Marine Institute

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.

Plastic pollution: 2022 UN Ocean Conference – Official virtual side event | 28 June 2022, 16:00–17:30

What is holding us back from solutions; what key science and innovation is needed to tackle this global environmental challenge?
The topic of plastic pollution has received considerable global attention and as a consequence, was the focus of a recent UNEA 5.2 resolution entitled ‘End Plastic Pollution: Towards an internationally legally binding instrument.’  
Join this online discussion, question and answer session with experts from industry, policy and academia to help identify the critical science and innovation needed to tackle this global environmental challenge.
The event will be live streamed from Lisbon. 

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Award-winning recognition for our contributions to marine research and teaching

Research highlights and top stories

From first coining the word ‘microplastics’ to leading the UK’s offshore renewable energy consortium and launching world-first maritime cybersecurity facilities, our researchers are making headlines in the pursuit of healthy, resilient oceans.

COP26: Examining the evidence for global action 

The UN Climate Change Convention in 2021 – also known as COP26 – represented the largest coming together of world leaders to address climate change, and find real solutions. The race is truly on to slow climate change and protect our planet, improve global health and re-build post-pandemic economies through a green recovery.

For our part, it is more important than ever that researchers take a whole-systems approach in the search for solutions. We need to address local environmental priorities alongside national and international goals, if net-zero carbon and sustainable blue-green growth is to be achieved. Our researchers share how systems thinking through transdisciplinary research is key to providing evidence for global action ahead of COP26.

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Marine Institute news

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Plymouth named among world’s top universities for marine excellence and climate action

The University has been ranked among the top 5% of global universities in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022

27 April 2022

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