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.
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.
From 28 September to 2 October 2020 the EAZA Online Annual Conference took place. Conference proceedings can be found on the EAZA Member Area. Recordings of the open sessions and plenaries can be found on the EAZA YouTube Channel and on the event page by clicking here.
The next EAZA Annual Conference will be online, from 20-24 September, 2021.
EAZA Directors' Days 2019 (23-25 April, 2019) was hosted by Jersey Zoo.
EAZA Online Directors' Days 2021 (20-22 April, 2021) was hosted by Zoo Prague, Czech Republic.
EAZA Directors' Days and AGM 2021 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).
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 European Zoo Nutrition Conference 2021 (28-29 January) was organised in an online format. CLICK HERE to visit the event page with information about the past programme.
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:
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 a joint event hosted by the International Zoo Educator's Association (IZE), EAZA, Zoo Wroclaw, and San Diego Zoo Global and will take place online from 8-10 October. Check the event page for the latest updates.
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.
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.
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: