The history of Tjärnö Marine Biological Laboratory starts in 1963. Göteborg university rented a small family hotel on the island Tjärnö, and arranged a field course in marine biology. From the sheltered quarters of the island it was just a short boat trip to the deep Kosterfjorden with its unique species of corals, sponges and other oceanic organisms. Today TMBL has grown into one of the most advanced marine laboratories in Europe, attracting scientists from all over the world.
Situated right by the sea and in newly built facilities TMBL today offers excellent opportunities for research and education. As a Centre of Excellence the laboratory provides specialized advice and expertise for the regions decision makers in industry and government. Since 2005 TMBL has also been host to a new EU Research Infrastructure initiative – CeMaCE. The laboratory is run jointly by the universities of Göteborg and Stockholm.