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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

May 2017

27 May 2017

Short Course: Introduction to Seaweed

Event Begins: Sat 27 May 2017 09:00:00
Event Ends: Sat 27 May 2017 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 Seaweed
The UK Coastline is home to a huge diversity of seaweed species. Seaweed is a vital part of shore and shallow sea ecosystems. It is also used in foods, medicine and even your mobile phone! Come and join us in Plymouth for a fascinating hands-on introduction to seaweeds to find out more. Course Tutor: Esther Hughes (The Marine Biological Association) is an expert in botany, specialising in marine macroalgae. She has a wealth of knowledge regarding UK seaweed species and has an infectious enthusiasm for the subject. Esther has run seaweed identification courses previously for naturalist groups locally, including D...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
28 May 2017

Capturing our Coast Kingsand Bioblitz

Event Begins: Sun 28 May 2017 11:30:00
Event Ends: Sun 28 May 2017 16:30:00
This event will take place at Kingsand
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Kingsand
England
PL10
Capturing our Coast Kingsand Bioblitz
Kingsand Bioblitz - 28th May CoCoastSW are holding their first BioBlitz at Kingsand, Cornwall. The aim to ID as many marine species as possible and we need your help! Come learn more about the shore and challenge yourself to find as many species as you can - and get a free CoCoast BioBlitz key ring! When and where? Marine Mammal Observing Walk before the BioBlitz: We will start off the day walking from Crymll Ferry at 09:30 on the Southwest coastal path to Kingsand (We will be getting the 09:15 Cremyll Ferry). Please join us on the walk where we will be talking about marine mammal observing. Kingsand Bi...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.

June 2017

08 Jun 2017

Capturing Our Coast World's Ocean's Day Survey - Firestone Bay, Plymouth

Event Begins: Thu 08 Jun 2017 10:30:00
Event Ends: Thu 08 Jun 2017 14:30:00
This event will take place at Firestone Bay
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Admiralty Road
Plymouth
Plymouth
PL1 3RS
Capturing Our Coast World's Ocean's Day Survey - Firestone Bay, Plymouth
World Ocean’s Day Capturing Our Coast Survey Day at Firestone Bay, Plymouth This is a jointly run event with the Marine Biological Association. We’ll be conducting Capturing Our Coast surveys and also exploring the shore for as many species as possible. Marine Biological Association experts will be helping out with identification and showing of our finds to the public. Hope to see you there.
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
08 Jun 2017

Capturing our Coast Training - Falmouth

Event Begins: Thu 08 Jun 2017 19:00:00
Event Ends: Thu 08 Jun 2017 21:00:00
This event will take place at University of Exeter & Falmouth University, Penryn Campus
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Penryn
England
TR10 9FE
Capturing our Coast Training - Falmouth
Capturing our Coast (CoCoast) is a national citizen science initiative aiming to survey rocky coastlines around the UK.    This training evening includes an introduction to the Capturing Our Coast staff, the aims of project, coastal ecology and the fascinating species on our shores. We will also discuss the variety of ways you can contribute to the project. After this training session, you will need to come along to one of our many events on the rocky shore to collect your equipment. Here you will put the survey protocol into practice and begin collecting data. We will also cover lots of species identification...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
10 Jun 2017

Capturing our Coast Field Event- Swanpool, Falmouth

Event Begins: Sat 10 Jun 2017 11:30:00
Event Ends: Sat 10 Jun 2017 14:30:00
This event will take place at Swanpool Beach Car Park
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Falmouth
England
TR11
Capturing our Coast Field Event- Swanpool, Falmouth
This is a split field event for: a) New volunteers who have attended the classroom training and are looking to complete their field training b) Fully trained volunteers looking to join in with our human impact surveys. In both sessions we will be undertaking timed searches and quadrat surveys. As well as searching for what we can find amongst the wonderful rockpool marine life. We will finish up with a nice cup of tea. Hope to see you there.
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
10 Jun 2017

Capturing Our Coast Survey Day - Crooklets, Bude

Event Begins: Sat 10 Jun 2017 11:30:00
Event Ends: Sat 10 Jun 2017 14:30:00
This event will take place at
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Crooklets
Bude
England
EX23 8NE
Capturing Our Coast Survey Day - Crooklets, Bude
This is a volunteer led survey event. Capturing Our Coast field events are for all trained volunteers, including those who have only completed an evening session. Hope to see you there.
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
15 Jun 2017

Capturing Our Coast Plastic Awareness June - MBA

Event Begins: Thu 15 Jun 2017 14:15:00
Event Ends: Thu 15 Jun 2017 21:00:00
This event will take place at The Marine Biological Association UK
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The Laboratory
Citadel Hill
Plymouth
Devon
PL1 2PB
Capturing Our Coast Plastic Awareness June - MBA
CoCoast Plastic Awareness June - Thursday 15th This month's Wine and Science at the MBA is all about ocean plastics with a special lecture from Prof. Richard Thompson, from the University of Plymouth. What? All the plastics ever created are still on our planet today, and lots of it ends up in our oceans. Current estimates indicate that at least 8 million tons of plastic enter the oceans each year, and stays there. This month we aim to give you a broader knowledge of ocean plastics, the effects plastics are having on our marine environment, and highlight modern day use of "single use plastics". Event plan: Pleas...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
24 Jun 2017

Short Course: An Introduction to Whale And Dolphin Biology And Conservation

Event Begins: Sat 24 Jun 2017 09:30:00
Event Ends: Sun 25 Jun 2017 16:30:00
This event will take place at The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
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Citadel Hill
PL1 2PB
Short Course: An Introduction to Whale And Dolphin Biology And Conservation
Let’s face it, whales and dolphins are some of the coolest and most interesting of marine species. They have an astonishing variety of behaviors and adaptations to survive and thrive in the marine environment. However, whales were driven to the brink of extinction by commercial whaling, and despite the current ban, whales are still being killed. Whales and dolphins also face a number of other threats face a number of threats including entanglement in fishing gear and underwater noise. Description of Course: A two day series of talks ranging from whale and dolphin evolution and diversity, to behavior and adapta...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
25 Jun 2017

Capturing Our Coast Survey Day - Kingsand, Devon

Event Begins: Sun 25 Jun 2017 12:30:00
Event Ends: Sun 25 Jun 2017 15:30:00
This event will take place at Kingsand
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Kingsand
England
PL10
Capturing Our Coast Survey Day - Kingsand, Devon
This is a volunteer led survey event. Capturing Our Coast field events are for all trained volunteers, including those who have only completed an evening session. Hope to see you there.
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
27 Jun 2017

Capturing Our Coast Surveys - Lee Bay, North Devon

Event Begins: Tue 27 Jun 2017 14:00:00
Event Ends: Tue 27 Jun 2017 17:00:00
This event will take place at EX34 8LR
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Lee
England
EX34 8LR
Capturing Our Coast Surveys - Lee Bay, North Devon
Join Capturing Our Coast staff at the fabulous Lee Bay to complete rocky shore surveys and give advice with identicification, etc. We will finish up with a nice cup of tea. Hope to see you there.
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
29 Jun 2017

Short Course: Marine Non-native Species Identification Workshop

Event Begins: Thu 29 Jun 2017 10:00:00
Event Ends: Thu 29 Jun 2017 16:00:00
This event will take place at The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
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Citadel Hill
Plymouth
PL1 2PB
Short Course: Marine Non-native Species Identification Workshop
Non-native species are a risk to the marine environment and our economy. They can threaten native species, ecosystems and natural features or interfere with business interests such as aquaculture, fisheries, shipping and recreational boating. Given the high costs of mitigation, control and eradication of invasive NNS once they are established, the emphasis must be on prevention of arrival and, failing that, rapid response to the introduction of a NNS before it becomes established. The ability to spot a new arrival, report it and monitor NNS already present are important factors in this. Course Tutors: John Bishop...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.

July 2017

19 Jul 2017

Capturing our Coast Training - Marine Biological Association UK

Event Begins: Wed 19 Jul 2017 18:30:00
Event Ends: Wed 19 Jul 2017 20:45:00
This event will take place at The Marine Biological Association
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Citadel Hill
England
PL1 2PB
Capturing our Coast Training - Marine Biological Association UK
Capturing our Coast (CoCoast) is a national citizen science initiative aiming to survey rocky coastlines around the UK.    This training evening includes an introduction to the Capturing Our Coast staff, the aims of project, coastal ecology and the fascinating species on our shores. We will also discuss the variety of ways you can contribute to the project. After this training session, you will need to come along to one of our many events on the rocky shore to collect your equipment. Here you will put the survey protocol into practice and begin collecting data. We will also cover lots of species identification ...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.

August 2017

10 Aug 2017

Capturing Our Coast Training - Falmouth

Event Begins: Thu 10 Aug 2017 19:00:00
Event Ends: Thu 10 Aug 2017 21:00:00
This event will take place at University of Exeter, Penryn Campus
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Penryn
Cornwall
TR10 9FE
Capturing Our Coast Training - Falmouth
N.B. This training event has been moved from it's original publicised date of the 12th August. Capturing our Coast (CoCoast) is a national citizen science initiative aiming to survey rocky coastlines around the UK.  This training evening includes an introduction to the Capturing Our Coast staff, the aims of project, coastal ecology and the fascinating species on our shores. We will also discuss the variety of ways you can contribute to the project. After this training session, you will need to come along to one of our many events on the rocky shore to collect your equipment. Here you will put the survey protocol...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
13 Aug 2017

Capturing Our Coast Survey Day - Gylly Beach, Falmouth

Event Begins: Sun 13 Aug 2017 14:30:00
Event Ends: Sun 13 Aug 2017 17:30:00
This event will take place at Gylly Beach Cafe
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Cliff Road
Falmouth
England
TR11 4PA
Capturing Our Coast Survey Day - Gylly Beach, Falmouth
This survey event is being organised as part of the Marine Biological Association's Post Graduate conference, which is taking place at the University of Exeter's Penryn Campus. Conference delegates will be joining us on th beach to learn more about what we do at CoCoast and the coastal wildlife we study. The event may not suitable for anyone looking to complete their CoCoast training by attending their first field event. If that sounds like you then you are still welcome to come along and we may have to arrange another day for you to complete your training.
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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