The Marine Biological Association is a Learned Society
defined and recognised by Royal Charter.


The objects of the Association are:

"to promote the investigation, and to disseminate knowledge, of the seas and marine life, including the use of marine and other organisms for basic biosciences for the benefit of the public (where biosciences means marine biology in its widest sense)”.

The MBA achieves these aims through: its membership; high quality research; the work of the JMBA; and its education and outreach programmes. The MBA actively looks for members to support the work of the Association worldwide. If you would like to join the MBA please visit our membership page.

The MBA was founded in 1884 and in 1888 opened the Plymouth Laboratory at Citadel Hill. We have a well-respected Council who help guide the work of our researchers; please see here for a list of current Council members.

The Marine Biological Association is a registered charity. Charity registration number 1155893