Glasses were raised at the Citadel Hill laboratory on Plymouth Hoe yesterday evening to celebrate the successful merger of the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey with the Marine Biological Association (MBA).
Staff and guests including the MBA’s governing Council enjoyed the sunshine and looked very much to the future, welcoming new colleagues as two organisations became one. Short talks were given by the MBA’s new Director Prof Willie Wilson, and Professors Patrick Holligan and Michael Whitaker. The speakers emphasised the MBA’s unique position representing an international community of marine biologists through its membership, and how that global reach has been greatly strengthened by the incorporation of the CPR Survey.
Professor Wilson spoke of the grand challenges facing society and the role of the bigger MBA. He said, “The international agreement to keep global warming below 2°C and the upcoming Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, gives us a clear mandate to drive marine biology research over the next 12 years.”
At the same time there is a wave of public concern about the state of the ocean. With six world-leading institutions, Prof Patrick Holligan underlined Plymouth’s importance for marine science in the UK and beyond – a role that is also vital for Plymouth and the region.With a larger body of expertise resulting from the merger, and a new Director, the time is right for the MBA to take a lead on the challenges ahead.
To read more about the merger, please visit the dedicated webpage.