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 or Marg Moroney at email@example.com).
**NOW FULL - WAITING LIST STARTED (FOR LATE WITHDRAWALS)** 15-19 September 2014, St Petersburg FL, USA. This is a 5-day PRIMER workshop led by PRIMER’s instigator, Prof Bob Clarke (PRIMER-E and Plymouth Marine Laboratory Fellow), and held at the Weedon Island Preserve Visitors’ Center, St Pete (www.weedonislandpreserve.org). Though this is a PRIMER course, catering both to people new to this area and experienced users who want to understand more of the methodological background and improve their interpretational skills with these methods, there will also be a session introducing participants to the rationale and capabilities of the PERMANOVA+ add-on software. There will also be presentation and discussion of some new, recently published, PRIMER techniques. As usual, participants are encouraged to bring along some of their own data, and discuss its analyses on a one-to-one basis with Bob Clarke. As with the previous workshops in these biennial St Pete courses, the local organiser is Walt Jaap (firstname.lastname@example.org). Contact Walt to be sent full details and a registration form – and Walt can advise on the many accommodation possibilities. However, completed registration forms and payment information need to be returned directly to PRIMER-E office in Plymouth, UK. Contact Cathy or Marg at email@example.com for any queries on software licences.
6-11 October 2014, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. This is a largely closed PRIMER workshop for staff and students of the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Merida, and collaborating institutions in that region. It has proved very popular so the one-third of spaces that were available (for a short time) for wider participation were very quickly taken and there is already a waiting list in case of late withdrawals. The workshop will be held in the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (SISAL-UNAM) and led, in the Spanish language, by Prof JJ Cruz-Orive (Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas) and Dr Edlin Guerra (Universidad de Oriente, Isla de Margarita, Venezuela). The main instigator was Jeremy Thomason (firstname.lastname@example.org) and registrations were handled by UNAM (under direction of Prof Xavier Chiappa-Carrara email@example.com). Given the speed with which it filled, there is a suggestion that the workshop may be repeated next year - contact Jeremy or Xavier who should be able to tell you the current position, and to express your interest in any repeat.
**JUST ANNOUNCED** 12-16 January 2015, Long Beach CA, USA. This is a PRIMER workshop over 5 days at a new location, the California State University campus at Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach. It will cater both for those new to multivariate methods in ecology and environmental science (and from wider disciplines) and those potential participants who have used PRIMER or similar techniques but wish to deepen their understanding of the methods and widen their practical experience of routines with which they are relatively less familiar. Prof Bob Clarke (a PRIMER-E Director and Plymouth Marine Laboratory Fellow, the instigator of PRIMER) will again lead this week and participants are encouraged to bring along some of their own data to analyse in some of the computer lab sessions, under Bob’s guidance. There will be the opportunity to hear about and use some newly published tools in the PRIMER framework. Though the workshop week primarily covers the PRIMER routines, Bob will also be briefly discussing and demonstrating the PERMANOVA+ add-on software to PRIMER, which broadens the methods into more structured survey designs, experiments etc, with several, complex interacting factors. The local organiser for this workshop is Asst Prof Christine Whitcraft of CSULB, firstname.lastname@example.org. E-mail the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth, UK, email@example.com, to obtain full details of the workshop, a provisional schedule and a registration form, or e-mail Christine for the same information - you can also ask her about any local details (e.g. she has arranged a competitive hotel deal close to the campus venue). Completed registration forms for the course itself, however, must be returned to the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth, UK, who are handling all registration and payments for this workshop. Also, contact Cathy or Marg at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries concerning non-local issues, such as PRIMER licencing.
At present, the Long Beach CA, USA workshop above is the only open week scheduled so far for 2015, though open workshops in other parts of the world are under discussion, for example it is highly likely that there will be Australian and UK workshops planned for the first half of 2015. In addition to the (Spanish language) regional workshop listed above, planning for a similar (Portugese language) regional workshop in Mozambique is still ongoing. This page will be updated as soon as further information is available.
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 Dr 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 10 September 2014