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Introduction to Marxan - Montpellier
5:00 pm

Introduction to Marxan - Montpellier

Jul 30,2015 - Jul 31,2015 Time: 9:00am - 5:00 pm
Introduction to Marxan - Two-day Technical Training

This two day hands-on course will be held on 30-31 July 2015 from 9am-5pm at Agropolis International in Montpellier, France. It will provide participants with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to use Marxan in a conservation planning exercise.
The following topics are covered in this Introduction to Marxan course: - Key concepts in systematic conservation planning - Creating planning units - Creating the essential Marxan input files - Parameter setting in Marxan - Understanding and using Marxan results - Zonae Cogito (front-end Marxan support software) - A brief introduction to Marxan with Zones
The course will be taught in English. Time will be split between lecture/discussion (~30%) and hands-on exercises (~70%). Prior experience with GIS and MS Excel is prerequisite to this course. Participants will need to bring a laptop with ArcMap 9 or 10 (and spatial analyst) or QGIS installed. Please contact us if you are interested in the course but cannot bring a laptop.
Pricing: Early registration (at least three weeks in advance) is 495 Euro. Regular registration is 545 Euro. Group discounts are possible with three or more registrants. Five student places are available at 40% off. Once the first five students have registered (first come, first served), five more student spaces will be available for 20% off the regular rate. Lunch will be included with registration.
Registration: Please register by scrolling down this page and answering the questions when you are ready to pay for the course with a credit card or through other paypal means (if you are paying by check or cash, please contact us for details). Clicking "submit" on this site will lead you straight to paypal, and it is easiest to complete payment immediately after registering. Note that it is not necessary for you to have a paypal account (click on "Don't have a Paypal account?" towards the bottom of the page) to complete this process. Please contact us for assistance registering as a student, if applicable.
Refund policy: Refunds will be given within three weeks of the course start date, less a 30 Euro administrative fee. Cancellations less than three weeks before the course will be refunded only if we can replace the participant. In the event of course cancellation, full refunds will be given.
About Marxan: Marxan is the most widely used conservation and resource use planning tool globally. It can recommend a network of areas for protection and other spatial management regimes in marine, terrestrial, freshwater, and a combination of systems. Developed by Ian Ball and Hugh Possingham from the University of Queensland, Australia, Marxan supports spatial prioritization by producing objective, transparent, and repeatable results. The software can facilitate smart decision-making that accounts for a broad range of considerations, stakeholders, and tradeoffs in a spatially and economically efficient manner.
Questions? Please contact us as hcoleman (at) or nserra (at)


Agropolis International
1000 Avenue Agropolis
Montpellier, 34000

Event Fees:

Early rate EUR 495.00
Regular rate EUR 545.00