We are pleased to offer participants two workshops that will be held in parallel during the two days prior to the congress (August 22-23, 2015). The workshops will take place only if the minimum number of participants (see below) register.

We ask participants to pre-register for the workshop as the workshops are conditioned by the minimum and maximum number of participants. Contact the ECA Secretariat ( to pre-register before April 30, 2015. The decision whether to run either workshop will be made on May 15, 2015. Participants should then arrange accommodations for two additional days (August 22-23, 2015).

IUCN Red Listing – concepts and tools
Lecturer: Pedro Cardoso, chair of the IUCN Spider & Scorpion Specialist Group (SSSG).
Description: The IUCN Spider & Scorpion Specialist Group is promoting the assessment of extinction risk of arachnid species worldwide. All assessments follow the IUCN red listing criteria and use numerous tools to facilitate the process. This workshop intends to: 1) allow the participants to get first-hand knowledge on the criteria and guidelines; 2) present the online Species Information System and provide guidance on how to use it; and 3) tutor on mapping standards, including an introduction on Species Distribution Modelling. It will consist on both theoretical and practical modules, with room for discussion and implementation of tools on species currently being assessed at a global level.
Duration: 16 hours total (i.e. 8 hours/day)
Fee: €20 (includes access to the workshop and printed materials)
Minimum number of participants: 5
Maximum number of participants: 15
Participants will be selected according to priorities: (1) SSSG members actively red listing species at global level, (2) Other SSSG members, by order of payment, (3) Other participants, by order of payment.

Experimental design and modern data analysis - CANCELLED
Lecturers: Stano Pekár, Marek Brabec
Description: The workshop is designed for students and scholars that want to be trained in modern data analysis. The training will include theory as well as practical examples. Specifically, the participants will experience the whole procedure of a modern research: beginning with hypothesis formulation, data collection, through model definition, proper data analysis, to explanation of results and drawing conclusions. The workshop will cover only univariate methods, namely Generalised Linear Models, Linear Mixed-Effect Models, and Generalised Estimating Equations. These methods can be used to perform a variety of analyses such as ANOVA, linear regression, ANCOVA, repeated-measures ANOVA, mixed model ANOVA, and phylogenetic corrections, for Gaussian, Gamma, Poisson or binomial data. Examples from arachnological research will be used. Participants are invited to bring their own data. Data analysis will be performed in the R environment.
Duration: 16 hours total (i.e. 8 hours/day)
Fee: €70 (includes access to the workshop)
Minimum number of participants: 10
Maximum number of participants: 30
Requirements: Own computer (laptop).