The Australian Marine Sciences Association Inc. is the peak national professional association for marine scientists
AMSA promotes marine science across all disciplines in Australia
7 - 11 July 2019
Fremantle, Perth
On behalf of the Local Organising Committee we extend a very warm welcome and invite you to join us at AMSA 2019, a nation wide conference that will be hosted in Perth and attract delegates from a diverse range of marine science-related fields. The theme of AMSA 2019 is “Marine Science for a Blue Economy”. The theme focuses on science that will contribute to safeguarding the health of our oceans and marine life while also sustaining the economic and societal benefits that accompany a growing nation. Call for Abstracts and Early Bird Registration are now open!
West Australian Nudibranch
Chromodoris westraliensis
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Bluespotted Goatfish
Upeneichthys vlaminghii
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Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
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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.

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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2019 AMSA Conference



7 - 11 July 2019

Abstracts and Registration

Call for Abstracts Now Open!

You are invited to make a contribution to the Australian Marine Sciences Association "Marine Science for a Blue Economy" Conference.

The Conference Scientific Committee will select submitted abstracts that complement focused concurrent sessions to form a balanced program than we hope will excite and engage all those attending the conference.

The theme of AMSA 2019 is "Marine Science for a Blue Economy" and will focus on science that will contribute to safeguarding the health of our oceans and marine life while also sustaining the economic and societal benefits that accompany a growing nation. Invited national and international plenary speakers will impart their knowledge relating to the blue economy, and symposia topics will be inclusive of a whide range of disciplines such as benthic habitat ecology and restoration, fisheries, marine megafauna, artificial marine environments, remote sensing and oceanography, sustainable ports and marine renewalble energies. Topics were also chosen based on their links to the critical blue economy challenges oulined in Australia's National Marine Science Plan.

For further information and to submit an abstract, please visit here.


Early Bird Registration Now Open!

Conference planning is well underway and the Committee has a full program of pre and post conference workshops, 4 days of a full scientific program, poster session, exhibition, awards, a public forum and of course ample opportunity to network and relax ith colleagues and new acquaintances with a Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner.

To register, click here.

Visit the AMSA 2019 Conference Website to keep up to date with new information and important dates.


2018 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 Distinguished Professor David Bellwood, the world’s foremost expert on the evolution and functional ecology of coral reef fishes. He received his PhD from James Cook University and is currently a Distinguished Professor of Marine Biology in the College of Science and
Engineering and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University. 

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Allen Award

The Allen Award is to support an outstanding postgraduate student to attend the AMSA Annual conference with the aim of providing the student with the opportunity to gain experience and contacts. By attending the conference, the student will serve an important role as an ambassador for Australian marine science.


This year's winner is Francesca Gissi, a PhD student in her final year at the University of Wollongong. She will present her work at AMSA 2018 titled "Alterations in the coral microbiome following exposure to metals".