PMNHS Annual Conference

Registration for the PMNHS Annual Conference 2017 now open!

We are delighted to announce that the registration for the Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Conference 2017 is now open.

This year we are moving with the times and making use of EVENTBRITE for the management of tickets and registrations.  You can find the registration site information here:

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Our annual conference takes place over the weekend of 11th to 13th March 2017, with a 2-day conference of talks and posters on the Saturday / Sunday at Plymouth University, followed by a field meeting nearby in Wembury on Monday 13th [low tide 0.7m @ 12:30]. The conference dinner will be held at the Marine Biological Association (MBA) on the Saturday evening.

The central theme for talks and posters is Marine Species Biology.

The programme organiser, Jon Moore, invites talks and posters on this theme. Talks on other topics will also be considered, so please do not hesitate to make offers. Talk lengths can vary from 30 minutes to 5 minutes and the organiser will agree these with speakers in advance. See the current confirmed speakers list.

Biological Observations – a related feature of the conference will highlight interesting / unexplained / new observations of species biology and ecology, with a display board and a session of short presentations. Observations for the dedicated display board will consist of brief descriptive text and up to two photographs or diagrams. The available display space for each observation will be one sheet of A4. Observations (pre-printed or hand written) may be sent in advance or brought on the day. A selection of observations (chosen by the organisers after day 1) will then be presented in a dedicated session on the Sunday where each observer will have up to 5 minutes to describe what they have seen (remember to bring electronic versions of images or video for projection) and discuss with the audience. [For example – why would several (10+) baby starfish (Asterias rubens) position themselves upside down, mouth held outwards into water column, arms bent downwards so that tips held onto rock, on lower shore rock? Photographed 17 Oct, two sites, South Pembrokeshire].

Tickets are available for members, non-members, students, the conference dinner and the field trip.  We also have a daily rate


What is included in the conference price?

The conference fee includes refreshments and lunches on both days and all delegate materials. The conference dinner is an optional extra.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

For information on transport and parking in Plymouth please see here: Conference delegates can park at the MBA on Saturday and Sunday if they wish. The MBA is approximately 20 minutes’ walk from the University. Delegates will need to give their registration number to MBA security. The car park will be open between 8.30 am to 11 pm on Saturday after the conference dinner and 8.30am to 5 pm on Sunday.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

To offer a talk, poster or observation, please contact Jon Moore on or 07879 497004.

For questions about registration please contact Tammy Horton on

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Please print your ticket and bring it with you to the event.

This conference is sponsored by the Plymouth University Marine Institute and the Marine Biological Association of the