CIAC 2022 Success in Sesimbra, Portugal! 

CIAC 2022 was held April 4-8th in Sesimbra, Portugal, with two days of workshops prior to the main conference. The theme this year was “Cephalopods in the Anthropocene: multiple challenges in a changing ocean”.
The workshops and conference were arranged as hybrid events, so we had our largest participation to date for a CIAC conference – over 160 people attended in person and 110 people joined remotely! Thirty-three countries were represented throughout the week in excellent talks and poster presentations.
Conference coordinator Rui Rosa and his team did an amazing job of keeping things on track as we moved through this dynamic week!

Nominations for the CIAC award for best scientific paper are open!

Hello, everyone!  

Please see the attached announcement regarding the call for nominations for the CIAC award for best scientific paper.

Nominations will be accepted until March 11th and the awardee will be announced at the CIAC conference in April.

CIAC 2022 Registration Extension

Dear colleagues and friends, 

Due to unexpected setbacks, some of which are COVID-related, the Organizing Committee of CIAC 2022 was not yet able to notify authors about abstracts’ acceptance. We expect to do so by early January 2022. For this reason, registration dates will also be extended as follows: 

Early registration – February 2, 2022

Final registration – March 2, 2022

CIAC 2022 – Sesimbra Portugal (2 – 8 April 2022)

From Dr. Rui Rosa and the Organising Commitee:

We are pleased to announce that the CIAC 2022 will be held in Sesimbra (Portugal) between 2 and 8 April 2022! 


You can find all the relevant information about the event — e.g., venue, workshops, invited speakers, fees, visa issues, accommodation, outdoor activities — on the conference website, which is now officially launched: https://ciac2022.com


The conference theme is “Cephalopods in the Anthropocene: multiple challenges in a changing ocean”.  The “Anthropocene” has been announced as a new geological era driven by humankind. Within the Anthropocene, ocean biodiversity is being threaten by stressors such as overfishing, pollution, or climate change. Keeping in mind there are winners and losers of such human-induced global changes, there is evidence that cephalopod populations may be benefiting in this changing ocean. The present conference aims to discuss these global issues, while presenting the latest advances on cephalopod research. It will therefore be an excellent platform to gather students, early career researchers, and experienced scientists working on cephalopods around the world. 


The abstract submission platform will be open from June 15 to August 31, 2021. The conference itself (April 4-8) will be preceded by five 2-day workshops to be held on April 2 and 3, namely: 


Workshop 1: “Cephalopod macroecology and biogeography”. Lead organizers: Christian Ibáñez and Rui Rosa (more info here)
Workshop 2: “Collection, handling and care of cephalopod eggs and egg masses”. Lead organizers: Roger Villanueva, Anne-Sophie Darmaillacq, Michael Kuba (more info here)
Workshop 3: “The role of cephalopods as predators and prey: the relevance of cephalopod beaks in ecological studies”. Lead organizers: José Xavier, Yves Cherel, Alexey Golikov, José Queirós, Catalina Perales-Raya, Rigoberto Rosas-Luis, Begoña Santos (more info here)
Workshop 4: “Cephalopod genomics and evolution”. Lead organizers: Oleg Simakov and Caroline Albertin (more info here)
Workshop 5: “Cephalopod digestive tract”. Lead organizers: Paul Andrews and Carlos Rosas (more info here)


As for registration fees, values may change depending on the infection risk and travel restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic (namely, if the conference goes from in-person to a virtual or a hybrid event). 


We are very excited about the opportunity to host CIAC 2022 in Portugal! Looking forward to seeing you in Sesimbra next April 2022!

Change of Date for CIAC Meeting Portugal – April 2022

The CIAC triennial meeting scheduled for October 2021 has been moved to April of 2022 in hopes that we can have an in-person conference where colleagues meet face-to-face.  Rui Rosa (conference coordinator) has also agreed to hold a virtual conference during that time in case an in-person event is not possible due to the pandemic.


Rui has worked hard and already has dates set up for this this change.  Here are the new dates for our Portugal CIAC Conference!  Workshops:  April 2-3, 2022 and conference April 4-8th, 2022.

Nancy Voss & Other Recently Departed Friends

There has been recent, sad news of the loss of Nancy Voss. CIAC President Heather Judkins is looking into the mechanism to open a Memorial Student Travel Fund in Nancy’s name in lieu of flowers and will update when the details are finalized.

A page has been added for Nancy Voss among the Departed Friends, which has a photo and obituary provided by her son, Rob Voss. The page will be updated with any further published obituaries.

Similarly, Departed Friends pages have been created for Ron O’Dor and W. Bruce Saunders for reflection and remembrance as well.

The CIAC 2018 Best Paper Award Winner!

The paper titled “Bathyal feasting: post-spawning squid as a source of carbon for deep-sea benthic communities” by Henk-Jan Hoving S. L. Bush, S. H. D. Haddock and B. H. Robison. 2017, has been awarded the CIAC 2018 Best Paper Award! Congratulations to Henk-Jan and his team for an insightful manuscript.

Full citation: Hoving HJT, Bush SL, Haddock SHD, Robison BH. 2017 Bathyal feasting: post-spawning squid as a source of carbon for deep-sea benthic communities. Proc. R. Soc. B 284: 20172096. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2017.2096