The National Institute of Biology has been operating and developing since 1960. It is a public research institution with the mission of creating new knowledge in the field of biology and enabling higher quality of life on Earth on the basis of findings from performed research.
The Marine Biology Station (MBS) established in 1969 in Piran is affiliated to NIB. The main research activities of the MBS are focused on characteristics and problems of coastal waters especially on coastal dynamics and modelling, plankton ecology, biodiversity, biogeochemical processes and the impacts of pollution. MBS is national focal point for MED POL activities (Barcelona Convention) and is responsible for National Marine Monitoring Program including assessment of the state of marine environment, marine biodiversity monitoring and conservation of coastal areas. MBS is NODC (National Oceanographic Data Centre) and data provider for Transitional, Coastal and Marine Waters within EIONET, SEADATANET2, EMODnet and MyOcean2.