Hosted by Zoomarine, Portugal (27 September - 1 October, 2022)

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 upcoming EAZA Annual Conference 2022 will be hosted by Zoomarine Portugal, from 27 September to 1 October, 2022. The congress venue Palácio de Congressos do Algarve (Salgados Congress center) is only 10 kilometers away from Albufeira. 

The event website with information about the venue, travel and accommodation is already available. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE EVENT WEBSITE For questions about hotel bookings and room availability please e-mail bookings@nauhotels.com


Registered Annual Conference participants will receive a special discount when booking a room. This special discount rate is only available for online reservations. Please be aware of the fact that the number of available rooms is very limited. Rooms will sell out quickly because of the high demand and the fact it is high season in the Algarve. Book your conference hotel room now!

Airbnb options are also available in the area but do understand that breakfast and transfers are not included. Most Airbnb prices in the region will be in the same range as the recommended hotels.

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Dear EAZA Colleagues, Dear Friends,

If there are important lessons that these last two surreal years have reminded us of, is the importance of sound solidarity, modern science, factual communication, structured work, balanced socialization, and overall trust. And the common denominator is… “us”. Us, as a team and as a planet. Us, as a society and as a family.

And as a species that is constantly being challenged and creating challenges to so many others species, these current delicate times reinforce, on a daily basis, the need and urgency of being together and working together, of uniting towards values and towards goals, of protecting our common ground and common our future – all around.

In the meantime, for many years that “Together, We Protect” had been a very special moto for Zoomarine. It can also be for EAZA, for Europe, for Conservation. And that is why our teams, our families, in southern Portugal, are so eager and proud to invite you to attend EAZA’s 2022 Annual Conference, at the NAU Salgados Palace (Algarve).

Zoomarine’s team (an EAZA member since 1999) is not only eager to welcome you to Portugal, but to show you a good time, to help you reestablish some long-deserved normality, to embrace old and new friends, and, of course, to discover a little more of the Portuguese Culture, Environment and Landscapes.

As Zoomarine ends the celebration of its 30th anniversary, EAZA begins to celebrates its own 30th anniversary - and we could not be happier to know it will also happen in Portugal, at Zoomarine, again face-to-face with good colleagues and friends.

I sincerely hope to be able to welcome you all in Portugal, at Salgados and at Zoomarine – because your work is important and our continued cooperation is vital, because we need it, conservation needs it, Europe needs it…

In the meantime, please, continue to be safe, to protect yourself and those around you! Continue your amazing, urgent and inspiring work towards a safer, more biodiverse and balanced planet. Please, continue to embrace and protect your loved ones. And, of course, prepare yourself to have a memorable time in Portugal.

With open arms, we will wait for you all, next September.

Your Colleague, your Friend,

 Pedro Lavia, Founder and President of the Board


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Registration for EAZA Annual Conference 2022 IS OPEN!

Early bird rate is available until 15 June 2022

Pricing schedule

Full conference, early rate  €600
Full conference, regular rate €720
Single day, early rate €200
Single day, regular rate €240
Gala dinner (1 October) - optional €95
Accompanying partner (social events only) €210

Please note that the registration rates above are excluding 6% VAT, gala dinner fee is excluding 23% VAT


Programme, Member support and exhibition: mirko.marseille@eaza.net
Registration support: eaza22registration@supremestage.com
Billing support: memorable.eaza@zoomarine.pt

Not an EAZA Member? A Non-EAZA Member participant will need an institutional support letter/reference letter (or e-mail) from a full EAZA Member. The letter should explain shortly why your conference attendance is required/appreciated.Please send this letter or e-mail to mirko.marseille@eaza.net Without a support letter your registration will not be validated.



Conference delegates and other EAZA Members are invited to display relevant posters at the EAZA Annual Conference 2022. Poster topics focus on one of the many different fields of expertise and activities that are linked, both directly and indirectly, with the zoo community. Commercial and/pr promotional posters will not be considered. Submit your poster proposal or abstract (Including title/subject, author, affiliation, and a short summary (max. 100 words)) to mirko.marseille@eaza.net as soon as possible, poster space is limited. Per institution maximum three poster submissions are accepted. 

Posters should be designed to A2- portrait (420mm wide by 594mm high) or A1 - portrait (594mm wide by 840mm high).

Don't forget to bring the poster(s) to the venue, or alternatively sent it with a delegate who is attending.

  Title Author Institution
1.  Small animals in big trouble: Sulawesi freshwater endemics Markéta Rejlková Ostrava Zoo, Czech Republic


How can we ensure that wildlife is only traded and used legally, sustainably and ethically?

Cécile Erny  AFdPZ, France
3. How empowering the public outside zoos to appreciate and understand biodiversity in order to involve them in its preservation?  Cécile Erny AFdPZ, France 














The exhibition and sponsorship brochure has been distributed to EAZA Corporate Members. If you are interested in exhibition at the EAZA Annual Conference 2022 please send an e-mail to dalila.frasson@eaza.net

AC22 brochure