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Drawings of a new era!

Drawings of a new era!

Last May (2016) Transmitting Science celebrated the 3rd edition of the course Introduction to Naturalistic and Scientific Illustration by Dr. Oscar Sanisidro.

Science background, together with artistic skills helps to obtain accurate visual explanations of scientific phenomena. Scientific illustration becomes an important tool for science. More and more researchers include illustrations, 3D animations and vector schemes in their papers. One example is the lifelike reconstruction of the New Cretaceous mammal Spinolestes xenarthrosus by Oscar Sanisidro (Martin et al., 2015).

Scientific illustration is also essential for use in education and science outreach. Particularly, social networks (such as Twitter or Facebook) arise as essential platforms to communicate results to non-scientist audience. But also to spread information among scientists. And it is known that, images are very important. Then visual content involve an increase in the engagement rate of content published at social networks.

In order to integrate science and artistic reconstructions, students and researchers from 12 countries attended this course. During five days, they learned about the most current technological advances in this field.

Drawings of a new era!

The course was hands-on workshop and a crossroad for researchers in different disciplines (Biology, Botany, Paleontology, Parasitology, etc). They have the opportunity to practice 3D modelling applied to scientific illustration. But this course was the perfect place to promote exchanges of experience from those different areas.

Moreover, Teresa Such Ferrer attended the course as winner of one of the 2015 Illustraciencia, International Awards on Scientific Illustration. Transmitting Science is an official contributor of these awards.

Drawings of a new era!

Teresa highlighted the multidisciplinary environment of this course. This feature is linked to the wide range of possibilities for implementing scientific illustrations in different research areas but also through educational resources.

If you are interested to join the next edition (2018) prepare your pencils and take a look to our course website.

Reference: Martin, T., et al. 2015. Nature, 526(7573), 380-384.

New quarter, new courses

New quarter, new courses

Summer ended and new courses start. However, trying to make more motivational your back-to-school time, we have three new courses for the final quarter of 2016.

Regarding to our Next events section you can check the last courses planned for the 2016 and those for the next year. Before the end of this year, we include three new courses.

The three new courses are:

New quarter, new courses

Therefore, these courses will expand the scope of our courses topics, including demography, collection managements and statistical biogeography. In the course on Integral Projection Models five expert instructors from 4 different countries will guide students on population modelling as key tool on ecological and evolutionary studies.

In November, Dr. Greg McDonald and John E. Simmons from United States of America, will be involved in a 40-hours course, including laboratory sessions. The importance of the collections for research and museology is emphasized. In order to involve good practices working on Natural History collections this course will guide students on the importance of storage environment as well as the identification and selection of inert materials. But also adapting collections care standards to particular environmental conditions, and sound policies and collection planning.

Finally, our new course on statistical biogeography will cover the theory and practice of widely used methods in evolutionary and ecological biogeography. The instructors, Dr. Dan Warren and Dr. Nick Matzke from Australia will guide attenders through the practical challenges (ex. obtaining and processing geographical occurrence data from GBIF), and the assumptions that various models make.

Breaking news, breaking barriers!

Breaking news, breaking barriers!

The 8th edition of the course Introduction to Geometric Morphometrics travels to Canada.

The Banff Center (Alberta) will host the course. From 9th to 13th of January (2017) participants will learn about the main concepts of shape analysis based on landmark coordinates and its multivariate statistical procedures. Geometric Morphometrics has shown as an important tool for analysis of shapes. Consequently, a wide range of disciplines involves analysis and quantification of shape changes.

Breaking news, breaking barriers!

 

Moreover, participants will have the opportunity to explore theoretical but also to practice with real data. Main international experts on Geometric Morphometrics will be involve in this first Canadian edition. Dr. Chris Klingenberg (University of Manchester, United Kingdom) and Dr. Jesús Marugán-Lobón (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain) will be the instructors for this course.

Breaking news, breaking barriers!

Thus these two instructors will guide participants through an intensive course. During these days, participants will attend to a training of 40 hours on-site course (see program for detailed information). Hence, through theory and practical guidance participants will gain experience in geometric morphometrics analysis.

This 8th edition of the course Introduction to geometric morphometrics is a special occasion to expand barriers. We will develop our first course in Canada. Places are limited to 28 participants. So take a look to the course web site and sing up to enjoy the Transmitting Science experience across the big pond!

We propose you to learn about morphometrics and to take part in an unique forum of specialists in an outstanding working-environment!

For further information please visit the course website.