Plymouth science institutions merge, promising a stronger future for marine biology

Posted on Apr 4, 2018

The Marine Biological Association and The Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey (CPR Survey) – both internationally renowned for the quality of their science – have joined forces.

The Marine Biological Association (MBA) has incorporated the Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey – previously SAHFOS (the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science). Both organisations can demonstrate global impact: the MBA was established in 1884 and counts seven Nobel Prize winners among those who have worked there. In 2013 the MBA was awarded a Royal Charter in recognition of its long and eminent history and its status within the field of marine biology. SAHFOS is an international non-profit organisation operating global surveys that measure the ecological health of the ocean using marine plankton. Its international hub is based at the Citadel Hill Laboratory on the Hoe.

As a result of...

First Field Studies Council & MBA Marine Science Camp of 2018

Posted on Mar 21, 2018

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Flatford Mill Marine Science Camp February 24th and 25th 2018

As the 'Beast from the East' was scratching at the door of the UK and temperatures were taking a nose dive, a group of Field Studies Council instructors and MBA scientists spent a weekend on the shore of the east coast in Suffolk, with young people braving the elements for an immersive crash course in marine biology. The two day experience was the first in program of camps being held around the country this coming year by the Field Studies Council who have teamed up with the MBA to run a series of Marine Science Camps (More Details Here) at centres around the UK.

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Saturday started with the usual introductions and briefings, but we quickly loaded the minibus and headed for an estuary site at Holbrook. The group explored and surveyed the...

International Recognition for MBA Data Team

Posted on Feb 27, 2018

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The MBA Data Team has been accredited as an Associated Data Unit of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) and becomes the UK node for the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS).

Effective data management ensures the best available evidence is accessible to support management, education, research and policy development. Working with international partners to establish and promote standards and best practice the MBA Data Team is at the heart of efforts to ensure marine biological data are collected and stored in a manner that facilitates future reuse; maximizing the initial investment and leveraging additional value.

The accreditation reflects the pivotal role the MBA plays in the management of the UK’s marine biological data resources and its global profile as a centre of excellence for marine data management.

The MBA has a...

Minister for the Environment Dr Therese Coffey visits Citadel Hill

Posted on Feb 26, 2018

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...

Make a Sea Change

Posted on Feb 22, 2018

Sea Change reports - the Sea Change project is coming to an end but wanted to refer to its great achievements over the last three years and the ongoing work.

Make a small change for a sea change:

Academia and industry are invited to submit proposals for access to research facilities and technology platforms

Posted on Feb 22, 2018

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The EU-funded Horizon 2020 EMBRIC (European Marine Biological Research Infrastructure Cluster ) Research Infrastructures project 2 nd call For Transnational Access has been announced.

Users from academia and industry are invited to submit proposals in the field of Marine Biotechnology for access to research facilities and technology platforms:

The MBA is an EMBRIC Transnational Access consortium member and is offering access to state of the art facilities:

Access to ecosystems and Sampling facilities (including use of MBA Research Vessel Sepia ) Culture collections and biobanks Cultivation and rearing facilities (aquarium and circulating sweater systems) Microscopy and bio-imaging Molecular biology facilities

Access to MBA facilities and platforms is accompanied by full technical and logistical support.


Blueprint: An opportunity for public engagement training and practice

Posted on Feb 21, 2018

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Blueprint: The Future of Our Seas

Opportunity for Public Engagement Training and Practice

Human well-being is directly affected by the health of our seas, yet public awareness of many of the challenges facing the marine environment remains low. For decades, researchers have investigated issues such as non-native species, climate change, pollution, overfishing, and ocean acidification, but these topics are only recently gathering interest from outside the academic community.

This year, NERC and the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) are offering the opportunity to work with public engagement professionals, artists and creatives to train and to inspire scientists.

Training will talke place in Plymouth and Oban.

The deadline for applications for the Plymouth training is 5pm on Friday...