Cooperation is at the heart of EAZA’s work, and nowhere is that more obvious than at face to face meetings.

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. 

Event Calendar

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. 

Annual Conference

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.

From 28 September to 2 October 2020 the EAZA Online Annual Conference took place. Conference proceedings and session recordings will become available in due course, either on the EAZA public website and/or the EAZA Member Area. Availability will be announced through the website, internal communications and EAZA social media channels. 

The next EAZA Annual Conference will be hosted by Helsinki Zoo, from 21-25 September, 2021. 


EAZA Animal Welfare Forum

EAZA is proud to announce the launch of its first Animal Welfare Forum. The Animal Welfare Forum will bring together up to 200 representatives of zoos and aquariums, welfare organisations and academic institutions for three days of workshops, presentations and other activities, discussing and highlighting an evidence-based approach to animal welfare and bridging the gap between welfare research and application.

Apenheul Primate Park in the Netherlands will host the first Animal Welfare Forum in March 2022. 

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EAZA Directors' Days

EAZA Directors' Days 2019 (23-25 April, 2019) was hosted by Jersey Zoo

EAZA Directors' Days 2021 (20-22 April, 2021) will be hosted by Zoo Prague, Czech Republic.

EAZA Directors' Days and AGM 2020 is by invitation only and is open to Director level employees of EAZA Member institutions of all institutional and organisational categories (inclusive of Full, Temporary and Candidate for Membership institutions (a support letter of the respective mentor is required) and National Associations). 


EAZA Conservation Forum

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.

The next EAZA Conservation Forum will take place in Zagreb, Croatia from 17-20 May 2022 and will be hosted by Zagreb Zoo.

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Previous Conservation Forum events took place at:


European Zoo Nutrition Conference

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. The event is usually preceded by an optional one-day EAZA Academy workshop. 

The 10th European Zoo Nutrition Conference was hosted by Marwell Zoo (United Kingdom) from 18-20 January 2019. More information about this past event can be found here. 

In 2015 and 2017 the European Zoo Nutrition Conference was hosted by:

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EAZA Education Conference

The EAZA Education 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 150-180 delegates, the EAZA Education Conference provides invaluable opportunities for educators to connect with each other and share their experiences. 

EAZA Education Conference 2021 will be hosted by Wroclaw Zoo in Poland from 11 to 17 October 2021 for a limited amount of delegates. More information will follow soon. 

The EAZA Education Conference 2019 took place in Sweden from 25 - 28 March 2019 and was kindly hosted by Stockholm Zoo (Skansen Foundation). See the programme here

The EAZA Education Conference 2017 was hosted by Paris Zoo, The French Association of Zoos (AFdPZ) and CFPZ (Le Comité Français pour la Pédagogie Zoologique) from 13-16 March 2017. Click here to visit the post EAZA Education Conference 2017 webpage.