MBL Society

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The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) invites qualified individuals to become members of the MBL Society. From its inception in 1888, the MBL Society has been guided by scientists who are invested in the MBL and its future.  Under authority established by the Board of Trustees, members of the MBL Society serve in an advisory capacity and as a resource to provide scientific and other guidance at the request of the MBL leadership.

The MBL Society has hundreds of Members and Emeritus Members, who comprise scientists, dedicated alumni, and committed and informed friends with a history of discovery at, commitment to, and interest in the MBL and its programs.

Members of the MBL Society are led by a Speaker of the Society who is appointed by the MBL Director.  The current Speaker is Colleen Cavanaugh and she is guided by an MBL Society Steering Committee.

“Our Society’s role is to provide good will and support for the MBL’s mission, contribute to the ongoing sustainability of the Laboratory, and provide helpful advice to the leadership of the MBL. As active members of the MBL Society, we are the vibrant network of scientists and supporters that make up the MBL family.”
Colleen Cavanaugh, Speaker, 2016

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Why Join the MBL Society? We hope you will help grow the Society by to embracing your history with the MBL and applying for membership.

As a Society member you:

  • Are invited to participate in the MBL Society Annual Meeting and reception
  • Are eligible for nomination of and election to the MBL Society Science Council and the MBL Society Community Council
  • Are eligible for nomination of and election as Speaker of the MBL Society*
  • Will receive regular communication from the MBL Society Science Council and Community Council Chairs following Council meetings
  • Have year-round access to the MBL Lillie Library on weekdays, 9am – 5pm, and you are eligible to apply for extended hours across seven days per week, 7am – 11pm
  • Receive free online subscription to the Biological Bulletin
  • Receive a discount (10%) at the MBL Gift Shop
  • * Students and postdoctoral Fellows not eligible

Annual Renewal:

To remain a Society member in good standing, members (excluding Emeritus members) must opt-in yearly via annual MBL Society reminders sent to members.

Annual donations to the MBL Annual Fund are encouraged and are tax-deductible to the Society member.

Minimum suggested level of donation:

Regular Investigators $100
Beginning Investigators $50
Postdoctoral Researchers and Graduate Students $25
Emeritus Members $100

Applying for Society Membership

A complete application includes: 1) a filled-in application form, 2) a CV, and 3) two endorsements by current Society members. To use the form, you must have the latest version of Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

The application form should be filled out, saved, and e-mailed with your CV as an attachment to MBLSociety@mbl.edu. Endorsements may be e-mailed separately to MBLSociety@mbl.edu. The Science Council will review applications for approval at their meetings during the year.

MBL Society Annual Meeting

The Speaker of the MBL Society presides over an Annual Meeting each summer for Members and Emeritus Members in good standing.  The MBL Director and the Chairs of Science and Community Councils provide annual reports during the Business Meeting. The meeting emphasizes transformative ideas and cutting-edge research being conducted by scientists throughout the MBL, and the highlight is a scientific symposium, bringing renewed emphasis and engagement of the MBL Society in the MBL’s scientific mission and new strategic directions.

Science Council

The MBL Science Council is an advisory group consisting of not more than 13 scientists elected by Members of the MBL Society in good standing. Science Council is one of the major advisory groups that provide their support, knowledge, and experience to the leadership of the MBL.

Community Council

The MBL Community Council is an advisory group consisting of not more than 13 scientists elected by Members of the MBL Society in good standing. Community Council will advise on general aspects of MBL community life connected to and essential for the MBL research and education missions, but not the research or education missions themselves.