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Coming PRIMER and PERMANOVA+ workshops

All workshops given below are either taken by PRIMER-E personnel or their close academic colleagues, and PRIMER-E has had a role in the organisation and sanctioning of these courses. If an advertised course with firm dates is not listed here, we have no connection with it. Those given in bold type are ‘open’ commercial courses for which dates are fixed and places are believed still to be available at the time of last update of this Web page. They are designed for all-comers, primarily biologists or environmental scientists, and typically attended by a mix of university and other public sector research staff, post-graduate students, and consultants and applied scientists from the public and private environmental sectors. Unless otherwise specified, please contact Lyn Shave at the PRIMER-E office primer@primer-e.com for further details of all workshops.

Future workshops

**BOOKING NOW OPEN** 5-9 & 12-16 December 2016, Massey University, North Shore Campus, Auckland, New Zealand (Workshop Information, Workshop Programme, Registration Form). This is a unique 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. Booking can be for either or both weeks. Please send your completed Registration Form to Lyn Shave: primer@primer-e.com.
Week 1 is 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 will cover the full range of PRIMER routines offered, so this week is suitable for those who are new to its non-parametric, permutation-based multivariate approaches, and developments in functional and structural biodiversity indices. But this first week will cater equally for those who are very familiar with the routines in PRIMER 6 (and earlier) but want mainly to learn about the many new clustering, testing, ordination, graphical and species-based analyses available in PRIMER 7 for the first time. Past workshops have been attended by scientists from a very wide range of disciplines: marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecology and oceanography, soil science and forestry, environmental science, microbial ecology, microbiology and genetics, remote sensing, modelling, etc, and Paul has applied PRIMER methods in published work in all these areas.
Week 2 is a 5-day PERMANOVA+ workshop led by the instigator of these methods, Prof Marti Anderson FRSNZ (Institute for Advanced Study, Massey University), an ecological statistician whose initial training in marine ecology and subsequent move into theoretical statistics at the Auckland and Massey universities makes her the supreme exponent of these methods for analysing more complex structured designs found in ecology and a similarly wide range of disciplines, in which the ability to handle multivariate data is key. This week is also aimed at practising scientists rather than theoretical statisticians, and covers 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. PERMANOVA+ is an add-on to PRIMER so participants with no experience of PRIMER 7 are strongly advised to participate in the full fortnight - the material of Week 1 will not be repeated in Week 2.
For more information, please click and download the following: Workshop Information; Workshop Schedule; Registration Form. To register, please send your completed registration form to the PRIMER-e office, primer@primer-e.com. The local organiser is Ms Lyn Shave of PRIMER-e (lyn@primer-e.com).

**BOOKING NOW OPEN** February 20-24, 2017, Weedon Island, St Petersburg, Florida, USA. (Workshop Information, Workshop Programme, Registration Form). This 5-day PRIMER workshop is open to everyone and will be presented by Paul Somerfield. The local organiser is Walt Jaap (wjaap@tampabay.rr.com). It is designed to cater to those who are entirely new to the subject of multivariate analysis and those existing users who want to find out more about all the new features in PRIMER 7. (PERMANOVA+ routines are not covered; they are the subject of a separate full week in Virginia, offered shortly afterwards, see below). For more information, see the Workshop Information and Programme . To register, please send your completed Registration Form to the PRIMER-e office, primer@primer-e.com. Please send a separate individual registration form for each participant and contact the PRIMER-e office directly (primer@primer-e.com) if you wish to receive a single invoice for multiple registrations.

**BOOKING NOW OPEN** March 6-10, 2017, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. (Workshop Information, Workshop Programme, Registration Form). Professor Marti J. Anderson will lead 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 is aimed at practitioners, and is appropriate for people who already have some experience of multivariate analyses, such as that covered in typical PRIMER 7 workshops. This workshop covers only the PERMANOVA+ add-on routines and not the PRIMER 7 methods generally, so there will be no overlap with the PRIMER workshop scheduled for February 20-24 in St Petersburg, FL. In fact, registration for both weeks of this matching pair of workshops is recommended. The local organiser is Lisa Kellogg (Virginia Institute of Marine Science), lkellogg@vims.edu. For more information, please click and download the following: Workshop Information; Workshop Schedule; Registration Form. To register, please send your completed registration form to the PRIMER-e office, primer@primer-e.com. Please send a separate individual registration form for each participant and contact the PRIMER-e office directly (primer@primer-e.com) if you wish to receive a single invoice for multiple registrations.

Updated 9 November 2016