Each morning begins with a keynote speaker, followed by plenary talks until morning tea. Following this, concurrent sessions will run all day. On Tuesday morning the keynote speakers will be the AMSA Jubilee Award winners for 2011 and 2010. Tuesday morning will also include presentations of AMSA 40 year memberships, and the AMSA Allen award (to an outstanding postgraduate student to attend an international conference in any field of marine science). The keynote speakers will be followed by the AMSA AGM and election of the new council.
The time allocated for most talks is 20 minutes: 15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions. Times will be strictly adhered to – please do not get upset with your session chairs when they ask you to stop. This is a matter of courtesy to other speakers (so their time is not encroached on) and to delegates moving between five concurrent sessions to their preferred talks (difficult when talks are ‘out of synch’).
The Scientific Program finishes between 1700 and 1730 hours each day. There are social functions on every night:
- On Monday the Poster Cocktail Session will be held in the Indian Ocean Suite of the Conference Venue from 1730 to 1930 hours. Poster presenters will need to stand with their posters during this session to answer any questions. Student posters will be judged for prizes during this session. A selection of drinks and nibbles will be served.
- On Tuesday the Student Night (hosted by WA students) will be held in the upstairs function room of the Newport Hotel in Fremantle (a short stroll from the Conference Venue) from 1800 to 2300 hours. Students only (unless you are an invited guest).
- On Wednesday the Film Night will be held in the Conference Venue from 1730 to 2000 hours. A selection of drinks and nibbles will be served in the Southern Cross Lobby from 1730 to 1800 hours ( Indian Ocean Suite), followed by screening of the film in the Sirius/Pleiades room.
- On Thursday the conference dinner will be held in the Conference Venue from 1900 to 2400 hours. Pre-dinner drinks will be served in the Indian Ocean Suite from 1900 to 1930 hours, followed by dinner and dancing in Southern Cross Gala Ballroom from 1930 to 2400 hours. Student awards will be presented at the dinner.