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We run training courses and events, including major courses and workshops. Members receive discounts on courses and training and are able to apply for bursaries. Get in touch  to discuss facilities, rates and bespoke courses. The Marine Science Events Calendar is a great place to find and promote events and courses.
FSC logotype 1 rgb crop 300dpiThe Field Studies Council is now offering all MBA members a 10% discount on their 2016 marine courses at Millport and Dale Fort.
Booking is available here: www.field-studies-council.org/habitats

Training and conference centre – MBA facilities for training & conferences

Major MBA Hosted Courses and Workshops

MBA Postgraduate Conference

Other Forthcoming MBA Events & Courses

January 2018

25 Jan 2018

Capturing our Coast Wine & Science Evening - John Rundle

Event Begins: Thu 25 Jan 2018 18:30:00
Event Ends: Thu 25 Jan 2018 20:30:00
This event will take place at The Marine Biological Association
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Citadel Hill
England
PL1 2PB
Capturing our Coast Wine & Science Evening - John Rundle
This Wine and Science event will be an educational and exciting way to start the New Year for our Capturing our Coast volunteers! We are delighted to be joined by previous Head Aquarist of the Marine Biological Association, John Rundle, talking to us about his experiences culturing Green Sea Urchins. Join us for what will be an incredible and informative talk about this gorgeous creature that shares the same taxonomic phylum as starfish, brittlestars, sea urchins & sea cucumbers! The Culture of the Green Sea Urchin (Psammechinus miliaris) - John Rundle John will discuss the story of how the small green sea urc...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
31 Jan 2018

Capturing our Coast Survey Day - Corbyn Head, Torquay

Event Begins: Wed 31 Jan 2018 09:45:00
Event Ends: Wed 31 Jan 2018 14:00:00
This event will take place at Corbyn Head (meet in front of the beach cafe)
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Torbay Road
Torquay
England
TQ2 6RJ
Capturing our Coast Survey Day - Corbyn Head, Torquay
This Survey Day is an event for all registered Capturing our Coast rocky shore volunteers (register at www.capturingourcoast.co.uk) to come and practice their surveying and identification skills with the team, whilst also helping us collect vital data for the project! --------------------------------------------------------------------------- We will provide training and equipment for all recent classroom-trained surveyors, whilst more experienced volunteers are welcome to join in and continue helping us collect fantastic data. If you haven't completed classroom training for our general quadrat surveys, then we...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.

February 2018

03 Feb 2018

Capturing our Coast Survey Day - Porthpean near St. Austell, Cornwall

Event Begins: Sat 03 Feb 2018 11:45:00
Event Ends: Sat 03 Feb 2018 16:00:00
This event will take place at Porthpean Beach (meet in front of the Sailing Club)
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Porthpean
England
PL26 6AX
Capturing our Coast Survey Day - Porthpean near St. Austell, Cornwall
This Survey Day is an event for all registered Capturing our Coast rocky shore volunteers (register at www.capturingourcoast.co.uk) to come and practice their surveying and identification skills with the team, whilst also helping us collect vital data for the project! --------------------------------------------------------------------------- We will provide training and equipment for all recent classroom-trained surveyors, whilst more experienced volunteers are welcome to join in and continue helping us collect fantastic data. If you haven't completed classroom training for our general quadrat surv...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
04 Feb 2018

MBA Member Only Survey - New Year Corella Survey

Event Begins: Sun 04 Feb 2018 12:30:00
Event Ends: Sun 04 Feb 2018 16:00:00
This event will take place at Mount Batten
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Mount Batten
England
PL9 9SJ
MBA Member Only Survey - New Year Corella Survey
We would like to invite fellow MBA members and CoCoast volunteers to join us at Mount Batten, Plymouth on a survey for the non-native sea squirt Corella eumyota and the sea mat Watersipora subatra.  See a paper here for more information on the topic. We will meet at the shelter in between the Mount Batten pub and the Mount Batten Ferry pontoon (http://goo.gl/maps/oZyyK) at 12:30 on Sunday the 4th of February. All participants will be briefed on the survey protocol and how to identify the species. We will undertake timed searches at sites surveyed in previous years and collect data for comparison. We will b...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.

March 2018

15 Mar 2018

Marine Biologist for a Day 2018 - Primary (KS2) day

Event Begins: Thu 15 Mar 2018 09:30:00
Event Ends: Thu 15 Mar 2018 14:30:00
This event will take place at The Marine Biological Association
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Citadel Hill
England
PL1 2PB
Marine Biologist for a Day 2018 - Primary (KS2) day
MARINE BIOLOGIST FOR A DAY! @ The Citadel Hill Laboratory, Plymouth. Organised by the Marine Biological Association and The Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science for British Science Week 2018. This day is for Primary school aged students KS2 (reccomended years 5 and 6) and equivalent with an interest in marine biology. (home schooled children are welcome) Join us for a day of interactive workshops and demonstrations with real scientists. Booking is essential and places usually go fast! Talk to professional scientists and university students working in the field and get career advice and inspiration. Vis...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
16 Mar 2018

Marine Biologist for a Day 2018 - Secondary school & Under 18s day

Event Begins: Fri 16 Mar 2018 09:30:00
Event Ends: Fri 16 Mar 2018 15:00:00
This event will take place at The Marine Biological Association
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Citadel Hill
England
PL1 2PB
Marine Biologist for a Day 2018 - Secondary school & Under 18s day
MARINE BIOLOGIST FOR A DAY! @ The Citadel Hill Laboratory, Plymouth. Organised by the Marine Biological Association and The Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science for British Science Week 2018. This day is for GCSE and A-level students and equivalent with an interest in marine biology. Join us for a day of interactive workshops and demonstrations with real scientists. Booking is essential and places usually go fast!  Talk to professional scientists and university students working in the field and get career advice and inspiration. Visit a working laboratory and the National Marine Biological Library, and...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
24 Mar 2018

Short Course: Introduction to Plankton

Event Begins: Sat 24 Mar 2018 09:30:00
Event Ends: Sun 25 Mar 2018 17:00:00
This event will take place at The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
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Citadel Hill
PL1 2PB
Short Course: Introduction to Plankton
Plankton are amazing life forms, which spend their lives adrift on ocean currents. They play vital roles in marine food webs and how the planet functions, and are incredibly diverse and beautiful. It is easy to collect and observe plankton from the shore in the UK with some relatively inexpensive equipment. Join us for a weekend of learning about and studying these amazing organisms here in Plymouth. Course Tutor: Dr Dave Conway is an Associate Fellow at the Marine Biological Association and has been involved in a wide variety of plankton research for over 50 years. He has written identification guides to both Eu...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.

June 2018

15 Jun 2018

Short Course: Introduction to British Crab Identification

Event Begins: Fri 15 Jun 2018 09:00:00
Event Ends: Fri 15 Jun 2018 18:00:00
This event will take place at The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
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Citadel Hill
PL1 2PB
Short Course: Introduction to British Crab Identification
Come and join us in Plymouth to learn all about British crabs! Course Description: A one-day introduction to the wide diversity of crabs found in British waters. Participants will learn how to identify the crabs they find, on the shore and shallow seas through a combination of interactive talks, viewing specimens and a field trip to a local shore site. The course will cover: Crab Anatomy, Biology and Ecology An overview of other crab-like animals True crab (Brachyuran) species identification by group non-native crabs found in Britain Sampling/ survey methods Photographing crabs  Course Tutor: Jack Sewell - T...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.

July 2018

15 Jul 2018

Short Course: Introduction to Rocky Shore Species Identification

Event Begins: Sun 15 Jul 2018 09:00:00
Event Ends: Mon 16 Jul 2018 17:30:00
This event will take place at The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
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Citadel Hill
PL1 2PB
Short Course: Introduction to Rocky Shore Species Identification
Come and join us in Plymouth for a fascinating hands-on introduction to life on the rocky shore! Running for the fourth year, this 2 day course takes place 9:00 am to 21:00 (with a break for supper!) on Monday the 15th July and 09:00 am to 17:30 -Tuesday 16th July 2017. Course Description: A basic introduction to the main groups of animals and seaweeds likely to be found on British rocky shores. This introduction will include an explanation of key identification methods, species confusions as well as a more in-depth look at some commonly found species. Through interactive lectures and demonstrations, quizes and l...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.

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The MBA’s membership of the Royal Society of Biology means that our members save up to 75% on the training they offer through their extensive CPD programme.

Major MBA Hosted Courses and Workshops

British Phycological Society Collecting & Identifying Seaweeds

Practical Course in Advanced Optical Microscopy

Microelectrode Techniques for Cell Physiology

MRes Marine Biology

Facilities

The MBA’s Resource Centre provides a spacious and flexible venue combining facilities for workshops, conferences and lectures with laboratory benching and equipment for practical work and field courses. It has a seminar area for up to 80 people and fully equipped laboratory space for up to 40 people. The MBA Common Room serves high quality refreshments for courses and offers the best views in Plymouth!

For details of booking and pricing, see the resource centre page.

Courses can also take advantage of Citadel Hill’s high quality science infrastructure, seawater systems and access to the coast.

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