The Australian Marine Sciences Association Inc. is the peak national professional association for marine scientists
AMSA promotes marine science across all disciplines in Australia
Reduced registration fees
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AMSA 2021 will now be wholly virtual
Early bird prices extended until 25 March 2021
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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 President has announced the new format for AMSA 2021 in a short video that you can watch here. It is less than two minutes, so will not take much of your time. 

As mentioned in the video, AMSA 2021 will now be wholly virtual. The committees did everything they could to deliver an in-person event, but it has become increasingly clear that it is just not a viable option this year.

Despite initial disappointment, many of us are now brimming with ideas about how we can make the most of this. We are looking to deliver a dynamic and fun event and will be working with State Branches on satellite social events so that we will still have the ability to see our fellow delegates face-to-face. For those of you yearning to do something beyond slideshow presentations or static posters, the virtual is now your Ostreidae!

Some specific questions are addressed below, and you will also receive a subsequent email with further details.

How much will AMSA 2021 now cost me?
We have reduced the prices, particularly for students, to reflect the virtual format and to allow as many people to attend as possible. Early bird prices have been extended until 25 March 2021. Prices are as follows:

Early Bird (Standard)
Professional: $325 ($375)
Student/Life Member: $150 ($225)
Non-member Professional: $475 ($525)
Non-member Student: $225 ($275)

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I have already registered and paid for the in-person option. Will I get a refund for the difference?
If you want a refund, you will get it. We are currently looking at ways to most efficiently do this, and we will likely be offering several options to you shortly. Stay tuned.

Do I have to use PowerPoint in my oral presentation?
Absolutely not! In fact, we encourage presenters to think outside the box. Not only will this open up possibilities of a virtual conference and keep attendees engaged, it may also give you a great output to use elsewhere to communicate your research. You can take us on a tour of your laboratory, interview your co-authors or stakeholders, or show us your field site or organism of interest!

I am planning/attending a workshop? What happens now?
The scientific committee is looking at options for virtual workshops and will shortly be in touch with organisers.

Thank you all for your patience as we iron out the details and ensure that the Australian marine science community has the opportunity to come together and share our research (and possibly commiserate about the last year)!

Rachel Przeslawski
AMSA President

2020 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.

This year's winner is Professor Lynnath Beckley, Environment and Conservation Sciences, Murdoch University, for her work on ocean and coastal environments in Western Australia and the Indian Ocean.

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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 inaugural Emerging Leader in Marine Science Award has been awarded to Dr Katherine Dafforn, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Macquarie University and Deputy Director of the the Sydney Harbour Research Program, Sydney Institute of Marine Science.

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AMSA will not be awarding the Technical Award or the Allen Award this year.