PRIMER Workshops

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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. For further details please contact the local organiser (name and e-mail address given, or, if unsuccessful, contact Cathy Clarke or Marg Moroney at

2014 workshops

**NOW FULL - WAITING LIST STARTED (FOR LATE WITHDRAWALS)** 15-19 September, 2014, St Petersburg FL, USA. This is a 5-day PRIMER workshop led by PRIMER’s instigator, Prof Bob Clarke (PRIMER-E and Plymouth Marine Laboratory Fellow), and held at the Weedon Island Preserve Visitors’ Center, St Pete ( Though this is a PRIMER course, catering both to people new to this area and experienced users who want to understand more of the methodological background and improve their interpretational skills with these methods, there will also be a session introducing participants to the rationale and capabilities of the PERMANOVA+ add-on software. There will also be presentation and discussion of some new, recently published, PRIMER techniques. As usual, participants are encouraged to bring along some of their own data, and discuss its analyses on a one-to-one basis with Bob Clarke. As with the previous workshops in these biennial St Pete courses, the local organiser is Walt Jaap ( Contact Walt to be sent full details and a registration form – and Walt can advise on the many accommodation possibilities. However, completed registration forms and payment information need to be returned directly to PRIMER-E office in Plymouth, UK. Contact Cathy or Marg at for any queries on software licences.

Other workshops

At present, the St Pete, Florida workshop above is the only one planned for the remainder of 2014 and it now looks increasingly likely that the next open workshops in Australia, the UK and N America will not be until the first half of 2015. (Regional workshops, in the Spanish and Portugese languages - though not with open participation - are also under discussion for Mexico and Mozambique). This page will be updated as soon as further information is available.

Any organisation or individual interested in hosting a future PRIMER and/or PERMANOVA+ course in their part of the world, on a fully commercial basis, should contact us at These courses would be led by one of the following team of experienced professionals: Dr Paul Somerfield, Prof Marti Anderson, Prof Bob Clarke, Prof Victor Quintino, Prof JJ Cruz-Motta and Dr Edlin Guerra. All have limited time for such activities but we will attempt to schedule any course which we believe is financially and administratively viable, though you should typically plan for a lead time of up to a year.

Updated 9 July 2014