The Australian Marine Sciences Association Inc. is the peak national professional association for marine scientists
AMSA promotes marine science across all disciplines in Australia
Reduced registration fees
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AMSA 2021 will now be wholly virtual
Early bird prices extended until 25 March 2021
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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 2021 Conference


Marine Science in the Anthropocene
27 June - 2 July 2021
Macquarie University

Expressions of Interest

Interested in joining us at #AMSA21, but can't commit to the full conference? Keen to join our inspiring Keynote Program?

We are taking Expressions of Interest for a Keynote Program registration! For a reduced fee, you will get access to all of our Plenary Speaker Presentations and Panel Sessions to watch live or access later to watch in your own time.

Our exciting program of plenary presentations offers a diverse range of talks from leaders in their fields.

Dr Bridie Allan (University of Otago) will be speaking to us about how human activities influence the behaviour and survival of marine life. Dr David Suggett (Future Reefs Program) will talk about how environments and climate shape coral reef ecosystems. Dr Melinda Coleman (NSW DPI, Southern Cross University and University of Western Australia) will highlight the importance of future-proofing our underwater kelp forests. And last, but certainly not least, Distinguished Professor Michael Gillings (Macquarie University) will go on a deep dive into evolutionary genetics in the Anthropocene.

In addition, our three exciting panel sessions will challenge and inspire. Our Indigenous panel brings Indigenous marine practitioners from around the country to discuss the delivery of marine research in partnership with First Nation peoples and their Traditional Ecological Knowledges (TEK), something which has been highlighted as a National priority for Australia. This panel will explore the recent development of the AIATSIS code of Ethics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research and its endorsement as the National research standard. Our communications panel brings together a range of fascinating film makers and journalists to discuss key elements of effective science communication, particularly relating to the Anthropocene and this era of ‘fake news’. Our microplenary session will take a quickfire journey through the research highlights of three outstanding early career marine scientists.

These prominent scientists, communicators and leaders make an exciting Keynote Program that aims to challenge the status-quo and inspire us to blaze a path forward in the governance of our marine systems in the Anthropocene.

Keynote Program registration rates

$120 - Professional
$60 - Student

To register your interest for a Keynote Program registration, please email

We would love to have you join us for this exciting program.




AMSA President has announced the new format for AMSA 2021 in a short video that you can watch here. It is less than two minutes, so will not take much of your time. 

As mentioned in the video, AMSA 2021 will now be wholly virtual. The committees did everything they could to deliver an in-person event, but it has become increasingly clear that it is just not a viable option this year.

2021 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 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 will not be awarding the Allen Award this year.