The first two courses organised by Transmitting Science in Argentina jointly with the IGEVET (Instituto de Genética Veterinaria “Ingeniero Fernando Noel Dulout”) – CONICET (National Scientific and Technical Research Council – Argentina) took place last March, 2014. These courses (Morfometría Geométrica para Principiantes and Studying Evolution with Geometric Morphometrics) were held at the premises of the CONICET CCT La Plata, Buenos Aires (Argentina), and we have to acknowledge its personnel, who have been extremely kindly and helpful during our stance there.
With 68 participants from seven different countries (Ecuador, Paraguay, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Argentina), the courses exceeded organisers’ expectations. In a friendly atmosphere, sharing mates and coffee, participants deepen in their knowledge about geometric morphometrics and the use of this methodology for understanding how evolution works. From landmark definition and procrustes superimposition, to more complex concepts as evolutionary allometry or independent contrasts, participants went home with a full kit of tools to apply in their research.
These first two courses have opened the door to organising new courses in Argentina, and we will be back there in 2015 with more courses!