About the Marine Biological Association Postgraduate Conference

The MBA Postgraduate Conference is an initiative started in 2002 which aims to engage with, and make a contribution to, the marine biological postgraduate community. It is run for and by postgraduate students and this highly successful conference not only provides a supportive environment for postgrads to share their work but also acts as a catalysis for networking and building collaborations that often last a lifetime!

Who can attend the conference?

The conference is run for and by postgraduate students (E.g., Masters and PhD students) in the field of marine biology. Postgraduate students may attend in person or online. Undergraduate students in the field of marine biology are also welcomed to attend online only.

How do I register?

The ticket deadline for in person attendance has now passed. You can register to attend view conference talks online for free here.

How do I sign up for MBA membership? 

MBA members will receive discounted admission to the MBA 2023 postgraduate conference. Further information on the benefits of MBA membership, as well as prices and how to sign up can be found at https://www.mba.ac.uk/our-membership/

How do I submit an abstract? 

The abstract submission deadline has now passed.

Can I attend the conference without presenting? 

You are welcome to attend the conference without presenting! Come along and listen to presentations, and network with your peers and keynote speakers! We encourage our attendees to submit an application to present, as it is a great opportunity to practice your presentation skills in a supportive environment.

Do I have to attend the conference in person? 

We encourage postgraduates to attend the conference in person, as it provides a valuable chance to network with your peers and keynote speakers. This year, we will not be accepting online posters or pre-recorded talks, so, if you would like to present you must attend in-person. However, if you would like to just watch the prestation you can register to attend either in person or online, where we will be streaming conference presentations.

About Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth is located on the coast of West Wales in the heart of Cardigan Bay, and is home to the National Library of Wales. Aberystwyth University was the first University College in Wales established in 1872. The town is filled with friendly independent shops, cosy cafes and pubs, and for those wanting a bird’s eye view of the town, a trip in the funicular up constitution hill is a must!

How to get here

Aberystwyth is far from most places, but that is part of it’s charm. Fortunately, there are multiple options available for travel through Wales:


Trains run direct to Aberystwyth from Birmingham and Shrewsbury every one to two hours (National Rail).


Bristol – follow the A40 onto the A479, and then A470. Birmingham – follow the M54 to the A5 onto the A458, onto the A44. Liverpool – follow the M53 to the A483 to the A487.


Coaches from London and other major cities are available. Check times at www.nationalexpresss.co.uk or uk.megabus.com


Information on accessibility for the conference venue can be found at https://www.accessable.co.uk/venues/medrus The conference will be held in the conference centre, and room 1.
If you have any further questions, please contact us at MBAPG2023@outlook.com