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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

April 2017

27 Apr 2017

Capturing Our Coast Survey Day - Newtrain Bay, Trevone

Event Begins: Thu 27 Apr 2017 11:30:00
Event Ends: Thu 27 Apr 2017 14:30:00
This event will take place at Trevone Beach Complex Cafe
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Padstow
England
PL28
Capturing Our Coast Survey Day - Newtrain Bay, Trevone
Capturing Our Coast field events are for all trained volunteers, including those who have only completed an evening session. During field event Cocoast staff help help volunteers 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. During field event Cocoast staff help help volunteers 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.
27 Apr 2017

Capturing Our Coast Wine & Science Evening - Falmouth

Event Begins: Thu 27 Apr 2017 19:00:00
Event Ends: Thu 27 Apr 2017 22:00:00
This event will take place at The Exchange
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University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus
Treliever Road
Penryn
Cornwall
TR10 9EZ
Capturing Our Coast Wine & Science Evening - Falmouth
April Wine & Science, Falmouth Talk from Keith Hiscock, Marine Biologist and Associate Fellow at the Marine Biological Association: "Cornwall's seabed marine life: beautiful, bizarre and biologically diverse" Dr Keith Hiscock is a leading marine ecologist and conservationist who has been diving and taking photographs in Cornish waters for nearly 50 years. Now, he is putting those years of research and photography into a book "Exploring Britain's Hidden World: the Natural History of Seabed Habitats". The talk will inform, excite and hopefully surprise you.  www.mba.ac.uk/staff-list/dr-keith-hiscock/
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
28 Apr 2017

Capturing Our Coast Survey Day - Gylly Beach, Falmouth

Event Begins: Fri 28 Apr 2017 11:00:00
Event Ends: Fri 28 Apr 2017 15:30:00
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.

May 2017

04 May 2017

Capturing Our Coast Wine & Science - Marine Lichen May- MBA

Event Begins: Thu 04 May 2017 18:00:00
Event Ends: Thu 04 May 2017 20:40:00
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 Wine & Science - Marine Lichen May- MBA
This Wine and Science is Marine Lichen May at the MBA, and we have the pleasure of listening to Dr Michael Cunliffe talk about his work on a marine group you wouldn't think about - lichens! Dr Michael Cunliffe is a research fellow here at the MBA, working on marine microbial biogeochemistry. His research group aims to better understand the complex of the marine environment and the globally significant processes that take place there.
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
08 May 2017

Capturing Our Coast Survey Day - Kingsand, Devon

Event Begins: Mon 08 May 2017 10:00:00
Event Ends: Mon 08 May 2017 13:00:00
This event will take place at Kingsand
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Kingsand
England
PL10
Capturing Our Coast Survey Day - Kingsand, Devon
Capturing Our Coast field events are for all trained volunteers, including those who have only completed an evening session. During field event Cocoast staff help help volunteers 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. During field event Cocoast staff help help volunteers 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.
25 May 2017

Capturing Our Coast Wine & Science Evening - Falmouth

Event Begins: Thu 25 May 2017 19:00:00
Event Ends: Thu 25 May 2017 22:00:00
This event will take place at The Exchange
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University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus
Treliever Road
Penryn
Cornwall
TR10 9EZ
Capturing Our Coast Wine & Science Evening - Falmouth
May Wine & Science, Falmouth Talk from Maya Plass, marine and coastal ecologist, author of the The RSPB Handbook of the Seashore and founder of the marine education facility Learn to Sea,: "Maya's Guide to Marine Life in the U.K." www.mayaplass.com/ www.learntosea.co.uk/ More details to follow.
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
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, Plymouth. The aim to ID as many marine species as possible and we need your help! Come learn more about the shore and and challenge yourself to find as many species as you can - and get a free CoCoast BioBlitz key ring! When and where? 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. We will be on the rocky shore between 11:30 and 16:30 at...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.

June 2017

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.

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.

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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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