Conference

Upcoming Conferences

NZMSS is pleased to announce that we will be holding a joint conference with the New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society (NZFSS) in November 2022!

We are still finalising the details and will share these with you shortly

We are also inviting expressions of interest to host the upcoming 2023 and 2025 conferences!!

  • 2022 Joint conference with NZFSS
  • 2023 Inviting expressions of interest
  • 2024 Joint conference with the Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA)
  • 2025 Inviting expressions of interest

If you are interested in hosting a conference, please contact us at secretary@nzmss.org

Recent Conferences

2021

Tauranga Moana

“Titiro whakamuri, kōkiri whakamua”

The University of Waikato hosted the 2021 New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Conference in Tauranga Moana. The conference was held from 5-8 July at the University’s new campus in the Tauranga CBD. The conference was very successful with 475 delegates from NZMSS, with delegates represented from 16 iwi and 98 international agencies. The theme of the conference was “Titiro whakamuri, kōkiri whakamua: Looking back, to move forward.” Our plenary speakers included Reon Tuanau (Ngai te Rangi), Jack Thatcher (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti), Raewyn Bennett (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Makino, Ngāti Whakaue), Te Kaha Hawaikirangi (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu), Herearoha Skipper (Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Pāoa, Ngāti Tara Tokanui Tawhaki, Ngāti Whanaunga, Ngāpuhi), Tina Ngata (Ngāti Porou), and Te Rerekohu Tuterangiwhiu (Ngāpuhi, Ngāruahinerangi, Ngāti-Māhanga, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti-Porou), who all provided thought-provoking and motivating perspectives to this theme. There were 249 oral presentations and 62 posters, covering a broad range of topics, including special sessions on MNZ/MoT Green Shipping, Sustainable seas, Underwater Drones, Marine Science in Media, Improving Ocean Literary. There was also a workshop on Science Diving OH&S Workplace Health & Safety CoC updates and a public lecture on aquaculture futures. Major outcomes of the meeting highlighted the ecology and bioindustry of seaweed science, research towards a sustainable Blue Economy, overall innovation for marine science, and that research on marine climate change effects and mitigation are priorities.

Conference Handbook 2021

2019

Dunedin

“Our Changing Oceans”

A Joint Meeting with the Oceania Chondrichthyan Society

The University of Otago hosted the 2019 New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Conference with the Oceania Chondrichthyan Society (OCS) in Dunedin. The conference was held from 2-5 July at the University’s Dunedin campus. The conference was very successful with 251 delegates from NZMSS and 20 delegates from OCS, including 109 students. The theme of the conference was “Our Changing Oceans”, reflecting the need to better understand how our oceans are responding to anthropogenic impacts and how best to manage such impacts. Our plenary speakers included Edward Ellison (Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu), Hon Eugenie Sage (Minister of Conservation), Dr Judi Hewitt (University of Auckland/NIWA), Dr Madeline Green (IMAS) and Irene Middleton (Massey University), who all provided thought-provoking and motivating perspectives to this theme. There were 180 presentations covering a broad range of topics, including special sessions on Marine biosecurity, Engagement between marine science and government agencies – climate change, and Munida time series.

Conference Handbook 2019

2018

Napier

“Weaving the Strands”

The Auckland University of Technology hosted the 2018 New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Conference in Napier. The conference was held from 3-5 July at the Napier Conference Centre. The conference was very successful with 222 delegates, including 66 students. The theme of the conference was “Weaving the Strands” and focused on how marine science may need to evolve to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Our plenary speakers, James Palmer (CE Hawke’s Bay Regional Council), Dr Paula Blackett (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research), Dr Karin Bryan (University of Waikato), Dr Melissa Foley (Auckland Council) and Gabby O’Connor (University of Auckland/NIWA), who all provided thought-provoking and motivating perspectives to this theme. Conference talks covered a broad range of topics, including sessions on the Sustainable Seas, Kaikōura earthquake, metagenomics, marine biosecurity, marine mammals, aquaculture, state of our marine environment, emerging contaminants, changing coasts and oceans, science in society, fishing for the future and technology.

Conference Handbook 2018

Past Conferences

2015-2020

2020 – Sydney, a joint meeting with AMSA (cancelled due to COVID-19)
2017 – Christchurch
2016 – Wellington, a joint meeting with AMSA
2015 – Auckland, a joint meeting with OCS

2010-2014

2014 – Nelson
2013 – Hamilton, a joint meeting with NZFSS
2012 – Hobart, Tasmania, a joint meeting with AMSA
2011 – Stewart Island/Rakiura
2010 – Wellington, 50th Anniversary Jubilee!

2005-2009

2009 – Auckland, a joint meeting with METSOC
2008 – Christchurch, a joint meeting with AMSA
2007 – Hamilton
2006 – Nelson
2005 – Wellington, a joint meeting with ICMB and MARGINS

1990-2004

2004 – Dunedin
2003 – Auckland, a joint meeting with ASPAB
2002 – Nelson
2001 – Townsville, a joint meeting with AMSA
2000 – Hamilton
1999 – Wellington
1998 – Dunedin, a joint meeting with ASPAB
1997 – Auckland, a joint meeting with AMSA
1996 – Christchurch
1995 – Wellington
1994 – Hamilton, a joint meeting with LIMSOC
1993 – Nelson, a joint meeting with MESA NZ and Aquaculture NZ Seminar
1992 – Dunedin
1991 – Wellington
1990 – Hamilton, a joint meeting with NZOWS

1975-1989

1989 – Wellington
1988 – Auckland, a joint meeting with NZOWS
1987 – Dunedin, a joint meeting with OUMSS
1986 – Wellington
1985 – Christchurch
1984 – Nelson, a joint meeting with NZES
1983 – Auckland
1982 – Wellington
1981 – Mount Maunganui
1980 – Wellington
1979 – Tutukaka (January), a joint meeting with AMSA, and Wellington (August)
1978 – Dunedin, a joint meeting with LIMSOC
1977 – Christchurch
1976 – Wellington
1975 – Nelson, a joint meeting with NZES

1960-1974

1974 – Portobello (February) and Wellington (August)
1973 – Wellington
1972 – Christchurch
1971 – Leigh (February) and Wellington (August)
1970 – Portobello (February) and Wellington (August)
1969 – Wellington
1968 – Kaikoura (January) and Wellington (August)
1967 – Leigh (February) and Wellington (August)
1966 – Kaikoura (February) and Wellington (August)
1965 – Auckland, a joint meeting with NZSC
1963 – Wellington
1962 – Christchurch, a joint meeting with NZSC
1961 – Wellington
1960 – Wellington, a joint meeting with NZSC

Abbreviations

AMSA – Australian Marine Sciences Association

ASPAB – Australasian Society for Phycology and Aquatic Botany

Aquaculture NZ – Aquaculture New Zealand

ICMB – International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions

MARGINS – a research initiative supported by the US National Science Foundation (now GeoPRISMS – Geodynamic Processes at Rifting and Subducting Margins)

METSOC – Meteorological Society of New Zeland

MESA NZ – Marine Education Society of Australasia, New Zealand Branch

LIMSOC – New Zealand Limnological Society (now NZFSS – New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society)

NZES – New Zealand Ecological Society

NZOWS – New Zealand Ocean Waves Society (now merged with NZCS – New Zealand Coastal Society)

NZSC – New Zealand Science Congress

OUMSS – University of Otago Marine Science Symposium