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Online course – 3rd edition

Geometric Morphometrics for Beginners

August 8th-12th, 2022


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This course will be delivered live online

Online live sessions from Monday to Friday from 15:00 to 17:00 and 17:30 to 20:00 (Madrid time zone).

Live sessions will be recorded. Recordings will be made available to participants for a limited period of time. However, attendance to the live sessions is required.

Course Geometric Morphometrics for BeginnersCourse Overview

The world around us is a space-time mosaic where forms evolve, constantly change and interact with each other. Geometric morphometry is a digital morphological analysis tool that allows addressing biological key questions, such as shape transformation (variation) and the result of its interaction (covariation) with the physical environment, with an unprecedented analytical resolution.

In this course, these concepts will be explained in a simple and practical way. To do this, basic aspects such as the biological and geometric concept of landmark and semi-landmark configurations will be reviewed, the available comparative methodologies will be compared, and basic multivariate statistical methods will be put into practice that allow addressing biological problems at any scale of complexity, making special emphasis on visualization and interpretation of form variation.

This course is introductory, and is aimed at advanced degree students and graduates of all areas related to the biological sciences.


All participants must have a personal computer (Windows, Macintosh), with webcam if possible, and a good internet connection.




August 8th-12th, 2022.

Schedule and Course length

Online live sessions from Monday to Friday from 15:00 to 17:00 and 17:30 to 20:00 (Madrid time zone).

22.5 hours This course is equivalent to 1 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School. The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.




Places are limited to 18 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.

Jesus Marugan-Lobon instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Jesús Marugán-Lobón
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Haris Saslis coordinator for Transmitting Science

Dr. Haris Saslis
Transmitting Science

Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno Transmitting Science coordinator

Dr. Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno

Transmitting Science


  • Introduction: What is geometric morphometry?
  • Brief history, geometric morphometrics vs “traditional” morphometrics.
  • Applications: What problems can be addressed with geometric morphometrics?
  • Available software, uses and differences.
  • Fundamentals of abstraction from shape geometry to landmarks and semilandmarks configurations.
  • Data acquisition, digitalisation and methodological considerations.
  • Size and shape in geometric morphometrics.
  • Generalized Procrustes Analysis, shape space and its conceptual and practical importance.
  • Alternative superimposing methods:
    • Procrustes: Bookstein Shape Coordinates.
    • Resistant Fit.
    • Others: EDMA.
  • Practical case of application of the methodologies.
  • Semilandmarks digitization practices.
  • Viewing the results:
    • The ‘Thin plate spline’: Transformation and the metaphor of the deformation grid.
    • Deformation of surfaces in 2D and 3D.
  • Variation and covariation: Analysis tools with multivariate statistics; Factor analysis (PCA) and multivariate regression.
  • Association (covariation) between size and shape (allometry).


  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until June 30th, 2022):
  • 460 €
    (368 € for Ambassador Institutions)
  • Regular (after June 30th, 2022):
  • 525 €
    (420€ for Ambassador Institutions)
  • This includes course material (VAT included).
    After registration you will receive confirmation of your acceptance in the course. Payment is not required during registration.

You can check the list of Ambassador Institutions. If you want your institution to become a Transmitting Science Ambassador please contact us at communication@transmittingscience.com


Discounts are not cumulative and apply only on the Course Fee. We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact courses@transmittingscience.com).

Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.

20 % discount on the Course Fee is offered for members of some organizations (Ambassador Institutions). If you want to apply to this discount please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later).

Unemployed scientists living in Spain may benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you would like to enquire about this discount, please contact the course coordinator. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict registration order.