Capacity development

PML is committed to capacity building by sharing knowledge, challenges and solutions to help train the next generation of marine scientists and ensure a sustainable future for our global ocean.

We are working to help strengthen the skills, competencies and abilities of marine scientists, particularly in developing societies through a suite of projects and partnerships. This involves training courses and workshops, development of networks, partnerships and infrastructure and production of educational resources such as Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs).

We are dedicated to training the next generation of marine scientists through the supervision of graduate and postgraduate students and were delighted to welcome our first two Modern Apprentices in 2016.

Through the delivery of our Science Plan we are increasing scientific knowledge and developing research capacity to contribute to several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), in particular SDG14 which looks to "conserve and sustainable use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development".

Making a difference

One of our recent successes was securing funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) for the Blue Communities project which will help to build long-term research capability for marine planning in East and South-East Asia. This will support local coastal communities which depend upon healthy and diverse marine ecosystems for food, livelihoods, their health and well-being.

Further information

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Projects

EASOS: Marine Pollution
Completed

Earth and Sea Observation System (EASOS): Marine pollution

Contact: Dr Rory Donnelly

The Earth and Sea Observation System (EASOS) is a platform designed to provide high value decision support to tackle country-specific environmental...

GCRF Blue Communities

GCRF Blue Communities

Contact: Professor Melanie Austen

GCRF Blue Communities is a 4 year research capacity-building programme for marine planning in East and South-East (E/SE) Asia, funded by UK...

Coral Communities
Completed

Coral Communities: Building Socio-Ecological Resilience to Coral Reef Degradation in the Islands of the Western Indian Ocean.​

Contact: Dr Caroline Hattam

Improving the resilience of communities and coral reefs to changes anticipated as a result of climate change is an issue of huge global...

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PML welcomes the publication of the Dasgupta Review, which calls for a global re-think

​With marine science input from PML, the landmark global review “Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review” was published today, urging a fundamental change in how society values nature.

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PML receives £350,000 for shellfish research

PML has received funding worth more than £350,000 from a joint Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) programme to address key challenges to the aquaculture sector.

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Floating the idea: PML supporting the development of an innovative renewable energy platform to serv

The large-scale seawater tanks and data analysis expertise at Plymouth Marine Laboratory’s Smart Sound workshop are being used to conduct stability tests on model floating offshore wind platforms as part of the ‘Marlin Star’ project, led by Plymouth-based technology developer...

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