariate analysis in community ecology, environmental science or other disciplines, and for participants who had been using earlier versions of PRIMER, or other software, but wished to find out about the range of new analyses which are now possible in the greatly expanded latest version, PRIMER 7. The week was led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory), a numerical ecologist who has been instrumental in developing and using the methods in PRIMER, over a wide range of application contexts, for at least two decades. The local organiser from BAS was Terri Souster. 

11-15 July 2016, N Carolina State University, Raleigh NC, USA. This was an open PRIMER 7 workshop over 5 days, also with a substantial session on PERMANOVA+. It was held at the NCSU campus in Raleigh NC, USA ,and covered all the multivariate aspects of the PRIMER 7 software, from the principles of the methodology to a range of applications. The participants, as often happens, ranged from new students to very senior staff, and from those new to the multivariate area to those who had used PRIMER extensively in the past, but wanted to get up to speed with the new methods in the latest version of the software, PRIMER 7. The week was led by Prof K Robert Clarke. As usual, the workshop mixed lectures with lab sessions in which participants analysed literature data and some of their own data brought to the workshop, with Bob’s help. Registration was handled by the PRIMER-E office. The local organiser was Dr Astrid Schnetzer, Associate Professor in Marine, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, N Carolina State University, ably assisted by two of her students, Gabrielle Corradino and Daniel Wiltsie.  Photo...

14-18 March 2016, Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM NERR), Ponte Vedra Beach FL, USA. This was a PRIMER 7 workshop held at the GTM NERR Environmental Education Center and took place over 5 days (though, because of local circumstances, starting at Monday lunchtime, untypically, and with subsequently longer days, 8am to 6pm, compensating for the later start to the week). The workshop was designed to cover all aspects of the PRIMER 7 software and its application, and was aimed both at those new to multivariate analysis and those who had used PRIMER in the past. It was led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK), a principal researcher in community ecology and quantitative methods at the PML, and the bulk of attendees were staff engaged in Florida’s Coastal Zone Management, e.g. from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection or from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The emphasis was thus very much on multivariate analysis of data from the Florida Coastal Zone. However, there were a small number of open places for staff and students from elsewhere. The workshop was hosted and organised by the Director of GTM NERR, Dr Michael Shirley, with the help of local GTM staff, though general registrations were through the Plymouth PRIMER-E office. A full complement of 32 people attended. Photo...

25-29 January 2016, Webster (nr Houston) TX, USA. This was a 5-day PRIMER 7 workshop aimed mainly at those new to multivariate analysis and the PRIMER software or who had only previously used it in a routine and limited way. The week therefore covered all the routines in PRIMER 7, new and older (but not PERMANOVA+), and was led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK), a principal researcher in community ecology and quantitative methods at the PML, who has been heavily involved in the development of PRIMER methodology over several decades, applying it in a wide range of publications in ecology / microbiology / genetics / environmental science / modelling etc. As with other PRIMER 7 workshops, fully-functional PRIMER copies, time-limited to two or three weeks, were made available to participants immediately before the workshop. The local organiser was Brenda Bowling of Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept, Dickinson Marine Lab who also organised TPWD registration, general registration being through the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth, UK. This was designed as a smaller introductory workshop to partner the more advanced week in Corpus Christi TX, and was well-attended, with 21 participants. The venue was the Webster Springhill Suites by Marriott hotel (between Houston and Galveston TX). Photo...

11-15 January 2016, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, TX, USA. This was a 5-day advanced PRIMER 7 (conversion from PRIMER 6) workshop, including 1.5 days on PERMANOVA+, designed for people who had attended a previous PRIMER workshop or were otherwise very familiar with the methods and use of the PRIMER routines, but who wished to understand and apply the full range of methods and features new to PRIMER 7, released in 2015. The workshop therefore started roughly where the previous PRIMER 6 courses finished and concentrated on the many new PRIMER 7 features, omitting techniques which have not fundamentally changed in the new version. The week was led by Prof K Robert Clarke, the originator of the PRIMER package. Fully-functional PRIMER licences (but time-limited to a few weeks) were made available to participants in advance of the workshop, allowing assessment of the software before they needed to make a decision on upgrading from PRIMER 6. The local organisers were Erin Hill and Lee Smee of Texas A& M University, Corpus Christi, and Brenda Bowling of Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept, who handled the participation by TPWD staff. The workshop filled up quickly, with 33 participants. Photo...

11-15 January 2016, UNAM-Merida, Mexico. Following a successful workshop on PRIMER v6 in 2014, this was a PERMANOVA+-only workshop, aimed primarily at Mexican (UNAM) participants, but with some spaces available for people from other Latin American countries and institutions. It covered many aspects of PERMANOVA+ over one week, and was given in Spanish by Prof Juan J Cruz-Motta (Universidad de Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, PR) and Dr Edlin Guerra Castro (Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela). It was held at the Centro Peninsular de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, Merida, and organized by the "postgrado en Ciencias del Mar y Limnologia de la UNAM" in close collaboration with CIET-UNESCO, the main administrative contact for registrations etc being Ana Maria Perez. Photo...

7-11 December 2015, Murdoch University, Perth, W Australia. This was a 5-day PRIMER 7 workshop aimed mainly at those new to multivariate analysis and the PRIMER software or who had only used it in a fairly standard way and needed a fuller introduction to the background and application of the methods. Some core information on PERMANOVA+ was also covered, but only in a single session. This workshop was led by Prof K Robert Clarke (a PRIMER-E Director, Fellow of Plymouth Marine Laboratory and, as an Adjunct Professor at Murdoch, a regular visitor to its Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research, CFFR). The local organiser was Dr Fiona Valesini of the CFFR, and the venue was the university main campus, South St, Murdoch, Perth. Registration and finance were handled by the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth. It was very well attended, with 28 participants, mostly from WA but with people from all but one of the Australian states. Photo...

14-16 December 2015, Murdoch University, Perth, W Australia. This was a 3-day advanced PRIMER 7 conversion workshop, designed specifically for people who had attended a previous PRIMER workshop or were otherwise very familiar with the methods and use of the PRIMER routines, but who now wished to understand and experience only the full range of methods and features new to PRIMER 7, released earlier in 2015. This workshop therefore started where the previous PRIMER 6 courses had finished (with a few novice users attending this, having completed the more introductory course on the previous week). It was again led by Prof K Robert Clarke (PRIMER-E/PML/Murdoch University), the originator of the PRIMER package. Lack of time in a 3-day workshop precluded any formal coverage of PERMANOVA+ (it has not changed with the introduction of PRIMER 7, and it was known that many of the participants had attended earlier PERMANOVA+ weeks run in conjunction with PRIMER, e.g. as organised at UWA by Prof Euan Harvey, now at Curtin University). However, as befts an advanced workshop, there were very wide-ranging questions and discussion of all aspects of PRIMER and PERMANOVA+, and a very vibrant atmosphere, with many PRIMER “old-hands” present (including some who had used v4 in its IBM-DOS days!). The local organiser was again Dr Fiona Valesini of the Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research, Murdoch University, with the same Murdoch venue as the previous week. Attendance for this more specialised workshop was larger than expected (at 24 participants), and again included people who had flown in from Eastern Australian states. Photo...

14-18 December 2015, NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle WA, USA. This was a 5-day PERMANOVA+ workshop, led by the instigator of these methods, Prof Marti J Anderson (Institute for Advanced Study, Massey University, Albany, New Zealand). Marti is an acknowledged international expert (recognised by her NZ FRS status) on the use of ANOVA-type statistical analyses under permutation testing, on highly multivariate data. Having previously held a Chair in Statistics at the Massey University Albany campus and with an initial background as a marine field ecologist, Marti was in an ideal position to lead ecological/microbiological/environmental scientists gently through the apparent complexities of statistical testing in field sampling or experimental designs, with several interacting factors, crossed or nested, with mixed fixed and random factors, potentially unbalanced, perhaps with covariates, etc. This workshop therefore covered the full set of multivariate (and univariate) analyses available within the add-on PERMANOVA+ routines to PRIMER 7. Whilst PERMANOVA+ has not changed with the introduction of PRIMER 7, the course did use PRIMER 7 throughout, with the help of temporary v7 licences for those who were still using PERMANOVA+ under v6. Registration and finance handling was run by the PRIMER office in Plymouth, as usual, but the local organisers were Casey Rice from NOAA / NWFSC and Jeff Duda from the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center, Seattle. Since this was the first opportunity for N American participants to hear Prof Marti Anderson talk about her PERMANOVA+ methodology for some years, it ran at capacity, with 32 attendees from around the US and Canada, including good representation from those attending the previous PRIMER 7 course at the same venue in October (which did not cover PERMANOVA+). Photo...

2-6 November 2015, Oneida Lake, nr Syracuse NY, USA. This was a wide-ranging 5-day PRIMER 7 workshop designed to be suitable both for those new to the software and also for those experienced with PRIMER 6 or multivariate methods in general, as it emphasised the new features in PRIMER 7 as well as the basics of the PERMANOVA+ add-on (the latter for hypothesis testing in more complex designs). One of its unusual features was that it was held in the Cornell Biological Field Station on Lake Oneida, Bridgeport NY and the majority of participants were able to be accommodated at the Field Station itself. The workshop was led by Prof K Robert Clarke (a PRIMER-E Director and Fellow of Plymouth Marine Laboratory). The local organisers of this workshop on the scientific side were Lyubov Burlakova of SUNY at Buffalo, together with the Director of the Cornell Field Station, Lars Rudstam. The registration was carried out through the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth, and the local arrangements for accommodation and meals were all made by the Cornell Field Station Manager, JoAnne Getchonis. Photo...

19-23 October 2015, NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle WA, USA. This was a standard 5-day PRIMER workshop using the new PRIMER 7 software throughout. It was designed for a wide mix of participants, from those for whom PRIMER and multivariate analyses are new, to ‘old hands’ who want to refresh their understanding of the background to the methods, and particularly experience the new suite of routines and presentational options offered by PRIMER 7. It was led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK), a principal researcher in community ecology and quantitative methods at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK, who has been heavily involved in the development and application of PRIMER methodology over several decades. The local organisers were Casey Rice from NOAA / NWFSC and Jeff Duda from the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center, Seattle. Photo...

19-23 October 2015, Plymouth, UK. This was a 5-day PRIMER 7 workshop aimed mainly at those new to multivariate analysis and the PRIMER software or who need a refresher on the principles and practical application. A small amount of core information on the PERMANOVA+ add-on software to PRIMER was also covered, in a single session (the PERMANOVA+ routines have not fundamentally changed when run under the new PRIMER 7 environment). This workshop was led by Prof K Robert Clarke (a PRIMER-E Director and Fellow of Plymouth Marine Laboratory). Working with biological colleagues at the PML, Bob has been responsible for adapting and developing the statistical methodology of the PRIMER package from its inception. As with other PRIMER 7 workshops, fully-functional PRIMER copies which are time-limited (to about a month) were made available to participants immediately before the workshop, allowing them to assess the software during the week and for a short while afterwards, before they need to make a decision on a new purchase (or upgrade from PRIMER 6). Photo...

7-11 September 2015, Cawthron Institute, Nelson, New Zealand. A 5-day PERMANOVA+ closed workshop for about 25 people, organised by Cawthron for their staff and with participants also from NIWA, Wellington, and led by Prof Marti J Anderson (Institute for Advanced Study, Massey University). The organiser was Robyn Dunmore of the Cawthron Institute. Marti covered all aspects of the PERMANOVA+ add-on to PRIMER, with the workshop aimed at people who were already competent PRIMER users. This was not a PRIMER 7 course, though since PERMANOVA+ is essentially the same product whether added-on to PRIMER 6 or PRIMER 7, the course was run with PRIMER 7 licences (temporary ones, where necessary).

13-17 July 2015, National Marine Science Centre, Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour NSW, Australia. This was a standard 5-day PRIMER workshop but using the new PRIMER 7 software throughout. It was designed for a wide mix of participants, from those for whom PRIMER and multivariate analyses are new, to ‘old hands’ who want to refresh their understanding of the background to the methods, and particularly experience the new suite of routines and presentational options offered by PRIMER 7. It was led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK), a principal researcher in community ecology and quantitative methods at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK, who has been heavily involved in the development and application of PRIMER methodology over several decades. Fully-functional PRIMER copies which are time-limited (to about a month) were made available to participants immediately before the workshop, allowing them to assess the software during the week and for a short while afterwards, before they need to make a decision on purchase. The local organiser was Steve Smith of NMSC, SCU. Photo...

6-10 July 2015, Lincoln, New Zealand. This was a standard 5-day PRIMER workshop attended mainly by people new to PRIMER, from terrestrial ecology, agriculture and soil science, but also by some who want to explore the new routines and presentational options represented by the recently released PRIMER 7 version. It was led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory), a principal researcher in community ecology and quantitative methods at PML. The workshop was hosted by the Lincoln Research Centre of AgResearch (a New Zealand Crown Research Institute), with local organiser Steve Wakelin, though administered (as usual) from the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth UK. Photo...

1-5 June 2015, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland UK. This was a basic 5-day PRIMER workshop catering for people who were new to the topic of multivariate analysis and the practical techniques PRIMER provides, or had used PRIMER but wished to extend or refresh their knowledge of the underlying methods, especially now that the range of those methods has been expanded with the launch of the new PRIMER v7 version. The workshop used PRIMER 7 throughout but participants were given a strictly time-limited version of the software to use during the week and for a short while afterwards, so that decisions on whether or not to purchase the software could be deferred until after it has been tried out on users’ own applications. The week was led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory) who, as a principal researcher in community ecology and quantitative methods at PML, has been closely involved in development of PRIMER methods over the years, applying the techniques in a wide range of published applications. The local organiser was Bill Sanderson of Heriot-Watt University.

11-15 May 2015, Plymouth, UK. This was a 5-day advanced PRIMER workshop aimed at people who either already had participated in a PRIMER 6 (or 5) workshop or were experienced in using multivariate statistics and had a good grasp of the core methods. It was mainly designed to cover all the new methods in PRIMER 7, over the first 3.5 days, but also spent a day going through the main components of testing in complex higher-way designs, as implemented in the PERMANOVA+ add-on, and kept a final afternoon for individual discussions with participants on their own particular analysis issues. The week was led by Prof Bob Clarke (PRIMER-E and Plymouth Marine Laboratory Fellow), assisted by Ray Gorley (PRIMER-E) and Dr Paul Somerfield (PML). Also present were other members of the PRIMER lecturing and development team: Professors Victor Quintino (Univ Aveiro, Portugal), JJ Cruz-Motta (Univ Puerto Rico), Edlin Guerra (Univ de Oriente, Venezuela) and Richard Warwick (PML Fellow and Murdoch Univ, W Australia). Time-limited but fully-functioning copies of the software were made available to all participants so that they could have a few weeks to try out the methods during and after the workshop before needing to commit to an (upgrade) purchase for further use. Photo...

12-16 January 2015, Long Beach CA, USA. This was a PRIMER workshop over 5 days at a new location, the California State University campus at Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach. It catered both for those new to multivariate methods in ecology and environmental science (and from wider disciplines) and those participants who were familiar with PRIMER but wished to deepen their understanding of the methods and widen their practical experience of routines with which they were less familiar. Prof Bob Clarke (a PRIMER-E Director and Plymouth Marine Laboratory Fellow) again led this week. As it happened, the workshop timing coincided with availability of an advanced beta version of the new PRIMER 7, so the whole workshop was conducted with trial copies of this new version, so participants were among the first to give the (effectively) finalised form of the software a good work-out  - with a reception that was encouragingly enthusiastic. Though the workshop week primarily covered the PRIMER 7 routines, Bob also briefly discussed and demonstrated the PERMANOVA+ add-on software to PRIMER, which broadens the methods into more structured survey designs, experiments etc, with several, complex interacting factors. The local organiser for this workshop was Prof Christine Whitcraft, from the California State University Long Beach campus - who provided (along with her students) a friendly and smoothly organised week for the large number of participants (38). The registration administration was mainly run from the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth, UK. Photo...

6-11 October 2014, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. This was a regional PRIMER workshop for participants from universities, other public and private sector institutions mainly in the Yucatan but also elsewhere in Mexico and even some other Latin-American countries. It was held in splendid new facilities at the Parque Cientifico Tecnologico de la Peninsula de Yucutan (a joint facility of UNAM, CICY and others) and led, in the Spanish language, by Prof JJ Cruz-Orive (Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas) and Dr Edlin Guerra (Universidad de Oriente, Isla de Margarita, Venezuela). The team responsible for instigating and overseeing the workshop were Dr. Jeremy Thomason, Prof. Xavier Chiappa-Carrara of Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM-Sisal, who handled the registration), and Dra. Patricia Ocampo Thomason (CICY). The workshop was deemed a great success and there is a suggestion that there may be demand for a follow-up workshop in a year or so - perhaps covering also (or instead) the PERMANOVA+ add-on software to PRIMER. Photo...

15-19 September 2014, St Petersburg FL, USA. This was a 5-day PRIMER workshop led by Prof Bob Clarke (PRIMER-E and Plymouth Marine Laboratory Fellow), and held at the Weedon Island Preserve Visitors’ Center, St Pete. Though this was a PRIMER course, catering both to people new to this area and experienced users who wanted to understand more of the methodological background and improve their interpretational skills with these methods, there were also sessions introducing participants to the rationale and capabilities of the PERMANOVA+ add-on software, and presenting some new, recently published, PRIMER techniques. As usual, participants were encouraged to bring along some of their own data, and discuss their analyses with Bob Clarke. As with past workshops in St Pete, the local organiser was Walt Jaap who assisted in the lab sessions, so that the workshop could cater for the large demand - there were 38 participants. Photo...

30 June-4 July, 2014, Plymouth, UK. This was one of the long-running series of 5-day PRIMER workshops held at the Marine Biological Association’s building at Citadel Hill in Plymouth, UK, and was led by Prof Bob Clarke (PRIMER-E and Plymouth Marine Laboratory Fellow). There were 20 participants. As usual, this covered all methods in PRIMER 6 and also some material on the PERMANOVA+ add-on software, together with a lecture and demonstration of some new, recently published, techniques in this area. The course was administered from the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth. Photo…

23-27 June, 2014, Aberdeen, Scotland. This 5-day PRIMER workshop was held in the James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory), who has been closely involved with development of the PRIMER methodology and is principal biodiversity researcher and quantitative community ecologist at the PML. Paul is highly experienced at applying PRIMER to multivariate problems well outside the marine community ecology sphere in which much of the methodology was first developed, having published (and given PRIMER courses round the world to researchers) in microbial ecology, genetics, soil science, terrestrial & freshwater ecology etc. The format was similar to the PRIMER course in Plymouth on the following week. Half the spaces were taken by JHI staff and students and the remainder from other Scottish institutions, and other European participants. The local organiser was Clare Cameron. Photo...

12-17 May 2014, St Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada. This 5-day workshop continued a long-running series at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre (the 7th at this venue), but with different content, focussing on more advanced and recently developing topics in PRIMER and also with coverage of some material from the PERMANOVA+ add-on. As such, it was aimed primarily at those who already had good working experience of PRIMER, ideally those who had previously attended a PRIMER course (this was true of the majority of attendees, some of whom had attended two previous PRIMER courses), though the use of revision components interspersed with the new material was designed to cater for a number of attendees to whom the methods were entirely new. The course was full (in fact over-subscribed) and was led by Prof Bob Clarke (of PRIMER-E and Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK, and Murdoch University, W Australia). As in the past, the local organisation was all handled by Prof Gerhard Pohle of the Atlantic Reference Centre and Associate Director of the Huntsman Marine Science Centre. Photo….

18-22 November 2013, Albury/Wodonga (NSW/Victoria), Australia. A 5-day PRIMER course at the La Trobe University (LTU) campus in Wodonga, continuing a long-running series of successful workshops at this venue. The local organiser was Rachel Gorman. The workshop was led by Prof Bob Clarke and (as for the Plymouth workshop a couple of weeks earlier) Bob included a session on PERMANOVA+, which was installed on the workshop PCs, and also took the opportunity to demonstrate some new analysis ideas, recently published. There were 27 participants, mainly from Victoria, NSW, Queensland and Tasmania. Photo…

4-8 November 2013, Plymouth, UK. This was the latest in the long-running series of PRIMER workshops held at the Marine Biological Association’s building at Citadel Hill in Plymouth, UK. It was lead by Prof Bob Clarke (PRIMER-E and Plymouth Marine Laboratory Fellow), assisted by Ray Gorley (the developer/coder of all the Windows versions). The course was administered from the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth. Photo...

16-27 September 2013, Isla de Margarita, Venezuela. Following successful workshops in previous years, this was again a workshop aimed primarily at Venezuelan participants, but with some spaces available for people from other Latin American countries. It covered many aspects of both PRIMER and PERMANOVA+ over the two weeks, and was given in Spanish, by Prof Juan J Cruz-Motta (Universidad Simon Bolivar) and Dr Edlin Guerra Castro (Universidad de Oriente). It was held at the Escuela de Ciencias Aplicadas del Mar, Universidad de Oriente, Isla de Margarita, and was an initiative of the Escuela (celebrating the 35th anniversary of its foundation) and the Centro de Tecnologia Educativa. The workshop was carried out in a computing laboratory where teaching copies of the PRIMER and PERMANOVA+ software were installed, but participants had the opportunity to purchase licences for their subsequent use at substantially discounted workshop prices. The course organisers were Dr. Edlin Guerra and Lic. Patricia Deleuze. Photo...

31 July-4 August 2013, Orlando, Florida, USA. This was a 5-day PRIMER course which took place at The Rennaissance Orlando, led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory). It was organised (in close collaboration with PRIMER-E) by the Phycological Society of America, as a satellite workshop running up to the IPC/PSA Congress. It was hosted by Prof Steve Murray of CSU Fullerton, and the PSA Program Director, Dale Casamatta. Photo...

17-21 June 2013, Dickinson Texas, USA. This was a 5-day PRIMER course led by Prof Bob Clarke (PRIMER-E and Plymouth Marine Laboratory) which took place at the Springhill Suites by Marriott, Webster. Though organised primarily for personnel at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, a number of places were available for general booking by all-comers. The local organiser was Brenda Bowling from TPWD, Dickinson. Group photo... Cake presented to Bob on his 65th birthday!...

18-22 March 2013, Plymouth, UK. This was the latest in the on-going series of 1-week PRIMER courses, led by Prof Bob Clarke at the Marine Biological Association building on Plymouth Hoe, with assistance from Ray Gorley and Dr Paul Somerfield. The workshop was organised from the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth. Photo...

19-30 November 2012, Perth, W Australia. This workshop was the latest in a long-running (biennial) series of 2-week training courses on PRIMER and PERMANOVA+, held at the University of Western Australia, and masterminded by Assoc Prof Euan Harvey. As usual, about half the maximum complement of 36 participants were from various departments of UWA and the other half from a wide range of other WA institutions (government departments, WA museum, other universities etc), also from other Australian States and further afield (e.g. Singapore, Brazil). It was led by Prof Bob Clarke (week 1 on PRIMER) and Prof Marti Anderson (week 2 on PERMANOVA+), both weeks assisted by Ray Gorley (PRIMER-E, the software coder for current versions of both products). Much of the local organisation was carried out by Julia Santana Garcon, and the UWA handled all registration and payments. Photo…

12-16 November 2012, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia. This was a 5-day PRIMER workshop led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory), hosted by the National Marine Science Centre, Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour, and with local organiser Assoc Prof Steve Smith. Though there was a good representation of marine scientists from the NMSC, the course was not aimed solely at NSW marine scientists and the workshop was again full, with a total of 33 participants from a range of Australian states. Photo...

5-9 November 2012, Lincoln, Christchurch, New Zealand. This was a 5-day PRIMER workshop held at the Lincoln Research Centre of AgResearch (a New Zealand Crown Research Institute). It was led Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory) and the local organiser is Dr Steve Wakelin. Photo...

29 October - 2 November 2012, Melbourne, Australia. This was a 5-day course on PERMANOVA+ only, given by Professor Marti Anderson (New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study, Massey University, Albany campus), for which the Melbourne organiser was Elena Lazzarotto.

8-12 October 2012, St Petersburg, Florida, USA. This 5-day course was another in the series of PRIMER workshops held in St Petersburg FL, and open to all-comers. It was led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory) and the local organiser was again Walt Jaap (formerly of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, St Pete). The venue this time was the lecture room of the Weedon Island Preserve Visitor’s Center, St Pete. Photo...

9-13 July 2012, Albury-Wodonga (NSW/Victoria), Australia. This workshop was another in the annual to biennial series of alternating PRIMER and PERMANOVA+ one-week courses held at the Albury-Wodonga campus of La Trobe University. This time, it was a 5-day PRIMER workshop, led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory). The local organiser was again Rachel Gorman of the Dept of Environmental Management & Ecology, La Trobe University. The course was full, with a total of 34 participants.

11-22 June 2012, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Plymouth, UK. This 2-week PRIMER & PERMANOVA+ workshop was open to all-comers and held in the Lecture Theatre of the new ‘Marine Matters Centre’ at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (with lunches provided at the nearby Marine Biological Association building). It was led by Professor Bob Clarke (PRIMER-E/Plymouth Marine Laboratory) for week 1 (PRIMER) and Professor Marti Anderson (New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study, Massey University) for week 2 (PERMANOVA+), assisted by Ray Gorley (PRIMER-E), who has been responsible for coding all the Windows versions of PRIMER and PERMANOVA+. Many people signed up for both weeks though those not requiring the more sophisticated tools in PERMANOVA+, or those who already had a deep understanding of the PRIMER methods (e.g. from a previous PRIMER course) were permitted to sign up for one or other week, as appropriate. This resulted in 47 different participants taking part overall, from a total of 16 different countries, and the workshop was administered from the PRIMER-E office, with contact point Cathy or Marg. Photo1..., Photo2...

30 April - 4 May 2012, Huntsman Marine Science Centre, St Andrews NB, Canada. This was a 5-day PRIMER workshop (including a short session on PERMANOVA+), open to all-comers, and another in the long tradition of Spring workshops hosted at St Andrews, by Associate Director of the Huntsman lab, Dr Gerhard Pohle. It was led by Professor Bob Clarke (PRIMER-E/Plymouth Marine Laboratory), with all the organisation handled by Gerhard. Photo...

16-27 April 2012, Isla de Margarita, Venezuela. This was a 2-week course covering aspects of both PRIMER and PERMANOVA+ and taking place at the Hotel Portofino on Isla de Margarita, as a joint initiative of the Centro de Ecologia IVIC, CIET/UNESCO, Lab Ecologia Experimental USB and PRIMER-E. The course was open to all researchers and students from Latin-American countries. It was conducted in Spanish and led by Prof Juan J Cruz Motta (Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas) and Dr Edlin Guerra Castro (Centro de Ecologia, IVIC).

16-20 April 2012, Massey University (Albany Campus), Auckland, New Zealand. This was a one-week ‘PERMANOVA+ only’ course, led by Professor Marti Anderson (New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study, Massey University), at her home campus. Administration was through Annette Warbrooke. There were nearly 30 participants from around New Zealand and Australia.

26-30 March 2012, Fullerton CA, USA. A 5-day PRIMER workshop following two successful workshops held previously at the State University of California, Fullerton campus, and again hosted by Professor Steve Murray (College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Acting Vice-President for Academic Affairs, CSUF). The workshop was led by Professor Bob Clarke (PRIMER-E/Plymouth Marine Laboratory). Photo...

5-16 December 2011, Brisbane QLD, Australia. This was a 2-week workshop, with a PRIMER course in the first 5 days, led by Professor Bob Clarke (PRIMER-E/Plymouth Marine Laboratory), and a PERMANOVA+ course in the second 5 days, led by Professor Marti Anderson. Ray Gorley (who is responsible for the code of all the recent PRIMER and PERMANOVA+ versions) assisted, during both weeks. The workshop was held on the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus, and was organised locally by Rob Rolls of Griffith University and Frances Slater of University of Queensland. Photo(PRIMER)... Photo(PERMANOVA+)...

14-18 November 2011, Hobart TAS, Australia. This was a 5-day PRIMER course (including a short demo of PERMANOVA+) led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK) and held at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania. This course had a full complement of 30 participants. The local organiser was Ben Raymond from the Australian Antarctic Division, Kingston. Photo1... Photo2...

31 October - 4 November 2011, Plymouth, UK. The standard late-autumn 5-day PRIMER course (including a short session on PERMANOVA+), led by Bob Clarke, assisted by Paul Somerfield and Ray Gorley, was again held at the Plymouth laboratory of the Marine Biological Association of the UK. The course reached its target of 30 participants. It was co-ordinated as usual by the PRIMER-E office. Photo...

26-30 September 2011, Schenectady NY, USA. This was a ‘PERMANOVA+ only’ week, led by Prof Marti Anderson (Massey University, NZ). There were no formal pre-requisites, but this was not an introductory-level course - it was intended for those people who had some previous experience of multivariate statistics used in the context of ecology or environmental science and now wished to take the next step into more complex experimental designs and regression techniques for multivariate response data. Participants came from several US states, country-wide. The local organiser was Kelly Nolan. Photo...

1-12 August 2011, Centro de Ecologia, IVIC, Caracas, Venezuela. This 2-week workshop covered a selection of routines in both PRIMER and PERMANOVA+ and was a regional training course sponsored by CIET-UNESCO and led by Professor Juan J Cruz Motta and Edlin Guerra Castro (Simon Bolivar University and IVIC, Caracas). It was conducted in the Spanish language. The local organiser was Dr Jaffet Nasar (IVIC). The course was mainly attended by Venezuelan participants from the Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas. Photo...

4-8 July 2011, Plymouth, UK. This was a 1-week workshop on PERMANOVA+ only, led by Prof Marti Anderson (of Massey University, NZ) at the Marine Biological Association building on Plymouth Hoe. Prof Bob Clarke and Ray Gorley were also present, to assist with the lab sessions and join in the discussions. This was not an introductory-level course but intended for those with some previous experience of multivariate statistics used in the context of ecology or environmental science and wishing to take the step into more complex experimental designs and regression techniques for multivariate response data. This workshop was held in the week immediately following the 9th International Temperate Reefs Symposium, 27 June – 1 July 2011 (at the University of Plymouth, UK) with a discounted booking fee for registered participants at that Symposium. However, this was a general course intended for all-comers and about half of the full complement of 33 participants (from a dozen countries) were in this category. Booking was carried out through PRIMER-E (Cathy/Marg at the PRIMER-E office). Photo...

6-10 June 2011, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point VA, USA. This was a 5-day PRIMER course led by Dr Paul Somerfield (PML, Plymouth), which filled quickly to its capacity of 25 participants, from VIMS staff and students, other institutions in Virginia and from several other states (DE, SC, NC, IL, TN, OR and FL). The local organiser was April Cook of the Fisheries Science Department, VIMS College of William & Mary. Photo1... Photo2...

16-20 May 2011, Odense, Denmark. This was a standard 5-day PRIMER course (with a short demo of PERMANOVA+) held at the University of Southern Denmark and led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory). Some places were for SDU staff and students, but with a number of participants from elsewhere in Europe and further afield. The local course organiser was Matthieu Delefosse of the SDU Institute of Biology. Photo...

28 April – 6 May 2011, University of Aveiro, Portugal. This was an introductory PRIMER (3 days) and full PERMANOVA+ course (5 days), led respectively by Profs Victor Quintino (Univ Aveiro) and Marti Anderson (Massey Univ, Auckland), and took place at the University of Aveiro. Participants were a mix of researchers and students from the University of Aveiro, from elsewhere in Portugal and from other countries. The local organiser was Prof Victor Quintino. Photo … ID chart …

13-17 December, Albury/Wodonga (NSW/ Victoria), Australia. This was a 1-week course on PERMANOVA+ only, led by Prof Marti Anderson (of Massey University, NZ) at the Wodonga campus of La Trobe University, given to about 30 participants. This was not an introductory-level course - it was intended primarily for those people who had a knowledge of PRIMER or experience of multivariate statistics used in the context of ecology, environmental science etc, and wished to take the next step into more detailed experimental designs and regression techniques for multivariate response data. The local organiser at La Trobe was Rachel Bahrij.

15-26 November 2010, Perth, W Australia. This was the latest in the long-running series of 2-week workshops on PRIMER and PERMANOVA+ held at the University of Western Australia. This was a partly-open workshop, accommodating 35 participants. It was led by Prof Bob Clarke (week 1 on PRIMER) and Prof Marti Anderson (week 2 on PERMANOVA+), both weeks assisted by Ray Gorley (PRIMER-E, the software coder for current versions of both products). Photo...

1-5 November 2010, Plymouth, UK. This was the latest in the on-going series of 1-week PRIMER courses, led by Prof Bob Clarke at the Marine Biological Association building on Plymouth Hoe, with assistance from Ray Gorley and Dr Paul Somerfield. The workshop was organised from the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth, and participants were from 8 countries. Photo...

30 August - 10 September 2010, Boca del Rio, Isla de Margarita, Venezuela. Two-week partly-open course on PRIMER and PERMANOVA+, given in Spanish, with registration restricted to that region (see below):
Boca del Río, Isla de Margarita, del 30 de agosto al 10 de septiembre. Este es un taller de diez días intensivos que será dictado en la Escuela de Ciencias Aplicadas del Mar, Universidad de Oriente, por Juan J. Cruz-Motta (Profesor Asociado de la Universidad Simón Bolívar) y por Edlin Guerra Castro (Estudiante del Doctorado en Ecología del Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas). El taller es dirigido a profesores, investigadores, profesionales del área ambiental o estudiantes de posgrado de instituciones venezolanas principalmente, pero dependiendo de la disponibilidad de cupos, se considerará la participación de personas de otras partes de Latinoamérica y el Caribe. El cupo es de 24 participantes.
In the end, a total of 26 professionals and 6 local students participated. The workshop was heavily oversubscribed and may be repeated at a future date. Photo...

2-16 August 2010, Seattle WA, USA. Integrated two-week workshop, held at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, covering both PRIMER and PERMANOVA+. Week 1 was a PRIMER course led by Dr Paul Somerfield (of Plymouth Marine Lab, UK) and week 2 a PERMANOVA+ course led by Prof Marti Anderson (of Massey University, New Zealand). Local organisers were Casey Rice and Jeff Duda. Photos...

21-25 June 2010: Plymouth, UK. 1-week PERMANOVA+ (only) workshop held at the Marine Biological Association's Resource Centre, Plymouth, UK, and led by Prof Marti Anderson (Professor of Statistics, Massey University). Prof Bob Clarke (PML and PRIMER-E) and Ray Gorley (PRIMER-E) were also be present, to assist with data analysis sessions. This course was aimed primarily at ecologists, environmental scientists etc, rather than statisticians, but was an advanced course intended for those who had experience of using multivariate methods (e.g. a PRIMER course). Photo...

31 May - 4 June 2010, Sofia, Bulgaria. This was a closed one-week introductory PRIMER course, for 24 participants (predominantly students) at the Central Laboratory of Ecology of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, and Sofia University. It was taken by Professor Victor Quintino of the University of Aveiro, Portugal, with local organiser Prof Nesho Chipev. Photo(doc)...

17-21 May 2010: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. This was a 1-week PRIMER course held at the Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training, Honolulu Community College and led by Dr Paul Somerfield (PML). The local organisers were Jean Kenyon (JIMAR/NOAA) and Ben Richards, and the workshop ended up oversubscribed, with the maximum number of 32 participants catered for, and a handful of other (late, and disappointed) applicants on a waiting list. The Icelandic ash cloud did not, this time, intervene to prevent Paul Somerfield from taking a very successful real (rather than virtual) workshop!

19-23 April 2010: St Andrews NB, Canada. The latest in the (up to now, biennial) series of 1-week PRIMER courses held at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre, St Andrews, took place on April 19-23, led by Prof Bob Clarke (PRIMER-E and PML). The local organiser was Dr Gerhard Pohle together with 28 participants. This was a unique workshop (to date at least!) in that it coincided with the total cessation of air traffic over Europe due to the Icelandic ash cloud and, in spite of his best endeavours, Bob Clarke was quite unable to get to Canada to lead the course. A last-minute decision was taken to give the course remotely from Plymouth, resulting in a good degree of interaction between participants and lecturer using web conferencing (Webex), exploiting VoIP and webcams, with a data projector and large screen displaying the remote desktop, which ran the Powerpoint slides, PRIMER and PERMANOVA+ runs, and allowed superimposed (or whiteboard) freehand writing from a touch screen at the Plymouth end - also with rapid 'own data' exchange between the locations etc - all in an entirely novel way for PRIMER courses. This did not seem to impede either the presentation of the lectures or the lab sessions unduly, and participants had the added advantage of having an additional trainer, Ray Gorley (who has created all the recent versions of PRIMER-E code), also on hand in Plymouth to work on participants' own data sets whilst the lectures were taking place, and then feeding back advice to them during the lab sessions. Gerhard Pohle, the local organiser, played a crucial role in 'keeping the show on the road' at the Huntsman end, and helping to turn a potential disaster into a minor triumph! Photo…

12-16 April 2010: Auckland, New Zealand. This was a 1-week PERMANOVA+ (only) workshop held at the Massey Institute for Information and Mathematical Sciences, Albany Campus, Auckland, and led by Prof Marti Anderson (Professor of Statistics, Massey University). There were a total of 28 participants. The local organiser was Michelle Campbell.

Mar 1-5, 2010, Plymouth, UK. 1-week PRIMER workshops held at the Marine Biological Association's Resource Centre in Plymouth, UK. Led by Prof Bob Clarke (of PRIMER-E, PML and MBA), assisted by Ray Gorley (PRIMER-E) and with guest lectures by Dr Paul Somerfield (PML). Photo...

December 9-19, 2009, Adelaide, S Australia. A 10-day workshop with 35 participants, consisting of a full 5-day PRIMER course led by Prof Bob Clarke (PRIMER-E and PML) and a further full 5-day PERMANOVA+ course led by Prof Marti Anderson (Professor of Statistics at Massey University, Auckland). Workshop hosted by Prof Sabine Dittman, Director Lincoln Marine Science Centre, Flinders University, with local organiser Ryan Baring. Photo...

November 2-6, 2009, Plymouth, UK. A fully-open 5-day PRIMER workshops held at the Marine Biological Association’s Citadel Hill building in Plymouth with . This was taken by Prof Bob Clarke (PRIMER-E and PML), with assistance from Ray Gorley (PRIMER-E), with 32 participants. Photo...

August 17-21, 2009, Vancouver BC, Canada. A fully-open, 5-day PRIMER course led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory) with 27 participants, at the Aquatic Ecosystem Research Laboratory of the UBC Fisheries Centre, 2202 Main Mall, Vancouver. The local organiser was Jamie Slogan. Photo...

June 11-16, 2009, Wodonga, Victoria, Australia. A fully-open, 5-day PRIMER course led by Prof Bob Clarke (PRIMER-E and PML) at the La Trobe University campus in Albury/Wodonga (NSW/VIC) over the period Thursday June 11 to Tuesday June 16. There were 34 participants and the local organiser was Rachel Bahrij of La Trobe University. Photo...

June 1-12, 2009, Auckland, New Zealand. A 10-day workshop attended by 35 participants, consisting of a 5-day PRIMER course (June 1-5) led by Prof Bob Clarke (PRIMER-E and PML) and a 5-day PERMANOVA+ course (June 8-12) led by Prof Marti Anderson (Professor of Statistics at Massey University, Auckland). The course was hosted by the Massey Institute for Information and Mathematical Sciences, Albany Campus, Auckland, with the local contacts Michelle Campbell and Colleen Van Es. Photo…

February 23-27, 2009, Plymouth, UK. This was a full re-run of the previous week’s PRIMER workshop at the Marine Biological Association’s Citadel Hill building in Plymouth, scheduled at late notice in response to the overwhelming demand for places at this year's February course – a further 25 participants attended. It was taken by Bob Clarke (PRIMER-E and PML), with assistance from Paul Somerfield (PML) and Ray Gorley (PRIMER-E). Photo...

February 16-20, 2009, Plymouth, UK. A fully open 5-day PRIMER course at the Marine Biological Association’s Citadel Hill building in Plymouth, with 35 participants. This course was taken by Bob Clarke (PRIMER-E and PML), with assistance from Paul Somerfield (PML) and Ray Gorley (PRIMER-E). Photo...

February 9-13, 2009, St Petersburg FL, USA. A fully open 5-day PRIMER course at the Clam Bayou Marine Science Education Center (USF), Boca Ciega Bay, led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory). The local organiser was Walt Jaap. Photo...

December 3, 2008, Sydney, NSW. A one-day workshop aimed at existing PRIMER v6 users, walking through some of the features of the PERMANOVA+ add-on. This was led by Marti Anderson (Univ Auckland) and organised as a satellite workshop of the Ecological Society of Australia's 33rd Annual Conference, Sydney, 1-5 December. Photo...

December 1-12, 2008, Univ W Australia, Perth. As in other recent years, this latest in the series of 2-week UWA workshops had about 35 places, with about half of them available to non-UWA participants. It consisted of a 5-day PRIMER course (led by Bob Clarke of PRIMER-E and Plymouth Marine Lab) and a 5-day PERMANOVA+ course (led by Marti Anderson, Univ Auckland). Local contact was Euan Harvey. Photo...

November 24-27, 2008, Dept Water & Energy, Parramatta, Sydney, NSW. A mainly closed 4-day PRIMER workshop, largely for DWE employees, led by Bob Clarke and organised by Ivor Growns (Univ New England, Armidale)

November 3-7, 2008, Plymouth, UK. A fully open 5-day PRIMER course at the Marine Biological Association’s Citadel Hill building in Plymouth, with 28 participants. Taken jointly by Bob Clarke (PRIMER-E and PML) and Paul Somerfield (PML), with assistance from Ray Gorley (PRIMER-E). Photo...

September 22-26, 2008, San Francisco Bay CA, USA. A fully open 5-day PRIMER course at the SF Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Romberg Tiburon Center CA, led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Lab), for 25+ participants. Organiser Marina Psaros, local administrator of the SF Bay NERR Coastal Training Program. Photo...

April 21-25, 2008, St Andrews NB, Canada, Huntsman Marine Science Centre. A fully open 5-day PRIMER course for 30 participants, led by Bob Clarke. The contact was the Huntsman’s associate director, Gerhard Pohle, at the Atlantic Reference Centre.

March 10-14, 2008, Corpus Christi TX, USA. Mainly open 5-day PRIMER course for 30 participants at the Ocean Drive campus of Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, courtesy of Prof Paul Montagna of the Harte Research Institute. The course was led by Dr Paul Somerfield of Plymouth Marine Laboratory. The local contact was Ryan Fikes at. Photo...

March 3-14, 2008, Bologna, Italy. This was a 2-week course with a 4-day PRIMER component from Bob Clarke, a 3-day univariate experimental design and biodiversity component given by Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi (Univ Pisa, Italy), and a 4-day component on multivariate analogues of analysis of variance for higher-way designs and related topics (PERMANOVA+ component), taken by Marti Anderson (Univ Auckland, New Zealand). The local organiser was Laura Airoldi (Univ Bologna). Photo...

February 18-22, 2008, Plymouth, UK. A fully open 5-day PRIMER course at the Marine Biological Association’s Citadel Hill building in Plymouth, for 35 participants. Photo...

January 14-18, 2008, Ponte Vedra Beach FL, USA. Open 5-day PRIMER course held at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, nr St Augustine, Florida, courtesy of the GTM NERR manager, Michael Shirley. Led by both Bob Clarke and Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Lab). Local organiser was Diana Eissing. Photo...

Albury-Wodonga NSW/VIC, Australia, November 19-23, 2007. A partly-open 5-day PRIMER course held at La Trobe University, Wodonga campus, filled with 30+ participants. The local organiser was Rachel Bahrij. Photo...

Plymouth, UK, October 29-November 2, 2007. A fully-open PRIMER workshop. Filled at 30 participants. Photo...

Uniontown PA, USA, October 1-5, 2007. Fully open 5-day PRIMER course held at the Fayette campus of Penn State Univ, Uniontown, with 25 spaces. Photo...

Evora, Portuga, September 17-21, 2007. A 5-day PERMANOVA+ course (filled, at 30+ participants) taken by Marti Anderson (Univ Auckland) on multivariate analogues of analysis of variance for higher-way designs, and related topics. This built on, and extended, the methods and computational tools in PRIMER, so was aimed at participants with a background either in experimental design and univariate analysis of variance or previous knowledge of multivariate methods (but with a target audience of ecologists and other environmental scientists, not mathematical statisticians). The local organiser was Teresa Cruz. Photo(pdf)...

Fairbanks AK, USA, August 27-31, 2007. A 5-day PRIMER course at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks campus, with some spaces for participants from outside Alaska. Filled at 24 participants. Local organiser Katrin Iken. Photo...

Penang, Malaysia, July 23-27. Restricted entry, 5-day PRIMER course at the WorldFish Center, Penang, for Natural Resources Managament staff, and national and regional collaborators with the Center from S E Asia, South Pacific and African countries. Filled at 22 participants. Local organiser Alexander Tewfik. Photo...

Perth, W Australia, June 25-July 6, 2007. A re-run of the course format offered in July 2006 at University of Western Australia. The capacity is up to 35 participants with around half the places open to all-comers. This is a 2-week workshop with the PRIMER component on the first 5 days followed by a further 5 days on multivariate analogues of analysis of variance for higher-way designs, taken by Marti Anderson (Univ Auckland), participants being required to enrol for both weeks. Local organiser was Euan Harvey. Photo...

Fullerton, Los Angeles CA, USA, June 11-15, 2007. Fully open 5-day PRIMER course. Local organiser is Steve Murray (Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, State University of California at Fullerton). Photo...

Monterey Bay CA, USA, March 26-30, 2007. 5-day PRIMER course, with local organiser (Rob Sherlock) from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing. The workshop was closed at 30 participants. Photo...

Albany NY, USA, March 5-9, 2007. Fully open 5-day PRIMER course, held at a hotel close to the Albany International airport, New York state. The local organiser was Kelly Nolan. Photo...  

Fairhope AL, USA, February 12-16, 2007. 5-day PRIMER course with places open to all-comers, at the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Local organiser was Scott Phipps. Photo...

Boise ID, USA, January 22-26, 2007. 5-day PRIMER course partly for USGS staff, but also open to all-comers. The local organiser was Terry Maret. Photo...

Honolulu HI, USA, January 8-12, 2007. 5-day PRIMER course with places open to all-comers, at the East-West Center, Univ Hawaii. The local organiser was Matt Dunlap. Photo...

Lisburn, N Ireland, UK, November 27-December 1, 2006. Closed 5-day PRIMER course for EHS-related staff, held in the Environment & Heritage Service buildings in Antrim Rd, Lisburn. Local organiser was David Rogers. Photo...

Plymouth, UK, October 30-November 3, 2006. Fully open 5-day PRIMER course for up to 33 participants, held in the Marine Biological Association building on Plymouth Hoe. Photo...

St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, October 16-20, 2006. Fully open 5-day PRIMER course for 30 participants. Local organiser was Walt Jaap. Photos...

Pisa, Italy, September 4-15, 2006. Held at Univ Pisa, with a capacity up to 36 participants. Local organiser was Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi. This was a 2-week workshop in which the PRIMER component (taken by Bob Clarke and Ray Gorley) was during the first week, followed by components on univariate experimental design and analysis (by Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi, Univ Pisa) and multivariate analysis of complex experimental designs (by Marti Anderson, Univ Auckland, assisted by Ray Gorley, PRIMER-E). Photo...

Perth, Western Australia, July 3-14 2006. Held at Univ W Australia; capacity is up to 35 participants and half the places are open for all-comers. Organiser was Euan Harvey. This was a 2-week workshop in which the PRIMER component (lectures by Bob Clarke, assisted by Ray Gorley, PRIMER-E) took place over the first 5 days. It was followed by a 6-day component on analysis of variance for higher-way designs for univariate and multivariate data, taken by Marti Anderson (Univ Auckland), assisted by Russell Millar (Univ Auckland) and Ray Gorley (PRIMER-E). Photo...

Bangor, UK, June 5-9 2006. Closed course for CCW staff only. Photo...

New Brunswick, Canada, April 24-28 2006. Fully open 5-day PRIMER course for 20-25 participants. Local organiser was  Gerhard Pohle, acting director of the Huntsman Marine Science Centre.

Cantho City, Vietnam, March 27-31 2006. Closed course for local participants only. Photo...

Austin, Texas, 27 Feb - 3 March 2006. 5-day workshop, primarily mounted for staff of EPA and Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept, but 3 or 4 places were opened up to external participants.Local organiser was Janet
Nelson. Photo...

Wellington, New Zealand, 30 Jan - 3 Feb 2006 . Open course for c.25 participants, at NIWA, Wellington. Photo...

Plymouth, UK, 31 October – 4 November 2005. 5-day open course for 30+ participants. Photo...

Olympia, Washington State, USA, 26-30 September 2005, at the WA Dept Fish & Wildlife.

Perth, Western Australia, 4-15 July 2005. Not fully-open workshop for 35 participants; 2-week advanced course at the Univ Western Australia, on experimental design and univariate and multivariate data analysis (4 days on PRIMER taken by Bob Clarke, other 6+ days taken by Marti Anderson of Auckland, NZ). Local organiser was Euan Harvey. Photo... Bob video...

Rhode Island, USA, 13-17 June 2005. 5-day open course for 25 participants organised by US EPA and Univ RI, to be held at the Bay Campus, Narragansett. Photo...

Ft Pierce, Florida, USA, 23-27 May 2005. 5-day open course for 25-30 participants at the US Horticultural Research Lab, ARS/USDA. Local organiser was Terence Evens ('T.J.'). Photo...

Texas A&M Univ, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA, 16-20 May 2005. 5-day open course for 30+ participants. Local organiser was Erin Albert of the Center for Coastal Studies, Texas A&M.

Funchal, Madeira (Portugal), 12-15 April 2005. 4-day open course for about 25 participants, under the auspices of the Madeira Delegation of the Portugese Biologists’ Association (held in English, as all PRIMER courses are).

Plymouth, UK, 28 February – 4 March 2005. 5-day open course for 30+ participants. Photo...

Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA, 24-28 January 2005. 5-day course held at the Hampton Inn, Cocoa Beach, restricted to USGS staff from throughout the US. Organised by Ian Waite (USGS Portland). Photos...

Ensenada, Mexico, 17-21 January 2005. 5-day course for up to about 30 people, at Universidad Autonoma Baja California Norte, mainly aimed at Mexican participants. Photo...

Plymouth, UK, Nov 1-5, 2004. 5-day open course for up to about 30 participants. Photo...

Azores (Ponta Delgada), 12-15 October 2004. Full 4-day workshop, open to all (statistical background not a prerequisite). Programme and registration details from Francisco Wallenstein (University of the Azores). Photo...

Burnham, Essex, UK (CEFAS lab), 28-31 September, 2004. 4-day workshop, restricted to staff from any CEFAS lab.

Split, Croatia (Inst of Oceanography and Fisheries), 20-23 September, 2004. 4-day workshop, restricted to Croatian institutions undertaking marine ecology. Organiser Melita Perharda. Photo...

Genoa (S. Margherita Ligure), 30 August – 10 September, 2004. Two week advanced course on Experimental Design and Data Analysis (first 4 days on PRIMER, other sessions by L Benedetti-Cecchi and M J Anderson). Local organiser Mariachiara Chiantore. Photo...

Perth (University of Western Australia), 28 June – 9 July, 2004. Two week advanced course on Experimental Design and Data Analysis (jointly with M J Anderson and UWA statistics department). Photo...

Hong Kong, Swire Institute of Marine Science, June 7-10, 2004. 4-day open course. Photo...

Porto, Portugal, May 4-7, 2004. 4-day open course. Photo...

Hunstman Marine Science Centre, St Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada, April 26-29, 2004. 4-day PRIMER course for up to about 25 participants, open to all-comers. Photo...

Plymouth, UK, March 1-5, 2004. 5-day open course for up to about 30 participants. Photo...

Stockholm University, February 17-20 2004. 4 day open workshop. Contact Dr Kajsa Garpe. Photo...

Loyola University, New Orleans, January 6-9, 2004. USA. 4-day open course for up to 30 participants. Photo...

MAFRI, Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia, December 1-4, 2003. 4-day open course (re-run of Monash course, due to demand). Jointly organised by Angus Webb at Monash University and Liz Morris at MAFRI, Queenscliff.

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, November 24-27, 2003. 4-day open course for up to 30 participants. Jointly organised by Angus Webb at Monash University and Liz Morris at MAFRI, Queenscliff.

Plymouth, UK, November 3-7, 2003. 5-day open course for up to about 30 participants. Photo...

October 6-9, 2003. FMRI, St Petersburg, Florida, USA. 4-day open course for up to about 24 participants. Photo...

South Beach, Oregon, USA, 20-22 June 2003. A 3-day PRIMER 5 workshop (9am – 5.30pm each day). Local organiser: Gayle Hansen, Hatfield Marine Science Center. Satellite workshop to the Phycological Society of America meeting in Oregon, June 14-19 covering general applications in ecology and environmental science.

University of Lecce, Italy, 25 May – 6 June 2003. Detecting Multivariate Changes in Biological Assemblages: Experimental Design and Data Analysis. Photo...

Plymouth, UK, 3-7 February 2003. Open course. Photo...

Plymouth, UK, 6-10 January 2003. Open course. Photo...

University of Murdoch, Marine Lab of the School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology, Freemantle, Western Australia, 11-13 November 2002. 3-day open course, with about 15-18 places.

Centre for Research on Ecological Impacts of Coastal Cities, University of Sydney, Australia, 9-11 July 2002. 3-day course, with about half of the 25-30 places open to non-EICC staff/students.

Fullerton, California, USA, 17-21 June 2002. Organiser, Prof. Steven Murray. Photo...

Huntsman Marine Science Centre, St Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada, 29 April-2 May 2002. Open course, 19 participants. Photo...

Plymouth, UK, 4-8 March 2002. Open course, 22 participants.

Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, Florida, USA, 11-14 February 2002. Open course (organisers: Bjorn Tunberg and Joan Kaminski). Photo...

Florida Marine Research Institute, St Petersburg, USA, 5-8 February 2002. Open course with 25 places (organisers: Walter Jaap and Gil McRae)

CEFAS labs, Burnham-on-Crouch, UK, 15-17 January 2002. Closed course for  CEFAS staff.

Centre for Research on Ecological Impacts of Coastal Cities, University of Sydney, Australia, 21-23 November 2001. Open course (was fully subscribed at 30 places). Organiser Dr Gee Chapman.

Plymouth, UK, November 2001. Open course. Photo...

Plymouth, UK, October 2001. Darwin project. Organizer Mel Austen, Plymouth Marine Laboratory. Photo...

Institute of Oceanology research centre at Skorpilovski, Bulgaria, October 2001. Photo...