WAC Meetings

Every three years the WAC holds an international conference on copepods, and these have become the most important global gatherings for all students of copepods. Each conference gives you the chance to meet fellow researchers, to talk with students and with experts, to borrow material and to plan collaborations. Each meeting is unique, bursting with the individuality and culture of the host nation. It is such good fun to get to know your fellow copepod specialists and to find such enthusiasts to talk to. The best memories are associated with meeting the real people, and the personal contacts made at conferences will be of lasting value.


If you are interested in hosting an International Conference on Copepoda, please contact the WAC President at President@monoculus.org.
Guidelines for ICOC Meeting Proposals.

Join us at the 15th ICOC!

The next conference will be from 2-7 June 2024 in Hiroshima, Japan.
The Local Secretary is Dr Susumu Ohtsuka from Hiroshima University. For more information, visit the 15th ICOC conference website: https://icoc15.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/home.html, Facebook  or Twitter
Contact information: icoc15@hiroshima-u.ac.jp
15th ICOC Conference Program

Watch this short video for more details.


Main Conference
Registration Opens: 13 November 2023 
Abstract Submission Starts: 13 November 2023
Abstract Deadline: 15 January 2024
Early Bird Closes: 1 February 2024
Late Registration Closes: 1 March 2024
Conference: 2-7 June 2024

Pre-conference Workshop
Application Opens: 13 November 2023
Application Closes: 1 February 2024
Workshop: 26-31 May 2024

Deadline of submission: 7 August 2024

The series of International Conferences on Copepoda

      First: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1981.
      Local Secretary — Prof Jan H. Stock.
      Proceedings — Crustaceana, Supplement 7: 1-435 (1984).

    Second: Ottawa, Canada, 1984.
    Local Secretary — Dr Chang-tai Shih.
    Proceedings — Syllogeus, 58: 1-662 (1986).

    Third: London, U.K., 1987.
    Local Secretary — Dr Geoff Boxshall.
    Proceedings — Hydrobiologia, 167/168: 1-639 (1988).

    Fourth: Karuizawa, Japan, 1990.
    Local Secretary — Dr Shin-ichi Uye.
    Proceedings — Bulletin of the Plankton Society of Japan,
    Special Volume, 1-645 (1991).

    Fifth: Baltimore, U.S.A., 1993.
    Local Secretary — Dr Brian Bradley.
    Proceedings — Hydrobiologia, 292/293: 1-530 (1994).

    Sixth: Oldenburg, Germany, 1996.
    Local Secretary — Prof Kurt Schminke.
    Proceedings — Journal of Marine Systems, 15: 1-549 (1998).

    Seventh: Curitiba, Brazil, 1999.
    Local Secretary — Dr Rubens Lopes.
    Proceedings — Hydrobiologia, 453/454: 1-576 (2001).


       Eighth: Keelung, Taiwan, 2002.
       Local Secretary — Dr Jiang-Shiou Hwang.
       Proceedings — Zoological Studies, 43: 165-512 (2005).

    Ninth: Hammamet, Tunisia, 2005.
    Local Secretaries — Dr M. Néjib Daly Yahia and Dr Sami Soussi.

    Proceedings — Journal of Plankton Research, 29 (Suppl. 1): 1-162 (2007)

    and Hydrobiologia, 617 (in part): 1-63 (2009).


    Tenth: Pattaya, Thailand, 2008.
    Local Secretary — Dr La-orsri Sanoamuang.
    Proceedings — Hydrobiologia, 666: 1-338 (2011).

    Eleventh: Merida, Mexico, 2011.
    Local Secretary — Dr Eduardo Suarez-Morales.
    Proceedings — Journal of Natural History, 47: 263-910 (2013).

         Twelfth: Seoul, Korea, 2014.
         Local Secretary — Dr Wonchoel Lee.
         Proceedings — Journal of Natural History, 49:   2709-2982 (2015).

    Thirteenth: Los Angeles, U.S.A., 2017.
    Local Secretary — Dr Julianne Kalman Passarelli.
    Proceedings — Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences,

    117(2): 91-156 (2018).

Fourteenth: Kruger National Park, South Africa, 2020.
Local Secretary — Dr Susan Dippenaar.


e-ICOC: virtual, 2022.

Local Secretaries — Dr Rony Huys and Dr Alexandra Savchenko.
Click here for a detailed report of the e-ICOC.

Fifteenth: Hiroshima, Japan, 2024.
Local Secretary — Dr Susumu Ohtsuka.