Young Marine Biologist (YMB) is the MBA's membership category dedicated to those of you passionate about marine biology aged under 18. MBA members are part of a global community of marine biologists and, through YMB, enthusiastic young members are welcomed into this community.
By choosing to become a Young Marine Biologist, as well as joining a global community of marine biologists, you are supporting our research, education and outreach work dedicated to better understanding all aspects of life in the sea. In return, we are comitted and look forward to helping you through taking important first steps in beginning a career in marine biology. Here is how we can help:
- Receive relevant careers information in your welcome pack and throughout your time as a YMB;
- Stay up-to-date with developments in the field of marine biology by receiving free copies of The Marine Biologist, the MBA’s popular science publication;
- Enjoy opportunities to gain and develop important skills that will help you pursue a career in marine biology with access to bursaries and discounts on MBA-led training courses;
- Be an active member of the community by submitting articles, photos, comments etc for publication in the monthly YMB Blog;
- Meet other like-minded people by attending Member only survey days (e.g Box Cores on Sandy Shores; Estuarine Oyster Survey) and other MBA-led events;
- Be proud to be a YMB with the exclusive limited edition ‘I’m a Young Marine Biologist’ kit bag included in your welcome pack. Renewing members receive an MBA snood!
- Keep your knowledge and enthusiasm for the marine environment alive by making the most of the FREE ENTRY to the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, an exclusive YMB member benefit.
Whether you are beginning a career in marine biology or looking to develop knowledge of the subject to support your studies, MBA membership will give you what you need.
Being a member of the MBA means you're part of a dynamic and dedicated community working to promote research into all aspects of life in the sea. As well as supporting our work, membership also gets you these exclusive benefits including:
- Free copies of The Marine Biologist the MBA’s popular science publication.
- Free access to the National Marine Biological Library and discounted visits to the laboratory
- Discounts on MBA-led training courses, merchandise and other events
- Early notification and booking priority for free MBA events
- Access to bursaries.
- Opportunity to take part in Member only survey days (e.g Box Cores on Sandy Shores; Estuarine Oyster Survey )
- For a limited time new YMB members will receive a free, exclusive ‘I’m a Young Marine Biologist’ kit bag. Renewing members receive an MBA snood!
NEW: YMB members now receive FREE ENTRY to the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth.
YMB is for anyone under the age of 18 who is interested in marine biology.
Our YMB membership is fantastic value at £12.50 per year!
How to join
Simply complete your details below and press submit to proceed to payment or email the Membership Secretary to request a printable form.
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This page brings you the stories of former YMB members who have now progressed onto university studies and student membership. We hope you will enjoy hearing of their passion and career choices and that this may help you in your marine biology pursuit.
Marine biology has always been a passion of mine from a young age and I knew it was a career path I would always want to follow. I studied all of the relevant science options in school and did as much research as I could outside of school. This really helped boost my knowledge of the subject and it also made me more and more enthusiastic with every book I read or documentary I watched. I would visit aquariums at any opportunity and got involved in the marine science community in any way I could.
I joined the Marine Biological Association as a Young Marine Biologist and this provided many opportunities that I wouldn’t have known about had it not been for the MBA. Receiving The Marine Biologist magazine also improved my knowledge of marine science and gave me access to new, relevant and exciting marine research. Recently I have started my studies at Plymouth University for a degree in Marine Biology and so far I am loving it! I have also recently progressed to a student membership because of this and there are a multitude of opportunities awaiting me – the membership discounts for training courses and conferences, networking opportunities and career development opportunities will greatly benefit me in my time at university and as I progress in my career in marine biology.
For anyone aspiring to a career in marine biology, don’t let anything stop you! I’m so lucky that I can now say I’m following my dream and doing what I have always wanted.
My name is Caitlin, and I’m studying Marine Biology at Plymouth University. As a child in a land-locked town, coastal trips were a rare excitement which had me scouring rock pools, searching for the secrets that lay within. Finding the incredible diversity of life in the world’s oceans ignited my passion for Marine Biology.
Ever since, I have been hooked on the subject, and have seized every opportunity to study the ocean; the YMB helped me to achieve this. The huge wealth of knowledge available, especially in the learning zone, is intriguing and stimulating. Receiving The Marine Biologist magazine is also a fantastic way to increase understanding and involvement. It encouraged me to seek further opportunities, including participating in an internship at the Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit (CRRU), and undertaking further research into areas such as ocean acidification. Even on my school field trip to Anglesey, I was enthusing over our study of dog whelks, unlike the other cold, miserable students!
The opportunities on offer at the MBA all year round, coupled with these sources of inspiration, have definitely helped me to start my journey to becoming a marine biologist. Student membership at the MBA has enhanced my prospects, opening more opportunities for me to enrich my degree and better my understanding. The oceans are of immense and increasing importance to humanity, the work at the MBA certainly highlights this. It is vital that more young marine biologists take a stand for our seas: our future depends on it!
Marine biology has always been part of my life, as I grew up in a little Welsh fishing village. My interests grew, I decided that I had to do a marine biology degree. I looked for activities and volunteering opportunities which would help me to get a place at university. The earlier I started volunteering, the more I could do before I reached university, therefore if I didn’t make the grade requirements my passion and experience might pull me through. This is how I came across the MBA. Being a Young Marine Biologist helped inspire me and gave me great contacts to do marine related work experience and volunteering. Soon after I joined, I got involved in volunteering such as with the HWDT and many others. Without the MBA’s enthusiasm and contacts within marine biology I might not be where I am now.
On another note the YMB scheme gave great information about choosing A levels. These were helpful as it helped me decide my A levels, which got me into university to study Marine Biology & Coastal Ecology. The Marine Biologist magazine was also great for reading, keeping up to date with new and interesting science. Some of which even assisted me in tackling some interview questions for university.
Now I’m at university and have re-joined the MBA as a Student member, it’s still providing me with great information and volunteering opportunities, which can now aid me in progressing to receive my degree and eventually become a marine biologist.
Posted on Nov 14, 2019
Hello YMB Members! This month’s YMB Bulletin brings you some really exciting news and opportunities, especially for those of you starting to think of future careers in marine biology, those interested in climate change and the keen readers out there. So continue reading to find out more about why you should join us at the YMB Summit 2019, how to apply for Work Experience at the MBA, and for opportunities to apply to write YMB book reviews.
Posted on Nov 14, 2019
Each year in July, the Marine Biological Association welcomes six budding marine biologists aged 14 to 18 to the laboratory in Plymouth to showcase what we do here and get a taste of the career opportunities in marine biology. Of the many applications received each year, only six places are available making the selection process competitive.
This year’s successful students experienced working alongside professionals in many different fields of marine biology. Collecting data to help...
Posted on Nov 13, 2019
Over 100 young people, mainly aged 16-18, took part in the 2019 Marine Science Camps programme. The six camps were hosted at well-equipped FSC centres across the UK, and were co-delievered by experienced FSC tutors and MBA marine biologists. Each camp had a unique flavour and provided great opportunities to gain key skills in aquatic biology, ecosystem surveys and species identification, as well as to meet like-minded peers and professionals to gain insights into marine biology careers....
Posted on May 16, 2019
Hello YMB Members! As promised, the return of the YMB Blog brings some exciting opportunities for you. Whether you have just joined and are new to the community, and whether you are 6 or 16 years old, there is something for everyone so make sure you continue reading to find out more.
And remember, we would love you to contribute to the content of this blog as much as possible. Please share your stories, reports, finds and photos...
Posted on Jul 27, 2017
Hello YMB Members! I hope you will join me in celebrating the news I bring for you today - The YMB Summit 2017 tickets are now available for sale - continue reading for more information. Also this month, the Blog brings you a YMB Member Article by Jordan Havell with his latest discoveries. Last but not least, I remind you that nominations for the 2017 UK Awards for Biological Recording and Information are still open, and share with you an interesting video...
Posted on May 26, 2017
Hello YMB Members! We are still busy working behind the scenes planning the exclusive YMB Summit event for you, which will take place on 28th October 2017. So this month’s Blog brings you some brief marine biology news, a YMB Member Article by Jordan Havell and some interesting opportunities for you. I hope you will enjoy this month's reading.
And remember, we would love you to contribute to the content of this blog as much as...
Posted on Apr 13, 2017
Hello YMB Members! You might be wondering why have we been so quiet with the YMB updates? Well, we have been busy working behind the scenes planning an exclusive event for you. We are delighted to announce that the first YMB Summit will take place on 28th October 2017 and we would like to see as many of you there as possible. This month’s Blog also brings you a flashback to the Marine Biologist for a Day event that took place last month, with a Member...
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.
Launched in 2017, the YMB Summit aims to reach the maximum number of young people possible. To this end, the event is held at a new location each year, working with partners locally to showcase opportunities and expertise in marine biology. If you wish to work with us, please contact email@example.com