We are announcing the unfortunate news that we are unable to go ahead with our annual conference AMSA/NZMSS 2020. The restrictions on social interaction and travel due to Covid-19, and the uncertainty about how long these restrictions will be in place in both Australia and New Zealand, have forced us to make this difficult decision.
The good news, however, is in 2021 we will have great conferences in Australia and New Zealand, but sadly not a joint conference.
AMSA 2021 will be held in Sydney with the same theme - ‘Marine Science in the Anthropocene’. There are still details to be resolved but we hope to hold the conference at Macquarie University. It is anticipated that AMSA 2021 will be in July but exact dates are still to be determined subject to venue availability and clashes with other conferences. Symposia and workshops will be retained as far as possible. We acknowledge that delegates will probably want to resubmit abstracts to reflect changes in research objectives and results.
Delegates who have already registered will be contacted by the Conference Organiser about retaining or cancelling their registration. For delegates who have registered as students, provision will be made for student registration to be retained regardless of your status next year. Further information will be available on the AMSA and conference websites soon.
In New Zealand, next year’s NZMSS conference will be held on the new University of Waikato campus in Tauranga. Further information will be available on the NZMSS website as it becomes available.
The Organising Committee, led by Louise Tosetto, and the Scientific Committee, led by Jane Williamson, have done a huge amount of work which will not be wasted. We will build on the work to date and both AMSA and NZMSS will deliver great conferences in 2021.
Penny Berents (AMSA President) and Nick Shears (NZMSS President)