Cephalopod International Advisory Council


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Recent News

CIAC 2018 conference dates announced.

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Last updated: 30 May 2016


CIAC 2018 will be held in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA!

Conference dates: Nov. 12- 16, 2018.
Tentative workshop dates: Nov. 10-11, 2018
Stay tuned for more details!


CIAC Newsletters
Newsletter #1 Jan 2010
Newsletter #2 Sep 2010
Newsletter #3 May 2011
Newsletter #4 May 2012
Newsletter #5 Dec 2012
Newsletter #6 Jul 2013
What is CIAC?
What is CIAC?
The "Council"

CIAC By-laws

A brief history of CIAC

Honorary Life Members
Previous CIAC officers and Council members
CIAC Activities
The FASTMOLL mailing list
Previous CIAC conferences and CIAC-endorsed conferences
CIAC Best Scientific Paper Award
Encyclopedia of Life
Ethics in cephalopod research
Proposed transformation of CIAC into a membership-based society
Other resources
Cephalopod links
Absent friends
A copy of the original CIAC web page


Recent CIAC news

CIAC 2015 took place at Kokusai Hotel in Hakodate, Japan, 6-14 November 2015.


29/09/14, from Liz Shea: The results from the 2012 giant Pacific octopus workshop have been moved to http://drumandcroaker.org/drumcroaker.htm (see pages 95 - 115 of the January 2014 issue, available as a pdf).

14/07/14, from Carmen Yamashiro Guinoza

Dear Louise and all CIAC members:

The Organizing Committe of the "6th International Symposium on Pacific Squids" and "5th International Workshop on Squids" that will held in Lima - Peru, from 10 to 14 November 2014, are very pleased to invite you to participate in these scientific meetings. You can find details of these events in the following link:


Welcome to Lima on next November!


11/03/14 (forwarded to fastmoll by Liz Shea: Dr. Roland C. Anderson

Dr. Roland C. Anderson of Seattle, aged 67, died in his sleep mid-February at the Whidbey Island vacation home he loved. The son of a sea captain, Dr. Anderson grew up on the Kitsap Peninsula, where he became an avid naturalist and scuba diver.

Dr. Anderson received his undergraduate degree in biology from University of Washington; it was a natural transition to the Seattle Aquarium, and his PhD in Marine Biology from Greenwich University. Long fascinated by malacology (the study of mollusks), he served as president for the Western Society of Malacologists, president of the American Malacological Society, a guest-editor for the journal, "Diseases of Aquatic Organisms," and was an avid member of the Pacific Northwest Shell Club. Dr. Anderson was author or co-author of more than 200 articles in scientific journals, and co-author of the book, "Octopus: The Ocean's Intelligent Invertebrate."

As an internationally recognized authority on cephalopods, Dr. Anderson was interviewed on two occasions by the New York Times; was a featured scientist on the nature special, "Tentacles;" and was quoted in many other major news sources. He pioneered the idea of enrichment for captive octopuses and their release as adults, and began Octopus Week at the Seattle Aquarium, including the wildly popular February 14th event, the "Octopus Blind Date."

Dr. Anderson retired from the Seattle Aquarium in 2009, after 31 years of service. Throughout his career, he was always open to new ideas and new ways of conducting and presenting research - he was a mentor to numerous graduate students.

In addition to his expansive knowledge of cephalopods and marine life, Dr. Anderson had an acerbic wit and was a colorful practical joker. People enjoyed his kindness, enthusiasm and sense of humor. A long-time friend and colleague remembered Dr. Anderson as, "a researcher, author, diver, connoisseur of desserts, curmudgeon ......... and friend."

A memorial for Dr. Roland C. Anderson will be held at the Seattle Aquarium Classroom on April 9th at 6:00pm. His ashes will be scattered at the point where he used to release captured octopuses back to the sea. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the Seattle Aquarium. From The Seattle Times.

23/01/14 from Roland Anderson:

Hi All, Please note that the proceedings of the 2012 giant Pacific octopus workshop are now easily available in the journal Drum and Croaker (page 95): http://www.columbuszoo.org/drumcroaker/pdf/2014.pdf [since moved to http://drumandcroaker.org/drumcroaker.htm]
The next workshop on GPOs is set for Match 29, 2014. I think we again have a very interesting line-up of speakers for this event. Registration can be found on the webpage of the Seattle Aquarium.
Best wishes to all,

17/01/14 from Carmen Yamashiro Guinoza <cyamashiro@IMARPE.GOB.PE>

Dear Louise and all CIAC members:

Thank you very to all of you for your support, we are very pleased to announce the "6° International Symposium on Pacific Squids" and "5° International Workshop on Pacific Squids" that will held in Lima-Perú, from 10 to 14 November 2014. You can get the first announcement on the following link:


Welcome to Lima on next November!

Archived news


What is CIAC?

CIAC is the Cephalopod International Advisory Council (not to be confused with the Conference on Algorithms and Complexity, Computer Incident Advisory Capability, or any of the other CIACs out there!)

Founded in 1983, the aims of CIAC are to stimulate, accelerate and influence the direction of cephalopod research, to provide help and advice on aspects of cephalopod biology, including those relevant to the management of the increasingly important cephalopod fisheries, and to spread information on past and current research. Its main activities are:

  1. The holding of CIAC Workshop/Symposia every 3 years and the publication of the results in book or journal form.
  2. The organisation of CIAC Joint Meetings with fisheries organisations, societies, or laboratories for exchange of information and usually the publication of papers and/or training manuals.
  3. The endorsement of meetings organised by any cephalopod workers who provide evidence to CIAC of the value and feasibility of a meeting being planned.
  4. The production of a newsletter, replaced more recently by an e-mail discussion list (fastmoll).
  5. Support for various cephalopod-related initiatives. In the past these included the publication and updating of a Directory of English translations of Research Publications in Other Languages, a List of Cephalopod Workers of the World, a Computerised Bibliography of Cephalopod Research, Keys for the Identification of Cephalopods, and State of the Art papers in selected areas of research. Current initiatives include the cephalopod pages of the Encyclopedia of Life.

At present CIAC comprises a "Council", members of which are proposed by delegates at the CIAC conferences and voted on by the existing Council. Council members serve for 6 years (see CIAC by-laws for further details). The Council meets at every designated CIAC Workshop/Symposium. These Council Meetings may be divided into several continuous sittings or sessions. The objectives of these meetings are to plan and implement the aims of the Council as described above.

At all CIAC Workshops/Symposia there will be an Open Meeting, presided over by the President or Executive Secretary of CIAC, to which anyone interested in CIAC and its aims may come and speak on subjects of relevance to CIAC, at which participants will be asked for nominations for membership of Council, and at which proposals for CIAC Workshops/Symposia may be made.

The photograph below shows the members of the first CIAC Executive Council (plus the editor of the CIAC Newsletter, Marion Nixon) in 1985. Standing, left to right: Ron O'Dor, Nancy Voss, Gilbert Voss, John Messenger, Marion Nixon, Eric Hochberg, Richard Young and Malcolm Clarke. Crouching, left to right: Sigurd v. Boletzky, Clyde Roper, Katy Mangold, Angel Guerra, C.C. Lu and John Wormuth. The photo was taken adjacent to the Laboratorire Arago (Banyuls-sur-Mer, France) in June 1985, during the International Symposium on the Early Growth Stages of Cephalopods (CIAC 1985). (Photo supplied by Angel Guerra)




The "Council"

The current council members and officers (following elections in October 2012), plus honorary members, etc, are as follows:

President - Louise Allcock
Secretary - Natalie Moltschaniwskjy
Full members
Chris Talbot (early career member)
Reserve members
Honorary members
Other useful contacts
Louise Allcock - FASTMOLL manager
Eric Hochberg - CIAC archivist
Organiser of the 2015 conference: Yasunori Sakurai
Graham Pierce - Web page  
Mailing list for Council: ciac@jiscmail.ac.uk
FASTMOLL mailing list: fastmoll@jiscmail.ac.uk

Council, 2012, anticipating squid dances in Japan in 2015

This page is maintained by Graham Pierce.