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 email@example.com).
**NEARLY FULL, BUT ONE OR TWO LATECOMERS COULD BE ACCEPTED** 7-11 December 2015, Murdoch University, Perth, W Australia. This is a 5-day PRIMER 7 workshop aimed mainly at those new to multivariate analysis and the PRIMER software or who have only used it in a fairly standard way and need a fuller introduction to the background and application of the wide suite of methods it contains. A certain amount of core information on the PERMANOVA+ add-on software to PRIMER will also be covered, but only in a single session (the PERMANOVA+ routines have essentially not changed when run under the new PRIMER 7 environment). This workshop will be 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 W Australia). Working with biological colleagues at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Bob was responsible for designing, adapting and developing the statistical methodology of the PRIMER package from the outset, and in more recent years, with colleagues at the Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research (CFFR), Murdoch University, resulting in many published applications of the routines using data from Western Australia. 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). The local organiser is Dr Fiona Valesini (firstname.lastname@example.org) of the CFFR, Murdoch University, who can answer queries on the venue (the university main campus, South St, Murdoch, Perth) and other local facilities, and any dietary needs for the provided lunch snacks etc. But registration and finance for the workshop is all being handled by PRIMER-E, so you should contact the PRIMER-E office (email@example.com) who can send a registration form and programme, and can advise on current licence status, if requested. Completed registration forms need to be returned to the PRIMER-E office. Note that if you have previously attended a PRIMER workshop or are otherwise very experienced with PRIMER, and wish only to know in (fuller) detail about the new methods and features in PRIMER 7, which were not in PRIMER 6, then the 3-day advanced course below may be more appropriate for you.
**HAS FILLED WELL, BUT STILL A HANDFUL OF SPACES** 14-16 December 2015, Murdoch University, Perth, W Australia. This is a 3-day advanced PRIMER 7 conversion workshop, designed specifically for people who have attended a previous PRIMER workshop or are otherwise very familiar with the methods and use of the PRIMER routines, but who now wish to understand and experience only the full range of methods and features which are new to PRIMER 7, released earlier in 2015. This workshop therefore starts where the previous PRIMER 6 courses have finished, and is not therefore suitable for those with only cursory PRIMER experience; they should sign up for the full 5-day course in the previous week. This 3-day advanced workshop will again be led by Prof K Robert Clarke (PRIMER-E/PML/Murdoch University), the originator of the PRIMER package. As with the more standard PRIMER 7 workshop the previous week, fully-functional PRIMER copies, which are time-limited, will be made available to participants in advance of the workshop, allowing assessment of the software before they need to make a decision on upgrading from PRIMER 6. PERMANOVA+ is not explicitly covered in lectures or lab sessions (it has not changed, and it is anticipated that several potential participants are likely to have attended earlier PERMANOVA+ weeks run in conjunction with PRIMER, e.g. as organised at UWA by Prof Euan Harvey, now at Curtin University, who has also been active in spinning up this pair of workshops). However, this is an advanced workshop, and people will be encouraged to raise and discuss any issues relating to PRIMER and PERMANOVA+ methods. The local organiser is again Dr Fiona Valesini of the Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research, Murdoch University (firstname.lastname@example.org), and the planned venue again the main Murdoch campus. She should be consulted on local facilities, dietary constraints for lunch snacks etc, but registration and finance for the workshop is, as above, being handled solely by the PRIMER-E office. Contact them (email@example.com) for a registration form and programme, and advice on current licence status. Return completed registration forms to the PRIMER-E office and payment invoices will be issued. As with the course the previous week, this workshop has met its expectation on registrations, but there are still a small number of spaces available.
**WELL FILLED BUT A FEW LATECOMERS COULD STILL BE ACCEPTED** 14-18 December 2015, NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle WA, USA. This is 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 is 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 will therefore cover the full set of multivariate (and univariate) analyses available within the add-on PERMANOVA+ routines to PRIMER 7. Note: these are essentially unchanged from their operation within PRIMER 6, so this is not a PRIMER 7 course though PRIMER 7 will be used throughout. It can be taken by those who are familiar with any PRIMER version, though participants with version 6 (and, indeed, those without PRIMER altogether) will be given temporary licence keys. They can thus install PRIMER 7 & PERMANOVA+ on their laptops for the duration of the workshop and for a few weeks afterwards, so that they have an opportunity to assess the software before needing to commit to an upgrade or purchase. The workshop is again run from the PRIMER office in Plymouth so contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a schedule and registration form, and return the completed form to the PRIMER office. The local organisers are Casey Rice from NOAA / NWFSC (email@example.com) and Jeff Duda from the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center, Seattle, (firstname.lastname@example.org), who can advise on local matters. The initial announcement has seen strong numbers of people signing up, to hear Prof Marti Anderson on a rare visit to the USA describe the background, rationale and practical application of her methodology, represented in the PERMANOVA+ software.
**NOW FULL - A WAITING LIST HAS BEEN STARTED** 11-15 January 2016, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, TX, USA. This is a 5-day advanced PRIMER 7 (conversion from PRIMER 6) workshop, including some brief coverage of PERMANOVA+, designed for people who have attended a previous PRIMER workshop or are otherwise very familiar with the methods and use of the PRIMER routines, but who now wish to understand and apply the full range of methods and features which are new to PRIMER 7, released in 2015. This workshop will therefore start roughly where the previous PRIMER 6 courses have finished, and is not suitable for those with only cursory PRIMER experience; they should sign up for the full 5-day course also to be given in TX, at the end of January. [Note that the fact that the weeks have been scheduled in reverse order, advanced then introductory, indicates the degree of overlap, making it unlikely that anyone would have wanted to register for both]. The introductory week (see below) will cover the full sweep of the PRIMER methods (not PERMANOVA+), though not to the same depth. This advanced week concentrates on the many new PRIMER 7 features and omits techniques which have not fundamentally changed in the new version (e.g. any discussion of diversity measures, including those based on taxonomic relatedness of species), allowing a day or so to be spent on some of the core PERMANOVA+ routines. [For a full exposition of PERMANOVA+, however, you are advised to attend the Seattle workshop in December 2015, above]. This advanced PRIMER 7 workshop will be led by Prof K Robert Clarke, the originator of the PRIMER package. As with the more standard PRIMER 7 workshop at the end of January, fully-functional PRIMER copies, which are time-limited, will be made available to participants in advance of the workshop, allowing assessment of the software before they need to make a decision on upgrading from PRIMER 6. The local organiser is Erin Hill of Texas A& M University, Corpus Christi (email@example.com), who can be consulted on any local arrangements, and Assoc Prof Lee Smee of TAMUCC (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Brenda Bowling of Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept (email@example.com) have also been involved in the planning. However, registration for most peple is being handled solely through the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth, UK. Contact Cathy or James (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a registration form and schedule, and they can advise on current licence status and available places. The completed registration forms are to be returned to the PRIMER-E office and they will issue payment invoices. The only exception to this is for TPWD personnel who will be sent a booking form which is to be returned to Brenda Bowling, who is co-ordinating the TPWD registrations. This workshop has now reached its capacity and further registrations will not be taken unless there are drop-outs at the payment deadline (December 21). This can sometimes happen so it might still be worth contacting the PRIMER-E office (email@example.com) and submitting a registration form, to hold you a place in the waiting list (currently short). But a better prospect might be to consider the standard PRIMER workshop in Webster TX (near Houston), a fortnight later (see below), since this will also cover the new material in PRIMER 7, in addition to all the existing PRIMER routines (though this precludes any time spent on PERMANOVA+). There are still a reasonable number of spaces left for the Webster week.
**WELL-FILLED BUT STILL WORTH CONTACTING THE ORGANISERS** 11-15 January 2016, UNAM-Merida, Mexico. Following a successful workshop on PRIMER v6 in 2014, this is 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 will cover many aspects of PERMANOVA+ over one week, and will be given in Spanish, by Prof Juan J Cruz-Motta (Universidad de Puerto Rico-Mayaguez) and Dr Edlin Guerra Castro (Universidad de Oriente). It will be held at the Centro Peninsular de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, Merida, and it is organized by the "postgrado en Ciencias del Mar y Limnologia de la UNAM" in close collaboration with CIET-UNESCO. For further information contact Ana Maria Perez (firstname.lastname@example.org).
**FILLING WELL BUT SPACES STILL AVAILABLE** 25-29 January 2016, Webster (nr Houston) TX, USA. This is a 5-day standard PRIMER 7 workshop aimed mainly at those new to multivariate analysis and the PRIMER software or who have only used it in a fairly routine and limited way and now need a fuller exposition of the background, rationale and application of the wide suite of methods it contains. As discussed above, this week will thus cover all the routines in PRIMER 7, new and older (but not PERMANOVA+) and is the most appropriate workshop for those who have not participated in a previous PRIMER course (those who have, but are a little rusty, will still get a great deal of new information on PRIMER 7 from this week, in addition to brushing up their previous skills). This standard PRIMER 7 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. 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 purchase. The local organiser is Brenda Bowling of Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept, Dickinson Marine Lab (email@example.com) and the venue will be the Webster Springhill Suites by Marriott hotel (between Houston and Galveston), where an attractive room rate has been negotiated for participants. Brenda can give details of these local arrangements. General registration is through the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth, UK (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will send a registration form and schedule, and can advise on current licence status, if requested. Completed registration forms need to be returned to the PRIMER-E office, and invoices will then be issued. TPWD participants will be sent a booking form which is to be returned to Brenda, to co-ordinate the TPWD registrations and finance. This is expected to be a somewhat smaller workshop than at Corpus Christi - the room space is more limited - and with a strong number of registrations from TPWD and elsewhere this is now filling well, but there are still perhaps 9 or 10 spaces left at the time of writing.
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 email@example.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 26 November 2015