The Australian Marine Sciences Association Inc. is the peak national professional association for marine scientists
AMSA promotes marine science across all disciplines in Australia
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 social and travel restrictions the joint AMSA/NZMSS 2020 Conference has been postponed. Sadly in 2021 AMSA and NZMSS will host separate Conferences.
New dates: 27 June to 2 July 2021
West Australian Nudibranch
Chromodoris westraliensis
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Bluespotted Goatfish
Upeneichthys vlaminghii
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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

Important Update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 social and travel restrictions the joint AMSA/NZMSS 2020 Conference has been postponed. Sadly in 2021 AMSA and NZMSS will host separate Conferences.

We are pleased to announce that we have secured new dates for AMSA 2021, 'Marine Science in the Anthropocene'. The Conference will be held from Sunday 27 June to Friday 2 July 2021 at Macquarie University in Sydney.

The dates for 2021 are a week earlier than usual. This decision was made based on venue availability but more importantly, to avoid clashes with other major International Conferences. We hope that this provides delegates an opportunity to maximise their Conference attendance next year.

We have been in touch with delegates who have already registered about retaining or cancelling their registration, and are in the process of contacting symposia and workshop convenors. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have not been contacted. We understand that delegates may want to
resubmit their abstracts and we will be in touch in the coming months regarding abstract resubmission.

We are excited to build on what will be an exciting and timely event and can't wait to host you all at Macquarie University in 2021.

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.