The MBA runs regular events, aimed at promoting marine scientific excellence. We run events for schools, families and the wider public.  We also organise regular events for our members, providing the marine biological community with networking and professional development opportunities. These events include conferences and workshops, training days and scientific meetings.

MBA Events 

The MBA runs regular events, often collaboratively, aimed at promoting marine scientific excellence. We run events for schools, families and the wider public.  We also organise regular events for our Members, providing the marine biological community with networking and professional development opportunities. These events include conferences and workshops, training days, career opportunities and scientific meetings.  Members benefit from registration discount on MBA organised events.

Online Events 2020-2021

We are running a series of online events and recorded webinars. Join as a Member to take part live via Zoom or join our live streams or view previous sessions on YouTube. 

2021 Upcoming:

4th November 16:00  (UK Time) - Marine Biology Live: Marine Biology, policy and Social Science - Dr Rebecca Shellock -  REGISTRATION OPEN SOON

18th November 16:00  (UK Time) - Marine Biology Live: Isabella and the Emperor - Dr Miranda Lowe & Catherine Booth - share stories and music in celebration of scientist Isabella Gordon with Electric Voice Theatre.  REGISTRATION OPEN SOON

27th to 28th November 10:00 am - 16:00 both days (UK Time) - Young Marine Biologist Summit - Young, aspiring marine biologists are welcome to join us for high-profile, inspirational speakers, career advice and more. REGISTER NOW

Date TBC  (UK Time) - Marine Biology Live: Ocean Literacy - Dr Russel Arnott -  REGISTRATION OPEN SOON

16th December 11:00 am (UK Time) - Marine Biology Live: Winter Special - Marine Science in the Mediterranean​ - Arianna Liconti & MBA Mediterranean SIG REGISTER NOW

2021 Past Events:

1st July 11:00 am (UK Time) - Marine Biology Live: Bringing Back the Native Oyster Across Europe - Dr Joanne Preston  - WATCH NOW

3rd June 11:00 am (UK Time) - Marine Biology Live: 3D SciArt: Bringing the Marine Microbiome to Life - Davis Laundon & Dr Michael Cunliffe - WATCH NOW

20th May 11:00 am (UK Time) - TMB Deep Dive: The Changing Arctic Ocean & New Research in the UK & Russia​ - Maria Gavrilo, Professor Claire Mahaffey &
Dr Paul Mann WATCH NOW

6th May 11:00 am (UK Time) - Marine Biology Live: Marine Citizen Science Special​ - Dr Charlotte Bolton, Jules Agate & Susan Hewitt. WATCH NOW

15th April 11:00 am (UK Time) - Marine Biology Live: Plymouth Sound biodiversity hotspot and how this is reflected in the inshore zooplankton community​- Dr Dave Conway. WATCH NOW

1st April 11:00 am (UK Time) - Marine Biology Live: Aquatic Embryos in a Warming World. - Dr Oli Tills.  WATCH NOW

18th March 11:00 am (UK Time) - Marine Biology Live: Polar Science Expeditions. - Dr Birthe Zåncker & Jim McNeil. WATCH NOW

4th March 11:00 am (UK Time) - Marine Biology Live: Conversation with author and presenter Dr Helen ScalesWATCH NOW

18th March 11:00 am (UK Time) - TMB Deep Dive: Oceanic Shark Hotspots, Industrialised Fishing & Climate Change - Professor David Sims WATCH NOW

4th February11:00 am (UK Time) - Marine Biology Live: Science Communication for Researchers - Tanya Dimitrova. WATCH NOW

7th January 11:00 am (UK Time) - Marine Biology Live: Seasons on the Seabed - Keith Hiscock. WATCH NOW

Marine Biology Live

Marine Biology Live is a series of online talks organised by the Marine Biological Association. Talks take place at 11:00 am (UK time) on the first Thursday of each month and will cover a range of current marine biology topics by MBA members, researchers and invited guests.  

Most Recent Session: 

The Marine Biologist Deep Dive

An online Conversation with the authors from the latest edition of The Marine Biologist . Hosted by Guy Baker, Editor TMB editor, the sessions delve deeper into the content of articles, but also give a chance to learn about the people behind the science. 

Most Recent Deep Dive:

Coffee Time Talks

Flash presentations (15 minutes) from our colleagues at the MBA's Citadel Hill Laboratory introducing their research are now being recorded and links posted on to our YouTube channel. Recordings are now available on YouTube here

Major workshops – register you interest

Practical Course on Advanced Optical Microscopy for Cell Biology, 17-27 March 2021

Microelectrode, Patch Clamp and Optical Techniques for Cell Physiology, 1-15 September 2021


Identification of Challenging Seaweeds, 4-6 August 2020 - postponed .  

Primer-E – dates to be announced

Marine Science Camps

For the 4th year, we are delighted to be working in partnership with the Field Studies Council to help deliver a series of marine science camps fot young people at centres around the UK. Courses include one year of MBA membership in the price of attendence.


Outreach Events

Marine Biologist for a Day

The MBA runs an annual Marine Biologist for a Day event at its laboratory in Plymouth. The event usually takes place over 2-3 days, with separate days for primary aged students and secondary school/ college aged students. the days are aimed at anyone with a keen interest in marine biology and gives an opportunity for participants to meet working marine scientists and carry out experiments and interactive activities in the laboratory.


The MBA runs an annual Bioblitz with partners, as well as supporting and participating in Bioblitz events run by other organisations. The MBA is also actively involved in the National Bioblitz Network. These 24 hour events record biodiversity in the marine environment, and a range of other coastal habitats within a set boundary.

Find out more about the MBA Bioblitz including links to previous events here.

Work Experience

This year's MBA Work Experience Programme will be slightly different again due to the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic.  

The programme will take place over a series of fully interactive, online Wednesday evening sessions (16:00 - 18:00 UK Time) these are currently scheduled for 29th Sept; 6th Oct; 13th Oct; 20th Oct; 10th Nov; 17th Nov; 1st Dec but may be subject to change. The programme will also include an opportunity to participate in the 2021 YMB Summit on the 27th and 28th of November.  


You may also be interested in the series of Marine Science Camps taking place each year around the UK and led by the Field Studies Council in partnership with the MBA. 

If you are seriously considering a career in marine biology, we now have membership categories for everyone, including a new Young Marine Biologist category. Becoming a member is a fantastic way to learn about marine biology and to find out about opportunities to enhance your career prospects. Visit membership for more information.

Virtual Library Tour

The National Marine Biological Library (NMBL) has created a novel virtual tour exploring how the library has evolved since opening to support the marine community.

Tour of the Library

History of the MBA and Evolution of the Library

MBA Event Facilities

The MBA is dedicated to providing opportunities to share marine biological research and facilitating the development of excellent scientific research and communication. To this end, the association organises regular and occasional meetings and conferences, as well as supporting regular events through sponsorship and in-kind contributions.

The Young Marine Biologist (YMB) Summit is a MBA event for 12-18 years-olds consisting of a series of talks and workshops, networking opportunities and a careers Q&A session. The aims of the event are:

  • To facilitate inclusion of young members in the marine biology community;
  • To provide opportunities for networking, and meeting other marine biologists and representatives from marine biology course providers.

The 1-day annual event helps fulfil the MBA’s commitment to working as a catalyst for life-long engagement into our ocean, providing young people aspiring to study marine biology with an opportunity to gain experience and make well-informed decisions regarding their career.

More information here

The MBA Education team runs regular events for all levels of expertise, as well as running workshops and displays at national and regional exhibitions and conferences.

The MBA also runs regular survey events for members, details can be found  on the MBA Facebook Page.