The Marine Biological Association (MBA) recently hosted a collaborative meeting with researchers from the University of Exeter to foster a deeper partnership between the two institutes.

This gathering provided a great opportunity for scientists from both organisations to share their current research projects and explore potential areas for future collaboration in the field of marine biology.

20 marine biology researchers from the University of Exeter were welcomed to the MBA headquarters at Citadel Hill, Plymouth.

Guests were introduced to MBA research and facilities, including tours of the Research Aquarium and the newly opened Marine Microbiome Centre of Excellence (MMCE).

From microbiology, coastal ecology to ocean predators; both MBA and UoE scientists were invited to do short presentations on their research areas.

Participants engaged in discussions on a wide range of topics, including technological advancements in marine biology research and the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in addressing key challenges facing our ocean.

PhD students also had the opportunity to present their work with a series of short ‘flash talks’.

As a result of the meeting, both the MBA and the University of Exeter have expressed their commitment to further strengthening their collaboration through joint research projects, drive innovation in marine biology research and contribute to the global efforts towards preserving our ocean for future generations.

Event organiser NERC Independent Research Fellow Dr Katherine Helliwell said: “This event has really showcased synergies in our science and the huge potential for collaboration between MBA and UoE researchers and I’m really looking forward to seeing this partnership grow”

Prof James Wakefield, Head of the Department of Biosciences, University of Exeter said: “it’s abundantly clear that these two great research communities have lots to offer each other, and exciting to think about the impact that working together could have on the health of our oceans”

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