Cross section of a nautilus shell

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

Early Registration: May 1, 2018 — March 31, 2019
General Registration: April 1, 2019 — May 15, 2019


Scientific Program


Proposals for scientific symposia are now being accepted! See below for details.

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.


Lodging and Transportation

The rich wood interior of Asilomar's social hall

The conference will be held in Pacific Grove, California, 110 miles (177 km) south of San Francisco on the Monterey Peninsula. The Asilomar Conference Grounds sit on 107 acres of breathtaking, biodiverse oceanfront land.


Congress attendees are strongly encouraged to stay at Asilomar.

Lodging costs include all meals, including the 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.

Lodging registration begins April 2018.

Getting to Asilomar

Most international carriers fly to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) 110 miles north, and a few fly directly to Mineta San Jose International (SJC) 80 miles north. A handful of airlines offer regional flights to Monterey Regional Airport (MRY), located eight miles from Asilomar.

The Monterey Airbus departs SFO and SJC almost hourly and takes passengers directly to Asilomar.


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.


Call for Submissions

A brown and red chiton

Submit a Symposium Topic

We welcome short proposals for symposia that span integrative topics about molluscs that are not primarily focused on specific taxonomic groups. Proposed symposia should feature a diverse, international roster of speakers, a variety of perspectives, and strongly involve students.

Please prepare a short proposal that includes your symposium's title, topics, potential speakers, and duration (half day or full day).

Symposium topics submission deadline: May 1, 2018


Coming Soon

There will be a general call for contributed abstracts, papers, and posters beginning April 2018 and continuing through March 2019.