On this page you will find more information about the conference, the programme, accommmodation, registration and so on. YOU CAN NOW REGISTER FOR THE EAZA CONSERVATION FORUM 2018.

The conference day-to-day programme is structured as follows:

  • 22 May: EAZA Academy Conservation Workshop & Icebreaker
  • 23 – 25 May: EAZA Conservation Forum programme
  • 25 May: Farewell Dinner
  • 26 May: Tour Lahemaa National Park (Free for delegates, reservation needed)
  • 26-29 May: Selected wildlife tours organised by Natourest (Extra costs apply, reservation needed)

As Estonia is celebrating its 100th birthday next year, the celebratory events draw large crowds to Estonia at peak tourist seasons - we therefore recommend to book your flights and hotels as soon as possible. Please note that the number of rooms at our partner hotels is limited. The conference venue can hold 140 people maximum, when this number of registrations has been reached the event will be sold out. 

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For an interactive Google map of Tallinn showing the conference venue, the recommended hotels and other places of interest please click on the image below...  

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The Early bird conference fee of €170 is available until 1 March 2018

Registration fees Before 1 March 2018 After 1 March 2018
Full Conference Registration €170 €225
Single Day Registration €65 €85


During registration you will also be asked if you would like to join in one of the optional post-conference wildlife tours. Please note that seats for the tours are limited and full = full. More information about the wildlife tours can be found further down this page. Your partner is also welcome to join during the social events of the conference, additional information about what to see and to do in Tallinn (partners can enjoy the same offers that are extended to the delegates - free city transport and access to Tallinn Zoo) will soon be presented here. 

Make sure that if you select the 'pay by direct transfer' option, that the following reference number is added to the bank transaction: 5229000000520188. The total registration fee will need to reach the Tallinn City Council bank account.

The Conservation Forum 2018 also offers a partner programme. You can register your partner to attend the social events (i.e. not the conference meetings) for €105. If interested, please select this option during registration

Please be aware of our cancellation policy for the EAZA Academy course and the Conservation Forum:

  • If you cancel more than four weeks before the EAZA Academy course/Conservation Forum starts you will be reimbursed the full registration fee minus €50 handling charges.
  • If you cancel less than four weeks before the EAZA Academy course/Conservation Forum starts you will be charged 25% of the fees.
  • If you cancel less than two weeks before the EAZA Academy course/Conservation Forum starts you will be charged 50% of the fees. 

Cancellations one week prior to the EAZA Academy course/Conservation Forum will not be refunded.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your cancellation for the seminar/Conservation Forum is confirmed by the EAZA Academy or EAZA Office respectively.

If you have questions about the registration and accommodation please contact Questions about the programme and the submission of abstracts can be directed to


Keynote speakers

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Jörg Freyhof

- Coordinator IUCN SSC Freshwater fish Red List Authority
- Chair for North Africa, Europe and the Middle East IUCN SSC/WI Freshwater Fish Specialist Group

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Riinu Rannap

- Research Fellow in Conservation Biology at University of Tartu, Estonia
- Habitat management and restoration of threatened amphibians in Estonia and Northern Europe


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Paul Jepson

- Member supervisory board Rewilding Europe
- Course Director MSc Biodiversity, Conservation & Management & Senior Research Fellow, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford






Submitting an abstract

During the Conservation Forum the EAZA Conservation Committee strives to create a meaningful platform where the zoo community as well as the field conservation community can gather and exchange experiences and continue to build bridges between the two worlds.

For the 2018 edition of the EAZA Conservation Forum Conservation we are looking to provide an interesting and diverse programme with different evidence based ex situ and in situ conservation stories. We welcome abstracts on a variety of conservation themes (see the themes below) and formats (oral presentations, posters, movies, workshops, discussion sessions (panel or knowledge café style).

Download the 'Abstract submission template' here and send your abstract before the submission deadline which has been extended to 15 February 2018 to

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 Tallinn, or alternatively sent it with a delegate who is attending.


Conference themes

From September 2017 onwards we will welcome the submission of abstracts on a variety of conservation themes and formats (oral presentations, posters, movies, workshops, discussion sessions (panel or knowledge café style).
Conservation efforts in the Baltic region 
As the host of this edition, Tallinn Zoo, is situated in the Baltic region, we are especially interested in showcasing conservation stories from the area.  
Wildlife trade 
From 2017 – 2019 the EAZA Conservation Campaign “Silent Forests” is focused on raising funds and awareness for the devastating impact of trade on Asian song bird populations. In line with this theme, we welcome abstracts which highlight conservation activities in regions affected by unsustainable and illegal wildlife trade in general, such as South East Asia, Africa and South America. Next to that we are also interested in addressing the issue from the angle of education, influencing behaviour change and sustainable collection planning.  
Investing in conservation 
Conservation support comes in many forms and levels; financial, in-kind and more. But how can one make the biggest impact with the resources available? How does one choose where to invest the resources. We are looking for experiences from both the in situ and ex situ world to make these choices as well as examples of how to effectively fundraise for conservation.

Fresh water conservation 
We are interested to explore the roles different stakeholders (zoos/aquariums/private collections) can play in the management of freshwater species that are extinct in the wild and how to address the long-term survival planning of these and species on the verge of being lost forever; how can we pre-empt extinctions and come to the rescue? Furthermore, how can we halt the impact of invasive alien species when there is not yet a clear understanding by governments and funders of the threat to freshwater ecosystems. Next to that the management, handling and husbandry of freshwater species oriented projects as well as the role for zoos and aquariums to engage with conservation practitioners to improve success are of interest. 
Connecting people to nature (conservation) 
We are looking for examples on how to engage the many different target groups (zoo visitors but also local population and local governments) in conservation. How can the social sciences be incorporated into conservation field programmes. What sustainable choice can zoos and aquaria make for themselves and promote to their audiences.   
Conservation reintroductions 
We would like to invite submissions on conservation translocations (reintroductions, augmentations and conservation introductions). Especially submissions that provide a synopsis of conservation translocations at a taxa or regional level, and include quantitative outcomes or indices of success that can be incorporated into a meta-analysis are welcomed. 
Under this theme, the topic of Rewilding would also be of interest and could include explaining the philosophy of this approach for habitat restoration, the opportunities for the zoo community, but also the limitations to be accepted in this concept.


Accommodation in partner hotels - unique hotels

As Estonia is celebrating its 100th birthday next year, the celebratory events draw large crowds to Estonia at peak tourist seasons - please book your flights and hotels as early as possible. Please note that the number of rooms at our partner hotels is limited.

All the hotels are located at the edge of Tallinn Old Town within a kilometer of each other and a 25-minute bus ride to Tallinn Zoo/Environmental Education Centre.

Rooms and rates:

10 standard rooms for 109 EUR single room/night; 121 EUR double room/night;

15 zen rooms for 139 EUR single room/night; 151 EUR double room/night.

20 standard rooms for 91 EUR single room/night; 98 EUR double room/night;

10 zen rooms for 111 EUR single room/night; 118 EUR double room/night.

15 standard rooms for 81 EUR single room/night; 88 EUR double room/night;

20 zen rooms for 101 EUR single room/night; 108 EUR double room/night.

10 standard rooms for 64 EUR single room/night; 76 EUR double room/night.

The rates include a generous buffet breakfast and VAT.


For reservations, please use the code „TALLINN ZOO“ and contact the hotels at:

Von Stackelberg Hotel Tallinn:
Centennial Hotel Tallinn:
Kreutzwald Hotel Tallinn:
City Hotel Tallinn:

You will be asked to provide credit card information.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation is free up to 29 days prior to the starting date of the reservation;

  • 28-22 days prior to the reservation, 40% of the total cost of the reservation must be paid;
  • 21-15 days prior to the reservation, 70% of the total cost of the reservation must be paid;
  • 14-3 days prior to the reservation, 90% of the total cost of the reservation must be paid;
  • 2-0 days prior to the reservation, 100% of the total cost of the reservation must be paid.


You can find a short and comprehensive overview of travelling to Estonia on VisitEstonia. If you, after consulting this website, continue to have questions about travelling to Estonia please contact

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To make a reservation, please click on and enter the access code NLZJWAJ in the "Access to Your Special Lufthansa Offer" area. This will open an online booking platform that will automatically calculate the discount offered or provide you with an even better offer if another promotional fare is available.

NOTE: Pop-ups must be enabled otherwise the booking platform window will not open.

These promotional fares are also available through your IATA / ARC travel agent. Travel agents can obtain ticketing instructions by sending an email to and providing the access code as a reference.

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Wildlife Tours

The post-conference wildlife tours are organized by a company called Natourest. Except for the Lahemaa National park tour, which is a day-trip, the other tours include at least 1 night. The Lahemaa National park tour is free to attend for all delegates and is kindly sponsored by the European Regional Development Fund.  Places for the tours are very limited and are booked on a first come, first serve basis. Full = full. Please note that the tours of Matsalu and Hiiumaa are overlapping!

The deadline for signing up for a tour is March 1, 2018 or until the maximum number of participants has been achieved. Please click on any of the tours below to find more detailed information. You can sign up for one of the tours during the completion of the Conservation Forum registration procedure