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9th Edition

Introduction to Geometric Morphometrics – Spain

May 29th-June 2nd, 2017, Barcelona (Spain)

Introduction to Geometric Morphometrics

This course is entitled to teach the main concepts of shape analysis based on landmark coordinates and its multivariate procedures, and how they can be put into practice across any biological discipline in which the phenotype (form) and its variation are the principal sources of information.

LOCATION

Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontològica

C/ Mestre J. Lladós, 1
08781 Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona.

How to get there

LANGUAGE

English

COURSE LENGHT & ECTS

40 hours on-site.

This course is equivalent to 3.5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School and ForBio.

The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.

PLACES

Places are limited to 25 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.

Instructors

Chris Klingenberg Instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Chris Klingenberg
University of Manchester
United Kingdom

Jesús Marugán-Lobón instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Jesús Marugán-Lobón
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Spain

Coordinator

Requirements

Graduate or postgraduate degree in Biomedical, Life or Earth Sciences, basic knowledge of statistics.

All participants must bring their own personal laptop.

Program

Monday, May 29th, 2017.

  • Morning.

1. Introduction: Shape, size and biological morphology.

2. Morphometric data: Equipment, landmarks, outlines and surfaces.

  • Afternoon. Practice: Collecting measurements.


Tuesday, May 30th, 2017.

  • Morning.

3. Visualizing shapes and shape changes.

4. Looking at variation: PCA.

5. Distinguishing groups: CVA and discriminant analysis.

  • Afternoon. Practice: Group work.


Wednesday, May 31st, 2017.

  • Morning.

6. Symmetry and asymmetry.

7. Morphometrics in a messy world: outliers and measurement error.

8. Regression and allometry.

  • Afternoon. Practice: Group work.

Thursday, June 1st, 2017.

  • Morning.

9. Covariation between things: PLS.

10. Morphological integration.

11. Modularity.

  • Afternoon. Practice: Group work.



Friday, June 2nd, 2017.

  • Morning.

12. Phylogeny and comparative methods.

13. Putting things together: Combining analyses to solve biological questions.

Presentation of group work by participants.

Testimonials

You will find below some testimonials from former participants to previous editions of this course:

Marta Alfonso-Durruty

“I want to thank both the organizers and the teachers for an excellent course and overall experience. I believe the class covered in detail the principles and applications of geometric morphometrics. Moreover, both teachers and organizers succeeded in creating a collegial and learning environment that leads to the exchange of ideas and discussion regarding the application of GMM in different fields. In addition to this, the place is beautiful, the hostel is clean, and the food is beyond delicious. This course is the right amount of learning on a difficult subject and enjoying good company and beautiful surroundings.” (5th Edition)

Marta Alfonso-DurrutyKansas State University, United States of America

Previous editions of this course

7th Edition, June 20th-24th, 2016

Course Introduction to Geometric Morphometrics - 7th Edition, June 20th-24th, 2016Twenty-three people belonging to the following countries and institutions participated in this edition:

  • Australia: University of Sydney.
  • Austria: Museum of Natural History and University of Vienna.
  • Brazil: Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia, Instituto de Biociências do Litoral Paulista.
  • Finland: University of Oulu.
  • Germany: Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie.
  • Italy: University of Teramo. MUSE.
  • Malaysia: Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
  • Mexico: Insituto Politécnico Nacional.
  • Poland: Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences.
  • Spain: Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentaries, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
  • Turkey: Dicle Üniversitesi.
  • United Kingdom: University of London, University of Bristol, University of Liverpool, Stirling University.

6th Edition, July 27th-31st, 2015

Course Introduction to Geometric Morphometrics - 6th Edition, July 27th-31st, 2015Twenty-seven people belonging to the following countries and institutions participated in this edition:

  • Germany: Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt, Hochschule Geisenheim University, Museum für Naturkunde – Berlin, Hamburg University, Universität Tuebingen.
  • Sweden: Lund University.
  • United States of America: Portland State University, Texas A&M University.
  • Brazil: Universidade de São Paulo.
  • Spain: Universitat Pompeu Fabra, University of Pais Vasco.
  • France: Université de Technologie de Compiègne.
  • United Kingdom: University of Birmingham, University of Cambridge, University of Leicester, University of Oxford, Aberystwyth University, London South Bank Univeristy.
  • Italy: University of Roma “La Sapienza”.
  • Austria: University of Vienna.
  • Switzerland: University of Zurich.
  • The Netherlands: Wageningen University.

5th Edition, August 4th-8th, 2014

Course Introduction to Geometric Morphometrics - 5th Edition, August 4th-8th, 2014Sixteen people belonging to the following countries and institutions participated in this edition:

  • Spain: Autonomous University of Madrid, Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
  • United States of America: Kansas State University, Texas A&M University.
  • Germany: Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Max Planck Insitute for Evolutionary Anthropology – Max Planck Society.
  • Sweden: Lund University.
  • Australia: Macquarie University.
  • Denmark: Natural History Museum of Denmark – University of Copenhagen.
  • Switzerland: University of Bern, University of Zurich.
  • United Kingdom: University of Leicester, University of Southampton.

4th Edition, July 14th-18th, 2013

Course Introduction to Geometric Morphometrics - 4th Edition, July 14th-18th, 2013Twenty people belonging to the following countries and institutions participated in this edition:

  • Tanzania: University of Dar es Salaam.
  • Italy: Università degli Studi di Firenze, Università degli Studi di Milano.
  • Turkey: Middle East Technical University, Institute of Marine Sciences.
  • Norway: University of Oslo.
  • Greece: National and Kapodestrian University of Athens.
  • Germany: University of Konstanz, University of Bonn, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / Museum für Naturkunde – Berlin.
  • United States of America: University of Chicago/Field Museum of Natural History, San Diego State University.
  • United Kingdom: University of Glasgow, Scottish Center for Ecology and the Natural Environment, University of Cambridge.
  • Switzerland: University of Zurich.
  • Norway: University of Tromsø.
  • Ireland: University College Dublin.
  • Spain: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

3rd Edition, June 12th-15th, 2012

Course Introduction to Geometric Morphometrics - 3rd Edition, June 12th-15th, 2012Seventeen people belonging to the following countries and institutions participated in this edition:

  • Germany: Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie, Eberhard-Karls Universitaet Tuebingen.
  • Grece: University of Athens.
  • Italy: University of Molise.
  • Poland: Wroclaw University.
  • Spain: Universidad de Alicante, Universidad Católica de Valencia, Complutense University of Madrid, University of Oviedo, Instituto Cavanilles de Biodiversidad y Biologia Evolutiva, University of Lleida, Universidad Santiago de Compostela, University of Barcelona.
  • The Netherlands: Leiden University.

Fees

  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until January 15th, 2017):
  • 470
  • Regular (after January 15th, 2017):
  • 660
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches.
  • Accommodation Package
  • Early bird (until January 15th, 2017):
  • 360
  • Regular (after January 15th, 2017):
  • 360
  • This includes local transportation, lodging, breakfasts, dinners and social (tourist) activities.
  • Course Fee + Accommodation Package
  • Early bird (until January 15th, 2017):
  • 830
  • Regular (after January 15th, 2017):
  • 1,020
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks, local transportation, lodging, breakfasts, lunches, dinners and social (tourist) activities.

We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact the course coordinator). Discounts (see Funding below) are not cumulative and apply only on the fee, not to Accommodation Package or other options.

Accommodation

If you take the Accommodation Package you will be hosted in the Youth Hostel Can Roviralta, in shared dormitories (common bathrooms), although you will only share rooms with other classmates. The possibility exists that the dormitories will be mixed. Therefore, if this is an inconvenience for you, and you require staying in a dormitory with only women, or only men, please indicate so in the “Comments” field of the Registration form (see below).

A supplemental charge will be added if you prefer to stay in a single room with private bathroom. The number of rooms is limited and if you prefer to have a single room, let us know it as soon as possible. If you want more information on this please contact the course coordinator.

Please be aware that from the centre of Barcelona city it takes about one hour by car and one hour and a half by public transport to arrive to Els Hostalets de Pierola. Course participants will find that staying in Els Hostalets de Pierola is more convenient.

If you do not want the Accommodation Package, accommodation is available in places other than Els Hostalets de Pierola. You may stay in Barcelona city, Martorell or Igualada. You will find information about Hotels in Martorell here, and information about Hotels in Igualada here.

How to get to Els Hostalets de Pierola from Barcelona city, Martorell and Igualada.

Youth Hostel Can Roviralta (Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona, Spain)

Funding

Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.

Unfortunately there are no scholarships available for this course. However a 20 % discount on the Course Fee is offered for members of some organizations (Organizations with discount). If you want to apply to this discount please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later).

Spanish unemployed scientists, as well as Spanish PhD students without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, could benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you want to ask for this discount, please contact the course coordinator. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict inscription order.

Discounts are not cumulative and apply only on the fee, not to Accommodation Package or other options.

Schedule

Course ScheduleCourse + Accommodation Package Schedule
Sunday, May 28th, 201719:00 Meeting point in Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona) to take the bus to Els Hostalets de Pierola. If you are planning to arrive later, you can find more information in How to get there.
20:00 Registration in the Youth Hostel.
20:30 Dinner.
Monday, May 29th through Friday, June 2nd, 20179:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
13:30 to 15:00 Lunch.
15:00 to 19:00 Lessons.

There will be two coffee breaks each day, halfway through each lesson session.

8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
9:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
13:30 to 15:00 Lunch.
15:00 to 19:00 Lessons.
20:30 Dinner.

There will be two coffee breaks each day, halfway through each lesson session.

Saturday, June 3rd, 20178:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
9:15 Meeting point in the Youth Hostel to take the bus to visit a wine cellar.
10:00 Arrival at the wine cellar.
11:30 Bus to Barcelona city.
13:00 Arrival at Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona).

The schedule is approximate; it is possible that the content of one day may run into the next and a working day may be longer than advertised.

Organizers

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Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontològica (CRIP) Logo
Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP) Logo

Collaborators

Colegio Oficial de Biólogos de Castilla y León Logo
Colegio Oficial de Biólogos de Euskadi Logo
Colexio Oficial de Biólogos de Galicia Logo
Col·legi Oficial de Biòlegs de la Comunitat Valenciana Logo
Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST) Logo
European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists (EAVP) Logo
Sociedade Brasileira de Paleontologia (SBP) Logo

Sponsor

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