CIAC (The Cephalopod International Advisory Council) was proposed by Malcolm Clarke in 1981 during a meeting of cephalopod workers in Plymouth, UK.  Those researchers agreed to meet again in Banyuls, in 1983, and at that meeting CIAC was formally born.

Members of the first CIAC Executive Council (plus the editor of the CIAC Newsletter, Marion Nixon). 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)

In 2002, Eric Hochberg and Emma Hatfield published A Brief History of The Cephalopod International Advisory Council (CIAC), which gives far greater insights into the origins of our organisation, including listing all our past meetings.  Since 2002, our triennial meetings have taken us to Phuket, Thailand (2003), Hobart, Australia (2006), Vigo, Spain (2009), Florianópolis, Brazil (2012), Hakodate, Japan (2015), St. Petersburg, Florida (2018).  Our next meeting will be in Lisbon, Portugal.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it is postponed from 2021 to April 2022.

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