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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.

II Iberian Symposium on Geometric Morphometrics

II Iberian Symposium on Geometric Morphometrics

Six years after the first edition the Iberian Symposium on Geometric Morphometrics, last June took place the second edition.

The II Iberian Symposium on Geometric Morphometrics was held in Madrid at Cultural Centre La Corrala – Museo de Artes y Tradiciones Populares from 8th until 10th June, 2016. The event was organized by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont and Transmitting Science. Moreover, the Universitat de València and Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales participated as collaborator institutions in this second edition.

II Iberian Symposium on Geometric MorphometricsThe Geometric Morphometrics involve main concepts of shape analysis based on coordinates and its multivariate procedures. The analyses involved are useful in any discipline (Biology, Geology, Palaeontology, Archaeology, Ecology, Antropology, etc.) in which the shape and its variation are the principal sources of information. The multidisciplinary nature of Geometric Morphometrics makes for this kind of meetings an interesting forum for specialized discussions.

In the Second edition over 60 researchers and students joined the Symposium from 13 different countries across 5 continents. During three days took place more than 30 oral presentations and 18 posters was exposed. All the contributions are available in the abstracts volume through this link http://www.icp.cat/attachments/2ISGM_Conference_Proceedings.pdf.

II Iberian Symposium on Geometric MorphometricsMoreover, the meeting brought together important representatives from Geometric Morphometric topics as keynote speakers: Professor Ángel Baltanás (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Professor Chris Klingenberg (University of Manchester) and Professor Benedikt Hallgrimsson (University of Calgary).

Madrid, as well as Sabadell was in 2009, has been a key place for researchers on Geometric Morphometrics, covering many research topics from evolution, to genetics, development or ecology. These multidisciplinary research meetings are great experiences to encourage discussion, exchange of views and experiences.

So… who organises the next?

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Geometric morphometrics in plants hits the mark (and the landmarks)

Geometric morphometrics in plants hits the mark (and the landmarks)

Geometric morphometrics in plants hits the mark (and the landmarks)The course on geometric morphometrics (GMM) in plants in April this year, taught by Professor Chris Klingenberg of Manchester University and co-written with Ruth Flatscher at Els Hostalets de Pierola, Barcelona (Spain), was the first successful course on this subject for Transmitting Science: Geometric Morphometrics with Plants.

The almost impossible is attempted –to be a course that is both an introduction to the subject and is challenging enough to interest academics using GMM as a tool in their research– but this is achieved. The measure of its success is that the writer of this news item was a course member and an absolute beginner before starting the course. He is now smitten with an interest in GMM.

Shape analysis has only recently become easily accessible to a wide variety of people through the development of user-friendly software, an example of which is the widely-used software written by Professor Klingenberg himself. But shape analysis in plants has a long way to go before it gets to the level of use in other disciplines. What excites the most is the realisation that there’s so much out there to be discovered using GMM with plants.

This became clear when Professor Klingenberg used examples from recent research papers and interwove them with the theory behind GMM, demonstrating the scope of applications of GMM in taxonomy, phylogeny, ontogeny, genetics and more. Data from some of the research examples involving plants were worked through software routines in hands-on demonstrations. There was also time for everyone to complete a small project with data collected in the field or laboratory.

The scope of the course was breathtaking and participants found it highly instructive and seriously inspiring.

Go to the course Geometric Morphometrics with Plants.

Great success of the first two courses held in Argentina

Great success of the first two courses held in Argentina

Great success of the first two courses held in ArgentinaThe 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!

Go to the courses Morfometría Geométrica para Principiantes and Studying Evolution with Geometric Morphometrics.

Great success of the first course held in Els Hostalets de Pierola

Great success of the first course held in Els Hostalets de Pierola

Great success of the first course held in Els Hostalets de PierolaDespite the rainy weather of this unusual spring, the first course held in Els Hostalets de Pierola in collaboration with the council of this town, 3D Geometric Morphometrics – 3rd Edition, has been a success.

Scientists from all around the globe (Slovenia, Germany, South Corea, Colombia, Switzerland, USA, The Netherlands and China) have come to this small town to learn how to analyse and interpret 3D landmark data.

The hospitality of the town, plus Lissa Tallman enlighten teaching, have been a perfect combination for learning. We hope participants have consider it worth the travelling. Thank to all of them for coming!

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Studying the evolution of shape: The 3rd edition of the course Geometric Morphometrics and Phylogeny has finished

Studying the evolution of shape: The 3rd edition of the course Geometric Morphometrics and Phylogeny has finished

Studying the evolution of shape: The 3rd edition of the course Geometric Morphometrics and Phylogeny has finishedResearchers from around the world (Brazil, USA, Colombia, Greece, France, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Romania, UK and Spain) met in Sabadell the first week of September to learn from Dr. Klingenberg how to analyse the shape variation in a phylogenetic context.

While mornings were devoted to theory and software learning, people have spent long evenings working with their own data. The huge variety of biological questions promoted debate, questioning and discussion: From flowers and leaves to snails and mosquitoes, from variation between populations to variation inside a family, from phylogenetic correction and estimate ancestral states to levels of integration during evolution, it was plenty of different research lines based on evaluating shape and evolution.

Thanks to all for coming!

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The 2nd edition of the course 3D Geometric Morphometrics is finished

The 2nd edition of the course 3D Geometric Morphometrics is finished

The 2nd edition of the course 3D Geometric Morphometrics is finishedTo have access to 3D data is common nowadays for researchers. For this reason those methodologies involving the analysis of 3D models are more useful each day in different fields of Biology. People studying Biomechanics, Evolutionary Ecology, Morphology, Zoology, Forensic Anthropology, Anthropology, Palaeohistology, Paleopathology and other fields of Paleontology have met in July in the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona – UAB for learning how to apply geometric morphometrics methods to analyse 3D data.

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Great success of the 3rd edition of the course Introduction to Geometric Morphometrics

Great success of the 3rd edition of the course Introduction to Geometric Morphometrics

Great success of the 3rd edition of the course Introduction to Geometric MorphometricsPeople from six different countries (Poland, Greece, Italy, Germany, Netherlands and Spain) were learning and discussing four days of Geometric Morphometrics in Sabadell, Barcelona (Spain). Some of them will be back in the next months for more advanced Geometric Morphometrics courses, while others are already applying what they have learned to their data.

One attendee says “Excellent course and organization!”

Thank to all for coming and thank Dr. Klingenberg and Dr. Marugán-Lobón for their time, patience and dedication.

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