New Zealand Marine Science Society

Welcome to the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society website! Photo courtesy of Don Neale.

Who we are

The New Zealand Marine Sciences Society, known as “NZMSS”, was formed in 1960 as a constituent society of New Zealand’s Royal Society, to encourage and assist marine science and related research across a wide range of disciplines in New Zealand and to foster communication among those with an interest in marine science.

NZMSS is a non-profit organization that provides access to and within the marine science community and identifies emerging issues through annual conferences, annual reviews, a listserve and this website. NZMSS membership covers all aspects of scientific interest in the marine environment and extends to the uptake of science in marine policy, resource management, conservation and the marine business sector. We speak for members of the society and we engage with other scientific societies as appropriate.

Becoming a Member

Anyone with an interest in marine science may become a member of the society, which allows them to attend the annual conference at a reduced cost and receive the annual review.  Student members are eligible to apply for NZMSS student support and all members are encouraged to participate and play an active role in the Society.  Membership information is available here: http://www.nzmss.org/membership/

What We Do

·         Organize and conduct an Annual Marine Science Conference, usually held in a New Zealand centre, but sometimes in conjunction with other New Zealand societies and our Australian colleagues .
·         Periodically award the “New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Award” to any person who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of marine science. Nominations are called for and assessed annually.
·         Provide First Overseas Conference Travel Funds travel assistance grants to student-members (applications due 1 Feb and 1 Aug)
·         Provide Student Research Grant Funds (applications due 1 April)- to assist MSc and PhD candidates to take their work further than typical institutional funding allows.
·         Provide written comment and independent submissions on relevant marine issues as they arise.
·         Host a listserve where members can post, discuss, and debate marine science topics; advertise marine science positions and provide a calendar of conferences, workshops and relevant events; conduct society business.
·         Publish the Annual New Zealand Marine Science Review that provides a directory of NZMSS members, marine research organizations and science personnel with a summary of research interests and publications.
·         Raise public awareness of marine science through events, press releases, public activities, awards and the listserv

Organize and conduct an Annual Marine Science Conference, usually held in a New Zealand centre, but sometimes in conjunction with other New Zealand societies and our Australian colleagues.

Periodically award the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Award to any person who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of marine science. Nominations are called for and assessed annually.

Provide First Overseas Conference Travel Funds travel assistance grants to student-members

Provide  Student Research Grant to assist MSc and PhD candidates to take their work further than typical institutional funding allows.

Provide written comment and independent submissions on relevant marine issues as they arise.

Host a listserv where members can post, discuss, and debate marine science topics; advertise marine science positions and provide a calendar of conferences, workshops and relevant events; conduct society business.

Publish the Annual New Zealand Marine Science Review that provides a directory of NZMSS members, marine research organizations and science personnel with a summary of research interests and publications. Note: The Annual Review is currently under re-development.

Raise public awareness of marine science through events, press releases, public activities, awards and the listserv.