The Australian Marine Sciences Association Inc. is the peak national professional association for marine scientists
AMSA promotes marine science across all disciplines 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 2021 Conference


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

Call for Abstracts is Open

The 2021 Scientific Committee invite submissions of Oral Presentations and Poster Abstracts for the AMSA 2021 Conference which will be held at Macquarie University, New South Wales from Sunday, 27 June to Friday, 2 July 2021.

The 2021 Conference has adopted the theme: 'Marine Science in the Anthropocene'.

Submissions can be linked to one of the accepted Conference Symposia or can be submitted under a General Stream. The full list of the 2021 Conference Symposia is available in the Call for Abstracts guidelines.

If you have previously submitted an abstract and wish to amend the abstract for the 2021 program, further information will be provided to you directly.

The Call for Abstracts will close on Monday, 1 February 2021

>> Download Call for Abstracts Guidelines

>> Go to Abstract Submission Portal

With restrictions beginning to ease across the country, we are increasingly confident that we will be able to come together in June 2021, but we are also well aware that things can change quickly. We are currently exploring options for a face-to-face, virtual or hybrid delivery, with inclusivity and the safety of our delegates at the forefront.

In the case that we need to move from a face-to-face to a virtual or hybrid event, the difference in registration fees will be refunded, and we quarantee a full refund if you change your mind.


2020 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 Professor Lynnath Beckley, Environment and Conservation Sciences, Murdoch University, for her work on ocean and coastal environments in Western Australia and the Indian Ocean.

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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 inaugural Emerging Leader in Marine Science Award has been awarded to Dr Katherine Dafforn, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Macquarie University and Deputy Director of the the Sydney Harbour Research Program, Sydney Institute of Marine Science.

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AMSA will not be awarding the Technical Award or the Allen Award this year.