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.
West Australian Nudibranch
Chromodoris westraliensis
© Photo | S Morrison
Bluespotted Goatfish
Upeneichthys vlaminghii
© Photo | S Morrison
© Photo | SARDI
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
© Photo | Deepreef Explorer
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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



We are excited to confirm that we have 13 workshops coinciding with #AMSA18.

The following workshops will span from 1-7 July 2018:

  • 3D Modelling for Ecology: Getting photogrammetry right in difficult environments
  • CBiCS – Road-testing a new marine ecological classification scheme
  • Marine Citizen Science: sharing successes and lessons for improved outcomes
  • Indo Pacific Coral Identification Workshop
  • How to access and use IMOS data for your research
  • Marine Biosecurity
  • Challenges and solutions to measuring and demonstrating connectivity in Marine Protected Area (MPA) networks
  • Introduction to Polychaete Families: Identification of Australian fauna: A taxonomic workshop
  • Recreational fishing in Commonwealth waters
  • Paper accepted! Now what? Find your way to real impact using animation video and graphics
  • National Seabed Mapping Coordination Workshop
  • Prepare high quality applications for sea time on the Marine National Facility Research Vessel Investigator
  • Marine National Facility Data Management Policy – Consultation Workshop

Go to AMSA 2018 Conference website


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