EAZA Directors' Days 2020 (Bergen Aquarium, Norway: 21-23 April) (CANCELLED)


In the light of the COVID-19 outbreak being classed as a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation, and in line with guidance from them and other sources, EAZA has made the difficult decision to cancel this event. We have been in contact with our host, and we intend to examine solutions that may allow elements of this meeting to proceed remotely by teleconference, or at a later date. We will be in touch with registered delegates to provide further details of how and when we will proceed with these activities and potential refunds.

Welcome to Bergen, Norway! 

EAZA Directors' Days and AGM 2020 will be hosted by Bergen Aquarium, Norway from 21 to 24 April 2019, with an optional aquarium visit on Friday 24 April.

Saving Species Together:  Long term needs, short term pressures

The programme will look at the potential contradictions between the long view of collaborative conservation and the short-term pressures which face individual zoos and aquariums.  In order to maximise the conservation contributions of their institutions, Directors need to face up to the localised pressures of funding gaps, activism, risk management, and a whole host of other immediate problems.  Our speakers will introduce their strategies for reducing or overcoming these issues, so that they can take a longer term, more collaborative approach.  The event will also feature the Spring Council meeting, and the Annual General Meeting, the main voting opportunity for Members of the Association to make their voices heard.  In addition, a special event for Directors attending for the first time will be held to introduce them to the Chairs of EAZA Committees and help them get more from their active engagement with EAZA.

This is the premier forum for EAZA Member Directors to meet and discuss the strategy and direction of EAZA, and we urge all Directors to attend, network and influence. 

Conference venue

The event takes place at the Hotel Clarion Admiral in downtown Bergen 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 (with a support letter from the respective mentor) and National Associations).  

If you are entitled to register for EAZA Directors' Days 2020 you should have received a personal invitation by e-mail. For questions regarding attendance or registration please contact mirko.marseille@eaza.net

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The conference venue is at the Clarion Hotel Admiral, located right in the heart of Bergen near the harbour. The newly renovated Clarion Hotel Admiral, which welcomed its first guests in 1987, is located in charming old warehouse buildings that date back to 1904. 

Venue address:

Clarion Hotel Admiral
C. Sundts gate 95004
Bergen, Norway

If you plan to stay at the Hotel Clarion please make sure to book your room soon. 

The room rates are:

  • Single room NOK 1240,- per night including breakfast
  • Double room NOK 1340,- per night including breakfast

Delegates have to mention this booking code GR9987 to get a discounted rate. Please e-mail to cl.admiral@choice.no  or call  +47 55236400 if you want to make a room booking. 

In the heart of Bergen

The hotel is located in central Bergen and it enjoys fantastic views of the harbour, the famous Bryggen, the mountains and the fish market. The 270 degree sea view provides a true maritime ambiance. Strandkaiterminalen, from where you can catch ferries to Stavanger, Sogn and Fjordane, is situated right next to the hotel and the Bergen train station is just five minutes away by taxi.

Explore Bergen

A stay at the Clarion Hotel Admiral gives you the perfect base from which to explore Bergen. Everything you could wish for is here – shopping, nightlife, restaurants, culture and entertainment. Take the opportunity to visit the Edvard Grieg Museum or go sailing. The Bergen aquarium is also within walking distance of the hotel. Please ask staff of the hotel for information about guided tours of the city and our best tips for your stay in Bergen.

Other hotel options in downtown Bergen can be found here:

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 The conference programme is currently being developed, a draft day-to-day schedule is already available:

21 April (Tuesday): Membership and Ethics Committee meeting I (closed),  Membership and Ethics Committee meeting II (closed), Executive Committee Meeting (closed), Icebreaker at the Bergen Aquarium (20:00 - 22:00)
22 April (Wednesday): Meeting day 1, EAZA Council Meeting
23 April (Thursday): Meeting day 2, Gala Dinner 
24 April (Friday): Optional visit to Bergen Aquarium (10:00 - 15:00); National Associations Committee meeting (09:00 - 14:00) (closed), Technical Assistance Committee meeting (09:00 - 14:00) (closed)

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Visit Bergen - A World Heritage City

Bergen is the Gateway to the Fjords of Norway. As a UNESCO World Heritage City and a European City of Culture, the Bergen region has the ideal combination of nature, culture and exciting urban life all year around.

In Bergen you can also enjoy some of the finest seafood restaurants in Norway. If you would like to know more about what to do and what to see in Bergen and in the region, please refer to the suggested activities and attractions by clicking on the link below.