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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
**ONLY A SMALL HANDFUL OF SPACES LEFT** 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. It is designed for 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 organisers are Casey Rice from NOAA / NWFSC (email@example.com) and Jeff Duda from the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center, Seattle, (firstname.lastname@example.org), but potential participants should contact the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth (email@example.com) who will advise on the current position. At the time of writing, there were 26 or 27 participants registered which only leaves a possible 3 or 4 spaces, but if you move quickly it may not be too late to book one of these. The PRIMER office will email you a registration form and schedule, and you should complete and return it to them promptly.
**HAS FILLED WELL BUT SOME SPACES ARE STILL AVAILABLE** 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 the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth (firstname.lastname@example.org) who can send a registration form and programme, and can advise on current licence status, if requested. The capacity of the lecture room at the UK Marine Biological Association’s Citadel Hill laboratory means that there is still room for some late registrations. Note: no further Plymouth (or indeed UK) workshops are currently planned for this year, or the first half of 2016, so act quickly if you need such a training workshop in the next 9 months or so.
**ONLY A SMALL HANDFUL OF SPACES LEFT** 2-6 November 2015, Oneida Lake, nr Syracuse NY, USA. This is a 5-day PRIMER 7 workshop with much the same structure as the Plymouth UK workshop detailed above. One of its distinctive features, however, is that it will be held in the Cornell Biological Field Station on Lake Oneida, Bridgeport NY and the majority of the participants can be accommodated cheaply, in single rooms, at the Field Station itself (there is also a range of hotels in the region, but these are at a 20-25 minute drive), hopefully giving a communal workshop atmosphere (shared meals etc). The workshop will be suitable both for those who are new to the PRIMER software and those who already have experience of the multivariate analyses in PRIMER 6 but need a better understanding of the methods involved and how they are applied, primarily in ecology and environmental science. There will, of course, be good coverage of the many new features in PRIMER 7, released this year, and a session on the PERMANOVA+ add-on software to PRIMER, covering hypothesis testing for more complex field and experimental studies, with several interacting factors. There will thus be a slightly greater emphasis on the statistical framework of these methods than in the companion US course in Seattle, two weeks previously, whilst retaining the characteristic of all PRIMER courses, that by use of permutation methods (often non-parametric), they remain very accessible to those with limited statistical skills. The workshop will be led by Prof K Robert Clarke (a PRIMER-E Director and Fellow of Plymouth Marine Laboratory), a statistician who, working with biological and IT colleagues over decades, has been responsible for adapting and developing the statistical methodology of the PRIMER package. Fully-functional PRIMER 7 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). The local organisers of this workshop on the scientific side are Lyubov Burlakova (email@example.com) of SUNY at Buffalo, together with the Director of the Cornell Field Station, Lars Rudstam. The initial contact regarding registration should be to the PRIMER-E office in Plymouth (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will send a registration form and schedule for the week, and completed registration forms are to be returned to them, for invoicing etc. They will also send information about potential accommodation at the Field Station (if still available), meals etc and such accommodation applications need to be returned to the Station Manager, JoAnne Getchonis (email@example.com). At the time of writing, the workshop has exceeded its target of 20 registered participants, but the lecture room has capacity for 25 or so people, and there are a few single rooms available (at $30 a night for the room and $25 a day for lunches and dinners), so registrations can still be taken.
**FILLING WELL, BUT STILL PLENTY OF SPACES** 7-11 December 2015, Murdoch University, Perth, W Australia. This is a 5-day PRIMER 7 workshop aimed mainly at those new to multivariate analysis and the PRIMER software or who have only used it in a fairly standard way and need a fuller introduction to the background and application of the wide suite of methods it contains. A certain amount of core information on the PERMANOVA+ add-on software to PRIMER will also be covered, but only in a single session (the PERMANOVA+ routines have essentially not changed when run under the new PRIMER 7 environment). This workshop will be led by Prof K Robert Clarke (a PRIMER-E Director, Fellow of Plymouth Marine Laboratory and, as an Adjunct Professor at Murdoch, a regular visitor to W Australia). Working with biological colleagues at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Bob was responsible for designing, adapting and developing the statistical methodology of the PRIMER package from the outset, and in more recent years, with colleagues at the Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research (CFFR), Murdoch University, resulting in many published applications of the routines using data from Western Australia. 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). The local organiser is Dr Fiona Valesini (firstname.lastname@example.org) of the CFFR, Murdoch University, who can answer queries on the venue (the university main campus, South St, Murdoch, Perth) and other local facilities, and any dietary needs for the provided lunch snacks etc. But registration and finance for the workshop is all being handled by PRIMER-E, so you should contact the PRIMER-E office (email@example.com) who can send a registration form and programme, and can advise on current licence status, if requested. Completed registration forms need to be returned to the PRIMER-E office. After the first month of bookings, the workshop is about half-full, so there are still plenty of spaces available, but do not leave it too late. Note that if you have previously attended a PRIMER workshop or are otherwise very experienced with PRIMER, and wish only to know in (fuller) detail about the new methods and features in PRIMER 7, which were not in PRIMER 6, then the 3-day advanced course below may be more appropriate for you.
**FILLING WELL, BUT STILL PLENTY OF SPACES** 14-16 December 2015, Murdoch University, Perth, W Australia. This is a 3-day advanced PRIMER 7 conversion workshop, designed specifically for people who have attended a previous PRIMER workshop or are otherwise very familiar with the methods and use of the PRIMER routines, but who now wish to understand and experience only the full range of methods and features which are new to PRIMER 7, released earlier in 2015. This workshop therefore starts where the previous PRIMER 6 courses have finished, and is not therefore suitable for those with only cursory PRIMER experience; they should sign up for the full 5-day course in the previous week. This 3-day advanced workshop will again be led by Prof K Robert Clarke (PRIMER-E/PML/Murdoch University), the originator of the PRIMER package. As with the more standard PRIMER 7 workshop the previous week, fully-functional PRIMER copies, which are time-limited, will be made available to participants in advance of the workshop, allowing assessment of the software before they need to make a decision on upgrading from PRIMER 6. PERMANOVA+ is not explicitly covered in lectures or lab sessions (it has not changed, and it is anticipated that several potential participants are likely to have attended earlier PERMANOVA+ weeks run in conjunction with PRIMER, e.g. as organised at UWA by Prof Euan Harvey, now at Curtin University, who has also been active in spinning up this pair of workshops). However, this is an advanced workshop, and people will be encouraged to raise and discuss any issues relating to PRIMER and PERMANOVA+ methods. The local organiser is again Dr Fiona Valesini of the Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research, Murdoch University (firstname.lastname@example.org), and the planned venue again the main Murdoch campus. She should be consulted on local facilities, dietary constraints for lunch snacks etc, but registration and finance for the workshop is, as above, being handled solely by the PRIMER-E office. Contact them (email@example.com) for a registration form and programme, and advice on current licence status. Return completed registration forms to the PRIMER-E office and payment invoices will be issued. As with the workshop the previous week, for those who are not PRIMER old-hands, this workshop has seen strong booking in the last month and is already about half-full. However, there are still plenty of spaces available, though you are advised not to leave it too late to register.
**BOOKING NOW OPEN** 14-18 December 2015, NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle WA, USA. This is a 5-day PERMANOVA+ workshop, led by the instigator of these methods, Prof Marti J Anderson (Institute for Advanced Study, Massey University, Albany, New Zealand). Marti is an acknowledged international expert (recognised by her NZ FRS status) on the use of ANOVA-type statistical analyses under permutation testing, on highly multivariate data. Having previously held a Chair in Statistics at the Massey University Albany campus and with an initial background as a marine field ecologist, Marti is in an ideal position to lead ecological/microbiological/ environmental scientists gently through the apparent complexities of statistical testing in field sampling or experimental designs, with several interacting factors, crossed or nested, with mixed fixed and random factors, potentially unbalanced, perhaps with covariates, etc. This workshop will therefore cover the full set of multivariate (and univariate) analyses available within the add-on PERMANOVA+ routines to PRIMER 7. Note: these are essentially unchanged from their operation within PRIMER 6, so this is not a PRIMER 7 course though PRIMER 7 will be used throughout. It can be taken by those who are familiar with any PRIMER version, though participants with version 6 (and, indeed, those without PRIMER altogether) will be given temporary licence keys. They can thus install PRIMER 7 & PERMANOVA+ on their laptops for the duration of the workshop and for a few weeks afterwards, so that they have an opportunity to assess the software before needing to commit to an upgrade or purchase. However, N American participants also seeking an exposition of the new methods in PRIMER 7, or those who are altogether new to standard multivariate methods for ecological-type data (of similarities, clustering, ordination, etc), are advised to sign up first to one of the upcoming PRIMER workshops in the USA, in Seattle 19-23 October or the Cornell Field Station NY, 2-6 November - see above. This PERMANOVA+ week, though designed to be very accessible to practitioners, rather than aimed mainly at statisticians, is not a beginners’ course. The workshop is again run from the PRIMER office in Plymouth so contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a schedule and registration form, and return the completed form to the PRIMER office. The local organisers are Casey Rice from NOAA / NWFSC (email@example.com) and Jeff Duda from the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center, Seattle, (firstname.lastname@example.org), who can advise on local matters.
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 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 5 October 2015