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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.


Prof. 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 coordinator:

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.



Date and Site:

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

Monday 20th to Friday 24th June 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 20th June 2016.

- Morning.

1. Introduction: Shape, size and biological morphology.

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

- Afternoon. Practice: Collecting measurements.


Tuesday 21st June 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 22nd June 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 23rd June 2016.

- Morning.

9. Covariation between things: PLS.

10. Morphological integration.

11. Modularity.

- Afternoon. Practice: Group work.




Friday 24th June 2016.

- Morning.

12. Phylogeny and comparative methods.

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

Presentation of group work by participants.

Course length and ECTS:

40 hours on-site. This course is equivalent to 4 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.


Sunday 19th June 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 20th to Friday 24th June 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.

Saturday 25th June 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.


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

Marta Alfonso-Durruty former participant at Transmitting Science“I want to thank both the organisers 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 organisers 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.”
Marta Alfonso-Durruty, Kansas State University, United States of America (5th Edition)

Transmitting Science Avatar“Fantastic course! Overall, this experience was extremely well organized and the accommodations were beyond expectation! The environment that the organisers and instructors created made for an incredibly effective learning atmosphere.”
Participants’ comment in the course evaluation (5th Edition)


Transmitting Science Avatar“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)



More Testimonials.

Number of places:

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


Reduced registration fee until March 31, 2016: 455 €. Full registration fee after March 31, 2016: 605 €. 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.

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 360 €.
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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  • At which University / Postgraduate School / PhD School?


** Discounts are not cumulative.