Cooperation is at the heart of EAZA’s work, and nowhere is that more obvious than at face to face meetings.
13-16 March, 2017 (Paris Zoo, France)
Hosted by Liberec Zoo, Czech Republic, 26-29 January 2017
Sharing knowledge and skills across all levels of zoo and aquarium management leads to better results in conservation, research and education – and lively debate helps us to understand where and how we need to direct our collective efforts. In addition to the annual conferences EAZA also organises, together with the hosting member institutions, bi-annual conferences and symposia that focus on a more specific topic within the field of zoo management and business.
For an overview of all EAZA conferences and meetings, as well as other events of interest to EAZA members please follow this link to the event calendar.
The EAZA Annual Conference is the biggest annual gathering of the European zoo and aquarium community, bringing more than 600 delegates together for four days of meetings, presentations, discussions and networking opportunities. The event is primarily aimed at EAZA members, with most of EAZA's TAGs and committees holding meetings alongside a variety of special workshops. Plenary sessions bring all conference delegates together to focus on topics of broad interest to the community.
This biennial conference is regularly attended by 100-200 delegates from about 20 countries, representing zoo nutritionists, veterinarians, curators, animal keepers, staff and students from higher education institutes and private individuals. The conference is a major event for information exchange between individuals involved in zoo animal nutrition in Europe. It will be preceded by an optional one-day EAZA Academy workshop on the feeding of primates and herbivorous reptiles.
The previous 8th European Zoo Nutrition Conference has been hosted by Royal Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, The Netherlands from January 22-25, 2015. The central theme of the conference was 'Feeding zoo animals for health, welfare and conservation' the program did not only include recent scientific advances in the field but also reviews and practical workshops. It was jointly organised by the EAZA Nutrition Group and VHL University of Applied Sciences together with the host, Royal Burgers’ Zoo.
The next 9th European Zoo Nutrition Conference will be hosted by Zoo Liberec, Czech Republic from 26-29 January 2017 (with an Academy course on 26 January). More information about this event will become available at a later stage.
The EAZA European Zoo Educators (EZE) Conference is a biennial event hosted by a different institution each time. It brings together educators from across Europe and beyond for three days of presentations, workshops, and activities focused on sharing good practice and highlighting future trends in zoo and aquarium education. Regularly attracting 100-150 delegates, the EZE Conference provides invaluable opportunities for educators to connect with each other and share their experiences. The conferences often have a theme, for example the most recent conference hosted by Lisbon Zoo had the theme: ‘The power of behaviour – inspiring people to act: Turning education theory into action’.
The next EZE conference will be hosted by Paris Zoo, The French Association of Zoos (AFdPZ) and CFPZ (Le Comité Français pour la Pédagogie Zoologique) from 13-16 March 2017. More information about this conference is available here.
The upcoming EAZA Directors' Day 2017 will be held in Chester Zoo, United Kingdom from 25-27 April.
The furtherance of wildlife conservation has become the predominant objective of EAZA and its members. It's now clear that the zoo and aquarium community's role in conservation extends far beyond helping to save endangered species through ex situ breeding programmes. Through their links with in situ projects many members of EAZA are active in the conservation of habitats and entire ecosystems. The EAZA Conservation Forum is a biennial event bringing together over 100 representatives of zoos and aquariums, conservation organisations and in situ conservation projects for three days of workshops, presentations and other activities.
Previous events took place at Vienna Zoo, Austria (22-25 May, 2012) and Zoo Leipzig, Germany (6-9 May, 2014). The last EAZA Conservation Forum 2016 was hosted from 11-13 May, 2016 by Bioparc Fuengirola, Spain.