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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

**ABOUT TO TAKE PLACE** 6-10 July 2015, Lincoln, New Zealand. This is a standard 5-day PRIMER workshop attended mainly by people new to PRIMER, from terrestrial ecology, agriculture and soil science, but also by some who want to explore the new routines and presentational options represented by the recently released PRIMER 7 version. It is being led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory), a principal researcher in community ecology and quantitative methods at PML. The workshop is hosted by the Lincoln Research Centre of AgResearch (a New Zealand Crown Research Institute), with local organiser Steve Wakelin (steve.wakelin@agresearch.co.nz), though adminstered (as usual) from the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth UK, primer@primer-e.com.

**JUST A FEW SPACES LEFT** 13-17 July 2015, National Marine Science Centre, Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour NSW, Australia. This is a standard 5-day PRIMER workshop but using the new PRIMER 7 software throughout. It is designed for (and is being attended by) 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 organiser is Steve Smith of NMSC, SCU (steve.smith@scu.edu.au) who should be consulted on local matters. However, any potential participants at this late stage should e-mail Cathy at the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth, primer@primer-e.com, who can provide further information about available space, a registration form and a programme, and can advise on current licence status if required. Completed registration forms must be returned to PRIMER-E to secure a place (fees are set in $AUD).

**JUST ANNOUNCED** 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, designed to cater both for those new to PRIMER and those familiar with PRIMER 6 but who want to learn about the new features in PRIMER 7. It will be led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory) in a similar format to that described above for the Australasian workshops. 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.

**BOOKING NOW OPEN** 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.

Other workshops

Booking is expected to open in the next week or two for a further US workshop at the Cornell Biological Field Station, Oneida Lake, Bridgeport NY, November 2-6, though with a fairly limited number of places available. Watch the web site for announcements or contact the PRIMER-E office to be put on a notification list. There is also a possibility of a November or December W Australian workshop of a more advanced type, intended for experienced PRIMER 6 users, on the full background and application of the new routines in PRIMER 7, together with a day on PERMANOVA+ software (particularly the PERMANOVA routine for more complex designs). If you have an interest in such a course, please contact the PRIMER-E office.

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 30 June 2015