Our mission is to advance sustainable use of the marine environment through our systems-thinking approach to research, education and innovation.
With one of the largest marine and maritime portfolios of any institution in Europe, we have a long-held and outstanding international reputation for conducting world-leading, transdisciplinary research.
Through this, with our partners and collaborators, we are developing and optimising positive interventions in response to global challenges, while training the scientists and business leaders of the future.
We have joined forces with the Marine Biological Association and Plymouth Marine Laboratory to launch Marine Research Plymouth. Collectively, we host the largest number of marine scientists in any UK city and establish Plymouth as an international centre of excellence for marine research.
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Advancing knowledge on topics including climate change, offshore renewable energy, storm impacts, maritime cybersecurity, habitat protection and biodiversity, the blue economy and more
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Connecting industry with academic expertise to develop innovative real-world solutions and provide business support
Award-winning recognition for our contributions to marine research and teaching
4th in world for marine, 15th in world for climate action (THE Impact Rankings 2022)
Two-time Queen’s Anniversary Prize winner: solutions for the global marine sector (2011) and world-leading microplastics discovery work (2019)
Ranked the top UK university for Marine and Ocean Engineering in the ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019
Research highlights and top stories
The research was conducted by scientists at the University working with the charity eXXpedition
£1.2m invested in new underwater communications network
The collaborative project will upgrade the offshore infrastructure of Smart Sound Plymouth
Partnership supports the next generation of ocean guardians
The University is building on its links with UK law firm Ashfords LLP
Volvo Environment Prize 2022 awarded for world-leading microplastics research
Professor Richard Thompson OBE is one of three recipients of the prestigious annual accolade
Offshore mussel farms could have wider environmental benefits
Scientists from the University have assessed the environmental impact of the largest offshore mussel farm in Europe
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Marine Institute events
- Shoresearch Volunteer Survey 25 January 2023 13:00 - 15:30
- Restoring Nature in Our Seas 8 February 2023 18:00 - 19:00
- [NEW DATE] 10 Year COAST Lab Anniversary Celebration and Launch of the Centre for Decarbonisation and Offshore Renewable Energy 20 February 2023
- Shoresearch Volunteer Survey 21 February 2023 10:30 - 13:00
- Shoresearch Volunteer Survey 23 February 2023 13:00 - 15:30