The Australian Marine Sciences Association Inc. is the peak national professional association for marine scientists
Advancing marine science in Australia
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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 2023 Conference

Science in Sea Country

Gold Coast

2 - 6 July 2023

 Don’t miss the AMSA 2023 Conference, where marine scientists will come together to advance our understanding
of Australia’s unique marine environment!


Last year, the conference was a massive success and tickets were sold out at the earlybird period.  Don't let AMSA 2023 slip away. Visit the website for more information.


The ‘Science in Sea Country’ theme supports AMSA’s recognition of the enduring connection that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People have with their Sea Countries, and acknowledges the critical role that the ecological and cultural knowledge of Australia’s first scientists plays in the sustainability of our seas.

The 57th annual AMSA conference will be held from July 2-6, 2023, on the Gold Coast (Queensland), Yugambeh Language Area. This is a national marine science forum that will provide a space to exchange traditional knowledge and modern science. Together, this will provide a strong foundation for understanding marine ecosystems, and inform marine management decisions. AMSA 2023 also aims to foster student and early career researcher participation, by providing a platform for professional development and networking in a supportive, inclusive space. AMSA meetings promote a culture of inclusion, and bring together a diverse range of delegates working in all fields of marine science, conservation and management.

The AMSA 2023 Conference will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, in the heart of the vibrant Broadbeach area, close to the beach and many accommodation, dining, transport and entertainment options.

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2023 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.

The 2023 Jubilee Award winner is Professor Robert McCauley, from the Centre for Marine Science and Technology, School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Curtin University, Australia’s leading expert in marine bioacoustics.

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Emerging Leader in Marine Science Award

This award was established in 2020 and is presented to an early or mid-career scientist in recognition of their outstanding reserach and academic achievements in marine science and the translation of their research for engagement outside of academia and mentoring of other young scientists.

The 2023 Emerging Leader in Marine Science is Dr Sue-Ann Watson, a Senior Scientist and Curator (Marine Invertebrates) for the Queensland Museum Network, based at the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville, and a Senior Lecturer in the Marine Biology and Aquaculture team within the College of Science and Engineering at James Cook University. 

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Gigari MG Excellence in Sea Country Award

This award was inaugurated at the AMSA 2022 Conference in Cairns and is intended to recognise the outstanding contribution or leadership potential of an Indigenous marine scientist, ranger, communicator, or educator to the advancement of marine science and knowledge in Australia. 

The 2023 Gigari MG Excellence in Sea Country Award winner is Madeina David (BSc, 2021). Through her role as Senior Natural Resource Management Officer for the Torres Strait Island Regional Authority (TSRA), Madeina David is connecting modern science with traditional land and sea knowledge on her island home of Iama.

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Allen Award

This award is intended to recognise an outstanding postgraduate student by providing financial support to attend the upcoming AMSA conference, giving the student the opportunity to gain experience and contacts. 

The 2023 Allen Award winner is Juliano Morais, a PhD student at the Reef Functional Hub at James Cook University. Juliano’s research is focussed on investigating how bleaching events driven by change affect coral population dynamics.

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