Since 2010 we have worked with over 500 partners in more than 60 countries; these range from strategic alliances and formal partnerships to scientific collaboration on specific research projects with universities, other academic institutions and industry.  Some of our more active partnerships are described below.
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If you would like to develop a partnership with us please contact Prof. Steve Widdicombe (Director of Science):



Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, CSIRO, Australia

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.

Korea Institute of Marine Science and Technology Promotion (KIMST), Korea

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.

Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIOST), 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.

Kyoto University

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in October 2018 with the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability, Kyoto University. This MoU will explore opportunities for enhancing collaboration and sharing experiences, networks and knowledge within the area of remote sensing science.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), USA

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.

Nansen Environmental Research Centre, India

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.

Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)

We have a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2015 with NIVA to facilitate and promote scientific collaborations in estuarine, coastal and marine sciences.

Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO)

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.

Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA)

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.

Sargasso Sea Commission

We are collaborating partners with the Sargasso Sea Commission, which encourages and facilitates voluntary collaboration toward the conservation of the Sargasso Sea.

University of Cape Town, South Africa

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.


Joint Weather & Climate Research Programme (JWCRP)

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.

Marine Science Co-ordination Committee (MSCC)

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.

National Partnership for Ocean Prediction (NPOP)

We are a founding partner of the National Partnership for Ocean Prediction and work together with the Met Office, theCentre 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.

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

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 NERC Long Term Science Single Centre programme is delivered through the Climate Linked Atlantic Sector Science (CLASS) project which is coordinated by the National Oceanography Centre and contains three underpinning science activities, the Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT), the Western Channel Observatory (WCO) and ERSEM model development. We also contribute to several NERC Cross Centre National Capability projects including UKESM, LOCATE, ACSIS and ORCHESTRA and a NERC ODA project, ACCORD.

UK Integrated Marine Observation Network (UK-IMON)

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 peopleif 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.


Marine Technology Business Centre

PML is working as part of the Marine Business Technology Centre (MTBC) to assist innovative companies to develop new marine technologies. The MTBC is a gateway for accessing comprehensive research and development support as well as cutting-edge facilities and expertise. Providing services up to the bleeding edge of advanced marine technology development, the MBTC is supporting Devon-based SMEs through research, testing, proving and production. Located in the UK’s only marine-dedicated Enterprise Zone, Oceansgate, in Devonport, Plymouth, the partnership is led by Plymouth City Council and includes PML, the University of Plymouth, the University of Exeter, and the Marine Biological Association.

Plymouth Partners

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. 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.

UK Met Office

The south-west of England, is also home to the UK Met Office, with which we have very strong links, including through the National Centre for Ocean Forecasting and Joint Weather & Climate Research Programme.

University of Exeter

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.



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