OVERVIEW: The 2017 Conference will include special sessions on Marine governance through partnerships, Mātauranga Māori, Biosecurity and on the effects of the Kaikōura Earthquake. There will be workshops on Science Communication, Innovation and Technology, and Emerging Issues as well as plenty of networking opportunities including one focused on emerging professionals. Sessions covering topics such as fisheries, marine management, protected areas, marine mammals and more will encompass the full range of general submissions received. 

The New Zealand Marine Sciences Society (NZMSS) is New Zealand’s major professional association of marine scientists. It is a non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing marine science and our understanding of the marine environment within New Zealand, supporting our up-and-coming scientists of the future, and provides advice to government on marine environment, resource, conservation and policy issues.

2017 COMMITTEE: Chair Prof. Islay Marsden (University of Canterbury)
Phoebe Argyle (University of Canterbury), Dr Lesley Bolton-Ritchie (Environment Canterbury), Dr Regina Eisert (University of Canterbury), Dr Sharyn Goldstien (University of Canterbury), Jan McKenzie (University of Canterbury), Dr John Pirker (University of Canterbury), Kimberley Seaward (NIWA)


A once a year opportunity to meet with peers, stay up-to-date with
innovative research approaches and be informed about the latest research findings.


Science Communication, Innovation and Technology, and Emerging Issues - interactive workshops providing support and networking opportunities for science professionals.


Find out more information on the entire conference week including the date and times for associated activities like workshops and social events (welcome reception, conference dinner and more).

“I had an amazing time and loved every minute! Was great to make new friends and reunite with people I hadn't seen in a long time!"
-2016 Conference Attendee