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 2022 Conference


Change and Connections


7 - 11 August 2022




We are delighted to announce that registrations for the 58th annual AMSA Conference are now open. We invite everyone to join us at the Pullman International in Cairns from 7-11 August for what will be a fantastic event! Sign up before Friday 6th May 2022 to take advantage of our earlybird rates.

The theme for the 2022 conference is “Change and Connections”, emphasising important linkages among environmental, ecological and social systems at a time characterised by rapid change across all these areas. In addition to our 5 stellar plenary speakers, we'll have close to 600 abstract presenters showcasing their work within one of the 21 symposia and general sessions. AMSA 2022 is sure to impress!

Of course, the conference will also offer plenty of social events and we are hoping it will be the perfect opportunity for everyone to network and simply have fun. Full conference registrations include complimentary tickets to all social functions, so you will be fully catered for from the moment you arrive in Cairns. From the Welcome Function on Sunday evening to the Joe Baker Poster Session on Monday and the Student Event on Tuesday...something great is happening every night at AMSA 2022! And of course, we hope to see everybody get loose on the dance floor at the official Gala Dinner on Thursday night!

Conference accommodation is available at discounted rates and for all budgets. Conveniently stay at the conference venue (Pullman Cairns International), upgrade to the 5-star Shangri-La The Marina, or keep it low-key at Ibis Styles Cairns. Students may prefer to book out an entire dorm room (with private ensuite) at Gilligan's Backpackers for even less money and more fun! Simply add your preferred accommodation to your registration via the online portal.

For those wanting a lasting memory of the Conference, we have AMSA 2022 branded merchandise for sale via the online portal. Treat yourself to a sleek UPF50 sun shirt, keep your bevvy cool in a stubby holder or sip your morning coffee out of a custom AMSA 2022 cup!

And finally, because most of us consider the reef as our happy place, AMSA 2022 has partnered up with Quicksilver to offer discounted reef tours before and after the conference. All delegates and accompanying friends or family members receive a 30% discount on selected day trips and snorkel tours. Simply click here to access the special conference rates.



>> Watch the AMSA 2022 launch video


2021 AMSA Award Winners

Deadline for nominations for all AMSA Awards (Jubilee, Technical, Emerging Leader in Marine Science and Allen Award) has been extended to 15th April for 2022!

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 2021 Jubilee Award winner is Professor Mike Kingsford, College of Science and Engineering and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, for his significant and novel contributions to larval fish ecology, biogeography, and connectivity in Australian and New Zealand waters.

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Emerging Leader in Marine Science Award

This is a new award established in 2020 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 2021 Emerging Leader in Marine Science is Dr Jennifer Donelson from James Cook University for her transforamtive research on transgenerational plasticity in fishes combined with her service and leadership to the marine science community. 

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Technical Award

This award is intended to recognize outstanding achievements in the field of technical support to marine science in Australia. It was first awarded in 2009. This prize serves to emphasize the valuable contribution to marine science made by those who provide the technical and logistical support services that make much research possible. 

The 2021 Technical Award winner is Joshua Aldridge from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) for his years of service leading and supporting a range of projects related to the maintenance and repair of seawater systems and field equipment at UTS, MAcquarie University and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS).

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AMSA did not award the Allen Award for Outstanding Student in 2021.