The 54th Annual Conference of Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) will be held in Darwin at the Doubletree Hilton – Darwin Entertainment Centre complex during 2–6 July 2017. AMSA (www.amsa.asn.au) is Australia’s peak professional marine science body, with approaching 1000 members from around the country active in a diverse range of disciplines and workplaces. It has for over 50 years promoted all aspects of marine science in Australia and coordinated discussion and debate of marine issues in Australia. AMSA operates with a membership network of individuals and corporate affiliates as a not-for-profit organisation
As your hosts for the 2017 AMSA conference, the NT branch of AMSA warmly invites you to join us in Darwin in July.
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.
The greatest global extent of shallow tropical seas is around northern Australia and to our near north. The concept for the AMSA 2017 conference—Connections through Shallow Seas, which alludes to the connectivity that exists in marine science: linkages between different disciplines of marine science, connecting traditional knowledge and western science and the regional collaborations (both domestic and international). These connections in marine science will be discussed in the conference working themes, symposia and the indigenous workshop on the Friday.
G1: Marine fundamentals
G2: Marine food security
G4: Arafura and Timor Seas Ecosystem Action
G5: Looking to the future
S1: How can marine science better guide environmental decision-makers?
S2: Sustainable estuaries and societal benefits: linkages, challenges and future trade-offs
S3: Building resilient urban ports and harbours through globally integrated research and management
S5: Ecological diversity and connectivity in the tropical eastern Indian Ocean
S6: Remote sensing techniques for marine sciences
S7: The use of acoustics for the exploration and management of the marine environment.
S8: Noise impacts on marine life
S9: Integrating science to support management in the Kimberley
S10: Climate impacts on marine system structure and function: molecules to ecosystems
S11: Crossing boundaries with marine genomics: new techniques, applications and integration
S12: Migratory fishes and their fisheries
S13: Commonwealth Marine Parks: research for management
S15: Great Australian Bight – seeking whole-of-system understanding
S16: Observing the tropical northern waters
S17: Swimming the talk: management of marine megafauna in Australian waters
S18: Marine spatial planning
S20: Small-scale commercial marine harvest: challenges and opportunities
Indigenous workshop will be a round table discussion on a number of topics such as: building productive working relationships between indigenous rangers and researchers, knowledge exchange between groups.
“AMSA is encouraging all delegates attending the AMSA 2017 conference in Darwin to attend the Indigenous Engagement Workshop on Friday 7th July, commencing at 9 a.m. You might look to set your travel plans accordingly.
Title: ‘Furthering sea country research through advancing Indigenous collaborations with marine scientists’
The NZMSS and AMSA 2016 Indigenous engagement workshop was held to provide the opportunity to start discussions and identify issues around Indigenous engagement in marine science. A major driver for the workshop was the need for more effective and meaningful collaborations between marine scientists and Indigenous groups in the area of sea country research. The follow up Indigenous engagement workshop being held at AMSA2017 intends to start the conversation around what is needed to develop collaborations through:
· Sharing examples of successful engagement: how did the partners get started on their collaborative research projects, why do they think these collaborations worked, how did the partners work together to troubleshoot problems along their journey and what were some potential road blocks that would have stopped their collaboration?
· Providing marine scientists with information on some key resources that are available to help them begin, so they can start on their journey of appropriate Indigenous engagement.
· Panel discussion around how and when to engage and what is still required to have successful engagement in sea country research collaborations.
This exchange of experiences, resources and knowledge will facilitate achieving the workshop objective ‘To promote Indigenous engagement in marine science by sharing information on successes and identifying what can be done to advance meaningful collaborations’.