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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 at

2016 workshops

**GENERAL BOOKING JUST OPENED** 14-18 March 2016, Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM NERR), Ponte Vedra Beach FL, USA. This is a PRIMER 7 workshop held at the GTM NERR Environmental Education Center. It takes place over 5 days but, untypically, starting Monday lunchtime (with 8am to 6pm days, rather than the usual 8.30am to 5.30pm, compensating for the slightly later start to the week). The workshop is designed to cover all aspects of the PRIMER 7 software, the principles of the underlying multivariate data analyses (and computation of univariate biodiversity indices) which are facilitated by this software, and the range of applications amenable to this analysis strategy. As such, it is suitable both for those who are new to the multivariate area and those who have used PRIMER or similar techniques in the past, but now wish to brush-up and extend their skills and understanding, and especially find out about the many new methods and features available in the latest version of the software, PRIMER 7. The robust, non-parametric strategy in PRIMER makes it straightforward for biologists and environmental scientists (and those from many other disciplines) to understand the principles and execution of the routines without the need for mathematical explanations - previous statistical knowledge is not a pre-requisite. The week will be 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, and has applied it in a wide range of publications in ecology / microbiology / genetics / environmental science / modelling etc, making him an ideal exponent of these techniques for a general, rather than statistical audience. The primary audience at this particular workshop is expected to be staff engaged in Florida Coastal Zone Management, from the Coastal Office of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Such staff should contact the local organiser Dr Michael Shirley,, who is the GTM NERR Director, for further information. However, there are a number of open places for all-comers, registration for whom is being handled by the Plymouth UK office of PRIMER-E. Contact Cathy or James at promptly for a registration form and further details of the workshop content. As usual, purchase (or upgrade to) PRIMER 7 is not mandatory for registration since temporary licence keys (which expire at the end of March) will be provided immediately before the workshop, allowing installation of a fully functional PRIMER 7 on laptops brought to the course (note, PCs will not be provided).

**REGISTRATION OPENING IMMINENTLY** 11-15 July 2016, N Carolina State University, Raleigh NC, USA. This is a standard 5-day PRIMER 7 workshop held at NCSU and designed to cover all aspects of the PRIMER 7 software. It is expected largely to be a re-run of the above Ponte Vedra Beach workshop, i.e. designed both for those new to the multivariate area and those familiar with previous versions of PRIMER but who wish to learn more of the background and application of the new techniques in PRIMER 7. It will run over 5 days (8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday), mixing lectures with lab sessions in which participants will analyse literature data and some of their own data brought to the workshop, with the help of the lecturer. The latter is again likely to be Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK), who has been majorly involved in developing the PRIMER methods over many years, as a PML principal researcher in marine community ecology, but publishing applications of these techniques in a much more diverse range of disciplines. Scientists from any topic area, who need to analyse mutiple variables simultaneously, will be welcome and will benefit from this training workshop. All places are open for all-comers and registration is being handled by the Plymouth PRIMER-E office; contact Cathy or James at for a registration form, further details and a workshop schedule. As above, purchase of PRIMER 7 is not required for registration since temporary licence keys will be provided. The local organiser is Dr Astrid Schnetzer, Associate Professor in Marine, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, N Carolina State University,, from whom local details concerning the venue etc can be sought.

Other workshops

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 Prof 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 26 January 2016