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Marine Research Plymouth is a shared vision to harness the expertise of the UK’s largest cluster of marine science researchers - recognised globally in terms of publications, impact and influence - and cutting-edge facilities.

Building greater cohesion and cooperation across three leading institutions in pursuit of world-leading marine science for a sustainable future, Marine Research Plymouth combines the internationally-renowned marine science capabilities of the Marine Biological Association, Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the University of Plymouth.


At the forefront of global marine research for more than a century

Each organisation is renowned internationally for its marine science expertise and its track record in delivering projects for governments, industry and research bodies. Between them, the Marine Research Plymouth partners have alerted the world to marine plastics, conducted the longest running assessment of plankton health, and are consistently pioneering new technology and innovations that highlight the impact of climate change on our oceans and coastlines.


UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

Marine Research Plymouth is playing a central role in this global effort to drastically improve the current conditions of the world’s ocean through science-based solutions and increased cooperation, through co-chairing and participation in multiple Ocean Decade endorsed Programmes, Projects and Actions, including those highlighted below.

Challenger 150

This global co-operative of science and innovation will inform understanding of how deep-sea changes impact the wider ocean and our planet as a whole, while building capacity and diversity in the global deep-sea scientific community.

The Ocean Acidification Research for Sustainability (OARS) Programme

OARS seeks to further develop the science of ocean acidification, including observing changes in ocean chemistry, identifying the impacts on marine life and helping to support the sustainability of marine ecosystems.

Ocean Biomolecular Observing Network (OBON)

OBON aims to develop a global system that will allow science and society to understand ocean life like never before, with a focus on on biomolecules, such as DNA, RNA, and proteins.

Marine Life 2030

Marine Life 2030 aims to establish a globally coordinated system to deliver actionable, transdisciplinary knowledge of ocean life to those who need it, promoting human well-being, sustainable development, and ocean conservation. Forming a network of networks, it will link technical, management and policy stakeholders to build and exchange capacity for advancing society’s grand challenges of managing activities for a healthy and resilient ocean and the vibrant and healthy society that depends on it.


Contributing to UN Ocean Conference 2022, Lisbon, Portugal

Research and policy experts from our three partner organisations will undertake prominent roles - delivering keynotes, moderating, speaking and chairing - at over 20 events during the UN Ocean Conference 2022, as part of Marine Research Plymouth’s contribution and commitment to SDG14.


Full website launching July 2022


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