Australian Marine Sciences Association

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


2016 AMSA Award Winners 2017 AMSA Conference


AMSA membership

Silver 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 our worthy and distinguished winner is Dr Barry Bruce, Senior Research Scientist for Pelagic Spatial Dynamics, from Marine Resources and Industries Program of CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere.

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Technical Award

The AMSA Technical Award recognises outstanding achievements in the field of technical support to marine science in Australia. The prize emphasizes the valuable contribution to marine science made by those who provide the technical and logistical support services which make much research possible.

 This year’s winner is Lesley Clementson from the Temperate Coastal Group of the Coastal, Development and Management Program of CSIRO Oceans and Atmostphere.

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Allen Award

One of the most important roles of AMSA is to develop and encourage our student members.  The AMSA Allen Award is a grant of $2,500 to support an outstanding postgraduate student to attend an international conference, with the aim to gain experience and serve as an ambassador for Australian marine science.  The Allen Award is in memory of Kay Radway and Rosa Allen who were both active on AMSA Council for many years and is supported by a bequest from the estate of the late K Radway Allen since June 2008.

This year our student ambassador will be Mr Phil Bouchet from the University of Western Australia who will attend the 4th International Marine Conservation Congress at St John's in Canada.

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The Ron Kenny Prizes

Beverly Oh
(University of Western Australia - oral)
Lincoln Critchley
(Macquarie University - poster)

 Peter Holloway Oceanography Prize

David Spencer
(Griffith University)

 Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation Prize

Samantha Tol
(James Cook University)
Kobe Martin
(University of New South Wales)

Fisheries Research Development Corporation Prize

Tina Oldham
(University of Tasmania - oral)
Jiadai Wu
(The University of Sydney - poster)

Ernest Hodgkin Estuary Research Prize

Richard Stafford-Bell
(Victoria University)

Victorian Marine Science Consortium Prize

Amanda Pettersen
(Monash University)


 Save the Date!

At the annual AMSA conference being held in Darwin, Northern Territory in 2017, we seek to highlight achievements in Marine Science in Australasia and our close neighbours in SE Asia.
The conference theme is
'Connections through shallow seas’.

It encompasses connectivity between marine regions (coastal to continental shelf  waters) and social linkages
(scientists, indigenous people, industry, government, etc).


Call for Symposia

Please complete your symposium proposal on this Word document and email it to the chair of the scientific committee; Dr Claire Streten

 Closing date: 15th November 2016


The symposium sessions are designed to facilitate exchange of up-to-date knowledge and critical discussion of important issues in marine science. They require a champion(s) to convene the session and to coordinate a core group of speakers to invigorate the symposium.

Some suggested topics to get you thinking might include:

  • Marine food security (aquaculture, fisheries, biosecurity, tourism, industry, traditional harvest),
  • Evolving the way we monitor (new technology, techniques, traditional knowledge),
  • Managing today for tomorrow (collaborative management, marine parks),
  • Looking to the future (emerging issues i.e. microplastics)

Any other contemporary issues or topics


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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