TONMOCON IV, the bi-annual convention for cephalopod enthusiasts, is official - the papers are signed!
From 10/7 to 10/9 (which happens to coincide with the TONMO-inspired (International Cephalopod Awareness Days), we'll be at the beautiful Wardman Park Marriott, which is right across from the National Zoo and supports an on-site Metro station for easy access to downtown D.C. The meeting room (all day Saturday) holds 125 (and can be expanded for more as needed) and is right inside the hotel. The hotel (and immediate area) also houses several bars and restaurants... and bars... for us to mingle at starting Friday night, right through to Sunday. There is strong potential that the National Zoo (right down the street) will reserve for us special after-hours access to the invertebrate house. This will be a rare opportunity for Saturday evening. We've lined up several speakers for the day. Of course we will have the Monty awards, and many other attractions and surprises.
Also, access to the presentation room throughout Saturday is $5 per person for WAMAS members and you can pay at the door; This is $10 off the rate for non-members. Please note that no food or beverages will be provided at the event. We will take a lunch break on Saturday in the middle of presentations.
If you are on Facebook, check out our TONMOCON IV Event Page and let us know if you'll be joining us!
For any questions or correspondence about TONMOCON, please contact me at email@example.com. Hope to see you there!
Tony Morelli, Founder, Webmaster, TONMO.com
Deep Intuition, LLC
8:30am: doors open
9am: Intro / Welcome Tony Morelli (tonmo)
9:20am: Displaying and breeding Cephalopods at the California Academy of Sciences - Richard Ross (Thales)
10:00am: Ethics Roundtable - Moderated by Katherine Dickson (neurobadger), with Greg Barord, Richard Ross, and Carol Sauer
10:50am: ~10 Minute Break~
11:00am: Nautilus Conservation - Greg Barord (gbarord)
11:40am: Identifying Commonly Kept Octopuses - Denise Whatley (DWhatley)
12:20pm: Break for lunch - will be "on our own"
1:30pm: A Vampire's Blind Mouth - Adam Eli Clem (Clem)
2:10pm: Tammi DeWitt - DC's National Zoo
2:50pm: Kraken: The Curious, Exciting, and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid - Wendy Williams
3:30pm: ~10 Minute Break~
3:40pm: The Octopus Mind - Peter Godfrey-Smith (pgs)
4:30pm: Thank You and Monty Awards - Tony Morelli (tonmo)
5pm: Go our own way for dinner (groups will break off)
6:30pm: Meet at the Invertebrate House at the Nat'l Zoo (exclusive access for people at TONMOCON IV)
9pm: meet at some bar.
Sunday: Informal gatherings for breakfast, National Zoo, etc.
Washington Marriott Wardman Park Map
2660 Woodley Road NW · Washington, District Of Columbia 20008 USA
For the Zoo Social afterwards:
We will be having "Behind the Scenes Tours", Touch Tanks for the kids, and experts on-hand to discuss the various animals on display. Highlights include an octopus, cuttelfish, and a gorgeous beachball sized elegance coral. Special thanks go out to Tamie DeWitt and Mike Henley for setting this up for us. Food and beverages will also be provided.
Time: 6:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M. (EST)
Where: Smithsonian National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for specifics on where to park and how to get in if you are a little late.
Park in Parking lot C (C for Cnidarian). Come out of the parking lot and up the wooden ramp and our building is directly to your right. Come on in the front door!
Please join us for this Special Event!
Getting to the Zoo / Directions
There will be ample parking available.