News & Events

General Information

Public Information



Research & Development

Library & Databases


External Links







TMBL Vision 2004 - 2025


1. General goals for the period 2004-2010

  • TMBL will operate as a Centre of Excellence in marine biology, providing a resource for universities, schools, industry, government agencies, and the general public

  • TMBL will promote innovative research and development

  • TMBL will promote the use and application of research results in the wider community

  • TMBL will provide an important regional, national, and international meeting place for research and development within the marine biological sciences as well as for cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary frameworks

  • TMBL will offer an open, pleasant, and safe environment that promotes creativity and productivity

  • The TMBL Board and management will work toward achieving a broader and longer-term funding structure that will consolidate the substantial recent expansions in research activities and support infrastructure.  This will require a more direct commitment from the Göteborg and Stockholm Universitites.



2.  Specific goals for the period 2004-2010

2.1 Goals for TMBL

2.4 Goals for public education

2.2 Research goals

2.5 Goals for collaboration with business & industry

2.3 Teaching goals

2.6. Goals for the Executive


2.1 Goals for TMBL

  • Expand research and teaching by external institutes at TMBL

  • Increase opportunities for international undergraduate and postgraduate students to study at TMBL

  • Increase opportunities for discussion / workshops between researchers from different disciplines, as well as between researchers, industry and the wider community

  • Activites that link TMBL research with industry (eg business incubators) will be actively encouraged


2.2  Research goals

  • Develop explicit career-paths and improve long-term funding opportunities for  researchers / lecturers

  • Ensure that recruitment strategies for graduate students, researchers, and lecturers/professors, clearly emphasise the need for personnel with attributes and skills that will promote the productive development of the laboratory.  Complementary skills are particularly important in this context

  • Facilitate further opportunities for the development of key research areas by enhancing cross-disciplinary skills and collaboration at all levels

  • Establish and consolidate TMBL’s status as a research centre with support for guest researchers

  • Establish specialised research platforms progressively within the fields of (eg) genetics, underwater documentation, chemical ecology, and biohydrodynamics.  Supplement the traditional research-funding base for these platforms with contract research


2.3 Teaching goals

  • Encourage TMBL’s client institutes and universities to increase collaborative teaching activites at Tjärnö

  • Develop vocational training courses for relevant business/industry sectors

  • Heighten the visibility of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and focus these on areas of research strength at TMBL

  • Enhance the internationalisation of teaching at all levels


2.4  Goals for public education

  • Increase pre- and post-season school activities

  • Work toward the establishment of an externally-funded scientific workshop and nature school at TMBL

  • Expand collaborations with the local council and tourism industries to develop marine ecotourism for public and school children.


2.5  Goals for collaboration with business & industry

  • Continue development of a regional “knowledge centre” in collaboration with regional authorities, local councils, and regional business

  • Establish a local business-incubator in association with the laboratory as the first stage of the longer-term goal of creating a Tjärnö Science Park

  • Develop an extensive network of contacts within the business-incubator to  ensure provision of external enabling expertise for entrepreneurs and inventors working in collaboration with TMBL


2.6. Goals for the Executive

  • Reduce / prevent stress by (eg) supporting new project leaders, encouraging use of personal skills and attributes, and having a flexible approach to workload that includes encouraging colleagues to take new initiatives and develop their own workload plan

  • Develop transparent administrative and management structures

  • Work toward ensuring equal-access to TMBL’s resources for all institutions and users



3. Goals toward 2025

  • TMBL will have developed into one of Europe’s leading marine field stations

  • TMBL will be conducting innovative research and have established collaborations with research institutes across the globe

  • TMBL will have developed an internationally recognised capacity for education in marine ecology, with emphasis on key areas (eg experimental marine ecology, chemical ecology, biohydrodynamics, conservation biology, and coastal zone management)

  • TMBL’s public education program will include a research workshop and nature school

  • TMBL will provide regular specialist vocational courses for (eg) fishermens, teachers, journalists, and administrators in natural resource agencies

  • TMBL will have begun to collaborate with a small number of new enterprise companies, and with regional and local government to establish the Tjärnö Science Park

This Vision Statement has been developed through dialogue between the Board, Executive and personnel of TMBL, and was ratified by the Board of TMBL on the 12th March 2004.  This document should be revised by the Board at least once per mandate period.

Göran Bengtsson
Chairman of the Board


Last updated 14 Febuary 2007