The Australian Marine Sciences Association Inc. is the peak national professional association for marine scientists
Advancing marine science 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 2022 Conference


Change and Connections


7 - 11 August 2022

The 58th annual AMSA Conference will be held in Cairns from 7 - 11 August, 2022. This conference is shaping to be the first face-to-face AMSA national meeting since Fremantle in 2019. The local organising and scientific committees are working hard to put together a great conference program.

The theme for the conference is “Change and Connections”, emphasising important linkages among environmental, ecological and social systems at a time characterised by rapid change across all these areas.

These themes are highlighted in our exciting logo produced by local Mamu artist Melanie Hava that captures the biodiversity of tropical seascapes.

August is a fantastic time of year to visit Far North Queensland, and we hope AMSA 2022 will provide the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues for a week of exciting science after years of lockdowns and border closures.

The conference is being held at the Pullman International Hotel, in the heart of Cairns CBD and just a short walk to the vibrant Esplanade, Reef Fleet terminal and a multitude of accommodation options.

We look forward to seeing you in Cairns in August, 2022!

Dr Paul York
Chair, AMSA 2022 Organising Committee

Prof. Morgan Pratchett
Chair, AMSA 2022 Scientific Committee

Dr Rachel Przeslawski
President, AMSA National Council

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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.