Cooperation is at the heart of EAZA’s work, and nowhere is that more obvious than at face to face meetings.
The EAZA Conservation Forum 2018 will be hosted by Tallinn Zoo (Estonia) from 22-25 May
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.
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 May 2020. More information about this event will be announced later. Questions about the event? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous Conservation Forum events took place at:
From 10 – 13 May 2016 BioParc Fuengirola (Spain) was the proud host of the very successful 2016 edition of the EAZA Conservation Forum. 161 participants from over 100 different conservation organisations and zoos, came from 5 continents/32 countries to share their experiences in conservation and to continue building bridges between in situ and ex situ professionals. Next to more than 40 presentations and 4 workshops, there were a total of 28 posters available to view. A first for this Forum was the opportunity to show short films illustrating different conservation projects and activities.
EAZA Directors' Days 2018 took place at Antwerp Zoo, Belgium, from 18-20 April 2018. The event was hosted by Antwerp Zoo Centre for Research & Conservation.
EAZA Directors' Days 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 institutions and National Associations).
EAZA Directors' Days 2019 will be hosted by Jersey Zoo.
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. From 26-29 January 2017 Zoo Liberec (Czech Republic) hosted the 9th European Zoo Nutrition Conference. Information about this past event can be found here.
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. 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 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 EAZA Education Conference webpage.