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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 primer@primer-e.com).

Definite 2015 workshops

**BOOKING IS BRISK** 19-23 October 2015, NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle WA, USA. This is a standard 5-day PRIMER workshop using the new PRIMER 7 software throughout. It is 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 will be 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) will be 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 organisers are Casey Rice from NOAA / NWFSC (casimir.rice@noaa.gov) and Jeff Duda from the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center, Seattle, (jduda@usgs.gov) but potential participants should contact Cathy at the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth (primer@primer-e.com) who can send a registration form and schedule, and can advise on current licence status, if requested. Completed registration forms need to be returned to PRIMER-E to secure a place.

**PLENTY OF SPACE** 19-23 October 2015, Plymouth, UK. This is also 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. However, it will also be suitable for those who are regular PRIMER 6 users and wish to know more about the many new features in PRIMER 7, but who missed the earlier conversion workshop (v6 to v7) held in Plymouth in May this year. A small amount of core information on the PERMANOVA+ add-on software to PRIMER will also be covered, in a single session (the PERMANOVA+ routines have not fundamentally changed when run under the new PRIMER 7 environment). This workshop will be 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) will be 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). Contact Cathy at the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth (primer@primer-e.com) who can send a registration form and programme, and can advise on current licence status, if requested.

**JUST ANNOUNCED**2-6 November 2015, Oneida Lake, nr Syracuse NY, USA. This is a 5-day PRIMER 7 workshop with the same structure as the Plymouth UK workshop detailed above. One of its distinctive features, however, is that it will be held in the Cornell Biological Field Station on Lake Oneida, Bridgeport NY and this may appeal to student participants in particular, with something like two-thirds of participants able to be cheaply accommodated in student accommodation at the Field Station itself (there are also many well-known hotel chains within a 20 minute drive). The workshop will be suitable both for those who are new to the PRIMER software and those who already have experience of the multivariate analyses in PRIMER 6 but need a better understanding of the methods involved and how they are applied, primarily in ecology and environmental science. There will, of course, be good coverage of the many new features in PRIMER 7, released this year, and a session on the PERMANOVA+ add-on software to PRIMER, covering hypothesis testing for more complex field and experimental studies, with several interacting factors. There will thus be a slightly greater emphasis on the statistical framework of these methods than in the companion US course in Seattle, two weeks previously, whilst retaining the characteristic of all PRIMER courses, that by use of permutation methods (often non-parametric), they remain very accessible to those with limited statistical skills. The workshop will be led by Prof K Robert Clarke (a PRIMER-E Director and Fellow of Plymouth Marine Laboratory), a statistician who, working with biological and IT colleagues over decades, has been responsible for adapting and developing the statistical methodology f the PRIMER package. Fully-functional PRIMER 7 copies which are time-limited (to about a month) will be 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). The local organisers of this workshop on the scientific side are Lyubov Burlakova (burlakle@buffalostate.edu) of SUNY at Buffalo, together with the Director of the Cornell Field Station, Lars Rudstam. The initial contact regarding registration should be to Cathy at the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth (primer@primer-e.com). She will send a registration form and schedule for the week, and completed registration forms are to be returned to her, for invoicing etc. Information about potential accommodation at the Field Station (if still available), meals etc will then be sent out and booking applications need to be returned to the Sttion Manager, JoAnne Getchonis (jgg4@cornell.edu), who will also be able to answer queries on hotels and local facilities.

Other workshops

There is also an imminent announcement of two workshops on the southern side of Perth, W Australia, at the University campus site(s) of Murdoch University, and possibly Curtin, to be held in December 2015. One will be a 5-day standard PRIMER 7 workshop for those who are either completely new to PRIMER or have only made rather routine use of it previously and have never attended a past PRIMER course. This workshop is likely to be scheduled for 7-11 December. The second workshop will be a smaller 3-day conversion course (likely 14-16 December), designed specifically for PRIMER ‘old-hands’, which will only cover (though in detail) the new methods and additions to PRIMER 7 from PRIMER 6 (PERMANOVA+ is not included, since this has not changed with the advent of PRIMER 7). Both courses will be led by Bob Clarke. Contact Cathy (primer@primer-e.com), at the PRIMER-E office, who will send out registration forms as soon as they are ready (which will be very soon now.

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 primer@primer-e.com. 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 29 July 2015