Hosted by Leipzig Zoo, Germany (29-03 October, 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 the upcoming EAZA Annual Conference 2020. 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. 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.

Dear colleagues and friends,


We are proud to host the Annual conference of the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) from 29 September until 3 October 2020 at the KONGRESSHALLE am Zoo Leipzig. It is my pleasure to welcome you to Leipzig – to this unique city! Here, about 850 zoo experts from all over Europe are going to meet and discuss the latest questions of biodiversity, husbandry and species conservation.

During your stay, you can notice that Leipzig is a vibrant city with many traditions and, at the same time, ready for the future. Leipzig is famous for its various cultural highlights like the famous Gewandhaus Orchestra or the St. Thomas’ Choir known across borders. Global players like BMW, Porsche, DHL and many others make our city a place that is growing in resident numbers year by year. Furthermore, the 800-years-old Leipzig Fair makes Leipzig an interesting destination for exhibitors and guests from all over the world.

 In the KONGRESSHALLE am Zoo Leipzig, tradition and progress are combined in a unique way. The imposing building opened in 1900, with its changing history, is now home to an ultra-modern conference centre. 15 halls and rooms of varying sizes and styles offer flexible possibilities for a variety of uses, from the Großer Saal, which holds 1,200 people, to the neo-baroque Bach-Saal. Since early 2016, the extensively renovated KONGRESSHALLE has been available for meetings, congresses and events.

Situated right in the heart of Leipzig, immediately next to Zoo Leipzig, the KONGRESSHALLE is very easy to reach. The main railway station, hotels of all categories and the lively city centre are just a few minutes’ walk distance. Numerous restaurants and bars and a bunch of cultural and leisure opportunities offer inviting possibilities for relaxing after an exhausting day at the congress. The team of the Congress Center Leipzig is committed to meet all your requirements. We will work together with our highly efficient network to stage this event in the KONGRESSHALLE precisely as you want it.

Zoo Leipzig stands for a unique concept that includes animal welfare and husbandry, species conservation, education and exciting explorer tours. We are well on the way to becoming a Zoo of the future. Our zoo accommodates about 850 animal species and subspecies and is among the most renowned and most modern zoos in the world. Here you can experience the ape world Pongoland, the only of its kind in the world and Europe’s largest individual population of sloth bears. And with the fascinating tropical experience world Gondwanaland, the size of two football pitches, you can see tropical rain forest right in the middle of Leipzig.

We demonstrate our commitment to species conservation with almost 60 breeding programmes in countries all over the world. Thanks to Zoo Leipzig’s participation in reintroduction programmes the Eagle Owl, the Little Owl, the Przewalski’s Horse and the Oryx dammah can now all be found in their natural habitats again.

We are also involved in international breeding programmes for Tigers, Anoas and Maned Wolves, as well as European breeding programmes for African Dwarf Crocodiles, White-naped Cranes, Anoas, Maned Wolves and Sloth Bears.

We have designed our enclosures according to state-of-the-art animal husbandry and have recreated settings that resemble the natural habitats of those animals in the wild. Concrete, steel and tiles have all been replaced in today’s zoo by extensive Savannah, tree borders and various water bodies. As a next step the theme and animal world South America will be modernized, following the theme worlds Africa, Asia, Pongoland, Founder’s Garden and Gondwanaland.
Our keepers and other staff are always happy to answer any questions you may have. Please don‘t hesitate to ask and talk to them.

I wish you a successful and beneficial time and a pleasant stay in Leipzig!

Prof Dr Jörg Junhold
Director Zoo Leipzig and President Association of Zoological Gardens

We are looking forward to see you!


Registration and programme (CANCELLED)

More information about the event, registration, accommodation and Leipzig can be found on the official EAZA Annual Conference 2020 website: www.eaza2020.com

Registration type Early bird rate (until 30 June 2020) Regular rate (from 1 July 2020)
EAZA Member €550 €650
Single day €275 €375
Accompanying person €160 €160
Gala dinner (21 September) €90 €90


Non-EAZA Member participants are required to send a support letter/reference letter from an EAZA Full Member institution to mirko.marseille@eaza.net. The letter or e-mail should explain shortly why conference attendance is required/appreciated. 

For questions relating to registration, exhibition and sponsorship please contact: Katja Schmidt at KSchmidt@eventlab.org. For event-related inquiries you can contact mirko.marseille@eaza.net.

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Conference delegates and other EAZA Members are once again invited to display relevant posters at the Annual Conference 2020 (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. Pleasemake sure to send your accepted poster to mirko.marseille@eaza.net, so that after the conference the posters can be made available to the Member community in the proceedings library on the EAZA Member Area. 

Posters that are accepted for display should be brought in person to Leipzig, or alternatively sent with a delegate that is attending. 

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.

Accepted posters:  


  Title Author(s) Affiliation

Cost-effective sex determination in ibises: preliminary analysis yield high accuracy based on morphological measurements

Thomas Remmits & Emile F. Prins

GaiaZOO, The Netherlands