Cross section of a nautilus shell

World Congress of Malacology 2019
August 11–16, 2019 | Asilomar Conference Grounds
Pacific Grove, CA, USA

Early bird registration now open!

Welcome to the WCM 2019 webpage!

We encourage all participants to book accommodations at the Asilomar Conference Grounds. Additional fees apply to those staying off campus. Accommodations at Asilomar are booked through a separate step, and paid directly to the conference center. This week in Monterey is also the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, so hotel bookings, Airbnb, and other lodging are likely to be scarce and expensive.


Registration Fees

Fees for attendees staying at Asilomar
Non-student members: $450 ($570 after April 15, 2019)
Student members: $390 ($500 after April 15, 2019)

Fees for attendees staying off-campus
All members: $570

Member rates apply to members in good standing of Unitas Malacologica, the American Malacological Society, and/or the Western Society of Malacologists. For non-members, a membership surcharge will be applied automatically at registration to cover your fee to join Unitas Malacologica.

By registering or submitting an abstract you agree to abide by the meeting Code of Conduct.


Staying at Asilomar

The rich wood interior of Asilomar's social hall

Congress attendees are strongly encouraged to stay at Asilomar.

The conference will be held at the 107-acre, oceanfront Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California, 110 miles (177 km) south of San Francisco on the Monterey Peninsula.

Nightly per-person rates (price includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, field trip lunches, and conference banquet)
Single: $301.91
Double: $200.91
Triple: $170.89
Quad: $155.90

Staying at Asilomar includes a meal plan that covers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including lunches on the field trip day and the conference banquet.

We are required to have a minimum number of attendees stay onsite for the meeting. Cost for staying onsite can be reduced by sharing rooms, and residence options include single, double, triple, and quadruple rooms. Offsite housing is possible, but not recommended. An upcharge in registration fees will be applied to anyone staying offsite in order to offset charges incurred by meeting attendees that are not included in the residence package.


Submit an Abstract

Now accepting abstracts! Contributed talks and posters are welcome within the symposia topics, or as other general contributed talks. Several thematic sessions have already been identified, others will be added. The deadline for abstract submissions is April 30, 2019.

Abstract submission may be completed at any time, but your abstract will not be considered if your registration is not paid by April 30, 2019.

Please note: We are no longer accepting proposals for symposia


Scientific Program


Keynote Speakers:

  • Mandë Holford: “Investigating molluscan venom from evolution to molecular function. Discovery, characterization, optimization and delivery of venom peptides from predatory conoidean marine snails”
  • David Lindberg and Winston Ponder: "Comprehensive review of Mollusca"
  • Didi Lyons: "Gene regulatory networks in molluscs"
  • Susan Kidwell: Topic TBD
  • Jingchun Li: “Evolution of photosymbiosis in bivalves”
  • Monica Medina: "Genomics and the future of tropical marine ecosystems"
  • Geerat Vermeij: "Evolution of molluscan shells and the predatory arms race"

Confirmed Symposia and Workshops

  • Evolution of Toxins in Molluscs: Baldomero Olivera
  • Molluscs in Citizen Science: Rebecca Johnson
  • Molluscs as Critical Players in Ecological Systems: Patrick Krug
  • AMS Presidential Symposium on Molluscan Collections: Ellen Strong, Julia Sigwart, Terry Gosliner
  • The Evolution of Molluscan Weirdness: Julia Sigwart, Ellen Strong
  • Molluscs as Models for Paleontological Systems: David Jablonski, Peter Roopnarine
  • Publishing Books on Molluscs: Daniel Geiger

Please note: Speakers, topics, and symposia subject to change.


Field Trips

Big Sur coast

Several field trips will be organized for Wednesday, August 14, including:

  • Monterey regional wine tasting
  • Big Sur coast and Hearst Castle
  • Whale watching in Monterey Bay
  • Marine mammals in Elkhorn Slough
  • Point Lobos State Reserve
  • Fossil molluscs*
  • Land snails and slugs of the Santa Cruz Mountains*

*This trip needs a leader—let us know if you're interested.