EAZA EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2023

Hosted by Wroclaw Zoo, Poland (13 - 17 March, 2023)

Welcome

In the last two years we have been working through unprecedented times. The global pandemic has created a multitude of setbacks in so many facets of life. These types of situations remind us that the future may be uncertain and that major changes are possible in the short term. The EAZA biannual conservation education conferences are always an opportunity, not only to share experiences, but also to gather colleagues and friends. So, we invite Educators from across the EAZA region to join the 2023 EAZA Conservation Education Conference to share experiences and work together to build a realistic vision and plan for our future. This in-person conference will celebrate our successes, explore the different journeys we are on, and build consensus about where we are heading. Our ability to inspire people to act in favour of biodiversity of the next several decades depends on how we create the future learning.

See you all in Wroclaw!

Antonieta Costa
EAZA Conservation Education Committee Chair

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Conference schedule

Monday 13 March - EAZA Academy workshop and icebreaker

Tuesday 14 March - Formal sessions

Wednesday 15 March - Formal sessions

Thursday 16 March - Formal sessions and gala dinner

Friday 17 March - Informal sessions

Check back soon for further updates

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Registration

Early bird registration is open now! Click here to register 

At the venue there will be a limited capacity allowing 160 participants max.

 The early bird period is available until 15 January 2023

  Early bird Regular
Full conference €400 €470
Daily fee €140 €170
Academy course fee €135 (EAZA) €170 (Non-EAZA)

 

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Cancellation policy

Please take notice of the following 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/European Zoo Nutrition Conference is confirmed by the EAZA Academy or the EAZA Office respectively.

Covid and safety

If the entire event has to be cancelled due to local Covid restrictions and/or national increased Covid prevention measures you will receive a full refund minus €30,- If a registered participant has to cancel due to Covid-related disease and/or travel restrictions caused by Covid the regular EAZA cancellation policy, as stated above, will be applied. If the entire event has to be cancelled due to increased safety concerns caused by unforeseen crisus situations (Force majeure) you will receive a full refund minus €30,-

 
 
 

Conference theme

Conservation education of the future: from ideas to measurable outcomes

The theme of this conference has been chosen to reflect the increasingly diverse environments we are working in, and the challenges we still face in converting our enthusiasm and creativity into measurable and demonstrable conservation education success.  Conservation education is a key activity for zoos and aquariums, and we are still in the process of exploring the extent of the roles zoos and aquariums can play on the global biodiversity conservation stage. We have a wealth of tools available to support and guide our activities (such as the EAZA Conservation Education Standards, the World Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Education Strategy, the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals), but it is not always easy to apply these big and broad concepts in our own daily work.

As we emerge from a period of intense and largely unplanned change in the field of zoo education, the goal of this conference is to bring educators from across the EAZA region and beyond to share experiences and work together to build a realistic vision and plan for our future. We want to use this conference to celebrate our successes, explore the different journeys we are on, and build consensus about where we are heading.

The conference will include several discussion-based workshops, as well as presentation sessions and posters. At this time, we have an open call for abstracts relating to the following themes:

Breaking Boundaries in Conservation Education

In this theme we want to explore ways to reach new audiences. This could be by extending our reach beyond our own sites, through use of digital outreach, traditional outreach in physical locations, or education carried out as part of in situ conservation. This theme also includes work to engage with diverse audiences; such as connecting with demographic groups that do not typically visit zoos or aquariums, or work to include people with disabilities or neurodivergence.

Cooperation in Conservation Education

In this theme we want to focus on cooperations and partnerships of all types. This can range from cooperation with different departments at your own zoo to deliver learning opportunities; to cooperating with colleagues from other zoos and aquariums; to cooperation within regional associations, including cooperation with TAGs and other animal focused groups; to cooperations and partnerships with organisations and institutions from outside the zoo world, such as Conservation NGOs, universities, and museums. We want to hear about what has made your cooperations successful, and what the benefits from cooperation have been that wouldn’t have been possible to achieve otherwise.

Leading in conservation education

In this theme we want to explore the key position of conservation education in zoos and aquariums, and the importance of education as part of conservation work. We welcome both submissions focusing on education as a leading component of zoo and conservation work, and those focusing on conservation educators providing leadership for their own teams or larger projects.

Innovation in conservation education

In this theme we want to talk about new and innovative ideas and practices in conservation education. This could be implementing new pedagogical ideas and practices, using technology in novel ways, getting creative with limited resources, or any other new and interesting thing you’ve tried in your work.

Learning through experience

In this theme, while we welcome submissions about the use of experiential learning as a pedagogical tool, our primary goal is to learn from shared experiences. We want to hear about your successes and failures, how you have analysed and evaluated them, and what ideas and recommendations you can share with the wider community. We also welcome submissions that focus on the practice of reflective evaluation.

Conservation education campaigns

In this theme there will be space for talking about EAZA campaigns past (such as Which Fish?), present (EAZA21+), and future (as we introduce the topic for the next EAZA conservation campaign). We also welcome submissions on other campaigns, whether run by zoos and aquariums at a local or national level, or on a global scale.

… and now for something completely different!

Have you got an idea for innovative talk that doesn’t fit in to any of our conference themes - then submit it to this ‘wildcard’ theme! 

 
 
 

Call for abstracts

We are accepting abstracts for the following formats:

          • Oral Presentation (15 minutes)
          • Poster
          • Discussion Panel (60 minutes) Discussion panel sessions should include multiple participants who are able to speak about the topic, some discussion questions may be prepared ahead of time but submissions for this format should also factor in time for audience input
          • Informal Session (up to 5 hours) The final day of the conference will be dedicated to informal sessions taking place in and around Wroclaw zoo where participants can gather in smaller groups to think about and discuss important topics outside the conference hall. These sessions will not be heavily structured but should include some activities or discussion questions that will inspire participants to engage with the topic.

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We welcome submissions covering work carried out directly within a zoo or aquarium, but also representing the broader scope of conservation education such as outreach work, in situ projects, or online programmes.

We encourage all abstract authors to include discussions of how their work has been or will be evaluated, and how evaluation has factored into the development process.

Please submit your abstract using this online form by 31 December 2022

If you have questions about the abstract submission process, please contact laura.myers@eaza.net

 
 
 

Exploring Digital Tools for Educators

This workshop aims to give conservation educators hands-on experience using a wide range of different learning technologies to aid in-person teaching, interpretation, and blended or fully remote learning. Throughout the highly interactive workshop, participants should build their confidence in using learning technologies, expand their knowledge of different free or very low-cost options available for educators, and generate ideas of how they can embed new tools into their existing practices and new education sessions.

Tutor: Lizzie Seymour, RZSS

This will be a highly interactive workshop. Participants will get the chance to use a range of free or very low-cost learning technologies from the point of view of both a student/visitor and an educator. Technologies include (but are not limited to!):

  • Audience Response Systems (ARS)
  • PowerPoint
  • Digital Learning Environments
  • Stop Motion Animation
  • Video Editing
  • QR codes
  • Augmented Reality
  • Virtual Reality
  • Collaborative Documents
  • Evaluation/Stats

We will take the time to answer any and all questions to ensure that everyone feels confident using these technologies, and tips for on-boarding other colleagues to secure finance or to help spread confidence in use.

We will then work in groups to generate ideas to apply these technologies to a range of different contexts including existing formal lessons, creating multiple touch points in learning, interactive interpretation, student-led learning and different outreach activities.

For registration please click here

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Accommodation

Below you will find an overview of recommended hotels relatively close to the conference venue. In Wroclaw city there are obviously many more lodging options available via Airbnb and booking.com. 

Hotel

Distance

(km)

Approx. price 

per night

Discount code EZE2023

Contact

ZOO Hotel

 0.5

 €70

 n/a

 biuro@absyntapartments.pl

The Bridge Wroclaw

 2.2

 €158

5% 

 hotel@thebridgewroclaw.pl

Hotel Park

4.2 

 71

15% 

 hpwroclaw@hotelepark.pl

Hotel JP2

3.1 

 €109

15% 

 hotel@hotel-jp2.pl

Mercury Hotel

2.9 

 €116

10% 

 h3374-re@accor.com

 

Wroclaw city downtown