General Info



The Alaska Marine Science Symposium


The Alaska Marine Science Symposium (AMSS), Alaska’s premier marine research conference, has been bringing together scientists, educators, resource managers, students, and interested public for over twenty years to discuss the latest marine research being conducted in Alaskan waters. Over 700 people attend this 4-day long conference held annually during the month of January. 

Each day of the conference highlights important Alaskan marine ecosystems: Arctic (Tuesday), Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands (Wednesday), and the Gulf of Alaska (Thursday). Research topics discussed range from ocean physics, fishes and invertebrates, seabirds, marine mammals, to local traditional knowledge. Since its inception, NPRB has been a proud sponsor and one of the leading organizers of AMSS.


venue Locations
Hotel captain cook & Egan center

The Symposium will be held at the Hotel Captain Cook (939 W. 5th Avenue) and the Egan Center (555 W. Fifth Avenue) in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. A room block is arranged with the Hotel Captain Cook at a rate of $99/night. For reservations, book online with this AMSS-dedicated link or call 800-843-1950 and mention you are attending AMSS.


booth exhibits
january 28th-29th

Exhibitors are allowed to display their materials during the two-day poster sessions at the Egan Center. Booths are reserved on a first come, first serve basis. Booths typically line the perimeter of the main convention hall around the poster walls. The fee for each exhibit booth is $500.00. 


Workshops & Other Events
all week

One of the advantages of the ALaska Marine Science Symposium is the ability to network throughout the week. Hotel Captain Cook, the North Pacific Research Board, and Alaska Ocean Observing System all have meeting room spaces of various sizes to meet your meeting/workshop needs. Collaborate, network, exchange—take advantage of AMSS2018 throughout the whole week!