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.


NZMSS-AMSA 2016 2016 AMSA Award Winners AMSA membership

Sharing Ocean Resources Now
and in the Future

2016 is a joint conference year for the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society (NZMSS) and the Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA). The conference will be held at Victoria University of Wellington in the Maclaurin Building on Kelburn Campus.

The conference theme 'Sharing Ocean Resources Now and in the Future’ is highly relevant to New Zealand and Australia. Both countries are grappling with competing demands for marine space and resources and require high quality scientific investigations to provide the data and analysis to meet the needs of ‘evidence based decision making’ as well as uncover the fundamentals of how marine systems work now and under future environmental change scenarios. 

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Early Bird Registration close on
13th May 2016
All presenters will be confirmed by
2nd May 2016.

More details are available via the conference website


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 beMr 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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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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