On behalf of the South Australian organising committee we are pleased to announce the 2018 Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) conference. The 2018 Annual AMSA Conference will be held in the heart of the city of Adelaide at the newly renovated, world class Adelaide Convention Centre during 1st to 5th July. AMSA is Australia’s peak professional body for marine science with near 1000 members from diverse disciplines and workplaces throughout all states and territories. For over 50 years AMSA has promoted all aspects of marine science in Australia as a membership network of professionals and corporate affiliates as a not-for-profit organisation. The 2018 organising committee and the SA State Branch are thrilled to be your hosts for the 55th AMSA conference and we are pleased to invite you to Adelaide for what will be a showcase of a new era in Australian marine science.