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We run training courses and events, including major courses and workshops. Members receive discounts on courses and training and are able to apply for bursaries. Get in touch  to discuss facilities, rates and bespoke courses. The Marine Science Events Calendar is a great place to find and promote events and courses.
FSC logotype 1 rgb crop 300dpiThe Field Studies Council is now offering all MBA members a 10% discount on their 2016 marine courses at Millport and Dale Fort.
Booking is available here: www.field-studies-council.org/habitats

Training and conference centre – MBA facilities for training & conferences

Major MBA Hosted Courses and Workshops

MBA Postgraduate Conference

Other Forthcoming MBA Events & Courses

January 2017

19 Jan 2017

Capturing Our Coast Wine & Science - Jellyfish January

Event Begins: Thu 19 Jan 2017 18:00:00
Event Ends: Thu 19 Jan 2017 20:40:00
This event will take place at The Marine Biological Association UK
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The Laboratory
Citadel Hill
Plymouth
Devon
PL1 2PB
Capturing Our Coast Wine & Science - Jellyfish January
This month's Wine and Science is Jellyfish January at the MBA, we have the pleasure of listening to John Rundle talk about jellyfish breeding. John Rundle was the head aquarist here at the MBA for many years. Last year he gave a CoCoast talk on Cephalopods and it was great. This month's is definitely not one to miss!
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
29 Jan 2017

Capturing Our Coast Training Day - Marine Biological Association

Event Begins: Sun 29 Jan 2017 09:30:00
Event Ends: Sun 29 Jan 2017 17:00:00
This event will take place at The Marine Biological Association
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Citadel Hill
England
PL1 2PB
Capturing Our Coast Training Day - Marine Biological Association
Capturing our Coast (CoCoast) is a national citizen science initiative aiming to survey rocky coastlines around the UK. The training day includes a introduction to the Capturing Our Coast staff, the project and the marine environment, before you venture out to the nearest rocky shore to practise identification of rocky shore species and survey skills. It is free of charge and include a free lunch and refreshments. You will need to bring warm clothes, waterproofs and wellies (or good boots that keep your feet dry). Timings will vary depending on tides.. No previous knowledge is required, just enthusiasm and curios...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.

February 2017

12 Feb 2017

MBA Member Only Survey - CrabWatch

Event Begins: Sun 12 Feb 2017 12:00:00
Event Ends: Sun 12 Feb 2017 14:30:00
This event will take place at Broad Ledge, Lyme Regis
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Dorset
DT7 3QD
MBA Member Only Survey - CrabWatch
We would like to invite MBA members to join us on a CrabWatch survey at Broad Ledge, Lyme Regis. CrabWatch is a new MBA citizen science project. It is part of the European Sea Change Project. All participants will be briefed on the survey protocol and how to identify species. We will undertake a timed search for crab species and record our findings. All confirmed data will be provided to DASSH and made publicly available through the National Biodiversity Network. We will meet at the large metal anchor in Cobb Gate Car Park in Lyme Regis (https://goo.gl/7ItO0a) at 12.00pm. A short walk will take us to Broad Ledge...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.

March 2017

11 Mar 2017

Capturing our Coast Training - Falmouth

Event Begins: Sat 11 Mar 2017 15:00:00
Event Ends: Sat 11 Mar 2017 17:00:00
This event will take place at University of Exeter & Falmouth University, Penryn Campus
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Penryn
England
TR10 9FE
Capturing our Coast Training - Falmouth
Capturing our Coast (CoCoast) is a national citizen science initiative aiming to survey rocky coastlines around the UK.    This training event includes an introduction to the Capturing Our Coast staff, the aims of project, coastal ecology and the fascinating species on our shores. We will also discuss the variety of ways you can contribute to the project. After this training session, you will need to come along to one of our many events on the rocky shore to collect your equipment. Here you will put the survey protocol into practice and begin collecting data. We will also cover lots of species identification ...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
21 Mar 2017

Capturing our Coast Training - Marine Biological Association UK

Event Begins: Tue 21 Mar 2017 18:30:00
Event Ends: Tue 21 Mar 2017 20:45:00
This event will take place at The Marine Biological Association
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Citadel Hill
England
PL1 2PB
Capturing our Coast Training - Marine Biological Association UK
Capturing our Coast (CoCoast) is a national citizen science initiative aiming to survey rocky coastlines around the UK.    This training evening includes an introduction to the Capturing Our Coast staff, the aims of project, coastal ecology and the fascinating species on our shores. We will also discuss the variety of ways you can contribute to the project. After this training session, you will need to come along to one of our many events on the rocky shore to collect your equipment. Here you will put the survey protocol into practice and begin collecting data. We will also cover lots of species identification ...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.

April 2017

15 Apr 2017

Short Course: Introduction to Plankton

Event Begins: Sat 15 Apr 2017 09:00:00
Event Ends: Sun 16 Apr 2017 17:00:00
This event will take place at The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
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Citadel Hill
PL1 2PB
Short Course: Introduction to Plankton
Plankton are amazing life forms, which spend their lives adrift on ocean currents. They play vital roles in marine food webs and how the planet functions, and are incredibly diverse and beautiful. It is easy to collect and observe plankton from the shore in the UK with some relatively inexpensive equipment. Join us for a weekend of learning about and studying these amazing organisms here in Plymouth. Course Tutor: Dr Dave Conway is an Associate Fellow at the Marine Biological Association and has been involved in a wide variety of plankton research for over 50 years. He has written identification guides to both Eu...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.

May 2017

27 May 2017

Short Course: Introduction to Seaweed

Event Begins: Sat 27 May 2017 09:00:00
Event Ends: Sat 27 May 2017 17:00:00
This event will take place at The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
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Citadel Hill
PL1 2PB
Short Course: Introduction to Seaweed
The UK Coastline is home to a huge diversity of seaweed species. Seaweed is a vital part of shore and shallow sea ecosystems. It is also used in foods, medicine and even your mobile phone! Come and join us in Plymouth for a fascinating hands-on introduction to seaweeds to find out more. Course Tutor: Esther Hughes (The Marine Biological Association) is an expert in botany, specialising in marine macroalgae. She has a wealth of knowledge regarding UK seaweed species and has an infectious enthusiasm for the subject. Esther has run seaweed identification courses previously for naturalist groups locally, including D...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.

June 2017

08 Jun 2017

Capturing our Coast Training - Falmouth

Event Begins: Thu 08 Jun 2017 19:00:00
Event Ends: Thu 08 Jun 2017 21:00:00
This event will take place at University of Exeter & Falmouth University, Penryn Campus
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Penryn
England
TR10 9FE
Capturing our Coast Training - Falmouth
Capturing our Coast (CoCoast) is a national citizen science initiative aiming to survey rocky coastlines around the UK.    This training evening includes an introduction to the Capturing Our Coast staff, the aims of project, coastal ecology and the fascinating species on our shores. We will also discuss the variety of ways you can contribute to the project. After this training session, you will need to come along to one of our many events on the rocky shore to collect your equipment. Here you will put the survey protocol into practice and begin collecting data. We will also cover lots of species identification...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.

July 2017

19 Jul 2017

Capturing our Coast Training - Marine Biological Association UK

Event Begins: Wed 19 Jul 2017 18:30:00
Event Ends: Wed 19 Jul 2017 20:45:00
This event will take place at The Marine Biological Association
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Citadel Hill
England
PL1 2PB
Capturing our Coast Training - Marine Biological Association UK
Capturing our Coast (CoCoast) is a national citizen science initiative aiming to survey rocky coastlines around the UK.    This training evening includes an introduction to the Capturing Our Coast staff, the aims of project, coastal ecology and the fascinating species on our shores. We will also discuss the variety of ways you can contribute to the project. After this training session, you will need to come along to one of our many events on the rocky shore to collect your equipment. Here you will put the survey protocol into practice and begin collecting data. We will also cover lots of species identification ...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.

August 2017

12 Aug 2017

Capturing Our Coast Training Day - Falmouth

Event Begins: Sat 12 Aug 2017 10:00:00
Event Ends: Sat 12 Aug 2017 18:00:00
This event will take place at University of Exeter, Penryn Campus
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Penryn
Cornwall
TR10 9FE
Capturing Our Coast Training Day - Falmouth
Capturing our Coast (CoCoast) is a national citizen science initiative aiming to survey rocky coastlines around the UK.  This training day includes an introduction to the Capturing Our Coast staff, the project and the marine environment, before we venture out to the rocky shore, put the survey protocol into practice and begin collecting data. We will also cover lots of species identification – which is always fun! It is free of charge and include a free lunch and refreshments. You will need to bring warm clothes, waterproofs and wellies (or good boots that keep your feet dry). No previous knowledge is require...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.

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The MBA’s membership of the Royal Society of Biology means that our members save up to 75% on the training they offer through their extensive CPD programme.

Major MBA Hosted Courses and Workshops

British Phycological Society Collecting & Identifying Seaweeds

Practical Course in Advanced Optical Microscopy

Microelectrode Techniques for Cell Physiology

MRes Marine Biology

Facilities

The MBA’s Resource Centre provides a spacious and flexible venue combining facilities for workshops, conferences and lectures with laboratory benching and equipment for practical work and field courses. It has a seminar area for up to 80 people and fully equipped laboratory space for up to 40 people. The MBA Common Room serves high quality refreshments for courses and offers the best views in Plymouth!

For details of booking and pricing, see the resource centre page.

Courses can also take advantage of Citadel Hill’s high quality science infrastructure, seawater systems and access to the coast.

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