The Australian Marine Sciences Association Inc. is the peak national professional association for marine scientists
AMSA promotes marine science across all disciplines in Australia
The Local Organising Committee would like to invite you join us for the joint AMSA / NSMZZ 2020 and the Scientific Committee welcome you to the Conference theme of "Marine Science in the Anthropocene".
West Australian Nudibranch
Chromodoris westraliensis
© Photo | S Morrison
Bluespotted Goatfish
Upeneichthys vlaminghii
© Photo | S Morrison
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Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
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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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AMSA / NZMSS 2020 Conference



Marine Science in the Anthropocene
5 - 9 July 2020
Macquarie University


Save the Date!

Call for Symposia and Workshops

The 2020 Scientific Committee invite proposals for Symposia and Workshops for presentation at the joint AMSA/NZMSS 2020 Conference which will be held at Macquarie University, Sydney from Sunday 5 July 2020 until Thursday 9 July 2020.

The 2020 Conference has adopted the theme: 'Marine Science in the Anthropocene'. Symposia and Workshops addressing specific aspects in the context of the Conference theme are especially welcome, but other themes will be considered. 

Themes exploring significant and/or new insights, technologies or collaborations associated with marine systems under unprecedented anthropogenic pressures are also encouraged, as are themes that spotlight how cultural and traditional knowledge can inform and/or be informed by science. Workshops are usually run directly before or after the conference and incur additional charges for attendance.

Please ensure you read the guidelines carefully and are able to complete all aspects of the form.

Call for Symposia Proposals will close at midnight on 30 September 2019.

Call for Workshop Proposals will close at midnight on 2 December 2019.

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2019 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.

This year's winner is Helene Marsh, Emiritus Professor of Environmental Science, James Cook University, in recognition of her contribution to research, teaching and the conservation biology of dugongs and other cetaceans.

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Technical Award

The award recognises outstanding achievements in the field of technical support to marine science in Australia.

This year's winner is Brett Louden, NSW Department of Industry/Department of Primary Industries, who has contributed outstanding service to many research projects for more than 20 years.

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Allen Award

The Allen Award irecognises an outstanding postgraduate student by providing support to attend the AMSA Annual conference with the aim of giving the student the opportunity to gain experience and contacts, and to serve as an ambassador for Australian marine science.

This year's winner is Kate Dodds, a PhD student at Macquarie University interested in developing effective eco-engineering solutions for marine infrastructure (i.e. green engineering).