Name of the organization/project in the original language: 
The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Name of the organization/project in English: 
The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
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Learned Society and Research Laboratory
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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.
How are you performing research on Citizen Science, taking part in Citizen Science activities and/or supporting Citizen Science?: 
The MBA leads a number of citizen science projects (overseen by Jon Parr, deputy director), including the Shore Thing project, Sealife Survey and Alien Invaders, projects to engage schools and public in collection of non-native and climate change indicator species around the UK. The team is in the process of developing further projects through the European partnership projects 'Sea Change' an 'Envri+'. The MBA is also part of the National Bioblitz Network, having led 6 annual Bioblitz events and contributing to several more including coauthoring a guide to running Bioblitz events.
Name of Citizen Science Project: 
The Shore Thing
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Brief description of project: 
Engages schools and volunteer groups in intertidal species surveys around the British Isles. Has been running for 9 years and data feeds into the Marclim project, an ongoing research project to monitor changes in the range of seashore species due to warming seas.
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