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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

September 2017

09 Sep 2017

Marine Invaders - Capturing Our Coast Southwest

Event Begins: Sat 09 Sep 2017 13:00:00
Event Ends: Sat 09 Sep 2017 16:30:00
This event will take place at
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Trevone (13:00-16:00) and Corbyn Head (13:30-16:30)
Marine Invaders - Capturing Our Coast Southwest
Join Capturing our Coast on the shore at Trevone, Cornwall or Corbyn Head, Devon on Saturday 9th September as we look for non-native species on our shores.  Did you know that our seas in the UK are being invaded by an intriguing array of animals and seaweeds? Non-native species can catch a ride to UK marine waters on the many ships that cross our oceans annually, or through a variety of other routes. Once established, they may be harmful to our native diversity, by outcompeting them or by introducing disease. Others bring benefits, such as the tasty edible Pacific Oyster, and can benefit our local species by cr...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.
22 Sep 2017

MBA/Coastwise/AONB Lee Bay BioBlitz

Event Begins: Fri 22 Sep 2017 10:30:00
Event Ends: Sat 23 Sep 2017 15:00:00
This event will take place at Lee Memorial Hall
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Lee Bay
EX34 8LW
MBA/Coastwise/AONB Lee Bay BioBlitz
We are very pleased to announce that our 2017 BioBlitz will be at Lee Bay, near Illfracombe, North Devon on the 22nd/23rd September.  We invite participants with all levels of expertise and all ages to join us for a day of exciting activities ranging across all habitats. The event will be run in partnership with North Devon Coast AONB and Coastwise North Devon. Coastal Creatures and the Lee BioBlitz is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Fullabrook CIC is also generously helping to fund the BioBlitz. More information about Lee Bay can be found here: www.leebay.co.uk Lee Bay is set into a valley with abunda...read more
For more details and to book your place, visit the event booking page.

October 2017

02 Oct 2017

Capturing Our Coast Training - Plymouth, MBA

Event Begins: Mon 02 Oct 2017 19:00:00
Event Ends: Mon 02 Oct 2017 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 Training - Plymouth, MBA
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.
07 Oct 2017

MBA Member Only event - Rockpooling by torchlight

Event Begins: Sat 07 Oct 2017 22:30:00
Event Ends: Sun 08 Oct 2017 01:30:00
This event will take place at Mt Batten
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Mt Batten
Plymouth
PL9
MBA Member Only event - Rockpooling by torchlight
We would like to invite fellow MBA members to join us at Batten Bay, Plymouth for a night time rocky shore survey! We will meet at the shelter in between the Mount Batten pub and the Mount Batten Ferry pontoon (http://goo.gl/maps/oZyyK) at 22:30pm. All participants will be briefed on the protocol and how to identify the species found. All confirmed data will be provided to DASSH and made publicly available through the National Biodiversity Network.  The survey is suitable for all levels of expertise. We will be outside for the entire event, so please dress appropriately for the conditions and wear suitable fo...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
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

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.

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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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