MBARI Values Statement

UNIQUENESS. MBARI was founded by David Packard to be an alternative to the traditional academic oceanographic research institution. MBARI is to be characterized by a peer relationship among scientists and engineers. The institute will be defined by its unique mission, vision, and values.

INNOVATION. David Packard challenged us to develop and apply new methods, instruments, and systems to long-standing problems in ocean science, to advance our understanding of the oceans and ocean processes, and to identify new directions where technology will accelerate progress in ocean science. We value asking the hard questions, posing new problems, taking risks, and accepting failure at times. We will strive for revolutionary, rather than incremental, progress in ocean science.

INDEPENDENCE. As an institution, we will set our own course and define our own agenda. We will be self-reliant and self-directing.

LEADERSHIP. We will use our unique character and assets to set new directions for ocean science and to develop new technology to accomplish these goals. We will communicate with the broader oceanographic community to ensure that our work is relevant and influential.

INTEGRITY. We value excellence in the conduct of all activities at MBARI. Our motives are neither profit-driven nor politically based. Instead, our objective is the advancement of knowledge about the ocean and ocean processes. We will adhere to the highest standards of excellence, as reflected by the quality of our scientific results, methods, and technology. We will make effective and responsible use of our resources. We will conduct all interactions, and implement all MBARI policies and procedures with honesty, fairness, and consistency.

FELLOWSHIP. Together, all staff will emphasize equality, teamwork, mutual respect, and good citizenship. We will encourage and benefit from the diversity of capabilities and work styles of our staff.

PHILANTHROPY. We will share technology, data, and knowledge with the external oceanographic community, educators, and the general public for the common good.

—March 25, 2004