Hosted by Bioparc Valencia, Spain (17-21 September, 2019)


On behalf of all BIOPARC Valencia staff you are welcomed to the beautiful city of Valencia and the Palacio de Congresos de València, the venue for the EAZA Annual Conference 2019. 

Valencia is situated on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, fronting the Gulf of Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea. It is the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona, with around 800,000 inhabitants in the administrative centre, and 1.7 to 2.5 million in the metropolitan area. The city was founded as a Roman colony in 138 BC. Its historic centre is one of the largest in Spain. Its heritage of ancient monuments, views and cultural attractions makes Valencia one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. Valencia boasts a wide-ranging environmental offer due to its proximity to the Albufera Nature Reserve and the green lung, located in the old Turia riverbed which crosses the city centre from east to west.

BIOPARC Valencia is located in the Cabecera Park, a 200,000 m2 section of the extensive Turia Gardens. The Turia Gardens, more than 11 km in length, were created when the Turia River was re-channelled safely out of the city, and it was decided to make the old riverbed a place for the people, offering diverse possibilities for recreation. BIOPARC Valencia is a unique zoo. Its design employs the “zooimmersion” concept, in which visitors are surrounded by meticulous recreations of the natural habitats being presented. Social animals that live together in groups are displayed, as well as groups of different species that coexist in the same habitats. Predatory species are integrated into the visual space, but are separated from other species by barriers invisible to the eye of the visitor, ensuring the safety of both the animals and the people. The animals, vegetation and landscape provide opportunities for discovering the complexity of natural ecosystems. 

BIOPARC Valencia is committed to education and conservation of animals and their ecosystems. It participates in many breeding programmes for species in danger of extinction. The presence of these species in BIOPARC Valencia provides valuable and diverse educational experiences for our guests. BIOPARC Valencia has a firm commitment to go beyond leisure and to be a platform for education and awareness.

All the employees/staff of BIOPARC Valencia, the general manager and the founders of Rain Forest, would like you to visit us during the 2019 EAZA Annual Conference in Valencia. 

We are looking forward to see you!


Registration and programme

Please click here to register

Registration type Early bird rate (until 30 June 2019) Regular rate (from 1 July 2019)
EAZA Member €530 €640
Single day €265 €360
Accompanying person €150 €150
Gala dinner (21 September) €90 €90


Click here to see the programme, please note that the programme is still subject to (minor) changes.  

For questions relating to registration, exhibition and sponsorship please contact: eaza2019@pacificworld.com. For event-related inquiries you can contact mirko.marseille@eaza.net.

Don't forget to use #EAZA2019 when talking about the EAZA Annual Conference 2019 on social media!

Pre-conference EAZA Academy Workshop

The Animal Training Working Group is hosting a half-day EAZA Academy workshop at BIOPARC Valencia on 17 September - Trailblazing Trainers: Animal Training Workshop for Zoo Professionals. Aimed at anyone interested in gaining an understanding of force free animal training and how to apply it to improve animal welfare in their collection, this workshop will introduce some learning principles as well as training demonstrations and hands-on opportunities. Separate registration is required, click here for more information and the registration form. 

The workshop is scheduled from approximately 09:00 - 14:00, so workshop participants will also be able to attend the Joint TAG Chairs/EEP Coordinator/ESB Keeper meeting and the icebreaker.

Oceanogràfic Valencia  

By showing your Congress badge at the ticket office of the Oceanogràfic you can access the Aquarium from 17-22 September from 10:00 to 18:00h. Located in the avant-garde architectural complex of Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències in Valencia, the aquarium is a true tribute to the seas and oceans of the planet and contains large aquariums which faithfully reproduce the most important marine ecosystems.

Immerse yourself and be amazed by the most important marine ecosystems in the world represented at Oceanogràfic Valencia.



Conference delegates and other EAZA Members are invited to display relevant posters at the Annual Conference 2019 (with a maximum of 3 posters per Member institution).

Please submit your proposal, including the title, author affiliations and abstract (max. 100 words) to mirko.marseille@eaza.net. You may also, if already available, submit the actual poster (as a PDF). All submissions will be reviewed and, if accepted, you will be contacted for confirmation. After the conference the posters will be made available to the member community through the proceedings library on the EAZA Member Area.

Posters that are accepted for display should be brought in person to Valencia, or alternatively sent with a delegate that is attending. The Organizing Secretariat offers a printing service as well as delivery to the conference venue if you wish to avoid carrying bulky poster tubes on the plane. A file as PDF of 300dpi or higher is then required. For more information, you may contact eaza2019@pacificworld.com.

All posters should be formatted vertically of standard A2 - portrait (420mm wide by 594mm high); or A1 - portrait (594mm wide by 840mm high). During the conference, poster presenters are responsible for attaching their poster to their assigned poster panel. Poster panels will be arranged numerically. Materials for hanging the posters will be available on site.

To allow easier identification of the author, we suggest you include a photograph (ideally 6 cm x 9 cm) on the poster header. It is also a good idea to pin an envelope to the bottom of the board for the receipt of business cards and messages and/or make mini copies of your poster which can be taken away by other delegates.

Abstract Submission Deadline for Poster Presentations: 31 August 2019. Notification to authors: within 3-5 days after submission

Accepted posters:  

  Title Author(s) Affiliation
1 Managing the reproduction in captivity of the rare and endangered cave salamander (Proteus anguinus) Olivier Guillaume Loro Parque Fundación
2 Greater bamboo lemur as umbrella species for conservation Delphine Roullet Helpsimus 
3 Families, forest and greater bamboo lemurs: all united! Delphine Roullet Helpsimus

Gala dinner


The gala dinner location for the Annual Conference 2019 will be at LA FERRADURA by the Patacona’s Beach

Venue: La Ferradura (Avda. Mare Nostrum, 42 – 46120 Alboraya-Valencia)
Dress code: Lounge suit / Cocktail dress
Tickets: €90 per person (deadline for bookings 2 September)

La Ferradura is an exclusive restaurant located right on the seafront of the beach, offering magnificent views of the sea from all the area, a fantastic terrace capable of being uncovered and spacious areas with no pillars, totally open to hold all kind of events. It’s decorated in a very careful way, of minimalist style, with modern style details and excellent quality materials, such as granites, wood and steal. 

Conference buses will depart from the main entrance of Congress Center at 19:00. Departure from La Ferradura will start at 23:30 and run until 01:00 with drop off at the Congress Center.

If you would like to continue the party after the Gala Dinner we suggest Marina Beach Club by the Malvarrosa Beach.


Lufthansa discount deal

Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines offer a discount on flights to Valencia for EAZA Annual Conference participants. 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 here and enter the access code NLZQDSC 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. Click here to see the instruction.

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 lufthansa.mobility@dlh.de and providing the access code as a reference.

This offer is valid for flights departing between 10 to 28 September 2019. If you encounter any problems, please contact Dalila Frasson.



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