What is AFSS?

The AUSTRALIAN FRESHWATER SCIENCES SOCIETY (AFSS) is an Australian-based scientific society whose focus is the study and management of inland waters. The AFSS was established in 1961, and has a current membership of scientists, managers, engineers, teachers and tertiary level students from all states and territories, as well as many international members. Members have a strong professional interest in inland aquatic issues, in the maintenance of biodiversity, the maintenance and/or restoration of water quality, and the wise use of aquatic resources. The Society also has a strong interest in fostering the scientific and intellectual development of postgraduate and tertiary students, providing them with a number of initiatives for training and career development.

The Society includes members working in most relevant government agencies, tertiary institutions and many industries related to aquatic resources. Through their daily activities, members have constant contact with local communities and are in a sound position to interpret and advise on inland water issues. The Society has a substantial knowledge base, and has assumed a responsibility to ensure that this is available to those who manage inland waters.

Accordingly, the charter of the AFSS is to further our understandings of Australia’s inland waters, and to promote its wise use and sustainable management. In this manner, we will contribute to the continued existence of this valued resource, and the maintenance and enhancement of the quality of life for all Australians.

The AFSS regularly communicates on limnological activities from around Australia, articles of interest, book reviews and announcements of upcoming events likely to be of interest to members.

Limnology is the study of inland waters. This includes rivers, creeks, billabongs, ponds, pools, swamps, lakes, salt-lakes and other wetlands.

What is Limnology?

What are the roles of the AFSS? 

  • To provide a forum for exchange of ideas and research results amongst scientists

  • To provide an interface between researchers and managers

  • To provide a venue for student development

  • To report to State, Territory and Federal Governments on the state of inland waters