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 

Learn about our ocean through our events, training workshops, career opportunities and conferences. Develop your knowledge and skills in ocean science. Meet with passionate scientists and network with colleagues for an opportunities for networking and collaboration. As a member you can also receive discountss on our organised events.

Take a look at our YouTube channel to watch previous events. 

An Introduction to Scientific Illustration

Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 April 2022. SOLD OUT

Saturday 15 to Sunday 16 October 2022. Book now

Join wildlife and scientific illustrator Marc Dando for a two day course introducing a vareiety of drawing techniques to help document scientific observation.

Introduction to Plankton 

Saturday 7 May to Sunday 8 May 2022. Book now

Join Dr Dave Conway, plankton researcher for over 50 years, to learn about these captivating organisms that spend some or all of their lives drifting in the sea currents.  This course will cover a wide range of planktonic organisms, both phytoplankton and zooplankton and include the collection of live samples.

Introduction to Rocky Shore Species Identification

Saturday 14 May to Sunday 15 May 2022. Book now 

Join us for this introduction to the main groups of animals and seaweeds found on British rocky shores including field visits, interactive lecturers, demostrations and an in-depth look at some commonly found species. 

Marine Biology Live virtual talks

Marine Citizen Science in the Mediterranean, 24 March 2022, 16:00 (GMT) Book now

This Marine Biology Live special session is curated by the MBA Mediterranean Special Interest Group and will include talks and Q&A from marine science professionals working in the region.


Plymouth Marine and Science Education Foundation (PlyMSEF) Student Conference 

Thursday 17 February 2022, Plymouth Marine Laboratory. 

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MBA post graduate conference: Turn of the Tide; Marine organisms and an ocean of change

Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 April 2022, Liverpool John Moores University.

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Young Marine Biologist Summit - Hidden Ocean 

Saturday 26 November 2022 10:00 - 16:00 (GMT)

Join us for high profile, inspirational speakers from around the world sharing their science. Enter our writing prizes, ask our panel for career advice and more. 

Registration and more details coming soon. 

Catch up on our 2021 Summit, Ocean Predators on our YouTube Channel

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Practical Course on Advanced Optical Microscopy for Cell Biology, Dates TBC

Microelectrode, Patch Clamp and Optical Techniques for Cell Physiology, Dates TBC

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