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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:

Monday 27th to Friday 31st July 2015.

Rural House Can Julià, Camí de Can Julià, Ctra. de Sant Esteve  BV-2293, km 1, 08635 Sant Esteve Sesrovires, Barcelona (Spain). GPS Coordinates: Latitude 41.486503 (41° 29’ 11.4113’’N), Longitude 1.870793 (1° 52’ 14.853’’E).


Monday 27th July 2015.

- Morning.

1. Introduction: Shape, size and biological morphology.

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

- Afternoon. Practice: Collecting measurements.


Tuesday 28th July 2015.

- Morning.

3. Visualizing shapes and shape changes.

4. Looking at variation: PCA.

5. Distinguishing groups: CVA and discriminant analysis.

- Afternoon. Practice: Group work.


Wednesday 29th July 2015.

- Morning.

6. Symmetry and asymmetry.

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

8. Regression and allometry.

- Afternoon. Practice: Group work.

 Thursday 30th July 2015.

- Morning.

9. Covariation between things: PLS.

10. Morphological integration.

11. Modularity.

- Afternoon. Practice: Group work.




Friday 31st July 2015.

- 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:

50 hours: 38.5 hours on-site, plus 11.5 hours that participants should use for recommended reading before the course. This course is equivalent to 2.5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.


Sunday 26th July 2015:

19:00 Meeting point in Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona) to take the transport to the Rural House Can Julià.
20:00 Registration in the Rural Hourse.
20:30 Dinner.

Monday 27th to Thursday 30th July 2015:

8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
9:30 to 14:00 Lessons.
14:00 to 15:30 Lunch.
15:30 to 19:30 Lessons.
20:30 Dinner.

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

Friday 31st July 2015:

8:30 to 9:00 Breakfast.
9:30 to 14:00 Lessons.
14:00 to 15:30 Lunch.
16:00 Meeting point in the Rural House to take the transport to Barcelona city.
17:30 Arrival at Plaza Catalunya (Barcelona).

  • There will be a coffee break during the morning lesson session.

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.


Only Lunches Included option (no accommodation, no dinners):
Reduced registration fee until March 15, 2015: 445 €. Full registration fee after March 15, 2015: 595 €.
This option only includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches.

All Inclusive option:
Reduced registration fee until March 15, 2015: 695 € (445 € course fee + 250 € All Inclusive option). Full registration fee after March 15, 2015: 845 € (595 € course fee + 250 € All Inclusive option).
Participation fees are all inclusive, and include transport from Barcelona city, course material, lodging, breakfasts, coffee breaks, lunche and dinners.

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, 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.


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 4 places and they will be covered by strict inscription order.


For further information contact: courses@transmittingscience.org.


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** Discounts are not cumulative.