Young Marine Biologist 

Young Marine Biologist (YMB) is the MBA's membership category dedicated to those of you passionate about marine biology aged under 18. Get involved!

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.

Since launch in 2014, YMBs have published articles in the YMB Blog, have written book reviews for The Marine Biologist  magazine, have delivered presentations and workshops at the YMB Summit, have enjoyed discounts and won bursaries to attend our courses and events, responded to consultations to inform future marine policy and many have progressed to become Student Members continuing their journeys to becoming marine biologists.

If this is where you want to be, look no further!

Whether you are beginning a career in marine biology or looking to develop knowledge of the subject to support your studies, your marine biology career starts here… The MBA can help you at every stage of your journey.

  

Join a global community of marine biologists to discover worldwide opportunities, support marine reseach and raise the profile of the marine environment. As well as supporting our work, Young Marine Biologist Membership to the MBA gets you these exclusive benefits:

  • Stay up-to-date with developments in the field of marine biology with a free online subscription to The Marine Biologist, the MBA’s popular science magazine published four times year
  • Keep your knowledge and enthusiasm alive by making the most of the FREE ENTRY to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, UK, an exclusive YMB member benefit. Note: accompanying members of the party will be charged at the normal admission price
  • Receive relevant careers information in your welcome pack and throughout your time as a YMB
  • 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 and other events including our annual YMB Summit
  • Be an active member of the community and enhance your career prospects with opportunities to publish book reviews in the magazine and by submitting articles, photos, comments etc. for publication in the YMB Blog or The Marine Biologist magazine
  • Free access to the MBA's National Marine Biological Library (NMBL)
  • Meet other like-minded people by attending Member only survey days and training events
  • Be proud to be a YMB with your free welcome gift! Choose from an ‘I’m a Young Marine Biologist’ bag or MBA snood when you sign up
  • As well as many other cross-category benefits listed here  

    Cost
    Eligibility
    Our YMB membership is fantastic value at £15 per year!

    YMB is for anyone under the age of 18 who is interested in marine biology

          

    Your YMB welcome pack will include a welcome letter and membership card, careers information and a free gift of your choice! Choose from an ‘I’m a Young Marine Biologist’ bag (useful for carrying kit on days out!) or an MBA snood when you sign up.

         

    Join the MBA

      

    Notice: Association activities remain mostly unaffected by the current corona virus outbreak and we are able to continue welcoming new and servicing existing Members with minimal levels of disruption. However, please allow up to a week for confirmation of your membership. We are keeping our Members informed of any inevitable disruption. If you wish to contact us during this time, please email membership@mba.ac.uk. Thank you for your support of the Association.

       

    For more details please contact: 

    Membership Office

    The Marine Biological Association

    Citadel Hill, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2PB, UK

    E-mail: membership@mba.ac.uk

    Phone: +44 (0)1752 426493 (Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm)

    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.

    Georgia Woolf-Holloway

    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!

    Caitlin McAndry

    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.

    Alys Perry

    May 2017 YMB Blog

    Posted on May 26, 2017

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    Welcome to the May 2017 YMB Blog!

    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...

    April 2017 YMB Blog

    Posted on Apr 13, 2017

    Welcome to the April 2017 YMB Blog!

    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...

    January 2017 YMB Blog

    Posted on Jan 17, 2017

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    Welcome to 2017 and the January YMB Blog!

    Hello and Happy New Year YMB Members! First of all, I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Festive Season and are looking forward to the adventures and challenges ahead. This month’s Blog brings you the usual exciting marine biology news and a very interesting, and hopefully inspiring article from YMB member Stephen Cheung. A very big thank you to Stephen for sharing his story. Additionally, because Winter is in full swing, and it has been particularly cold...

    December 2016 YMB Blog

    Posted on Dec 17, 2016

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    Welcome to the December YMB Blog!

    Season’s Greetings and welcome to the December YMB Blog! There are some very exciting marine biology headlines to report this month that we hope you will enjoy reading about. In the Member Article section, we hear from former YMB members Georgia, Caitlin and Alys who have now moved on to become Student members and have some inspiring stories to share with you. Additionally, the time has come to announce the winner of the first ever YMB Competition, and to...

    November 2016 YMB Blog

    Posted on Nov 18, 2016

    YMB, Sealife, hammerhead shark
    Welcome to the November YMB Blog!

    Hello and welcome to the November YMB Blog! We hope you were looking forward to this month’s updates? So for you, this month we have some very exciting marine biology news and yet another YMB Member Article. Additionally, we would like to invite you to the upcoming member-only event taking place in December and remind you that you are invited to enter the first ever YMB Competition. We have already received some very impressive Christmas card designs and are...

    October 2016 YMB Blog

    Posted on Oct 20, 2016

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    Welcome to the October YMB Blog!

    Hello and welcome to the October YMB Blog! We hope you enjoyed reading last month’s stories? This month we have not only the usual exciting marine biology news and our second YMB Member Article for you but also some new features we hope you will enjoy such a species highlights section and some festive news. Continue reading to find out more.

    And remember, we would love you to contribute to the content of this blog as much as...

    September 2016 YMB Blog

    Posted on Sep 20, 2016

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    Welcome to the September YMB Blog!

    Hello and welcome to the September YMB Blog! We hope you enjoyed reading last month’s stories? So today we have lots of exciting marine biology news, information about upcoming events and our first ever YMB Member Article for 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 with us. Sharing...

    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 ymb@mba.ac.uk

    This November, join fellow marine biology enthusiasts and professionals from around the world in a unique online gathering! The 4th MBA Young Marine Biologist Summit, will be a virtual event, including live presentations Q&A & panel sessions.

    Best of all, the event is FREE!

    Book your place now

    The Marine Biological Association organises an annual summit as an opportunity for young people (Up to 18) with an interest in marine biological science to meet professional marine scientists and students for inspiration and ideas, but also to share their own research and marine science activities.

    This year's annual YMB summit will be a little different to usual! The event will take place over 2 days from 10:30 - 15:00 UK time each day.

    The event is open to anyone from anywhere in the world, including non-members, but we hope that when you see the amazing work we do and opportunities we provide that you will consider joining us! Presentations are aimed at 13-18 year audience, but should include something for everyone.

    We will provide details of speakers and talk schedules nearer the event, but have secured a line-up of 20 + fantastic and inspiring speakers of all ages from around world.

    We are aware that this amount of screen time may cause problems for some, so have incorporated regular breaks throughout and keeping presentations short.

    Please register here to book your place and we will send you relevant joining instructions, including links and log in details for the Zoom Webinar that we will be using.

    Please get in touch if you would like contribute to the event in anyway by emailing: ymb@mba.ac.uk

    A full line up of speakers will be announced soon, so watch this space!!

    Schedule of Sessions

    Day1: Saturday 28th November
    10:00 – 10:30 – Webinar open for registration and signing in.
    10:30 – 10:40 – Introduction, Housekeeping and Welcome
    10:40 – 12:00 – 10 years of Ocean Science – Presentations introducing the decade of Ocean Science, sharing perspectives and inspiration to help you get involved. (with breaks)
    12:00 – 13:30 – Changing Ocean – Short presentations and Q&A Sessions covering a range of view points and perspectives of change in the ocean, both natural and human-influenced, Positive and negative. (with breaks)
    13:30- 14:00 – Break for Lunch
    14:00 – 15:00 – Marine Science Careers Panel session – an opportunity to meet marine scientists working in a range of areas at different stages in their careers. Find out how they ended up where they are now and where they are going. You will have an opportunity to post questions at the event or in advance by emailing the organiser.
    Day2: Sunday 29th November
    10:00 – 10:30 – Webinar open for registration and signing in.
    10:30 – 10:40 – Introduction, Housekeeping and Welcome back
    10:40 – 12:00 – Sealife Showdown – See marine scientists face off to convince you that their favourite marine creature is the most awesome! The Sealife Showdown winner will be selected through a live vote by you the audience! (with breaks)
    12:00 – 13:30 – Sharing Science – Inspiring presentations, demonstrations and Q&A Sessions with people who communicate science for a living in a range of different ways.
    13:30- 14:00 – Break for Lunch
    14:00 – 15:00 – Marine Science Careers Panel session – an opportunity to meet marine scientists and science communicators working in a range of areas at different stages in their careers. Find out how they ended up where they are now and where they are going. Post questions at the event or in advance by emailing the organiser.

    YMB Summit 2019 Participants at Citadel HillA YMB member at the first ever YMB Summit in 2017

    YMB Summit 2019

    For its third edition, the Young Marine Biologist Summit returned to Plymouth, taking place on Saturday, 14th December 2019. 

    Young people aged 12-18, passionate about the marine environment and eager to gain valuable experience, joined us for a day dedicated to learning about marine biology and about relevant opportunities in the field.

    Climate Change was the main topic for 2019, aiming to help young people navigate this complex subject. Bursaries were available to participants who gave presentations at the Summit, and the rpogramme included four YMB presentations.

    You can read a little summary of the day here.

    We are grateful to the support of all volunteers and organisations involved.

    When: Saturday 14th December 2019, 9.30 - 16.30 

    Where: Marine Biological Association, Citadel Hill, Plymouth, PL1 2PB. Directions here

    Cost: Tickets cost £30 per person and included: talks, workshops, welcome pack; sandwich lunch and refreshments throughout. Young Marine Biologist members enjoy a generous discount on the event fee. If the cost of the ticket is a barrier to you attending, please do get in touch by emailing ymb@mba.ac.uk

    For more information please contact us by emailing ymb@mba.ac.uk

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    YMB Summit 2018

    The second edition of the Young Marine Biologist Summit took place on Sunday, 25th November 2018 at the Baden-Powell House, LondonFollowing a successful pilot in 2017, expectations were high for the 1-day event consisting of talks, workshops and a careers Q&A. The second edition of the Summit focused strongly on empowering the next generation of marine biologists by:

    Sea Changers workshop: In 2018, we were fortunate to have secured Sea Changers funding to run a special workshop to showcase and share practical knowledge on how to successfully become an advocate of marine conservation. Participants meet and were inspired by marine conservation champions, who shared stories and top tips on how to make a positive difference for the health of our seas and ocean.

    Make the most of this opportunity: We strongly encouraged participants to present at the event, either by giving a brief talk (10 minutes) or bringing a poster on a topic of their choice. We were encouraged by the take up and welcomed 15 young people to the stage to present their work, who made the most of the excellent safe and friendly environment to practice key communication skills. Applicants were invited to apply for a limited number of bursaries to help with the cost of event tickets, kindly sponsored by George Allen, a marine biology student from the University of Plymouth. 

    We would like to thank the exceptional team of staff and volunteers who help shape the event, and valuable support from a number of local organisations, including:

    Sponsorship: 

    • Sea Changers
    • Pixalytics
    • Individual donors

    In kind support:

    • National Marione Biological Library
    • Go Jute
    • Pixalytics
    • Bug Life
    • UKHO
    • Karavan
    • Life Turtle Ocean Divers Ltd
    • Marine Conservation Society
    • BioLondon
    • Eco Cuisine

    Details for 2018 were as follows:

    When: Sunday 25th November 2018, 9.30 - 16.30 

    Where: 65 Queen’s Gate, Baden-Powell House, London, SW7 5JS 

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    YMB Summit 2017

    In 2017, the MBA launched a new initiative for 12-18 year olds passionate about marine biology and keen to gain valuable experience for a career in marine biology. The YMB Summit was a 1 day event set up to provide young people with an opportunity to discover what to expect on their journey to a successful marine biology career and help them make well-informed decisions.

    We strongly encouraged YMB members to present at the event, etheir by giving a brief talk (10 minutes) or bringing a poster on a topic of your choice. This was an excellent safe environment to practice communication skills and we were delighted to host three presentations from YMB members, as well as one poster.

    What to expect: 

    • Talks from inspirational marine biologists
    • Interactive workshops
    • Meet other like-minded members
    • A careers Q&A session

    We would like to thank the exceptional team of staff and volunteers who help shape the event, and valuable support from a number of local organisations, including:

    Sponsorship: 

    • Plymouth University Marine Institute
    • Plymouth Sound Diving

    In kind support:

    • Wild Nature Press
    • Field Studies Council
    • National Marione Biological Library
    • Go Jute
    • National Marine Aquarium
    • Pixalytics
    • Rockfish Plymouth
    • Shark Trust
    • Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Sciences
    • Plymouth Marine Laboratory

    Details for 2017 were as follows:

    When: 

    Saturday 28th October 2017, 10.00 - 17.00 

    Cost:

    Tickets cost £30 per person and include: talks, workshops, welcome pack; sandwich lunch and refreshments throughout.

    Where:

    The Marine Biological Association
    Citadel Hill                                                          
    Plymouth                                                                    
    PL1 2PB

    Directions here

    For a short summary of the day, including photos, visit our Blog, here 

    For more information please contact us by emailing ymb@mba.ac.uk