Previous 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 at

Definite 2015 workshops

**SPACES AVAILABLE** 11-15 May 2015, Plymouth, UK. This will be a 5-day advanced PRIMER workshop aimed at people who either have already participated in a PRIMER 6 (or 5) workshop or are experienced in using multivariate statistics and have a good grasp of the core methods. It is mainly designed to cover all the new methods in PRIMER 7, over the first 3.5 days, but will also spend a day going through the main components of testing in complex higher-way designs, as implemented in the PERMANOVA+ add-on, and will keep a final afternoon for individual discussions with participants on their own particular analysis issues. The week will be led by Prof Bob Clarke (PRIMER-E and Plymouth Marine Laboratory Fellow), likely to be assisted by Ray Gorley (PRIMER-E) and Dr Paul Somerfield (PML). Also likely to be present are other members of the PRIMER lecturing and development team: Professors Victor Quintino (Univ Aveiro, Portugal), JJ Cruz-Motta (Univ Puerto Rico), Edlin Guerra (Univ de Oriente, Venezuela) and Richard Warwick (PML Fellow and Murdoch Univ, W Australia). Time-limited but fully-functioning copies of the software will be made available to all participants so that they have a few weeks to try out the methods during and after the workshop before needing to commit to an (upgrade) purchase for further use. Information and registration forms can be obtained by contacting Cathy at the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth, Note that this week is not suitable for those completely new to the core methods in PRIMER. For a more standard introductory PRIMER course in the UK - but using PRIMER 7 and thus covering its main features – see the Edinburgh workshop below.

**BOOKING JUST OPENED** 1-5 June 2015, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland UK. This will be a basic 5-day PRIMER workshop catering for people who are new to the topic of multivariate analysis and the practical techniques PRIMER provides, or have used PRIMER but now wish to extend or refresh their knowledge of the underlying methods, especially now that the range of those methods has been expanded with the launch of the new PRIMER v7 version. The workshop will use PRIMER 7 throughout but participants will be given a strictly time-limited version of the software to use during the week and for a short while afterwards, so that decisions on whether or not to purchase the software can be deferred until after it has been tried out on users’ own applications. The week will be led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory) who, as a principal researcher in community ecology and quantitative methods at PML, has been closely involved in development of PRIMER methods over the years, applying the techniques in a wide range of published applications. The local organiser is Bill Sanderson of Heriot-Watt University ( who should be contacted by potential participants who are internal to the university and for queries about local matters. Registration, however, is through Cathy at the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth,, from whom further information, a registration form and a programme can be obtained.

**BOOKING JUST OPENED** 6-10 July 2015, Lincoln, New Zealand. This is a basic 5-day PRIMER workshop with programme much as above, i.e. designed both for people who are new to multivariate analysis and those who are existing PRIMER users but wish to revise or extend their knowledge of why and how the methods work, especially with the extension of that methodogy and availability of new presentational options represented by the recently released PRIMER 7 version. The workshop will use PRIMER 7 throughout but participants will be given a time-limited but fully functioning version of the software to use during the course and a few weeks afterwards, so that the software can be evaluated before any purchase decision needs to be made. It will be led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory), a principal researcher in community ecology and quantitative methods at PML. Whilst Paul has made his name primarily in marine science – and the workshop is expected to attract some marine ecologists - he has published on the application of multivariate methods to a much wider range of subject areas, including for example, microbiological and genetic data in agricultural, forestry and terrestrial sciences. He is thus well-placed to lead this particular workshop, hosted by the Lincoln Research Centre of AgResearch (a New Zealand Crown Research Institute). The local organiser at AgResearch is Steve Wakelin ( who can be contacted on any queries to do with local matters and who AgResearch staff could usefully contact in the first instance. External participants should, however, contact Cathy at the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth,, from whom further information, a registration form and a programme can be obtained, and who can answer queries on PRIMER v6 registration status for those thinking of upgrading their software along with the registration fees – the registrations will all be carried out through the PRIMER-E office (though fees set in $NZD.

**BOOKING JUST OPENED** 13-17 July 2015, National Marine Science Centre, Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour NSW, Australia. This is a re-run of the basic 5-day PRIMER workshop taking place in Lincoln NZ the previous week (see above), with a similar programme, also led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK). It will use the new PRIMER 7 software throughout and fully-functional PRIMER copies which are time-limited (to about a month) will again be made available to participants either at the workshop or immediately beforehand. The week will cater both for those new to the methods and current PRIMER users, who need a refresher on the core techniques and to learn something of the background to, and application of, the new ideas in PRIMER 7. The local organiser is Steve Smith of NMSC, SCU ( who should be consulted on local matters and who is already gathering together participation by SCU staff and students. External participants should, however, e-mail Cathy at the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth,, who can provide further information, a registration form and a programme, and can advise on current v6 licence status if required. Completed registration forms must be returned to PRIMER-E to secure a place (fees are set in $AUD).

Other 2015 workshops

Discussions are ongoing for possibly two further workshops in the USA this year (following the successful initial PRIMER 7 workshop in Long Beach CA, coincident with the launch of PRIMER 7, earlier in 2015). These would likely be in Seattle WA and in northern NY state, in October or November, though dates are not definitely fixed. Watch the web site for announcements or contact the PRIMER-E office to be put on a notification list.

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 7 April 2015