The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (MBA), Plymouth, United Kingdom

Workshop Details

PRIMER 7 (Week 1) and PERMANOVA+ (Week 2) will both be presented by Distinguished Professor Marti J. Anderson (PRIMER-e and Massey University)

This two-week in-person workshop will be held in-person at The Marine Biological Association (MBA) in Plymouth, United Kingdom. This workshop consists of two parts. Week 1 will cover the non-parametric methods in PRIMER 7. Week 2 will cover the semi-parametric methods in the PERMANOVA+ add-on package for PRIMER. The workshop will run 5 days per week, Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 17:45 each day. Participants may register for week 1 only, week 2 only, or both weeks. Each week mixes lectures and computer lab sessions on example data and includes practical sessions in which participants can discuss and analyse their own data in consultation with the lecturer.

Week 1 will consist of an extensive overview of statistical methods in non-parametric analysis of multivariate data implemented in the software PRIMER 7. This workshop will cater both to those who are new to PRIMER and to those who are “old hands” but would like a refresher.  Non-parametric statistics and permutation tests make the methods intuitively simple to understand, so no prior background in statistics is assumed.

PERMANOVA+ is an add-on package for PRIMER 7. Its core routine, PERMANOVA+ allows robust analysis of multivariate data in response to complex sampling/experimental designs on the basis of a resemblance measure of choice, with rigorous inferences obtained using permutation methods. The broader suite of methods in PERMANOVA+ enable formal models, tests, and predictions to be achieved for multivariate ecological (and other) systems that are over-parameterised (i.e., have too many variables) and/or that demonstrate substantial non-normality. Familiarity with the core methods in PRIMER and/or some prior knowledge of basic multivariate methods is desirable. However, week 2 (like week 1) will emphasise conceptual understanding, software implementation and interpretation of the methods for scientists and practitioners, so no prior specific background in statistics is assumed.

How to Register

For further information please download and read the course documents listed in the blue box labelled “Download Information”, above. To register, please send your completed registration form and payment (no later than 1st February 2024) to the PRIMER-e office at:

Discounts available

EARLY BIRD prices for registration are available and valid until 1st November 2023. Register for both workshops at the same time and save! Fees include MBA membership for one year. Current MBA members are offered a discount off the workshop fee.

Participants can request a FREE time-limited licence key for PRIMER 7 with PERMANOVA+ software to use during the workshop, or purchase time-unlimited software at a special discounted price! Participants may also be eligible for our Global Equitability Pricing (GEP) on all our software products, in accordance with their country of residence.

Please consult the Workshop Information document for more information about the workshop fees and the special discounted price for software.  Please note that our Global Equitability Pricing (GEP) percentage discounts do not apply to registration for in-person workshops such as these ones.

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•     you would like to obtain a quote for your registration (with or without software), which shall include all discounts for which you are eligible;
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•     you wish to purchase more than one software licence at the discounted prices on a single invoice.