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Message from Organising Committee
The 48th Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) Conference will be held from 3 July to 7 July 2011 in Fremantle, Western Australia at the Esplanade Hotel.  AMSA is Australia’s major professional association for marine scientists from all disciplines (see http://www.amsa.asn.au/), and is dedicated to advancing marine science and its understanding in Australia.  AMSA is a non-profit organisation.

As your hosts for the 2011 AMSA Conference, the WA Branch of AMSA is looking forward to welcoming all our marine science colleagues to Fremantle in July. It’s shaping up to be an exciting and packed conference. Also watch this space for news about our cool conference t-shirts soon!

About the AMSA Conference
The annual AMSA conference attracts an international community of researchers, academics, government and industry scientists as well as students from a wide range of disciplines including marine biology, ecology, oceanography, geology, molecular biology and chemistry.

AMSA’s annual conference is held in a different part of Australia each year, and is only hosted in WA every 10 years or so.  AMSA’s WA branch is pulling out all stops to make the conference a success for our local, eastern states and international colleagues. We have organized a great Social Program, as well as a great Scientific Program, to ensure everyone has a good time.

Conference Theme
The conference theme for 2011 is ‘Crossing Boundaries’, reflecting the need for communicating across AMSA’s wide diversity of disciplines, and for understanding and communicating across different scales, spaces and environments.  Our conference logo has stylised versions of the Leeuwin Current and East Australian Current – which cross State boundaries and bio-geographical boundaries.

The response to the Call for Abstracts has been fantastic: 374 abstracts submitted, and their quality was also terrific. The Scientific Program, will include eight General Sessions and 17 Symposia. Conference symposia have been confirmed as follows:

  • Health assessment of estuaries – developing, implementing and reporting
  • Marine science, connectivity, and research cooperation in the Arafura and Timor Seas
  • Rigorous assessments of the potential impact of industry and coastal development on marine mammals: research designs, techniques and long-term strategies
  • The Australian Animal Tagging and Movement System – Progress and Future Directions
  • Underwater acoustic applications in Australia – ‘sound’ science is multi-disciplinary
  • First Census of Marine Life 2010 – Highlights of a Decade of Discovery
  • Bridging the Australian-New Zealand divide – modelling species and community distributions across the worlds two largest EEZs
  • From Sound to Sea: the oceanography and ecology of the Kimberley
  • Ningaloo – the benefits of a multi-disciplinary approach
  • Mangroves and salt marshes – crucial communities at the land-sea boundary
  • Cross-boundary detrital subsidies in a changing world
  • Plankton – the foundation of marine food webs
  • Integrated physical-ecological modelling for environmental management
  • Re-shaping the continent: Predicting and managing environmental impacts of dredging
  • Optical remote sensing of aquatic ecosystems: crossing boundaries from turbid coastal waters to the blue open ocean
  • The West Australian Integrated Marine Observation System (WAIMOS)
  • Western Australia and its oceans – the cascade of scales

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