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Conference 2024

Save the date for the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Mammal Society


The AMS Council, Deakin University and Zoos Victoria are pleased to advise that the 70th  Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Mammal Society will be held at Leopard Lodge, Melbourne Zoo, in 2024.



  • Workshops and Ice-breaker: Sunday 30 June

  • Main Conference: Monday 1 July – Thursday 4 July

  • Post-conference tours and events: TBC from Thursday 4th July



Melbourne, Victoria


Abstract & Presentation Guidelines:

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

This deadline will not be extended.


Stay tuned, more details coming soon... 




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.