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Advanced Courses in Life Sciences

7th Edition

Introduction to Geometric Morphometrics – Spain

June 20th-24th, 2016, 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.


Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontològica

C/ Mestre J. Lladós, nº 1
08781 Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona.

Spain – CRIP




40 hours on-site.

This course is equivalent to 4 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 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.


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



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

All participants must bring their own personal laptop.


Monday, June 20th, 2016.

  • Morning.

1. Introduction: Shape, size and biological morphology.

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

  • Afternoon. Practice: Collecting measurements.

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016.

  • Morning.

3. Visualizing shapes and shape changes.

4. Looking at variation: PCA.

5. Distinguishing groups: CVA and discriminant analysis.

  • Afternoon. Practice: Group work.

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016.

  • 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 23rd, 2016.

  • Morning.

9. Covariation between things: PLS.

10. Morphological integration.

11. Modularity.

  • Afternoon. Practice: Group work.

Friday, June 24th, 2016.

  • Morning.

12. Phylogeny and comparative methods.

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

Presentation of group work by participants.


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


  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until March 31st, 2016)
  • 455
  • Regular (after March 31st, 2016)
  • 605
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches.
  • Accommodation Package
  • Early bird (until March 31st, 2016)
  • 360
  • Regular (after March 31st, 2016)
  • 360
  • This includes local transportation, lodging, breakfasts, dinners and social (tourist) activities.
  • Course Fee + Accommodation Package
  • Early bird (until March 31st, 2016)
  • 815
  • Regular (after March 31st, 2016)
  • 965
  • This includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches.

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.


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)


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.


Course ScheduleCourse + Accommodation Package Schedule
Sunday, June 19th, 201619:00 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 23rd through Friday, May 27th, 20169:30 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.

8:00 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 25th, 20168:00 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.


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