About the MBL

The Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts is one of the oldest and most eminent private research laboratories in the United States. Since its founding in 1888, the Marine Biological Laboratory has drawn the world’s greatest minds in science to Woods Hole to carry out some of their most creative and far-reaching work. More than 50 scientists affiliated with the Marine Biological Laboratory have been recognized with Nobel Prizes.

The Marine Biological Laboratory is a private, non-profit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago. We are surrounded by the beauty of Woods Hole, a quaint village and harbor with fishing and pleasure craft, locally owned shops and friendly people.

Marine Biological Laboratory
7 MBL Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543

All Conference Housing is dormitory style and will be reserved for single occupancy in 2021, due to COVID-19 occupancy regulations. Each room has is equipped with two twin beds, night stands, a desk, lamps, wardrobes, and depending on your specific accommodations either an en suite bath or shared baths.  For additional housing information (as well as photos of some of our rooms) please visit our Housing Information page. We can coordinate roommate assignments to maximize the housing options for groups to 300 plus.

All Conference meals are included in the registration pricing, and are served in our Dining Hall overlooking Eel Pond. Meal packages include three daily meals with either Lunch or Dinner on day of arrival and ending with Breakfast or Lunch on day of departure.  You may also opt for a continental breakfast to be served in your meeting space or the option for a bag lunch on the last day.

Our Dining Services from Sodexo serves creative menus with local and fresh ingredients. We have selections for those with dietary restrictions including gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, and nut or sugar free desserts. The food stations include a salad bar, two fresh soups daily, hot entrees, a Deli station, Chef’s Station and freshly prepared desserts. The Chef will assist guests with the daily options.

The Conference Office as well as our Dining Services team will work both organizers and attendees to make sure any dietary or special requests can be accommodated. COVID-19 restrictions for dining will be in place in 2021.

As an educational facility the Marine Biological Laboratory has a wide variety classroom and conference meeting spaces available to choose from. Most of these spaces can be arranged to fit the needs of your group or event. Basic classroom set up, boardroom, U-Shaped, Theater style, or any style that you may require.

Special arrangements can be made for the use of laboratory spaces.  Our research facilities can assist with the rental of microscopes, seawater labs, dry lab spaces, additional equipment for your needs, and special requests for marine biology.  Our qualified team will work with event organizers to set up the space according to the conference’s/workshop’s needs.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MBL has been and will continue to follow the instruction of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as it relates to out of state travel.

Effective August 1, 2020, a Commonwealth of Massachusetts travel order requires visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts to complete a travel form and acknowledge that they will quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative test result from an FDA EUA-approved molecular (PCR) SARS-CoV2 test, on a sample obtained 72 hours or less prior to arrival in Massachusetts.

The new rules exempt travelers from states where both the average number of new cases and the percentage of positive tests are low as determined by the MA Department of Public Health. View state exemption list here.

Anyone who has traveled to an area with reported community spread and has developed respiratory symptoms including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing should stay home except to get medical care.

Woods Hole is approximately 75 miles from Boston’s Logan airport. It is easily accessible by car or public transportation.

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