The Australian Marine Sciences Association Inc. is the peak national professional association for marine scientists
AMSA promotes marine science across all disciplines in Australia
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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2017 AMSA Conference

Almost here - the Annual AMSA Conference in Darwin, Northern Territory, 2 - 5 July 2017

Connections through shallow seas - Encompassing connectivity between marine regions (coastal to continental shelf waters) and social linkages (scientists, indigenous people, industry, government, etc).

We look forward to seeing you there!

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2017 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 Peter Steinberg, a renowned authority in the areas of marine chemical ecology and surface colonisation (including biofilms), as well as a leading proponent of the “macro-micro” approach to environmental microbiology. 

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Technical Award

The AMSA Technical Award recognises outstanding achievements in the field of technical support for marine sciences, to celebrate the valuable contribution logistical support services make to enabling marine research.

This year's winner is Brent Womersley, a technical officer at Fisheries Victoria since 2001, and the chief technical officer in the fisheries research section for about the last decade. Brent has been an integral part of most field research at Fisheries Victoria over the last 13-14 years. 

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Allen Award

The Allen Award is to support an outstanding postgraduate student to attend an international conference each year, in any field of marine science, with the aim of providing the student with the opportunity to gain international experience and contacts. By attending the international conference the student will serve an important role as an ambassador for Australian marine science through improving awareness in the international scientific community of the work of Australian research students.


This year's winner is Paige Kelly, a student at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania & Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC. With the award Paige will be attending two conferences, the 3rd International Symposium On Krill and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Biology Symposium 2017. 

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Allen Award Highly Commended

Sarah Marley, Curtin University
Belinda Martin, The University of Western Australia
Jessica Ericson, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania
Laura Woodings, LaTrobe University