Dr Matt Frost (Director, MBA) and Prof. Willie Wilson (Director, SAHFOS) hosted Minister for the Environment Dr Therese Coffey at the Citadel Hill laboratory, Plymouth on March 1st. A working lunch was held in the MBA’s Wolfson Room where Dr Coffey also met with representatives from the University of Plymouth, Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the National Marine Aquarium. Dr Coffey was then given a tour where she was shown rare exhibits from the National Marine Biological Library and the SAHFOS Continuous Plankton Recorder. Dr Michael Cunliffe then led a tour of the MBAs Cell and Molecular laboratories including demonstrations of unique microscopy facilities.
MBA Fellow Dr Michael Cunliffe said “It was a pleasure to demonstrate examples of the fundamental biological research that we undertake at the MBA to improve our understanding of the functioning of marine microbial life”
Dr Frost and Professor Wilson were pleased to have the chance to demonstrate cutting edge science to a government minister with a strong science background. Dr Frost thanked the Minister for her commitment in going ahead with the visit despite the extreme weather conditions!