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Conference 2023

The 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Mammal Society





Monday the 18th to Friday the 22nd of September, 2023






South Australia and the University of Adelaide are honoured to be hosting the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Mammal Society in 2023.

The conference will be held from Tuesday 19th–Friday 22nd September, with a student and early careers workshop on the afternoon of Monday 18th. Wednesday afternoon will be reserved for conference tours, or for relaxing and enjoying some of the sites and attractions on offer in Adelaide and nearby regions (Barossa Valley winery tour anyone?). The AGM of the society will be held on Thursday afternoon, followed by the conference dinner at the SA Museum. Post-conference visits and tours may also be available for anyone interested.

As well as the formal presentations, there will be a number of social events, including welcome drinks on Monday evening, and the student and ‘old farts’ outings on Tuesday evening.

The theme of the conference will be ‘Celebrating Australia’s Mammal Biodiversity’, with a focus on human/wildlife interactions. There will be three-panel discussions to be held immediately prior to lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with a number of guest expert panellists discussing topics of interest in the human/wildlife interface. Presentations on topics such as ‘managing overabundant species’, or ‘translocation successes and failures’ are strongly encouraged. But of course, presentations on any mammal-related topic are welcome.

Now is the time to start planning and preparing for this event, and it will be great to see everyone back in person after the absences of recent years due to Covid.


Abstract & Presentation Guidelines  



Please submit your abstract as a Microsoft Word file to:


by the 30th of July. Please indicate if your abstract is for a presentation, speed talk, or poster, and if you are attending in person or sending a presentation remotely.   

To aid in file management please start all file names with the presentation type (presentation, speed talk or poster), the primary author's last name and initials, e.g., for John Doe, use presentation_doej.doc or speedtalk_doej.doc or poster_doej.doc.

Please click the following link to download the template to prepare your abstract: Abstract word template.

 Abstracts must be written in Arial and set out according to the following guidelines:

  1. Title (12 point), CAPITAL letters and centred.
  2. Authors (12 point), please indicate presenter in bold e.g., Smith1, Peter and Doe2, John.
  3. Addresses (10 point), if more than one address please use Arabic numerals as identifiers e.g., 1School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales, New South Wales 2052, Australia. Please include the email address of the presenter and Twitter handle if you have one.
  4. Text (12 point), body of text should address the following: context for the research, research aims, brief statement of materials and methods, results, and conclusions and significance.
  5. Abstracts are to be a maximum of 200 words*.
  6. Do not include references.  



Please include with your abstract a short bio (no more than one paragraph) of the presenter, with a small picture, for inclusion in the on-line presentation handbook.

All papers must be presented in person or pre-recorded, as per last year's online conference.  As a general rule, only one spoken paper may be presented by each person. Standard talks will be of 15 minutes duration (12 min talk, 3 min questions). Speed talks of 5 minutes duration (4 min talk, 1 min questions).  

Recordings will need to be sent as an mp4 file, strictly no longer than the allocated time for either a standard (12 minutes) or speed talk (4 minutes). To ensure the conference program is able to stick to schedule, any part of the presentation that goes beyond the time limit will be cut, including for in-person presentations.

We recommend using Zoom to record your presentation, which can be freely downloaded from Have your presentation open on the screen, start a meeting in Zoom, share screen, select presentation, hit record and start talking. Other software, e.g. PowerPoint, can be used if preferred.

Directions on how to submit your video will be given closer to the conference.

Audio-visual   facilities   will   include   projection   for   PowerPoint presentations (Windows preferred, Mac available, USB possible).



The space allotted for each poster is 120cm high by 90cm wide.


Student Presentation Awards

There will be two student awards presented at AMS2023. The annual Bolliger Award for the best student presentation will be awarded to the best student standard talk (12 minutes plus 3 minutes for questions) and the Lyne Award, will be awarded to the best student poster. Please make sure to fill out the separate relevant form (available in the awards section of the website), and submit it with your abstract.



More information about the conference and registration is coming soon... watch this space!


For more information, please contact:

Conference organiser: Mike Swinbourne – mikealyce[at]

Student representative: Chloe Frick – Chloe.frick[at]