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AMSA: five decades of shaping the future of marine science in Australia

Beckley, L.E. (2013) AMSA: five decades of shaping the future of marine science in Australia. In: AMSA2013 Golden Jubilee Conference, 7 - 11 July, Gold Coast, Qld, Australia.


Since the inaugural meeting at Cronulla in 1963, AMSA has grown from 130 foundation members to a vibrant, multi-disciplinary organisation of about 1,000 members spread over several branches around Australia. The 190 issues of the AMSA Bulletin offer a treasure trove of history and have provided the substance for this presentation. National AMSA affairs are run by the Council and there have been nearly 200 Councillors including 24 Presidents, 17 Secretaries, 16 Editors and 11 Treasurers. The AMSA conference is the annual highlight and has grown from an AGM and a few talks by senior scientists to the more recent, weeklong, themed events with >400 scientists and students, keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, posters, phone app and social events; all indicating the vitality of AMSA. From early on, the collective wisdom of AMSA members has been influential about matters affecting marine science, Australia’s oceans and marine policy through scores of written submissions to government and representation on many major national committees. Significant efforts have covered marine careers, estuarine management, marine protected areas, scientific diving, taxonomy, marine science policy and national research priorities. Members provide the core strength of AMSA and many have contributed tirelessly to the association. Fittingly, our premier student prizes, the Kenny and Allen Awards recognise remarkable AMSA members while our prestigious Jubilee Award acknowledges excellence in Australian marine research. With a sound history of accomplishments in advancing marine science over the past fifty years, AMSA will surely continue to shape marine science in Australia into the future.

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