Since 2010 we have worked with over 500 partners in more than 60 countries; these range from strategic alliances and formal partnerships to our scientists collaborating extensively on specific research Projects
with universities, other academic institutions and industry.
PML is a registered small and medium sized enterprise (SME) under the EU Horizon 2020 funding programme.
If you're interested in partnering us on a relevant project please contact Prof. Icarus Allen (Director of Science): jia @pml.ac.uk.
We have formed strategic alliances with a number of key partners in the international scientific arena, spanning different continents. Selected examples of our global reach can be found below:
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in January 2015 in order to develop opportunities for collaboration and share expertise, strengthening our collective footprint in national and international marine and coastal postgraduate training.
eduroam is a wireless network service provided by Janet which enables users at participating organisations to access the WiFi facilities at other organisations using authentication from their home organisation’s username and password. Read more about eduroam at PML.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in June 2015 to explore opportunities for enhancing collaboration and sharing experiences, networks and knowledge with the aim of transferring scientific knowledge and supporting marine policy development. KIMST works under the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries in the Republic of Korea to plan and evaluate national R&D projects, and disseminate scientific knowledge and technology in order to advance marine science and technology in Korea.
In April 2011 we signed an agreement with the Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute (KORDI), now known as KIOST and Korea’s main marine and polar research institution, to establish a joint science office, based at our lab in Plymouth. The PML-KIOST office was formally opened in November 2011 with the aim of conducting joint research projects in remote sensing and marine ecosystem modelling and facilitating exchange between both organizations.
Signed in 2011 our Memorandum of Understanding with MBARI brings together expertise in the areas of marine biodiversity, long-term observations, predicting and estimating the impact of environmental change on marine ecosystems and policy development.
In June 2015 we entered a mutual agreement with NERCI in order to develop cooperation in research and education. The agreement was initiated under the auspices of the Framework 7 project INDO-MARECLIM and focuses on marine ecosystem studies, monsoon and ocean variability, climate change, coastal zone management and societal issues.
We have a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2015 with NIVA to facilitate and promote scientific collaborations in estuarine, coastal and marine sciences.
We are collaborating partners with the Sargasso Sea Commission, which encourages and facilitates voluntary collaboration toward the conservation of the Sargasso Sea.
The Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2011 builds upon our existing relationship at the research project level. The principal strands for collaboration are Earth observation, benthic (seabed) ecology, biogeochemistry, molecular biology, socio-economics and ecosystem modelling.
We are also members of a number of formal international, partnerships including:
POGO serves as a forum for leaders of major oceanographic institutions around the world to promote global oceanography, particularly the implementation of international and integrated global ocean observing systems. In addition the POGO Secretariat has been hosted by us here in Plymouth since July 2008.
PEMSEA is a project of the Global Environment Facility, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme and, in 2006, we were one of the first non-governmental organizations to become a member. PEMSEA focuses on sustainable management of the ocean and coast in East Asia. Our involvement extends to having a seat on the PEMSEA Partnership Council; being co-convenors of an East Asian Seas Congress in 2012, and our scientists being invited to give keynote presentations and lectures at PEMSEA conferences.
We are partners in this programme, a joint initiative between the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the UK Met Office, which aims to ensure that the UK maintains and strengthens its leading international position in weather and climate science, and hence in weather and climate forecasting and provision of advice for policy.
Our Chief Executive is a member of this UK body which aims to deliver the UK Marine Science Strategy and improve the coordination of UK marine science. As part of our communication activities for the MSCC, we operate the Marine Ripple Effect e-alert and Twitter feed, providing a ‘one stop shop’ for UK Marine Research News.
We are a founding partner of the National Partnership for Ocean Prediction and work together with the Met Office, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science and the National Oceanography Centre to develop and promote the application of world-leading marine products and services to stakeholders, with a focus on national and public benefit. The science partnership brings together world-class expertise from the UK's leading marine and oceanographic research centres to integrate models, observations and scientific understanding to produce the best information and advice about the marine environment and engage with stakeholders to understand their needs and requirements.
At a national level we have a close alignment with the NERC and are proud to be a delivery partner for NERC funded National Capability. Our National Capability activities currently focus on long-term observations through the Atlantic Meridional Transect and Western Channel Observatory projects and ecosystem modelling. We work closely with members of the UK marine science community in delivering National Capability and as members of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) Association.
We are part of this initiative, set up to ensure that a national marine observatory is in place to improve the evidence base for future assessments of environmental status, using the most cost-effective technologies available to the UK marine science community. We also lead and contribute to a wide range of NERC funded research programmes.
Please visit our Projects page for further information on our extensive collaborations with UK and international partners, or contact our people if you are interested in pursuing or sponsoring new research opportunities with us.
To learn more about our scientists' involvement in international and national bodies and how we help inform policy, please visit our Policy & Advice page.
The south-west of England, is also home to the UK Met Office, with which we have very strong links, including through the National Partnership for Ocean Prediction and Joint Weather & Climate Research Programme.
We have formed a strategic alliance with the University of Exeter, renewing a Memorandum of Understanding with them in July 2013, which focuses on the sustainability of the ocean. Working in collaboration, scientists from our two organizations bring together expertise in coastal and shelf sea science, including predictive modelling, relevant expertise in climate change and understanding what the seas provide for society and how society is changing them.
We are also a core partner with the University of Exeter in the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership.
Plymouth has a wealth of marine science expertise and we work closely within a tripartite agreement with our partners at the Marine Biological Association of the UK and the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science.
We also have a strategic alliance with Plymouth University by way of a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at enhancing our understanding of topics including climate change, renewable energy and marine ecosystems.