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Connectivity and Coastal Habitat Utilisation

Based on the AMSA 2017 conference theme of connectivity participants will embark on a journey into the complexities of habitat utilisation. Set at the Darwin Harbour Waterfront thought leaders will provoke discussions on; marine and coastal strategies, sea level rise, sedimentation, land use change, the north Australian mangrove dieback and conservation management. This workshop will highlight the linkages between different disciplines, regions and cultures and will provide an opportunity for marine scientists to connect with marine and coastal; managers, researchers and NGO’s. Finally the workshop will explore issues specific to Darwin Harbour during a sunset harbour eco-cruise leaving you with a lasting connection to the top end. This workshop is for those who are interested in exploring and discussing the connections across disciplines and those who appreciate nature. Places are limited.

Registration includes:
Unlimited tea and coffee
2.5 hour sunset cruise on Darwin Harbour- guided by local scientists and traditional owners
Afternoon canapés
Complimentary glass of bubbly or beer or bottle of water or soft drink
Opportunistic marine wildlife sightings


Sat. 8 July 2017
11:00 am – 7:00 pm ACST


Charles Darwin University Waterfront
21 Kitchener Dr
Darwin City, NT 0800

Using Novel Technologies to Answer Key Questions in Marine Science

Optimum management of marine resources is arguably one of our most pressing environmental challenges. Our capacity to respond to such a challenge is directly proportionate to our knowledge of the drivers, impacts and ecology in the marine environment. Improved accuracy and precision in predicting and measuring the impact of environmental changes caused by climate and local factors is central to our response. There is little doubt that science and technology must play a vital role in devising the solutions necessary to overcome problems arising in the marine environment. Our workshop presenters will demonstrate some of their recent technological applications in the marine world. Demonstrations of applied technology including remote sensing and drone technology will be used to show how to capture year-round data, increase fieldwork efficiency and improve data resolution and accuracy, as well as creating new research opportunities.

Prof Graeme Hays (Deakin University) is known for his international collaborative scientific investigations which use multiple technologies to resolve key questions in our marine environment. His studies have included behavioural, physiological and molecular ecology as well as biological oceanography for a range of marine species including vertebrates and invertebrates with a strong emphasis on the use of innovative marine technology and cross-disciplinary collaboration, for example with physical oceanographers, mathematicians and physicists.

Richard Fitzpatrick (Biopixel) will share footage and techno tales from the Great Barrier Reef and the world’s largest green turtle rookery and show how they have worked to resolve some of the recent challenges affecting these iconic places. Richard Fitzpatrick is an Emmy winning cinematographer, as well as being a qualified marine biologist specialising in sharks. He has shot more than 50 films for clients such as the BBC, National Geographic and Discovery Channel and is renowned for filming complex behavioural sequences – (including High Speed, Time Lapse, Motion Control and Underwater). Richard’s presentation will highlight the importance of visual media to tell and sell the story of science.

Discussion is encouraged
Light dinner provided


Wed. 5 July 2017
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm ACST

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin
Darwin City, NT 0800

Indigenous engagement workshop

Title: ‘Furthering sea country research through advancing Indigenous collaborations with marine scientists’

The Indigenous engagement 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. 

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’.


When registering please use AMSA2017IEW as your code/password.


Fri. 7 July 2017
9:00 am – 3:00 pm ACST

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin
116 Esplanade
Darwin City, NT 0800

Getting Published Workshop

If you've submitted a manuscript chances are you've had to deal with your fair share of rejection. But, not to worry, this crash-course is here to help you get your foot in the door with an insider's look at scientific publishing. Professor Max Finlayson, Editor-in-Chief of Marine and Freshwater Research, CSIRO Publishing, will lead this intensive 1.5 hour workshop on ‘Getting Published’. Professor Finlayson has contributed to over 300 journal articles, reports, guidelines, proceedings and book chapters on wetland ecology and management. This workshop is targeted at post-graduate students, post-doctoral and early-career researchers. Be sure to book soon as places are limited!


Fri. 7 July 2017
3:15 pm – 5:00 pm ACST

Charles Darwin University Waterfront
21 Kitchener Dr
Darwin City, NT 0800

Turtle Tracks Tour

Leaving Stokes Hill Wharf at 4.00 pm on a date especially picked around the lunar cycle, your cobwebs will be blown away as Darwin Harbour fades into the distance. With the warm breeze on your face and the smell of salt in the air, life will become surreal as you skim over turquoise waters on the way to the nesting ground for flatback and olive ridley turtles.

Keeping your eyes peeled for marine mammals and reptiles, your journey will take you past historic Charles Point Lighthouse into Bynoe Harbour, arriving at remote Njulbitjlk (Bare Sand Island) in time for the sun set. Explore the island with Team Turtle, learn about the fascinating marine creatures who inhabit these waters and who visit the island; and find out about the unique war history and traditional stories as you experience day turning to night.

Back on board your bento meal will delight, and then after twilight fades, Team Turtle will take you for a guided walk to witness the egg laying ritual. For those who take this adventure late in the season you may have the privilege of witnessing the eruption of baby turtles from their home under the warm sand. A fast boat ride will get you back to Darwin, with memories that will last a life time.

This tour is conducted around the lunar cycle – full moon and new moon are the best times to see the turtles. Nature dictates your experience and return time – the females usually come up around sunset, although there are no guarantees. The tour will return later if babies are hatching. Note that nesting turtles or hatchlings cannot be guaranteed on any tour though in 2015 100% of our guests experienced a turtle encounter.

This cruise attracts Advanced Eco and ROC Accreditation.



So. 9 July 2017

Participants will need to book online at this link and use the promo code AMSA17 to unlock a 10% discount.


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A gentle flowing class of yoga to suit all levels with an emphasis on meditative movement to breath. An opportunity to gently awaken the body, steady the mind, create a focus and intention for the day ahead.


Mon 03.07. , Tue 04.07. , Wed 05.07. , Thur 06.07.

6.15am - 7.15am


Esplanade / Opposite the Doubletree Hilton Esplanade


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