Apply for a PlyMSEF 2019 Travel Grant today!

Posted on Nov 27, 2018

Plymouth Marine Science and Education Foundation (PlyMSEF) provides travel grants to enable research students to attend academic conferences and symposia or to attend advanced training courses or workshops in marine disciplines.

For 2019, up to 8 awards, to the value of £400 will be available in a competition process for applicants who meet the criteria as follows:

i) Applicants must be registered PhD students or postgraduate scientists within 4 years of graduation employed in marine-related research projects at one of the following institutions

DDRC Healthcare Marine Biological Association of the UK National Marine Aquarium Plymouth Marine Laboratory Plymouth University Marine Institute

ii) Applications must be supported in writing by the applicant's supervisor

iii) The conference, symposia etc for which the grant is requested must take place after...


Posted on Nov 26, 2018


We would like to invite you to the 2019 PlyMSEF Conference, to be held at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Thursday 7th February, 08:30 - 19:00. It's open to MSc and PhD students and early career post-doctoral researchers with an interest in marine research.

The conference is FREE to attend but please register your intention to attend here .

The PlyMSEF Conference is a great place to showcase to showcase your work to fellow postgraduate/ early career scientists. The day is comprised of talks and a poster session, with a complimentary buffet lunch and evening wine reception. Oral and poster presentation spaces are available and will be allocated based on abstract submissions (max. 300 words). Please ensure these are sent to the PlyMSEF Organising...

Limpets 2020: Biology of Limpets: evolution, adaptation, ecology and environmental impacts

Posted on Nov 19, 2018

Limpets 2020: Biology of Limpets: evolution, adaptation, ecology and environmental impacts

(Meeting held in association with the Malacological Society of London and the Marine Biological Association UK)

First Announcement - 17th to 19th March 2020

Venue: Plymouth MBA

Meeting Organisers: Professor Steve Hawkins (Plymouth MBA, UK), Professor Alan Hodgson (Rhodes University, South Africa), Dr Louise Firth (University of Plymouth, UK), Dr Phillip Fenberg (University of Southampton, UK)

In 1920 JH Orton published two important papers, one examining the importance of sea temperature on the breeding and distribution of marine animals, and the second...

Advanced Optical Microscopy for Cell Biology Course is now OPEN for applications

Posted on Nov 15, 2018

To be held in the Laboratory of Marine Biological Association (MBA) from March 27th until April 6th 2019, this ever popular microscopy course is expected to reach capacity quickly.

Lectures will cover topics from basic optics, detectors and light sources through to photochemistry involved in the development of novel fluorescent probes and the application of advanced super-resolution optical microscopy techniques.

Further information and details on how to apply are available here

For further information on all the training courses and workshops currently available at the MBA please click here

Application closing date December 18th 2018

Register now for our PhD Student Open Day

Posted on Nov 15, 2018

The MBA's first PhD Student Open Day is on Friday 7th December

The MBA is host to several upcoming PhD projects funded through the NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) DTPs (Doctoral Training Partnerships) ARIES and INSPIRE . The open day is an opportunity to meet potential PhD supervisors, current PhD students and tour the MBA.

Please register here if you are interested in attending

Find out more about PhD studentships and current opportunities here .

Registration is now OPEN for the 2018/2019 NMBAQC Zooplankton Ring Test

Posted on Nov 8, 2018

2018/2019 NMBAQC Zooplankton Ring Test

The NMBAQC Scheme was set up to provide quality control/ assurance to the macrobenthic invertebrate elements of the Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme (CSEMP; formerly the NMMP); it has since provided the external quality assurance for statutory monitoring to report to Government and the EU. These reporting requirements have led to the NMBAQC diversifying into other biological disciplines. The elements of the Scheme are detailed in the NMBAQC website.

The newly developed zooplankton component aims to improve the quality of zooplankton identification through a practical ring test and other additional workshops.

The 2018/2019 Zooplankton Ring Test aims to:

Improve the quality of marine zooplankton identification Assess current skill levels Provide a venue for...

MBA welcomes researcher whose appointment will open up new areas of research in evolutionary biology

Posted on Nov 6, 2018

The Marine Biological Association (MBA) has awarded a prestigious Anne Warner Fellowship to Vengamanaidu (Venky) Modepalli, whose appointment will open up new areas of research in evolutionary biology.

Dr Modepalli’s scientific goal is to understand the evolution of early animal life forms and its impact on current animal diversity. At the MBA he will study the genetic make-up of the starlet sea anemone ( Nematostella vectensis ). Sea anemones offer the opportunity to study the molecular evolution of mechanisms that govern development, reproduction and tissue regeneration. The fact that they share a common ancestor with animals such as worms, insects and mammals, means that scientists can search for similarities and fill in gaps in our knowledge of evolution.

As an internationally recognised scientist, Dr Modepalli will bring to the MBA extensive knowhow in...