About us

The Marine Biological Association (MBA) is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 we have been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community and currently have a growing membership in over 40 countries. We also run a leading marine biological research laboratory where many eminent scientists - including 7 Nobel prize winners - have carried out their research.

MBA Director's Welcome

Whether you are a member or a visitor browsing our website, I would like to welcome you to the Marine Biological Association.

Since its foundation in 1884, the MBA at Plymouth has had a rich history and has seen many highly significant scientific discoveries at its Citadel Hill laboratory. Today, MBA scientists deliver an internationally-renowned programme of scientific research that is highlighted on these pages. Resident workers and visitors alike enjoy the high-quality facilities and services that we can provide.

The Association also plays a leading role in promoting marine biology through its many and varied activities ranging from public outreach to provision of advanced research training. I hope you find what you need on this site but that you are also inspired by the marine biology presented here – we would love to have you join us.

You can find information on the Association such as: events and workshops; our publications (including the world’s longest-running marine biological journal, the Journal of the Marine Biological Association as well as our more recent magazine The Marine Biologist); the National Marine Biological Library. We also show how we work with and represent the marine biological community as a Royal Charter organization.

You can also learn how to contribute to marine biology and the marine environment by becoming a member or making a donation.

Dr Matt Frost

Interim MBA Director


The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
The Laboratory, Citadel Hill
Plymouth, Devon

+44 (0) 1752 426493