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Geometric Morphometrics with Plants
This course offers a self-contained introduction to geometric morphometrics with a special focus on applications in plant evolution and development. Plant-specific aspects of data acquisition and evaluation are discussed, and the particular possibilities of geometric morphometrics in plants will be highlighted. Lectures about general morphological and developmental characteristics of plants are combined with an introduction to the concepts and techniques of shape analysis. Finally, advanced methods such as regression analyses, modularity tests and comparative phylogenetic analyses are presented. This theoretical basis is complemented by hands-on demonstrations of data collection and analyses.
The main focus of the course will be on landmark morphometrics, but a brief introduction and discussion of outline methods and semilandmarks is also provided.

If there are participants who already have collected their own data, they are encouraged to bring these data for conducting analyses and discussing results.


Prof. Chris Klingenberg instructor at Transmitting Science
Prof. Chris Klingenberg

(University of Manchester, United Kingdom).
Dr. José María Gómez instructor at Transmitting Science
Dr. José María Gómez

(Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas, Spain).

Course coordinator:

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno course coordinator at Transmitting Science
Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno

(Transmitting Science, Spain).


Graduate or postgraduate degree in any Sciences discipline, basic knowledge of statistics and personal computers. All participants must bring their own personal laptop (Windows, Macintosh, Linux) and field equipment (robust shoes!) for the sampling excursion. If you possess a camera, possibly with a macro lens, it might also be useful.



Date and Site:

Torre del Senyor Enric (Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona, Spain)

Monday 2nd to Saturday 7th May 2016.

Premises of the Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontològic (CRIP), Av. dels Hostalets de Pierola, s/ nº, 08781 Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain). GPS Coordinates: Latitude 41.533525 (41° 32’ 0.6891’’N), Longitude 1.770949 (1° 46’ 15.415’’E). How to arrive.


Monday 2nd May 2016.

- Morning:

1. Fundamentals of plant morphology.

2. Introduction to geometric morphometrics.

3. Landmarks and data collection.

- Afternoon: collecting plants, formulating simple study questions, taking images.


Tuesday 3rd May 2016.

- Morning:

4. Fundamentals of plant development.

5. Principal component analysis.

6. Outliers and measurement error.

- Afternoon: continuing with group work, trying PCA, outliers, etc.


Wednesday 4th May 2016.

- Morning:

7. Distinguishing groups: canonical variates and discriminant functions.

8. Regression and allometry.

9. Symmetry and asymmetry.

- Afternoon: continuing group work.

Thursday 5th May 2016.

- Morning:

10. Complex symmetries.

11. Partial least squares.

12. Plasticity.

- Afternoon: continuing group work.


Friday 6th May 2016.

- Morning:

13. Within-plant variation.

14. Morphological integration.

15. Modularity.

- Afternoon: continuing group work.


Saturday 7th May 2016.

- Morning:

16. Quantitative genetics of shape.

17. Natural selection on shape.

18. Phylogeny and comparative methods.

- Afternoon: presentations of group work.

Course length and ECTS:

48 hours on-site. This course is equivalent to 5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.


Sunday 1st May 2016:

19:00 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 arrive.
20:00 Registration in the Youth Hostel.
20:30 Dinner.

Monday 2nd to Saturday 7th May 2016:

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.

Sunday 8th May 2016:

8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
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.

Number of places:

Places are limited to 20 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.


Reduced registration fee until February 29, 2016: 530 €. Full registration fee after February 29, 2016: 740 €. This includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches.

Former participants will have a 5 % discount** on the current course fee. Discounts are applied only on the fee, not to lodging or other options (see All Inclusive option below in Accommodation section).

We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact us at courses@transmittingscience.org).

Please complete and submit your Registration Form (see below); we will confirm your acceptance by e-mail. If you do not receive any confirmation by e-mail after registration, please contact us at courses@transmittingscience.org.

This course will be held if at least 50 % of the places are filled.

Cancellation policy:

If you wish to cancel your participation in this course, cancellations up to 20 days before the course start date will incur a 30 % cancellation fee. For later cancellations, or non-attendance, 75 % of the fee will be charged.

If Transmitting Science must cancel this course due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Transmitting Science, you will either be entitled to a full refund of the course fee, or your fee can be credited toward a future course / workshop. Transmitting Science is not responsible for travel fees, or any expenses incurred by you as a result of such cancellation. Every effort will be made to avoid the cancellation of any planned course / workshop.


The course will take place in the town of Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain).

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

- All Inclusive option:
We offer this option that covers all of the expenses for the week; it includes transport to and from Barcelona city, lodging, breakfasts, dinners and a visit to a wine cellar. This costs 420 €.
Participants 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 us at courses@transmittingscience.org.
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 attendees will find that staying in Els Hostalets de Pierola is more convenient.

- Other Options:
If you do not want the All Inclusive option, 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. Both Martorell and Igualada are located about 45 minutes by train from Els Hostalets de Pierola, while it takes about one hour and a half by public transport to arrive to Els Hostalets de Pierola from the centre of Barcelona city.
How to arrive to Els Hostalets de Pierola from Barcelona city, Martorell and Igualada.


Unfortunately there are no internal grants available for this course. However some discounts are offered to people belonging to some of the Associations, Institutions or Universities listed here. If you want to apply to this discount please state the name of your Association, Institution or University in the “Comments” field of the Registration Form (proof will be asked later).

Spanish unemployed scientists, as well as Spanish PhD students without any grant to develop their PhD, could benefit from a 40 % discount** on the course fee. If you want to ask for this discount, please contact us at courses@transmittingscience.org. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict inscription order.


For further information contact: courses@transmittingscience.org.


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  • Do you need an invitation letter for processing a visa?
    (list of countries in which visa is required to visit Spain).
  • Are you going to validate the course in any research PhD School or doctorate?
  • At which University / Postgraduate School / PhD School?


** Discounts are not cumulative.