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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.



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

(University of Manchester, United Kingdom).
Dr. Jesús Lobón-Marugán instructor at Transmitting Science
Dr. Jesús Marugán-Lobón

(Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain).

Course director:


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

(Transmitting Science, Spain).


Graduate or postgraduate degree in Biomedical, Life or Earth Sciences, basic knowledge of statistics and personal computers. All participants must bring their own personal laptop.




Premises of the Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontològic (CRIP), Av. dels Hostalets de Pierola, s/ nº, 08781 Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain). How to arrive.


Monday 4th August 2014.

Fundamentals on data acquisition, digitalization and methodological essentials.


Tuesday 5th August 2014.

- Theory:

    • Introduction: What is geometric morphometrics (GM). A brief history of the tool, and main differences with “traditional” morphometrics and “what can you do with GM”.
    • Introduction: Shape, size and biological morphology.
    • Morphometric data: Equipment, landmarks, outlines and surfaces.

- Afternoon Practice.


Wednesday 6th August 2014.

- Theory:

    • Extracting shape: The Procrustes fit, shape spaces, etc.
    • Visualizing shapes and shape changes.

- Afternoon Practice: Group work.

 Thursday 7th August 2014.

- Theory:

    • Looking at variation: PCA.
    • Distinguishing groups: CVA and discriminant analysis.
    • Regression, allometry and size correction.

- Afternoon Practice: Group work.

Friday 8th August 2014.

- Theory:

    • Connecting things: PLS.
    • Putting things together: Combining analyses to solve biological questions.

- Afternoon: Presentation of group work by participants.

Course length:

38 hours on-site.


Sunday 3rd August 2014:

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 Welcome party.

Monday 4th to Thursday 7th August 2014:

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.
Friday 8th August 2014:

8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
9:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
13:30 to 15:00 Lunch.
15:00 to 17:00 Lessons.
20:30 Dinner.

  • There will be a coffee break during the morning lesson session and one excursion in the evening after lesson session.

Saturday 9th August 2014:

8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
9:30 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.

12:30 Arrival at Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona).


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

- “Very good and helpful instructors all the way. I learnt very much and I will recommend this course to others.”
Participants’ comment in the course evaluation (4th Edition)

Number of places:

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


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This course can be validated by 2 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) by the Life Science Zurich Graduate School, Zurich, Switzerland.


Only Lunches Included option (no accommodation, no dinners):
Reduced registration fee until May 15, 2014: 370 €. Full registration fee after May 15, 2014: 495 €.
This option only includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches. Please be aware that from Barcelona centre it takes one hour by car and one hour and a half by public transport to arrive to Els Hostalets de Pierola.

All Inclusive option:
Reduced registration fee until May 15, 2014: 660 € (370 € course fee + 290 € All Inclusive option). Full registration fee after May 15, 2014: 785 € (495 € course fee + 290 € All Inclusive option).
Participation fees are all inclusive, and include transport from Barcelona city, course material, lodging, breakfasts, coffee breaks, lunches, dinners and welcome party.

Former participants will have a 5 % discount* on the current course fee.

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.

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, the full course 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).

- Only Lunches Included option (no accommodation, no dinners):
In that case there are different options for accommodation, all of them in places other than Els Hostalets de Pierola. You may stay in: Barcelona city, Martorell or Igualada. Information about Hotels in Martorell here. Information about Hotels in Igualada here.
How to arrive to Els Hostalets de Pierola from Barcelona city, Martorell and Igualada.

- All Inclusive option:
To make it affordable, you will be hosted in the Youth Hostel Can Roviralta, in four-bed 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 state it in the “Comments” field of the Registration Form (see below).
There are no Hotels in Els Hostalets de Pierola. However, if you do not want to share rooms, but you want to apply for the All Inclusive option staying in Els Hostalets de Pierola, please contact us at courses@transmittingscience.org.
How to arrive to Els Hostalets de Pierola.


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). For information on External Financial Support, please check the link.

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 4 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?


* Discounts are not cumulative.