Hosted by Apenheul, The Netherlands (23-26 March, 2020)


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.


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.

Conference schedule (CANCELLED)

Monday 23 March Academy course (FULL), side meetings and icebreaker
Tuesday 24 March Conference Day 1 (EAZA)
Wednesday 25 March Conference Day 2 (Morning sessions sponsored by WAZA) 
Thursday 26 March Conference Day 3 (EAZA) and farewell dinner
Friday 27 March Apenheul tour & optional visit to AAP (FULL)


Click here to view the conference programme (Final release: March 2020)


A very warm welcome to Apenheul Primate Park Foundation! We are tremendously proud to be the host of the first EAZA Animal Welfare Forum. It was the vision of our founding fathers in the early ‘70’s to create a park from the perspective of animals, especially primates, where people are merely guests. Our animals are free roaming or housed on islands, with natural boundaries where possible. As humans we are guests in their world and this has led to a unique park with over 18 free roaming primate species and another 17 other primate species on islands, in a lush, green environment.

We love nature and hope that a visit to our park increases the love of nature and animals in particular within our guests. A mission maybe even more relevant today, then when our park was founded. Given the fact that we house and take care of animals to fulfil our mission, we want to be a frontrunner when it comes to animal welfare.

The way we look at animals and their wellbeing is not static. It develops in time and is becoming a more important topic to the general public. Zoos are experts on this matter and have a lot of expertise with regards to animal husbandry, their behaviour and physical and psychological needs and wellbeing. And many of us also work with renowned institutes and universities to enhance our knowledge and that of others on this matter. This gives us the opportunity to be on the forefront in the discussion on animal welfare and become a reference point on this important topic.

We hope that this first EAZA Animal Welfare Forum will be the start of a joint and continues welfare program in zoos and other institutions. A start of the metaphoric bridge we need to build to combine the knowledge of scientific institutions with the practical experience of zoos. All this so we can work together to continually improve animal welfare, in as well as outside our parks.

From all of us at Apenheul, we wish you an inspiring and fruitful event!

Roel Welsing

Managing Director 
Apenheul Foundation

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Conference theme: Bridging the Gap: Bringing together animal welfare research and application, to improve evidence-based animal welfare best practice

Click here to view the conference programme (Final release: March 2020)

With new advances in animal welfare research and understanding, it is important that we are able to employ this science in our collections to ensure we are doing everything we can to promote positive animal welfare. The first session is solely dedicated to this theme with a direct focus on animal welfare assessment.

The programme is then structured to reflect Mellor and Beausoleil’s (2015) extended Five Domains of Animal Welfare model. The four Physical/Functional Domains: Nutrition, Environment, Health & Behaviour and the one Affective Experience Domain: Mental State. Each domain is explored with the lens of the bridging the gap theme, focusing on how we can implement the research in each of these areas within the our zoos and aquariums.

There is more coming! This is the initial programme release, we are currently working on expanding presentations and workshops in a number of areas of the programme, particularly concerning affective states. We are exploring welfare research across all animal science fields which can offer teachings that can be extrapolated and add to our knowledge in the zoo community!

Join our Facebook group 'EAZA Animal Welfare' for updates on the programme, and keep an eye on this website.

Please note: All programme details were correct at the point of programme release. However, details may be subject to change. Refunds cannot be given due to programme change.

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Early bird rate is no longer available. Student discount fees are unfortunately not available. In case of questions please contact mirko.marseille@eaza.net

Pricing schedule

Full conference, early rate €330 
Full conference (late rate) €395 
Single day, early rate €115
Single day, regular rate €132 


Participation fees EAZA Academy course (this course is now fully booked):

EAZA members: €130
Non-EAZA members: €165

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Please take notice of the EAZA Events cancellation policy:

  • If you cancel more than four weeks before the event starts you will be reimbursed the full registration fee minus €50,- handling charges.
  • If you cancel less than four weeks before the event starts you will be charged 25% of the fees.
  • If you cancel less than two weeks before the event starts you will be charged 50% of the fees. 

Cancellations one week prior to the event will not be refunded

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



The hotels listed below are recommended, based on close proximity to the venue as well as promotional pricing for conference delegates. Feel free to look for other accommodation options in the area. 

Hotel Distance to venue Single room Double room Contact Booking reference
Van der Valk de Cantharel  4.8 km   €99,50 €114 sales@vandervalkapeldoorn.nl   CAN-GF-63166
Charme Hotel Hoog Soeren  3.9 km  €99 €99 info@oranjeoord.nl  Apenheul AWF
Bilderberg de Keizerskroon  3.0 km  €119 €134 reservation@bilderberg-dekeizerskroon.nl   Apenheul AWF
Fletcher Apeldoorn  1.1 km  €80 €90 reserveringen@hotelapeldoorn.nl  F72-GFC4638


Please note that rates are excluding a tourism tax of 2,38 a night per person.

If you travel by car please be advised there is no free parking space at Apenheul. You can park at the public parking place right across the entrance of Apenheul. A day parking ticket costs € 4,40.

While in Apeldoorn you can also consider making use of the Rental bike service, provided by OV-Fiets and very affordable. More information here!

Visting Apeldoorn and The Veluwe region

If you have time to visit neighbouring places before or after the conference it is highly recommended to visit the following very informative websites:

For more suggestions  about wthat to see and what to do in the region please click here


Event sponsors

Many thanks for the generous support of our sponsors listed below, who made part of the EAZA Animal Welfare Forum 2020 possible: 


Dorset Identification has been involved in animal identification and electronic systems since 1989. To identify animals we supply passive tags and we produce portable and stationary reading equipment. Also combinations with feeders, weighing equipment, direction control and access gates are possible. Besides the identification systems we also supply a wireless sensor system to monitor room or water conditions. The sensors can monitor temperature, humidity and all kinds of other values.

More info about Dorset Identification

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Petfood brand produced by NGN Products, based in The Netherlands. Products are sold to pet shops, zoos and aquariums. Our specialty is semi-moist feed focusing on inclusion of fresh insects and sustainable ingredients. Reptile, fish, bird and mammal feed are included in our current assortment. Besides our line of products, we are able to produce custom feed on client request.

More info about Terrabites

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