The Marine Biological Association
The charitable aims of the Marine Biological Association (MBA) are to promote scientific research into all aspects of life in the sea, including the environment on which it depends, and to disseminate to the public the knowledge gained. The MBA was founded in 1884 and in 1888 opened the Plymouth laboratory at Citadel Hill. The MBA provides a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.
The Patron of the Association is His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, who is also an Honorary Fellow. The other Honorary Fellows are His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco, Dr Sylvia Earle, Sir Tim Hunt and Professor James Lovelock.
The Station biologique de Roscoff
Founded in 1872 par Professor Henri de Lacaze-Duthiers, holder of the chair of comparative zoology, anatomy and physiology of the Sorbonne University, the Station biologique de Roscoff is run both by the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) et by the University Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC, Paris). Its aims include research in a number of fields of marine biology and ecology, observation and monitoring of the marine environment, higher education and scientific outreach. It is also more and more committed into knowledge and technology transfer to industry.
Its library includes more than eight thousands records. The oldest ones date back to the eighteenth century. The Roscoff library belongs to UPMC associate libraries, and is a member of the network of marine libraries OMER.