Postgraduate Conferences

The MBA Postgraduate Conference is an initiative started in 2002 which aims to engage with, and make a contribution to, the marine biological post-graduate 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!

I felt included and totally engaged. I especially enjoyed the interactive creative workshops around science communication which provided unique tips and tricks as a modern day academic. The conference was a safe space for young researchers to present their work and to connect with more senior academics and other likeminded researchers. The experience has made me more confident to present my own work in a conference style setting.

Dina-Leigh Simons

PhD student University of Liverpool

Each year a group of postgraduate students from an institute come together to form an organising committee and go on to create a unique event with support from the MBA.  This opportunity to gain experience of running a conference is a valuable opportunity for the selected committee and allows them to develop the skills, experience and confidence they wouldn’t otherwise get.


If you are a postgraduate student and would like to be considered to run an upcoming postgraduate conference please get in touch by emailing


2023 postgraduate conference

19th Postgraduate Conference at Aberystwyth University  


As a marine scientist-in-training with a passion for all things marine and marine microbiology in particular, I have found attending the MBA postgraduate conference in Aberystwyth highly rewarding and a fantastic opportunity to immerse myself in the community of fellow marine scientists in training whose research interests ranged widely
Valerie Williams

Valerie Williams

Participant 19th Postgraduate Conference