Schedule

This is a preliminary schedule for January/February 2016. We might still move some topics to different days, although more likely nothing will change.

There is one half-hour long break (tea, coffee, light snacks being offered) during each morning session and another one in the afternoon.

Day

Morning

8:30-11:30

Afternoon

12:30-15:30

Evening

16:00-18:00

Tuesday
23 January

 

Arrival of participants

 

Dinner in a local restaurant

 

Wednesday

24 January

Course introduction

Planning field studies and experiments

Introduction to ordination methods

 

Visit to town centre

Thursday

25 January

Using Canoco 5 software 1:
data editing, import and export

Using Canoco 5 software 2:
basic analyses

Using Canoco 5 software 3:
understanding results

Friday

26 January

Constrained ordination methods as multivariate regressions

Permutation tests - introduction

Cluster analysis

TWINSPAN method

Introductory presentation of participants' miniprojects

 Saturday

27 January

Constrained and partial analyses

Forward selection of explanatory variables

Using Canoco 5 software 4:
constrained ordination, diagrams 

Individual work*

Sunday

28 January

Visit to Cesky Krumlov UNESCO town

Visit to Cesky Krumlov

Free evening

 

Monday

29 January

Analysing community-level experiments:
variation partitioning, randomized blocks

Analysing community-level experiments:
repeated measurements data

 Individual work*

 

Tuesday

30 January

Advanced visualization, principal response curves (PRC), co-correspondence analysis (CoCA) Individual work*

Individual work*

 

Wednesday

31 January

Analysing functional trait data  Individual work*  Individual work*

 Thursday

1 February

Individual work* Individual work* Free evening

 Friday

2 February

Presentation of individual miniprojects Presentation of individual miniprojects Farewell party

 Saturday

3 February

Departure of participants    

* Individual work is the time when participants work on their own (mini)projects to be presented at the end of the course. At least one lecturer will be present, providing consultations related to the projects.