Hosted by Attica Zoological Park (18-22 September 2018), Athens, Greece


On behalf of the Attica Zoological Park team, you are welcomed to Athens and the Megaron Athens International Conference Centre, the venue for the EAZA Annual Conference 2018.

The Attica Zoological Park is the only zoo in Greece - privately owned, it opened to the public in 2000, initially as a bird park. Today, it covers 20 hectares and has become a fully fledged zoo, with more than 290 species. Only 30 minutes from the city centre, it is considered to be amongst the top attractions of the city, serving all purposes of a modern zoo. Future plans include the opening of a museum on the evolution of species, as well as a large aquarium of international standards, creating for the first time a unique thematic destination for the country, and the Balkans.



Registration for Athens 2018 is now open! Make sure to book your accommodation fast: September is high season in Athens! Many hotels are already fully booked. Please visit the Conference website at: https://eaza2018.com 

The draft programme can be downloaded here. Please note that the programme is subject to (minor) changes. 

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Lake Kerkini pre-conference tour


Escape to one of the most beautiful landscapes of Greece, a unique Wetland of International Importance, now established as a National Park. Lake Kerkini, located in Northern Greece, belongs to the NATURA 2000 network and is internationally protected according to the Ramsar Convention. The Lake and its surroundings are ideal for outdoor activities, relax and a close encounter with its important ecosystem.

The lake is one of the best places in Europe for natural bird watching, hosting about 300 bird species, 50 of which included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and with 10 species nesting in mixed colonies in the riparian forests with important populations for Greece and Europe. Among them a rich stable population of the endangered Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus), and the migratory Great white pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) that nests in the area. The lacustrine area and its surroundings are characterized by high biodiversity and host more than 2000 species between insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. Among the latter the water buffalos (Bubalus bubalis) are here represented by the most numerous population in the Greek territory.

During our tour, we will enjoy the landscape’s natural beauty while hiking, biking or trail running along the lakesides and experience an up close interaction with the water buffalos. We will meet the local fishermen, learn about their unique relationship with the pelicans and be part of their daily routine with the birds. In our boat trip on the lake’s calm waters we will admire its rare flora and bird fauna.

The most adventurous travelers will have the opportunity to explore the area while riding a horse. The escape is completed with exquisite meals of local dishes, such as buffalo meat and trout and visits to the nearby villages, as well as a relaxing and soothing natural hot baths in a Byzantine hammam.

Throughout the four day trip, we will be hosted in local traditional and friendly guest houses and our scientist guides will be offering their knowledge making your experience unique and unforgettable. Among the activities, we will learn about the history of the lake, the influence of human intervention on the ecosystem and its role on the local society.

There are still a few spots left for the extraordinary tour! Please click here for more information about travel, registration, accommodation and pricing. 

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One of the world's oldest cities

Athens, a bustling and cosmopolitan metropolis, is the center of the economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece. Located at the crossroads of three continents, the capital of Greece, with an overall population of close to 5 million people, has often been the melting pot of many cultures. Characterized by a hospitality culture and people that are welcoming, every visitor is sure to receive a warm welcome. Being one of the most historically significant cities in Europe, Athens has much to offer to those who are interested in exploring some of the roots of our world’s civilization. Today’s capital integrates the ancient and medieval history into the contemporary era. Monuments can be found all around the city center, side by side with contemporary constructions. Athens is an ideal congress destination, combining state-of-the-art infrastructure, excellent congress facilities and easy access from all over the world, with world-class cultural attractions, modern amenities and diverse entertainment.

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The Megaron Athens International Conference Centre (M.A.I.C.C.) is one of the finest and most technologically advanced conference venues in Europe. Situated in the city centre, yet surrounded by its own extensive landscaped gardens, Megaron offers a stunning environment, exceptional aesthetics, cutting edge technology and unrivalled client service. It has hosted some of the most important congresses in Greece, and was conceived and built with great respect for the environment and green urban planning. Whilst the original building faces straight onto one of Athens’ major avenues, the centre has been incorporated into the park right next to it, with such skill, that it in no way infringes on it.


Special offer: Discounted travel

Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines offer a comprehensive global route network linking major cities around the world. We offer special prices and conditions to participants, visitors, exhibitors, invited guests as well as employees of the Contracting partner and their travel companions.

To make a reservation, please click on www.lh.com/event-flight-booking and enter the access code NLZQMKC in the "Offer for discounted flights" 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.

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

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More information about posters and submission can be found here

Abstract Submission Deadline (for Poster Presentations): 19 August 2018

No Poster title Author(s) Organisation
1 A bracelet to save the lemurs Delphine Roullet Helpsimus, France
2 Habituation of Ranomafana Bamboo lemurs on Helpsimus conservation area: preliminary results after 8 months D. Roullet, A. Bour, R. M. Andrianirina, R. Razakarijaona, J. Hegedus, J.B. Rolland, F. Fanomezanjanahary, J.d.D. Rakotonirina and A. Randrianarijaona Helpsimus, France
3 Evidence of Multiple-Antibiotic-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis Isolated from Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) Ming-an Tsai and Tsung-Hsien Li National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, Taiwan

Behavioural effects of environmental enrichment on captive beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas)

Ming-An Tsai, Kiang Jin Hong Claudia, Tay Yuke Ling and Tsung-Hsien Li

National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, Taiwan

Promoting happiness: Behavioural welfare assessment in captive red pandas (Ailurus fulgens)

Yvette Karels Utrecht University, The Netherlands
6 The challenges, opportunities and status of animal welfare research in Zoos and Aquaria S. Binding, H. Farmer, K. Cronin Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust/Paignton Zoo, UK
7  Young scientists discovering food web: an IBSE (Inquiry Based Science Education) activity at Zoo delle Maitine (Benevento, Italy) Daniele Rizzelli, Lorella Pina Pagliarulo, Newton Fusco, Federica Serluca and Mauro Altieri  Zoo delle Maitine, Italy
8 Behavioral observations in a lions pair before and after the insertion of environmental enrichment for the first time in their life Daniele Rizzelli and Lorella Pina Pagliarulo Zoo delle Maitine, Italy
9 Helicobacter infection in cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus): from chronic lymphocotic gastritis to reflux esophagitis with intestinal metaplasia Giacomo Rossi, Raffaello Gambi, Sara Berardi, Andrea Piccinini, Matteo Cerquatella and Gian Enrico Magi Parco Zoo Falconara, Italy
10 Ethical Framework for Displaying Animals with Respect and Dignity Claire Ford Taronga Conservation Society Australia
11 Greater bamboo lemur (Prolemur simus) veterinary survey Jane Hopper and Delphine Roullet Aspinall Foundation, United Kingdom
12 Promoting the image of the Bearcat, Arctictis Binturong Agathe Debruille, Pauline Kayser and Melissa Perrigon ABConservation
13 The Bearcat Study Program on Palawan Island Agathe Debruille, Pauline Kayser and Melissa Perrigon ABConservation
14 Hand-rearing of an infant spider monkey (Ateles hybridus) and his early introduction into a social group Taide Perez, Francisco Esteban, María Teresa Abelló Parc Zoològic de Barcelona
15 LIFE Tritó Montseny project (2017-2020): a global conservation effort for the montseny brook newt (Calothriton arnoldi Josep M. Alonso, Manel Aresté, M. Josep Notó, Daniel Guinart Parc Zoològic de Barcelona
16 Ten years of the research and conservation program at Barcelona Zoo  Josep M. Alonso & Rafael Cebrián Parc Zoològic de Barcelona