The Australian Marine Sciences Association Inc. is the peak national professional association for marine scientists
AMSA promotes marine science across all disciplines in Australia
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AMSA Membership

AMSA membership is open to those working and studying in all discplines of marine science. Supporting AMSA through membership provides direct support for efforts in marine science research.

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Membership Benefits 

  • Access to member communications (AMSA Bulletin, e-News and other such material)
  • Reduced registration fee at the AMSA Annual Conference
  • Participation in activities of state branches
  • Eligibility for student awards and prizes
  • Opportunity to stand as a council member or office bearer
  • Opportunity to contribute to position statements and submissions on marine science and government policy
  • Affiliate membership of Science and Technology Australia (STA)
  • Networking of scientists for development of research opportunities and multidisciplinary collaboration, and dissemination of knowledge about marine science to the wider public

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AMSA 2021 Conference


Marine Science in the Anthropocene
27 June - 2 July 2021
Macquarie University

AMSA 2021 Wrap-Up 

Our first virtual conference concluded after a successful line-up of outstanding scientific talks, career-spanning plenaries, and dynamic Communications and Indigenous panels. Although it was disappointing not to meet in person, delegates were treated to more creativity and different ways of networking. We are grateful to Lou Tosetto and her Organising committee and Jane Williamson and her Scientific committee for taking on this mammoth challenge. AMSA 2021 was a welcome distraction for manu of us in lockdown, but we are very much looking forward to catching up in-person at AMSA 2022 in Cairns!

Rachel Przeslawski
AMSA President 

>> Click here to watch the AMSA 2022 launch video


2021 AMSA Award Winners

Jubilee Award

First awarded in AMSA's Silver Jubilee Year (1988), our professional award recognises excellence in marine research and is presented to a scientist who has made an outstanding contribution to marine research in Australia.

The 2021 Jubilee Award winner is Professor Mike Kingsford, College of Science and Engineering and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, for his significant and novel contributions to larval fish ecology, biogeography, and connectivity in Australian and New Zealand waters.

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Emerging Leader in Marine Science Award

This is a new award established in 2020 presented to an early or mid-career scientist in recognition of their outstanding reserach and academic achievements in marine science and the translation of their research for engagement outside of academia and mentoring of other young scientists.

The 2021 Emerging Leader in Marine Science is Dr Jennifer Donelson from James Cook University for her transforamtive research on transgenerational plasticity in fishes combined with her service and leadership to the marine science community. 

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Technical Award

This award is intended to recognize outstanding achievements in the field of technical support to marine science in Australia. It was first awarded in 2009. This prize serves to emphasize the valuable contribution to marine science made by those who provide the technical and logistical support services that make much research possible. 

The 2021 Technical Award winner is Joshua Aldridge from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) for his years of service leading and supporting a range of projects related to the maintenance and repair of seawater systems and field equipment at UTS, MAcquarie University and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS).

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AMSA will not be awarding the Allen Award this year.