Hosted by Helsinki Zoo, Finland (12-16 September, 2023) #EAZA2023

Welcome to Helsinki

Protecting the biodiversity of our planet requires international collaboration. That's why we invite all of you, our colleagues and friends, to join the EAZA Annual Conference in September 2023 in Helsinki and Korkeasaari Zoo. If you have never visited Finland, this is your chance!

Helsinki is the sustainable capital of Finland – a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and lovely green urban areas. Our venue, hotels, restaurants and saunas are located within a short walking distance of the city centre. And our zoo is only a short ferry ride away.

Sanna Hellström,
CEO of Korkeasaari Zoo


Whova Conference app

Ready to attend the EAZA Annual Conference 2023? In Helsinki we will use an online platform called Whova for our event. You can download the Whova app to access the event:

  • View the event agenda and plan your personal schedule
  • Access to documents and slides shared by organizers or speakers
  • Visit the virtual exhibition booths of our sponsors
  • Find who else is attending this event and reach out to people ahead of time
  • Plan some social activities such as a morning run, coffee hours, or meet-ups with your fellow attendees.
  • Receive updates such as last minute session changes from the organizers

After downloading, use the email address that you used for Annual Conference 2023 registration, when signing up on the Whova mobile app. Don't forget to make sure you choose a strong password. Once you have signed up, you should be taken directly to your event!

Download the Whova app here

If you wish you can also sign up and access through the web portal by clicking here

If you have questions about the app or difficulties with accessing please contact mirko.marseille@eaza.net

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Event venue

EAZA 2023 will take place in Scandic Marina Congress Center (Street address: Katajanokanlaituri 6, FI-00160 Helsinki)

Scandic Marina Congress Center is a unique congress center located right in the heart of the city. Its waterfront location, only a short walk from Helsinki centre, makes Marina Congress Center an incomparable venue for conference and gala events. There is magnificent sea view towards the Helsinki archipelago throughout the year. Scandic Grand Marina hotel is located across the street.

Scandic Marina Congress Center is a Nordic Swan ecolabel verified venue that takes into consideration sustainability in every aspect of their processes.




Please download the conference programme by clicking on the button below....

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The early bird period was available until 15 June 2023

  Early bird Regular
Full conference €695 + VAT 24% (€861,80)  €820 + VAT 24% (€1016,80)
Daily fee €240 + VAT 24% (€297,60)  €310 + VAT 24% (€384,40) 
Gala dinner €125 + VAT 24% (€156,25) n/a
Accompanying partner  €260 + VAT 24% (€322,40) n/a

 Accompanying partner fee includes City Reception (Ice Breaker), Gala Dinner and Korkeasaari Zoo day

The full conference registration fee includes:

  • Access to all conference sessions (except for the closed meetings/sessions)
  • City Reception (Ice Breaker) – Tuesday September 12, 2023
  • Access to poster display
  • Lunch and coffee breaks
  • Access to Exhibition area
  • Korkeasaari Zoo Day – Thursday September 14, 2023 (Snacks and beverages during Zoo visit)

Please visit the Annual Conference 2023 event website to find details about the social programme

NB. If you need a 'Reverse charge, VAT 0%' invoice, please include your company VAT reg number by writing the VAT reg number + reverse charge in the invoicing details.

For questions about registration and invoicing please contact: eaza2023@confedent.fi

Non-EAZA registration

Please select the "No, I'm not a member" option in the relevant drop-down menu on the registration form

Please note that a non-EAZA member participant is required to present an institutional support letter/reference letter (or email) from a full EAZA member. The letter should explain shortly why your conference attendance is required/appreciated.

Please send this letter or email to mirko.marseille@eaza.net Without a support letter your registration will not be validated.


Posters (FULL)

If you would like to display a poster at the upcoming EAZA Annual Conference please submit your poster abstract (Title, authors(s), affiliations and abstract of max. 100 words) to mirko.marseille@eaza.net. (Max. three posters per institution) POSTER SUBMISSION IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE!

Posters should be designed to A2- portrait (420mm wide by 594mm high) or A1 - portrait (594mm wide by 840mm high). 

Don't forget to bring the poster(s) to the conference venue or alternatively sent it with a delegate who 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: 

Poster material options and fees

  • Semi glossy paper 64 € + VAT 24%*
  • Matte paper 53 € +VAT 24%*
  • Polyester canvas that can be folded slightly 90 € +VAT 24%*

*VAT not applicable to companies within EU

Please click here to find more information about the poster printing service

Accepted posters on display at the EAZA Annual Conference 2023: 

  Title Author Institution / Country
1. Reeves muntjacs in Parc de Branféré : from a cute idea to a mess Alexandre Petry, Vanessa Fretay, Ophélie Defes, Valentin Cassar & Anthony Dabadie Parc de Branféré, France


Prevention and treatment of wounds on Southern White Rhinoceros caused by Corvids Connor Corrigan ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, United Kingdom


Topical Application of Enrofloxacin in Lemur Leaf Frogs Georgia Wilcox  Wingham Wildlife Park, United Kingdom 


Zoos Value for Species and Society: The New ‘Sphere of Influence’ Model  Spooner, S.L., Walker, S.L., Dowell, S., & Moss, A.   Chester Zoo, United Kingdom 


Research and conservation of threatened Latvian amphibians Elza Birbele, Alessandro Di Marzio & Rebeka Šķērstiņa Riga Zoo, Latvia


The shining: fluorescence in European owls

Alessandro Di Marzio, Andris Avotins, Meldra Ķemere, Rebeka Šķērstiņa & Gabriele Di Marzio  Riga Zoo, Latvia


Biobank at Tallinn Zoo  Grete Nummert Tallinn Zoo, Estonia 


How was genetic diversity transferred with translocations from ex situ to in situ? A case study of the European mink translocation to Hiiumaa Island in Estonia

Grete Nummert, Kristel Nemvalts & Tiit Maran

Tallinn Zoo, Estonia


Photoluminescence in the Garden dormouse (Eliomys quercinus)

 Grete Nummert, Karmel Ritson, Kristel Nemvalts Tallinn Zoo, Estonia 


 12 Months of Welfare - training recalls in a mixed species aviary Henrik Sonne Futtrup Copenhagen Zoo, Denmark


Mitigating farmer-lemur conflicts: the positive impact of crop guarding in Helpsimus conservation area. Delphine Roullet Helpsimus, France 


How school canteens can help protect one of Madagascar's most endangered lemurs Delphine Roullet Helpsimus, France 


Behavioural monitoring of a pair of Rio Fuerte beaded lizards before and after the transfer to a new terrarium

Francesca Bandoli, Bianca Mugnai & Elena Tricarico  Giardino Zoologico di Pistoia, Italy


Behaviour and enclosure use of a zoo-housed group of swamp wallabies: do food-related enrichments improve their well-being?  Francesca Bandoli, Nicola Gozzi & Giacomo Santini  Giardino Zoologico di Pistoia, Italy 


Knowing each other: assessing keeper-penguin interactions through the analysis of penguin behaviour and personality traits Francesca Bandoli, Irene Indovina, Laura de Giorgi & Barbara de Mori Giardino Zoologico di Pistoia, Italy  
 16. Gradual increase of a population’s welfare indicator over the last century in marine mammals in zoos and aquariums  Morgane Tidière Species360 & University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
17. Effect of vaccination against enteropathogenic E. coli strains on neonatal mortality in a herd of Lesser Kudus  Tomasz Jóźwik  Orientarium Zoo Lodz, Poland 
18. Tallinn Zoo: Connecting Urban Children with Nature

Irina Trubetskova

Environmental Education Center, Tallinn Zoo, Estonia
19. Color discrimination training in Grey Crowned Cranes (Balearica regulorum E.T. Bennett , 1834 ): match to sample behavior  F. Paglia, E. Caccin, G. Monaco, F. Miele, C. Giarruzzo, M. Beninato and others Zoomarine Italia, Italy
20. Habitat use as welfare assessment of Madagascar tree boa (Sanzinia madagascariensis) and tomato frog (Dyscophus antongilii) in a mixed-species exhibit Wagner Constance, Mahieux Johanna, Loyant Louise, Romain Amélie & Quintard Benoit Zoo Mulhouse, France 
21. Eurasian otter rearing and introduction  Vagelis Potes  Attica Zoological Park, Greece
22. SLP - Catalyst for Change Dragana Zaouris   Attica Zoological Park, Greece
23. Caucasian Lynx Capture and Tracking Project Nurben F. Koptekin, Mehmet Ugur Altuncu & Emrah Çoban   Eskişehir Zoo, Turkey 

Looking for pair compatibility in the critically endangered Roloway monkey 

Hugo Micolon, Brice Lefaux & Charlotte Desbois Zoo Mulhouse, France
25. First steps into a biobank for African penguins Paweł Borecki Zoo Wrocław, Poland

Identifying factors that influence the reproductive success of Gyps vultures within EAZA zoos

Rachna Subramanian, Gary Ward, Maarten Vis, Jane Roberston, Inigo Sanchez Garcia & Lewis Rowden  ZSL London Zoo, United Kingdom 
27. Zoo-based great ape research: a systematic review of chimpanzee literature  Amelia Hobson & Lewis Rowden   ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, United Kingdom
28. Southern cassowary male-female interactions observed at Rome Bioparco (Casuarius casuarius Giovanni Quintavalle Pastorino, Alice Proietti, Richard Preziosi, Yitzhak Yadid & Massimiliano Di Giovanni Bioparco di Roma, Italy
29. Exploring the potential of social housing for ex situ leopards (Panthera pardus sensu lato)

Giovanni Quintavalle Pastorino, Jérôme Catinaud, Rebecca Venere, Ilenia Murgioni, Massimiliano Di Giovanni and others

Bioparco di Roma, Italy
30. Social behaviour in a family nucleus of the endangered Panthera leo persica at the Bioparco of Rome Giovanni Quintavalle Pastorino, Martina Pacciani, Elena Tricarico, James Brereton, Richard Preziosi, Yitzhak Yadid & Massimiliano Di Giovanni Bioparco di Roma, Italy 
31. Sociality in Okapi (Okapia johnstoni) family nucleus Giovanni Quintavalle Pastorino, Renato Piccinini, Gioia Gaiot, Giada Marcheselli, Richard Preziosi & Elena Tricarico  Parco Zoo Falconara, Italy
32. Behaviour and territoriality of jaguars (Panthera onca) in adjacent enclosures  Giovanni Quintavalle Pastorino, Briony Smith, James Bibby, Alessandra Panichi, Elena Tricarico & Richard Preziosi   The Big Cat Sanctuary, United Kingdom 
33. Care, release and monitoring of an Andean cat (Leopardus jacobita) in Bolivia L. Fabián Beltrán-Saavedra, M. Lilian Villalba, Grace Ledezma, Rolando Limachi, Daniela Morales-Moreno, Rocío Palacios and others  Andean Cat Alliance, Bolvia 
34. A Hiss-terical appRoach: UV gel nail polish as a reliable method for individually marking Madagascar hissing cockroaches (Gromphadorhina oblongonata

Kocsis, B., Liber, V., Benyó, A., Sárospataki, M., Bodnár, Á. & Kovács, B.

Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden, Hungary
35. Developing the UIZA (Unione Italiana Zoo e Acquari) welfare assessment tool   Caterina Spiezio, Francesca Bandoli, Silvia Lavorano, Augusto Vitale, Maria Giulia D’Ascenzo, Gloria Svampa and others  UIZA - Unione Italiana Giardini Zoologici ed Acquari, Italy 

Animal cognition research at Parco Natura Viva: a 10-year journey through animal minds, ethology and welfare

Caterina Spiezio & Barbara Regaiolli

Parco Natura Viva, Italy

The gut microbiome research for Conservation of critically endangered species: Indris (Indri Indri) and Seychelles Sheath-tailed bats (Coleura seychellensis)

Camillo Sandri, Caterina Spiezio, Ashley Dias, Flavien Joubert, Rose M. Randrianarison, Nianja J. Rarojoson and others Parco Natura Viva, Italy
38. Songbirds in Trade Database Simon Bruslund, Boyd Leupen, Chris R. Shepherd & S. Sunny Nelson Copenhagen Zoo, Denmark 
39. Social interactions in a Sri Lankan leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) family nucleus Giovanni Quintavalle Pastorino, Jérôme Catinaud, Ilenia Murgioni, Elisabetta Macchi, James E. Brereton, Richard Preziosi & Valentina Isaja 

Le Parc des Félins, France

40. Who is Daddy’s favorite? Social Behavior in Malayan Tiger adults housed with their Cubs 

Aimee Holland, Elena Giulia Galardi, Martina Fabbroni, Anita Hashmi, Jerome Catinaud, Richard Preziosi and others

Le Parc des Félins, France
41. Social interactions in an ex-situ jaguar (Panthera onca) family  Giovanni Quintavalle Pastorino, Jérôme Catinaud, Marika Bono, Elisabetta Macchi, James Brereton, Richard Preziosi & Valentina Isaja  Le Parc des Félins, France
42. Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) females in European zoos: Is asymmetric reproductive aging a problem?  Vigotha Tharmarajah, Nicholas Masters & Lisa Thurston Sumatran Tiger EEP 
43. Animal Welfare Assessment for 11 species in 16 Zoos in South Korea Using the Modified Animal Welfare Assessment Grid Hye-Jin Kang, Seung-Aee Ma, Kyuyoung Lee, Sun-A. Kim & Jin Soo Han  University of Cheongju, Korea 

Citizen science project quickly improves knowledge on the rare cryptic European green toad

 Kristofer Försäter, Mats Niklasson & Susanne Forslund Nordens Ark, Sweden 
45. “Condor Project” – reintroduction of Andean Condor/Vultur gryphus Teresa Grega, Ewa Banaś & Dorota Maszczyk Zoo Kraków, Poland

Grey seal ecotoxicological survey in Latvia

Alessandro Di Marzio & Emma Martinez-Lopez Riga Zoo, Latvia & University of Murcia, Spain
47. Years of work in nature conservation bearing yet even more fruit – Ostrava Zoo is organizing the EAZA Conservation Forum 2024 Kateřina Holubová, Jiří Novák & František Příbrský Ostrava Zoo, Czech Republic






For an overview of recommended hotels close to the conference venue please follow this link.

Please note that you can book accommodation through Confedent (the Annual Conference organiser). If you are interested in this option you should tick the respective box in the registration form. The discounted EAZA 2023 room fees only apply when you book through this option in the registration form. 



Sponsors & exhibitors

Please follow the links to see an overview of our EAZA Annual Conference 2023 sponsors and online exhibitors


Optional Pre-conference visit Ranua Wildlife Park

As part of the EAZA Annual Conference 2023, a special opportunity is offered to visit EAZA Member Ranua Wildlife Park in Southern Lapland. 

Conference delegates will arrive on Sunday 10 September in Rovaniemi (at own expense) from where a bus transfer will depart at 14:00 for a one-hour drive to Ranua. 

On Sunday and Monday participants will join in a special programme at Ranua, including guided tours and dinner at the Wild Arctic restaurant. On Monday evening 11 September you will take the return flight to Helsinki at 17.55. Or you can schedule your return to Helsinki at another convenient date or time. 

Accommodation at Ranua is available either in a holiday villa or an Arctic igloo and can be pre-booked online. Annual conference delegates will receive a special discount (Arctic igloo reduction of €125, holiday villa €40.)

Price for accommodation, including breakfast:

  • Arctic igloos 130 € / night (sleeps 2)
  • Holiday villas 220 € / night (sleeps 4)

If you're interested in joining the special pre-conference tour to Ranua Wildlife Park make sure to book as soon as possible. Information about the visit and booking can be found by clicking on the button below. 

Bookings for dinner, lunch, transportation between Rovaniemi airport and Ranua Resort and accommodation should all be done by email: reception@ranuaresort.com

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Holiday villas iglu interior 2 revontulet