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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

Future workshops

**BOOKING OPENS ON 1st AUGUST** 10-14 October 2016, British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Cambridge, UK. A 5-day PRIMER 7 workshop suitable both for those who are new or relatively new to the subject of multivariate analysis in community ecology, environmental science or other disciplines, and for participants who have been using earlier versions of PRIMER, or other software, but wish to find out about the range of new analyses which are now possible in the greatly expanded latest version, PRIMER 7. Though a number of spaces have already been allocated to BAS staff and students, there will be around a dozen spaces available for all-comers, from any discipline in which the ability to perform robust multivariate testing and description, typically of large numbers of variables, is a major requirement. The week will be led by Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory), a numerical ecologist who has been instrumental in developing and using the methods in PRIMER, over a wide range of application contexts, for at least two decades. The local organiser from BAS is Terri Souster,, who can help with local knowledge about possible hotels, car parking on site etc. The registration will be handled through the PRIMER office, email:, to whom you should address requests for fuller information, a booking form and a provisional programme - these will be available from the1st August 2016. Registration forms are returned to the PRIMER office, who will issue invoices for the workshop fee and any requested software purchases. However, software purchase or upgrade is not mandatory in order to register, since temporary licences (which are fully functional) can be made available to mount on the laptop which you need to bring to the workshop. These will run for the workshop week and a few weeks afterwards before they expire, allowing you time to assess any purchase needs.

**Express interest to get on a pre-registration list** Likely January or February 2017, Weedon Island, St Petersburg, Florida, USA. This will be another in the long-running series of 5-day PRIMER workshops, open to all-comers and locally organised by Walt Jaap ( It will be designed to cover both the needs of those who are entirely new to the subject and those existing users who want to find out more about all the new features in PRIMER 7. Dates have not been fixed yet, but a decision on that will be made soon, with registration opening in the next month or so. If you are potentially interested in participating please contact the PRIMER-E office, to be put on a pre-registration list, so that you are the first to receive the registration information.

Other workshops

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, Drs JJ Cruz-Motta and Edlin Guerra, and Prof Victor Quintino. 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 27 July 2016