The Australian Marine Sciences Association Inc. is the peak national professional association for marine scientists
AMSA promotes marine science across all disciplines in Australia
1 - 5 July 2018
Adelaide Convention Centre
The 2018 AMSA Conference will be held in the heart of the city of Adelaide at the newly renovated, world class Adelaide Convention Centre from 1st to 5th July 2018. AMSA is Australia’s peak professional body for marine science with near 1000 members from diverse disciplines and workplaces throughout all states and territories. The 2018 organising committee and the SA State Branch are thrilled to be your hosts for the 55th AMSA conference and we are pleased to invite you to Adelaide for what will be a showcase of a new era in Australian marine science.
Early Bird Rates until Wednesday 23 May 2018
West Australian Nudibranch
Chromodoris westraliensis
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Bluespotted Goatfish
Upeneichthys vlaminghii
© Photo | S Morrison
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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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2018 AMSA Conference

1 - 5 July 2018



Register now for AMSA 2018!

For a long time, the ‘Catchment to Coast’ concept has influenced the research and management agenda. This conference seeks to progress our scientific understanding by shifting the perspective deeper to the interconnectedness between the coast and deep sea.

The full program is available on the website. Click below to see who will be presenting at AMSA2018!



What’s included in a full registration:

  • Full access to all presentations at the world-class Adelaide Convention Centre
  • Full access to Poster session, including beverages and cocktail food
  • Full access to the Exhibition Marketplace
  • Welcome reception, including beverages and cocktail food
  • Morning and afternoon tea each day
  • Lunch each day
  • Conference Gala Dinner with food and beverages included
  • Access to the conference workshops – these are offered only to conference attendees (note some workshops incur an additional third-party fee and some have limited spaces available)
  • Students and invited mentors also receive free entry to student night (only available for student registrations)


Go to AMSA 2018 Conference website


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".