Budapest, 30 April - 4 May 2018
Organised by WAZA CPM and hosted by Budapest Zoo, Hungary


On behalf of the WAZA Committee for Population Management, EAZA would like to invite all TAG (vice) chairs and colleagues with equivalent or related positions playing an active role in regional collection planning, to the third Joint TAG Chairs Meeting, hosted by Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden.

It is our true pleasure to invite you* to Hungary, and the charming capital-city Budapest, crossed by the Danube River. The conference will take place from 30 April - 4 May. The Joint TAG chairs meeting is scheduled for 1-2 May, with the parallel TAG sessions scheduled for 30 April and 3-4 May.

The meeting will be kindly hosted by Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden, in Hungary. The Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden is one of the oldest animal collections in the world with its 150 years of history. The ice-breaker of the Joint TAG chairs meeting will take place at the conference venue. Conference delegates are offere free entrance to Budapest Zoo throughout the meeting period (29 April – 6 May). 

An optional pre-conference tour will be offered to Veszprem Zoo and Lake Balaton (29 April) and a post-conference tour to the Hortobagy National Park, including a bird watching tour and viewing Przewalski’s horses roaming on the Hungarian puszta (5 May).

On this page you will find more information about the third Joint TAG chairs meeting, the parallel TAG meetings, the programme, accommodation, registration and all things relevant to the meeting.

 *If you have not received an invitation for attendance by e-mail, please contact mirko.marseille@eaza.net

Registration fees Before 11 March 2018 After 11 March 2018
 Full Conference Registration  €390  €450
 Single Day Registration  €90  €105
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Meeting venue / recommended accommodation

DANUBIUS HOTEL FLAMENCO**** (on-site hotel)

H-1113 Budapest, Tas vezér utca 3-7.

  • Single standard room rate: 89 EUR/night (including breakfast and all taxes)
  • Double standard room rate: 99 EUR/night (per room, including breakfast and all taxes)

Note: +/- 5 nights accommodation can be booked on meeting rates.

Hotel Flamenco offers something rare – accommodation close to the centre of Budapest yet surrounded by beautiful parkland. This four-star hotel near the so-called “Bottomless Lake” in Budapest’s 11th district has its own garage and rooftop car park, although it’s also easily accessible by public transport with metro, bus and tram stops a short walk away. Flamenco is proud to be an 'Evergreen Hotel, a title awarded to the most environmentally friendly establishments.

For getting the special Joint TAG Chairs Meeting standard room rates book through the below link:


(add the room to your cart, then you can modify the number of guests or the check-in/check-out dates)

To find other types accommodation or nearby hotels please note that our venue is in Disctrict 11; nearby districs are 1 or 2 or 12.

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Like the previous editions, this meeting will focus on developments and trends in population management across the zoo and aquarium community and its partners, as well as recent inter-regional successful initiatives and collaborations. The IUCN Species Survival Committee stresses the importance of conservation planning, conservation action, and conservation assessment. The role of TAGs as part of this ‘Assess, Plan, Act’ paradigm will be a key focus of this third Joint TAG Chairs Meeting. Exploring the relation between population management and animal welfare and population management developments in Southeast Asia are other key topics for the meeting.

29 April Optional pre-conference tour to Veszprem Zoo and Lake Balaton, afternoon: guided tours in Budapest Zoo
30 April Parallel TAG sessions 1 / WAZA Committee for Population Management / Icebreaker
01 May Joint TAG chairs meeting
02 May Joint TAG chairs meeting (Joint gala dinner at Budapest Zoo, optional visit to the Zoo before dinner
03 May Parallel TAG sessions 2
04 May Parallel TAG sessions 3
05 May Optional post-conference tour to Hortobagy National Park
06 May Optional post-conference guided tour in Budapest Zoo 


Click on the links below to find the (draft) programmes for both the Joint TAG Chairs meetings and the TAG Midyear Meetings:

Parallel TAG meetings

TAG members (or equivalent) in attendance of multiple of these parallel meetings may also attend the joint programme. We friendly request all TAG chairs (and equivalent) to liaise with their global counterparts to discuss agendas and consequently block a space for a TAG accordingly, by contacting katharina.herrmann@eaza.net


How to get to the venue

To reach the venue (DANUBIUS HOTEL FLAMENCO**** H-1113 Budapest, Tas vezér utca 3-7.) there are several means of transport:

Public Shuttle Bus

  • Bus # 200E to „Kőbánya-Kispest”, change to M3 metro to „Kálvin tér”, change to M4 metro to „Móricz Zsigmond körtér”. Walk 8 minutes.
  • Bus # 100E to „Kálvin tér”, change to M4 metro to „Móricz Zsigmond körtér”. Walk 8 minutes.

See airport bus details here

Shuttle Minibus Service

The ​miniBUD service​ offers fixed rates for passengers from the airport. One way transfer: 4400 HUF (cca. 16 EUR) Return transfer: 7900 HUD (cca. 28 EUR) Call center: +36 1 550 0000; Order: https://www.minibud.hu/en

Recommended Taxi Companies

FŐTAXI – Call center: +36 1 222 2222, Website 
CITY TAXI – Call center: +36 1 211 1111, Order: order@citytaxi.hu or  taxirendeles@citytaxi.hu
(Airport – Flamenco rate should be 8000-10.000 HUF = cca. 25-35 Euro)

By Car

Find a Route planner at the hotel website: https://www.danubiushotels.com/en/our-hotels-budapest/danubius-hotel-flamenco/map-and-transportation

Information about travelling to and within Budapest can be found here




Optional social programs and tours

During the registration you can select one of the optional social and tours below. 


Monday, 30 April 2018, 19:00-21:00
Price: free (Danubius Hotel Flamenco (H-1113 Budapest, Tas vezér utca 3-7.)

Get together at the meeting venue, meet old friends and make new ones at the JTC Meeting’s welcome event while enjoying fine Hungarian wine and snacks.

Evening Danube Cruise

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 20:00-22:30
Price: €75 p.p. (Minimum number of participants: 35 persons)
Meeting: 19:45 at Gellért Square, BKV Port (Liberty Bridge Buda side)

During this evening sightseeing tour on the River Danube, you will be welcomed with a drink and enjoy a light dinner served on the boat. During dinner a Hungarian jazz band plays the classics. The boat travels from Gellért Square to Margaret Island, along the National Theatre, Palace of Arts, Citadell, Castle of Buda, Parliament, etc.; a truly unique way to enjoy the glittering sites of illuminated Budapest. 

Guided Zoo Tour & Meeting Dinner

Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 17:00/19:00-23:00
Price: €35 p.p.
Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden (H-1146 Budapest, Állatkerti krt. 6-12.)
Bus transfer: 16:30 (sharp!) from Danubius Hotel Flamenco

Joint TAG Chairs Meeting official dinner will be held in the Magic Mountaing exhibition at Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden. Fine buffet dinner, good wines, friendly athmosphere and music is provided! See you there!

Hungarian Cooking Course at Chefparade

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 19:00-22:00
Price: €60 p.p. (Minimum number of participants: 10 persons)

Chefparade is a real hands-on school, where everybody does it all: cutting, chopping, stirring, grilling, sautéing, in his/her station desk. NOT just passively watching BUT doing. Be a part of the FUN and get ready for practice: learn to prepare a real Hungarian style dinner! Jó étvágyat!

Pub Crawl

Friday, 4 May 2018, 20.00-23.00
Price: €30 p.p. (Minimum number of participants: 10)
Meeting: 19.45 at Danubius Hotel Flamenco lobby

Join us for one of the most unique Budapest experiences, a visit to the famous ‘ruin pubs’ full of retro decor, strange furniture, and looping art house cinema. Regularly rated as some of the top bars in the world, these former tenements and disused public buildings have been turned into squatter’s pubs and entertainment spaces of the new wave. English-speaking guide, public transportation and limited drinks are included.


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Terms and conditions

Cancellation and Refund Policy

All cancellations should be sent to Registration Office in written form (golob@congressline.hu). All refunds will be processed after the Meeting via bank transfer.

  • 100% refund (minus 30 EUR administrative fee) in case of cancellation received before 30 March 2018.
  • 50% refund in case of cancellation received between 1 and 15 April 2018.
  • No refund in case of cancellation received after 15 April 2018.
  • If a tour has to be cancelled by the organisers (not reaching the minimum nuber of participants), full tour fee will be refunded.


All payments should be made in Euro. All charges due to bank transfers have to be paid by the sender. Payments sent after 23 April 2018 may not be confirmed in written form. In this case please bring the proof of payment with you to the registration desk.

Bank transfer has to be made to

Account Holder’s name: CongressLine Ltd.
IBAN number: HU19 10404027 50504851 52551011
Bank’s name and address: K&H Bank Zrt. H-1095 Budapest, Lechner Ödön fasor 9., Hungary
Swift Code: OKHBHUHB
Please indicate "2018/12" and the name of the participant(s).

Credit Card

Accepted card types: VISA, EuroCard/MasterCard, American Express

Card number with expiry date, card holder’s name, billing address of the cardholder, CVC code (the last three digits on the back of the credit card where the signature is - only in case of VISA and EC/MC) and signature of the cardholder are needed. 

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