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This course will be delivered live online

This course will be taught using a combination of live (synchronous) sessions on Zoom, with exercises to be completed in between live sessions on the Slack platform.


Online Course – 4th Edition

Anatomical Network Analysis (AnNA)


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Anatomical Network Analysis (AnNA)Course Overview

Anatomical Network Analysis (AnNA) is a framework for quantitatively characterizing the topological organization of anatomical systems using tools from Network Theory. AnNA is emerging as a new tool to identify developmental constraints, measuring morphological complexity and modularity, building morphospaces, and modelling the growth of anatomical structures.

This course aims to teach the main concepts of AnNA. Students will learn the basics of network analysis applied to morphological and anatomical systems: gathering information, building network models, analysing them, and interpret the outcomes of their analysis. This course combines theoretical introductions and practical exercises using the free and open-source software R and RStudio.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own data for practicing and for the supervised project session; anatomical networks will be provided by the instructors if needed.

This course is addressed to PhD students, postdocs and senior researchers.

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Graduate or postgraduate degree in Biological, Biomedical or Paleobiological Sciences. A basic knowledge/interest in anatomy and/or morphology is required.

Basic knowledge of R is required, if you don´t have it you can take the course Introduction to R or to learn it by your own using Swirl.

Participants must have a personal computer (Windows, Mac, Linux). The use of a webcam and headphones is strongly recommended, and a good internet connection. Participants should install R and RStudio before the course (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-u_7vdag-0).




Schedule and Course length

Online live (synchronous) sessions from Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 13:30 (Madrid time zone).

Participants are expected to work on exercises one hours between the live sessions each day.

Total: 25 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 16 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

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

Diego Rasskin-Gutman instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Diego Rasskin-Gutman

Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology

Borja Esteve-Altava Instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Borja Esteve-Altava

Pompeu Fabra University

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


DAY 1 – Essentials of Anatomical Network Analysis

  • Introductions & course overview
  • Historical and theoretical fundamentals of AnNA
  • What is a network? What can networks tell us about anatomy and morphology?
  • How to build a network

DAY 2 – Basic topological variables

  • Topological variables of nodes and links
  • Topological variables of networks
  • Morphological interpretation

DAY 3 – Higher-level properties of networks

  • Organizational features
  • Robustness
  • Modularity

DAY 4 – Development & Evolution of anatomical networks

  • Modeling development with networks
  • Using AnNA in evolution

DAY 5 – Visualization & Preview of advanced materials

  • Basic and custom visualization in R
  • Weighted networks and bipartite networks
  • Multi-layer networks and multigraphs
  • Estimating error and accuracy


  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until September 30th, 2021):
  • 475 €

    (380 € for Ambassador Institutions)

  • Regular (after September 30th, 2021):
  • 548 €

    (438.4 € for Ambassador Institutions)

  • The price is 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 the country were the course will be held, as well as PhD students based in that country without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, could benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you want to ask for this discount, please contact the course coordinator. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict inscription order.