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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 primer@primer-e.com).

2016 workshops

**JUST ANNOUNCED** 23 May-3 June 2016, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, PR. This will be a two-week workshop covering PRIMER 7 in the first week and PERMANOVA+ in the second. Its official title is “First Latin-American and Caribbean workshop on multivariate data for environmental sciences using PRIMER7 and PERMANOVA+”. Registration for this week is restricted to professionals, academic and post-graduate students with invoice addresses only from Puerto Rico, the Caribbean or a Latin-American country (i.e. Central and South America). The course will be given in the Spanish language. It is led by Drs J J Cruz-Motta and Edlin Guerra-Castro (University of Puerto Rico and the Autonomous University of the Yucatan, Merida, respectively), and is organised by DECEP, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, in close collaboration with CIET-UNESCO. For further information contact Ana Maria Perez at CIET-UNESCO, cietunesco@gmail.com (and not the PRIMER-E office).

**BOOKING OPEN** 11-15 July 2016, N Carolina State University, Raleigh NC, USA. This is a standard, open PRIMER 7 workshop over a full 5 days, Monday 8.30am to Friday 5.30pm, held at the NCSU campus in Raleigh NC, USA. It is designed to cover all aspects of the PRIMER 7 software, the principles of the underlying multivariate data analyses (and some univariate analyses) which are facilitated by this software, and the range of applications amenable to this strategy. As such, it is suitable both for those who are new to the multivariate area and those who have used PRIMER or similar techniques in the past, but now wish to brush-up and extend their skills and understanding, and especially find out about the many new methods and features available in the latest version of the software, PRIMER 7. The robust, non-parametric strategy in PRIMER makes it straightforward for biologists and environmental scientists (and those from many other disciplines) to understand the principles and execution of the routines without the need for mathematical explanations - previous statistical knowledge is not a pre-requisite. The week will probably 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. The workshop will mix lectures with lab sessions in which participants will analyse literature data and some of their own data brought to the workshop, with the help of the lecturer. Scientists from any topic area, who need to analyse mutiple variables simultaneously, will be welcome and will benefit from this training workshop. All places are open for all-comers and registration is being handled by the Plymouth PRIMER-E office; contact Cathy or James at primer@primer-e.com for a registration form, further details and a workshop schedule. Purchase of PRIMER 7 is not required for registration since temporary licence keys will be provided. The local organiser is Dr Astrid Schnetzer, Associate Professor in Marine, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, N Carolina State University, aschnet@ncsu.edu, from whom local details concerning the venue etc can be sought.

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 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, 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 19 March 2016