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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

October 2017

23 Oct 2017

Capturing our Coast Survey Day - Brixham Shoalstone

Event Begins: Mon 23 Oct 2017 12:45:00
Event Ends: Mon 23 Oct 2017 16:30:00
This event will take place at Brixham Shoalstone (meet in car park)
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Berry Head Road
Brixham
England
TQ5 9AH
Capturing our Coast Survey Day - Brixham Shoalstone
This Survey Day is an event for both newly trained and experienced rocky shore volunteers to come and practice their Capturing our Coast skills with the team in Torbay! We will provide training and equipment for all recent classroom-trained surveyors to start you off with the species package of your choice, whilst more experienced volunteers are welcome to join in and continue providing fantastic data. If you haven't surveyed for a while and would like a refresher - absolutely no problem! We're always keen to help hone your ID and surveying skills even if it has been a little while since your last outing.  Don...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
28 Oct 2017

YMB Summit 2017

Event Begins: Sat 28 Oct 2017 10:00:00
Event Ends: Sat 28 Oct 2017 17:00:00
This event will take place at The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
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Citadel Hill
Plymouth
Devon
PL1 2PB
YMB Summit 2017
Young Marine Biologist (YMB) is the MBA’s membership category for under 18s passionate about marine biology. Our young members aspire to become marine biologists and are eager to gain experience and make well-informed decisions regarding their career. The YMB Summit 2017 is a new initiative that reflects the MBA’s commitment to continue nurturing young people’s passion and enthusiasm for marine biology with the aim: 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...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.

November 2017

05 Nov 2017

Capturing Our Coast Survey Day - Plymouth Area TBC

Event Begins: Sun 05 Nov 2017 10:15:00
Event Ends: Sun 05 Nov 2017 14:30:00
This event will take place at
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** This survey day has been rescheduled due to weather warnings for the 21st October, and will now be held on the 5th November (exact location TBC). We are in the process of arranging this event to combine a rocky shore survey in the Plymouth area so that you can also arrange to see the fireworks display later that evening! ** This Survey Day is an event for both newly trained and experienced rocky shore volunteers to come and practice their Capturing our Coast skills with the team! We will provide training and equipment for all recent classroom-trained surveyors to start you off with the species package of ...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
06 Nov 2017

Short Course: Introduction to rocky shore species identification

Event Begins: Mon 06 Nov 2017 09:30:00
Event Ends: Tue 07 Nov 2017 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 third year, this 2 day course takes place 9:00 am to 17:00 on Monday the 6th November and 09:00 am to 17:00 -Tuesday 7th November 2017. Course Description: A basic introduction to the main groups of animal 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, field, and laboratory sessions, par...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
09 Nov 2017

Wine and Science - There may be giants. A Biologist in Antarctica

Event Begins: Thu 09 Nov 2017 18:30:00
Event Ends: Thu 09 Nov 2017 20:30:00
This event will take place at The Marine Biological Association UK
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The Laboratory
Citadel Hill
Plymouth
Devon
PL1 2PB
Wine and Science - There may be giants. A Biologist in Antarctica
This Wine and Science event is Antarctic Experience November and we are fortunate enough to have Professor John Spicer, University of Plymouth, talking to us about his time living and working in the Antarctic. Join us for what will be an incredible talk about life in the Antarctic! There may be giants. A Biologist in Antarctica John Spicer The wildlife of Antarctica is stunning. Particularly beneath the waters of the Antarctic Ocean where there is life and life in abundance. But the continent is not terribly hospitable to humans. So what is it like to go there to carry out research? How do you get there, where d...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
18 Nov 2017

Short Course: An introduction to Scientific Illustration

Event Begins: Sat 18 Nov 2017 09:30:00
Event Ends: Sun 19 Nov 2017 17:00:00
This event will take place at Citadel Hill Laboratory
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Plymouth
England
PL1 2PB
Short Course: An introduction to Scientific Illustration
Course Description: Participants will be introduced to the world of scientific and natural history illustration, with a focus on marine and coastal wildlife. They will learn about a variety of drawing techniques, materials and media and taught how and why to use illustration to help document scientific observations. Over the two day course, everyone will begin to develop their own sketch books to keep and keep track of your own personal development. The unique course venue allows access to a variety of different fascinating subjects, expertise and equipment.  The medium used during the course will primarily be ...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
21 Nov 2017

Capturing our Coast Survey Day - Sidmouth

Event Begins: Tue 21 Nov 2017 08:50:00
Event Ends: Tue 21 Nov 2017 13:30:00
This event will take place at Jacob's Ladder Beach (meet at Manor Road car park)
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Sidmouth
England
EX10 8RU
Capturing our Coast Survey Day - Sidmouth
This Survey Day is an event for both newly trained and experienced rocky shore volunteers to come and practice their Capturing our Coast skills with the team! We will provide training and equipment for all recent classroom-trained surveyors to start you off with the species package of your choice, whilst more experienced volunteers are welcome to join in and continue providing fantastic data. If you haven't surveyed for a while and would like a refresher - absolutely no problem! We're always keen to help hone your ID and surveying skills even if it has been a little while since your last outing.  Don't forget ...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.

December 2017

03 Dec 2017

Capturing our Coast Christmas BioBlitz & Survey Event - Mount Edgcumbe

Event Begins: Sun 03 Dec 2017 09:15:00
Event Ends: Sun 03 Dec 2017 13:30:00
This event will take place at Mount Edgcumbe (meet next to the Cremyll ferry, Cornwall side)
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Saint Julians Crescent
Cremyll
England
PL10 1HU
Capturing our Coast Christmas BioBlitz & Survey Event - Mount Edgcumbe
Mount Edgcumbe CHRISTMAS Bioblitz - Sunday 3rd December We are excited to announce that CoCoast Southwest are hosting this 1st of 3 Christmas rocky shore BioBlitz events for 2017 in Cornwall with easy access from Plymouth, where we are inviting both new and experienced volunteers to join us and take part in any CoCoast survey that you like. This Christmas CoCoast BioBlitz and Survey Event is for absolutely everybody to try absolutely everything! The aim to ID as many marine species as possible and we need your help! Come learn more about the species on our shores and challenge yourself to find as many species ...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
04 Dec 2017

Capturing our Coast Christmas BioBlitz & Survey Event - Plymouth

Event Begins: Mon 04 Dec 2017 09:45:00
Event Ends: Mon 04 Dec 2017 14:00:00
This event will take place at Firestone Bay Rocky Reef (meet at the car park)
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Admiralty Road
Plymouth
England
PL1 3RW
Capturing our Coast Christmas BioBlitz & Survey Event - Plymouth
Firestone Bay, Plymouth CHRISTMAS Bioblitz - Monday 4th December We are excited to announce that CoCoast Southwest are hosting this 2nd Christmas rocky shore BioBlitz event in Devon, where we are inviting both new and experienced volunteers to join us and take part in any CoCoast survey that you like. This Christmas CoCoast BioBlitz and Survey Event is for absolutely everybody to try absolutely everything! The aim to ID as many marine species as possible and we need your help! Come learn more about the species on our shores and challenge yourself to find as many species as you can! What surveys can I take part...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
07 Dec 2017

Capturing our Coast Christmas BioBlitz & Survey Event - St Agnes

Event Begins: Thu 07 Dec 2017 11:45:00
Event Ends: Thu 07 Dec 2017 16:00:00
This event will take place at Trevellas Cove (meet at the car park on the cliffside)
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Crosscombe
Saint Agnes
England
TR5 0YW
Capturing our Coast Christmas BioBlitz & Survey Event - St Agnes
Trevellas Cove, North Cornwall CHRISTMAS Bioblitz - Thursday 7th December We are excited to announce that CoCoast Southwest are hosting this final Christmas rocky shore BioBlitz event for 2017 in Cornwall, where we are inviting both new and experienced volunteers to join us and take part in any CoCoast survey that you like. This Christmas CoCoast BioBlitz and Survey Event is for absolutely everybody to try absolutely everything! The aim to ID as many marine species as possible and we need your help! Come learn more about the species on our shores and challenge yourself to find as many species as you can! What ...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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