The Australian Marine Sciences Association Inc. is the peak national professional association for marine scientists
AMSA promotes marine science across all disciplines in Australia
The Local Organising Committee would like to invite you join us for the joint AMSA / NSMZZ 2020 and the Scientific Committee welcome you to the Conference theme of "Marine Science in the Anthropocene".
West Australian Nudibranch
Chromodoris westraliensis
© Photo | S Morrison
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.

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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 / NZMSS 2020 Conference



Marine Science in the Anthropocene
5 - 9 July 2020
Macquarie University

Important Update

We are announcing the unfortunate news that we are unable to go ahead with our annual conference AMSA/NZMSS 2020. The restrictions on social interaction and travel due to Covid-19, and the uncertainty about how long these restrictions will be in place in both Australia and New Zealand, have forced us to make this difficult decision.

The good news, however, is in 2021 we will have great conferences in Australia and New Zealand, but sadly not a joint conference.

AMSA 2021 will be held in Sydney with the same theme - ‘Marine Science in the Anthropocene’. There are still details to be resolved but we hope to hold the conference at Macquarie University. It is anticipated that AMSA 2021 will be in July but exact dates are still to be determined subject to venue availability and clashes with other conferences. Symposia and workshops will be retained as far as possible. We acknowledge that delegates will probably want to resubmit abstracts to reflect changes in research objectives and results.

Delegates who have already registered will be contacted by the Conference Organiser about retaining or cancelling their registration. For delegates who have registered as students, provision will be made for student registration to be retained regardless of your status next year. Further information will be available on the AMSA and conference websites soon.

In New Zealand, next year’s NZMSS conference will be held on the new University of Waikato campus in Tauranga. Further information will be available on the NZMSS website as it becomes available.

The Organising Committee, led by Louise Tosetto, and the Scientific Committee, led by Jane Williamson, have done a huge amount of work which will not be wasted. We will build on the work to date and both AMSA and NZMSS will deliver great conferences in 2021.

Penny Berents (AMSA President) and Nick Shears (NZMSS President)


2019 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 Helene Marsh, Emiritus Professor of Environmental Science, James Cook University, in recognition of her contribution to research, teaching and the conservation biology of dugongs and other cetaceans.

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Technical Award

The award recognises outstanding achievements in the field of technical support to marine science in Australia.

This year's winner is Brett Louden, NSW Department of Industry/Department of Primary Industries, who has contributed outstanding service to many research projects for more than 20 years.

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Allen Award

The Allen Award irecognises an outstanding postgraduate student by providing support to attend the AMSA Annual conference with the aim of giving the student the opportunity to gain experience and contacts, and to serve as an ambassador for Australian marine science.

This year's winner is Kate Dodds, a PhD student at Macquarie University interested in developing effective eco-engineering solutions for marine infrastructure (i.e. green engineering).