AMSN Conference 2017

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Coastal frontiers: saltmarsh and mangroves

Tuesday, 21 March to Friday, 24 March 2017

CSIRO, Castray Esplanade, Hobart.

CSIRO and the University of Tasmania are proud to host the 3rd Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network Conference (AMSN). The conference brings together researchers, industry, community and environmental consultants to discuss the latest science and management for saltmarsh and mangrove ecosystems.

This year’s theme “Coastal frontiers: Saltmarshes and Mangroves” builds on previous conference topics, this year focusing on the science and management of healthy waterways. The conference will continue promotion, collaboration and provide networking for researchers, students, resource managers, policy makers, environmental consultants and the local community – those who are at the “coalface” of local management and protection of our cherished coastal wetlands.

Our programme will include presentations from over 90 delegates during this five day event, many sharing the latest innovation and research in coastal wetlands.

The conference will commence on Monday, 20th March 2017 with a public forum where two of our keynote speakers will engage with other selected presenters on the topic “Coastal Marine Wetlands in an Era of Change”. This event will be held in the Aurora Lecture Theatre in the University of Tasmania’s Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) on Castray Esplanade.

The following two days of symposia (Tuesday, 21st and Wednesday, 22nd) will be held at the CSIRO Marine Laboratories on Castray Esplanade. Keynote speakers will include: Emeritus Professor Irving Mendelssohn from Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, School of the Coast and Environment, Louisiana State University, USA; Adjunct Professor Peter Bridgewater, Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity Governance, Institute of Applied Ecology and Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis, Canberra University and Past Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; and, Jane Hutchinson, CEO of the Tasmanian Land Conservancy and the 2016 Tasmania's Australian of the Year.

Day four (Thursday, 23rd) will present Tasmanian coastal saltmarshes from a field perspective with a trip to Bruny Island and a visit to Lutregala Marsh; and day five (Friday, 24th) will consist of four workshops focusing on regulatory planning, mangrove dieback, seascape restoration and coastal wetland monitoring.

The conference also includes a reception drinks and photographic display/competition hosted by the City of Hobart at Waterside Pavilion (Mawson Place, Tuesday, 21st) and a dinner at Barilla Bay Seafoods (Cambridge, Wednesday, 22nd).

Key dates for the AMSN Conference 2017 Hobart

10 October 2016 Call for abstracts and registration opens
17 December 2016 Early bird registration closes
17 December 2016 Abstract submissions close
21 January 2017 Notification of abstract acceptance*
6 March 2017 Registrations close
21 March 2017 Conference commences
24 March 2017 Conference closes

* If you are submitting an abstract from outside Australia and may need a visa to travel for the conference, please email to organise to have an early indication of abstract acceptance to plan for visa and other travel arrangements.

Abstract Submission

We invite you to submit an abstract for an oral presentation (15 mins) or poster.

Submissions open on Monday the 10th of October 2016. Please use the form available for download below to submit your abstracts.

AMSN 2017 Abstract (DOCX, 1MB)

All abstracts must be emailed to by 17 December 2016.

The allocation of abstracts for oral presentations and posters will be carried out by the Conference Scientific Committee. Both successful and unsuccessful presenters will be notified via email by 21 January 2017. Oral presentations will be 15 minutes in total duration allowing for a 12 minute talk time and 3 minutes of questions. Posters need to be A0 size, either portrait or landscape.

Conference Registration

Registrations open on Saturday 10 October 2016. The following link goes to the registration website.

Early bird registration fees

Full registration

  • General delegates            $350 ($390 for late registration)
  • Student delegates            $250 ($275 for late registration)

Partial registration

  • Day delegates – per day  $150* ($175 for late registration)
  • Non delegates - Dinner    $95 (fixed price)

Full registration includes:

  • Two full days of conference participations
  • One full day of field trip to Bruny Island
  • One day of workshops and conference synthesis
  • Lunches (all four days of the conference)
  • Snacks during morning and afternoon refreshment breaks (all four days of the conference)
  • Conference drinks/photo competition on Tuesday 21 March 2017
  • Conference dinner on Wednesday 22 March 2017
  • Conference bag and other stationery items

Partial registration includes:

  • Conference participation (only on the day(s) registered for)
  • Lunch and snacks (only on the day(s) registered for)
  • Conference bag and other stationery items


Programme available for download (PDF 475KB) (may be subject to minor changes to be advised during the Conference). A more detailed Conference Booklet will be available as a printed copy along with the Conference Bag at the time of registration. Please arrive by 8 am to register at the front desk to collect name tag, Conference Bag and confirm bookings for drinks, dinner & field trip.

Contact us

If you require further information about the AMSN Conference please contact:

Vishnu Prahalad

John Aalders