Welcome to the November 2019 YMB Blog!

Hello YMB Members! This month’s YMB Bulletin brings you some really exciting news and opportunities, especially for those of you starting to think of future careers in marine biology, those interested in climate change and the keen readers out there. So continue reading to find out more about why you should join us at the YMB Summit 2019, how to apply for Work Experience at the MBA, and for opportunities to apply to write YMB book reviews.

And remember, we would love you to contribute to the content of this blog as much as possible. Please share your stories, reports, finds and photos with us. Sharing your photos, writing, art work comments or questions with us for use in future blog content and bulletins may earn you an exclusive MBA pin badge! (see picture) email to: ymb@mba.ac.uk or share with us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram

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YMB Summit coming up!

We are excited to announce that the YMB Summit 2019 will be returning to the home of marine biology; Plymouth. Tickets are now on sale and cost £30 for non-members and £20 for members. You can find more information here.

Places are limited so don't leave buying your ticket until the last minute. I hope to see as many of you there as possible but if you can't make it this year, don't worry, we aim to make this annual initiative one that is toured around the country so we get to meet as many of you as possible over the coming years. 

Bursaries: The YMB Summit is all about helping you gain important skills for your future career. We chose Climate Change as the theme for this year and want to encourage YOU to share your views/knowledge on the subject by giving a pre-prepared 7 minutes talk or poster presentation during the Summit. A limited number of bursaries to help with the cost of the ticket is available for those who are selected to give talks. So, in order to be fair with everybody, please send a short (up to 150 words) paragraph summarising the topic of your presentation and why it is important to ymb@mba.ac.uk. The deadline for applications is 1 December. This process is designed to mimic the submission of an abstract for presentation at a conference, which is a process marine biologists experience on a regular basis throughout their professional careers. Please do consider making the most of this unique opportunity to practice key skills in a safe environment.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email ymb@mba.ac.uk or call +44(0)1752 426331.

Work Experience Week 2020

Applications for the MBA’s annual work experience week are now open!

If you are aged 14 to 18 and considering a career in marine biology, we invite you to apply. During the week 6-10th July 2020, the MBA will welcome budding marine biologists to the laboratory in Plymouth to showcase what we do here and get a taste of the career opportunities in marine biology. Of the many applications received each year, only six places are available making the selection process competitive. For further information on how to apply, please visit https://www.mba.ac.uk/careers#b13

The deadline for applications is the 8th January 2020.

To see what work experience students got up to last year, please click here

YMB Book review

We are looking for volunteers, particularly among the keen readers out there, to write book reviews for The Marine Biologist magazine. This is a great opportunity to practice your reading and writing skills, while enhancing your CV and personal statement with a publication. Books currently available for review:

Ocean: Secrets of the Deep, by Sabrina Weiss (7-10 years old)

Greta's Story: The Schoolgirl Who Went On Strike To Save The Planet by Valentina Camerini (9-12 years)

Unfortunately, we only have one copy of each book available to send for review. So, in the interest of making the selection process fair, please send us a short statement (no longer than 1 paragraph) indicating why you feel you are the most appropriate person to write the review by 1st December to ymb@mba.ac.uk.

If you are chosen, we will then send you a copy of the book for you to read (and keep!). After reading the book, you write a small article giving your opinion about it for publication in the magazine (check Issue 10 & 13 of the magazine if you have it for previous YMB book reviews). If you are not successful this time, please do not worry, as we will announce new opportunities in the future.

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Nov 14, 2019 By education_team