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2021 AIMA Conference

Oceans of Heritage: The Next Decade

Conference Theme

For many reasons, we are facing change: change in our climate, change in our oceans, and change in our everyday life in reaction to a global pandemic. However, we are also at the start of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 and its global focus on marine research. It is a perfect time to come together as a community, to embrace the scientific aspects of our research, to strengthen collaborations with other scientists, to empower social science research, and to bring attention to the often-overlooked role of heritage in the environment. This year’s AIMA conference looks to the difficulties and opportunities that the next decade may bring across the full range of underwater cultural heritage in Australasia.

Hybrid Conference

We are living, travelling, and networking in uncertain times. In response to the increasing COVID outbreaks across Australia, AIMA Executive and the Conference Organising Committee have decided to make this year's conference a hybrid event allowing online attendance.

More information for presenters and in-person attendees is available on the COVID 19 page. 

Welcome from AIMA President

It’s a great pleasure to welcome you all to the 2021 conference of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA). Queensland, with its vast beautiful coastline, islands and reefs, and its rich maritime history, is a perfect venue for a conference focused on exploring our maritime past and its physical remains.

This year’s conference theme, Oceans of Heritage: The Next Decade, is ambitious and timely, open to wide interpretation and rich discussion. We look to our past to better understand ourselves, and we look to the future, welcoming change, embracing innovation and navigating new waters.

AIMA runs on the passion and commitment of volunteers. Thanks to Dr Maddy McAllister, Toni Massey and Danielle Wilkinson, this year’s conference committee who have put together a dynamic program which will be appreciated and long remembered. Thanks too to all members who assisted our committee, and a special thank you to our sponsors and partners.

Stirling Smith

Proudly sponsored by

Conference Events

  • Welcome Drinks Thursday 11 November
    Rambutan, 113-119 Flinders Street
    Time: 5:00 pm
  • Conference Friday 12 - Saturday 13 November
    The Rydges, 23 Palmer Street
  • Fieldtrips Book your own Yongala dive charter! Details here
  • Pints and Professionals Friday 12 November
    Tiny Mountain Brewery, 20 Palmer Street
    South Townsville
    Time: 6:00 pm
  • AGM Saturday 13 November
    Venue: The Rydges
    Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm
  • Conference Dinner Saturday 13 November
    Townsville Yacht Club
    Time: After AGM, about 6:00 pm
  • Back of house tour of the collections Sunday 14 November
    Museum of Tropical Queensland
    Time: 10:30 - 11:30 am

Key Dates

  • 05 May 2021  Call for Sessions opens
  • 15 June 2021  Call for Sessions closes
  • 20 July 2021  Call for Abstracts opens
  • 13 August 2021  Registration opens
  • 20 August 2021  Call for Abstracts closes
  • 15 October 2021  Last day for Early Bird registration (extended)
  • 7 November 2021  Conference registration closes
  • 7 November 2021  AGM registration closes

Conference Contact

Conference Organising Committee