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Conference 2024

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The Australian Mammal Society Council, Deakin University, and Zoos Victoria, are pleased to welcome you to a significant celebration and scientific event, the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Mammal Society!

Given it's AMS's 70th meeting, this year's conference theme is ‘The past, present, and future of Australian Mammalogy’, with presentations spanning all fields related to the study, management, and conservation of Australia's remarkable mammals.


                Click here to download the full conference program and book of abstracts



  • Workshops and Ice-breaker: Sunday 30 June

  • Main Conference: Monday 1 July – Thursday 4 July

  • Post-conference tours and workshops: from Friday 5 July

In addition to the formal, scientific program and presentations, there will be multiple social events, including a mixer and early registration on the Sunday evening, and the student and ‘old farts’ dinners on Monday evening.


The Australian Mammal Society’s 70th Scientific Meeting will be held in Melbourne, Victoria at Melbourne Zoo's Leopard Lodge Function Centre. Please enter via the Rail Gate Entrance at the rear of the zoo, not through the Main Gate. See the map (below) for the location and tips on public transport.

Melbourne is a city renowned for its love of arts, culture, sport, dining, and of course, coffee! There are countless opportunities to enjoy these in the city or take a drive and experience nearby tall forests, temperate rainforests, alpine environments, the Mallee, windswept coastlines, and more. There are numerous accommodation options close to Melbourne Zoo or just a short 5-10 minute tram or train trip to Melbourne's CBD. 

MZ Map 2024 - Leopard Lodge


Conference Registration: 

Follow the link below to register. Early bird registration closes June 3rd. We look forward to seeing you all at #AusMammSoc24!

Click here to register for the 2024 AMS conference through Humanitix


Conference Program:

Date Activity


30th June

Student and ECR workshop at The Royal Society of Victoria, followed by conference registration and welcome drinks mixer at Garden State


1st July

Day 1 of conference followed by Student dinner


2nd July

Day 2 of the conference followed by Old Buggers’ dinner


3rd July

Day 3 of the conference, the Annual General Meeting and 70th AMS celebration, followed by the conference dinner at Teller


4th July

Day 4 of the conference concluding with student awards


5th July

Post-conference Wildlife Non-Invasive Hormone Monitoring Workshop at La Trobe University


Click here for the full conference schedule


Student & ECR Workshop:

free student and early career science-communication and career-focused workshop will take place on Sunday, June 30, at the The Royal Society of Victoria. Please email with “ECR Workshop” in the subject line to reserve a spot. More details to follow.


Abstract & Presentation Guidelines:

The abstract submission deadline is the 31st of May 2024.

This deadline will not be extended.


Post-Conference Events

Workshop: Non-invasive Hormone Monitoring

When: Friday the 5th of July

Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Location: La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria

Cost: $75 students; $150 non-students
*Cost covers expense of all instruction and lunch

Registration: via

Click here to download the workshop flyer



Please submit your abstract as a Microsoft Word file to:



In the body of your email, please indicate:

  • If your abstract is for a presentation (full length talk, 10 minutes + 5 minutes for questions and change over), speed talk (4 min talk, 1 min questions), or poster. Please note, this is an in-person only conference, so recorded presentations will not be accepted.
  • If you would like your talk to be considered for the main session July 1-3 or a one-day mammal conservation focussed symposium July 4. Please note, presentations will be allocated as space and relevance for the program/days allow.
  • Whether you are a student or not and if you do not wish to be considered for awards (Bolliger and Lyne). Otherwise, all students will be considered for awards automatically. Travel awards need to be applied for separately.

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 use the following template to prepare your abstract:

Click here to download the 2024 Abstract Word template


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

  1. Title (12 point), CAPITAL letters, bold and centred.
  2. Authors (12 point), please indicate the presenter in bold e.g., Smith1, Jane and Doe2, John.
  3. Addresses (10 point), if more than one address please use Arabic numerals as identifiers e.g., 1School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Victoria 3125, Australia. Please include the preferred pronouns in ( ) and email address(es) of the presenter(s) and X (Twitter) or other social media handles if you have them.
  4. Text (12 point), the body of the text should address the following: the context for the research, the research aims, a brief statement of materials and methods, results, and conclusions and significance.
  5. Abstracts are to be a maximum of 200-250 words.
  6. Do not include references.



Please include with your abstract a short bio (no more than one paragraph) of the presenter, including their preferred pronouns, with a small picture, for inclusion in the online presentation handbook.

Acknowledgement of Country, First Nations peoples and Indigenous mammal names: In all presentations and as relevant we encourage authors to:

  • Include after the title slide, a slide/statement acknowledging First Nations peoples and the land(s) (Country) and/or waters where work was conducted.
  • Use Indigenous, other common and scientific names for Australian mammals, and if using the former the Indigenous language group should be acknowledged. Endeavour to use an Indigenous or common name, as relevant, but also the scientific name, to avoid any confusion for listeners.


e.g. rakali (Ngarrindjeri) (Hydromys chrysogaster)

or water-rat (Hydromys chrysogaster)


Oral presentations

All papers must be presented in person. As a general rule, only one spoken paper may be presented by each person. Standard talks will be of 15 minutes duration (10 min talk, 5 min questions and changeover). Speed talks of 5 minutes duration (4 min talk, 1 min questions).

To ensure the conference program can stick to schedule, presentations that go beyond the time limit allowed will be cut short by the session chair.

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



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


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Help gorillas in the wild by recycling your phones at the zoo

Are you coming to Melbourne Zoo for the Australian Mammal Society Conference? You can help gorillas in the wild simply by bringing and recycling your phones at the zoo! Every phone dropped at our zoos raises funds to support the work of the Gorilla Doctors, who provide life-saving medical care to wild gorilla populations. We accept mobile phones in any condition, as well as tablets, smartwatches and accessory items like chargers and headphones.

Through our They’re Calling on You campaign, Zoos Victoria have recycled and re-purposed more than 185,000 devices, which has raised more than $300,000 for conservation. Eastern Lowland Gorillas are Critically Endangered and the survival of every gorilla counts.

Boxes will be available at the conference venue – please bring any old devices to help save gorillas! You can also learn more here: