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BAMOS Dec 2017 19 Participants voting on research priorities during one of the round-tables on the final day of the Symposium. 38 presentations organised broadly into three themes: open ocean processes; ocean and coastal engineering; and coastal and nearshore processes. Building further on the Second Symposium, a particular focus was identifying waves research links spanning the interface between the deep and nearshore ocean, as well as waves research in support of offshore and coastal industries, including research into wave-structure interactions. One of the activities of the FOO Surface Waves Working Group is to identify a set of national priorities relating to waves research. This is being undertaken following a process initially described by Sutherland et al. (2011) —a widely used method for setting research priorities in a collaborative manner. In the months prior to the Symposium, a ‘“long list” of possible research activities had been gathered from the wider community via an online survey. The Symposium provided the opportunity to discuss and prioritise this “long list”. Approximately half a day was devoted to this process, through a series of round-tables, covering 11 categories. Each category consisted of around 20 priorities from the “long list”. The round-tables discussed the priorities, edited them where appropriate and came up with a ranking within each category through a simple voting process. Further assessment of these priorities and their rankings is currently underway, with the aim to publish a white paper and/or peer-reviewed publication in 2018. A Fourth Symposium has been scheduled for November 2019 in Melbourne. It is planned to be held in conjunction with the 2nd International Workshop on Waves, Storm Surges and Coastal Hazards, to be hosted by The University of Melbourne. This Workshop is a leading international conference on ocean waves (Breivik et al., 2015; Brievik et al., 2017), and is an extension of (and amalgamation with two other workshop series) the successful International Workshop on Wave Hindcasting and Forecasting series, which has been held every 2–3 years since 1986. The synergy of these closely related meetings will benefit the Australian MetOcean research community and will promote the Australian Wind-Waves Symposium to the international community. The University of Western Australia (UWA Oceans Institute and Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences), Oceanworks (a collaboration between Woodside FutureLab and The University of Western Australia) and the Bureau of Meteorology are thanked for their generous support (financial and resources) to the Symposium. References Breivik, Ø., Swail, V., Babanin, A.V. and Horsburgh, K., 2015. The International Workshop on Wave Hindcasting and Forecasting and the Coastal Hazards Symposium, Ocean Dynamics. 65(5):761–771. doi:10.1007/s10236-015-0827-9б. Breivik, Ø., Alves, J.H., Greenslade, D., Horsburgh, K. and Swail, V., 2017. The 14th International Workshop on Wave Hindcasting and Forecasting and the 5th Coastal Hazards Symposium, Ocean Dynamics, Vol. 67, 551–556. doi:10.1007/s10236-017-1033-8 Day, K.A. (editor), 2010. Proceedings of the Australian Wind Waves Research Science Symposium, CAWCR Technical Report No. 29. Available at: technicalreports/CTR_029.pdf Greenslade, D., Hemer, M., Symonds, G., and Craig, P., 2010. Wind waves research in Australia, Bulletin of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 23, 103–107. Greenslade, D., Hemer, M., Babanin, A. and Symonds, G., 2013. The Second Australian Wind-waves Symposium, Bulletin of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, 26, 117– 118. Sutherland, W.J., Fleishman, E., Mascia, M.B., Pretty, J. and Rudd, M.A., 2011. Methods for Collaboratively Identifying Research Priorities and Emerging Issues in Science and Policy, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 2(3): 238–47.