Marine Biological Association of the UK

Advancing marine science through research, communication and education since 1884

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  • the royal charter

    The MBA has been awarded a Royal Charter...read more

  • research at sea

    The MBA carries out a variety of ecological, biological and physiological research...read more

  • the honorary fellows of the MBA

    Honorary Fellows of the Marine Biological Association.

  • the journal of the MBA

    JMBA publishes original research on all aspects of marine biology...read more

About the MBA

The charitable aims of the Marine Biological Association (MBA) are to promote scientific research into all aspects of life in the sea, including the environment on which it depends, and to disseminate to the public the knowledge gained. The MBA was founded in 1884 and in 1888 opened the Plymouth laboratory at Citadel Hill. The MBA provides a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.

The Patron of the Association is His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, who is also an Honorary Fellow. The other Honorary Fellows are His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco, Dr Sylvia Earle, Sir Tim Hunt and Professor James Lovelock.