Hosted by Zoo Ostrava, Czech Republic (4-7 June, 2024)

Zoo Ostrava welcomes you!

Dear colleagues,

It is a great honour and pleasure to invite you, representatives of the conservation zoo world from various corners of Europe to the EAZA Conservation Forum, hosted for the first time in Czech Republic, by Ostrava Zoological Garden and Botanical Park. As can be read from the name, it is a forum bringing together workers from zoos, aquariums, and other conservation institutions or non-profit organizations who, during this unique event, will put their heads together in an attempt to be inspired, improve their know-how, learn about new approaches, strategies, methods, and technologies... in short, to strive to take a few more steps forward together in the effort to preserve, restore and effectively protect endangered species and their environment. After all, this is the mission and goal of modern zoos, among which Zoo Ostrava proudly ranks.

I am therefore both professionally and personally very happy that the EAZA Conservation Forum is taking place right here in Ostrava. I believe that this several-day meeting will be full of discussions and mutual sharing of ideas, experience, and successes, but also failures – as that’s what these meetings are about and what moves us forward. I am very much looking forward to presenting to you how our zoo has changed over time and where it is headed, what our philosophy is, and what we are proud of. The Ostrava Zoo has become, without exaggeration, a hotspot of biodiversity. The city of Ostrava itself - the former “steel heart of the republic” - underwent a similar transformation as the zoo in Ostrava. And so, I firmly believe that during your visit to Ostrava, you will discover not only inspiring and innovative places such as the various industrial monuments as reminders of the past, but also a city full of greenery with natural corners and nearby protected areas as a promise of the future.

 We look forward to seeing you in Ostrava!

Jiří Novák

Director of the Zoo Ostrava 

Jiri Novak 1000 Ostrava black edit

Conference venue

Established in 1903, the Imperial Hotel is the oldest hotel in Ostrava. Despite that, it offers a modern vibe and refined services. Due to its position right in the city centre, it definitely is a great starting point for city tours and visits to countless cafés and pubs nearby. The hotel will offer representative, spacious, and comfortable halls for Forum delegates and meetings as well as great accommodation and catering.

Conference venueImperial Hotel Ostrava

Tyršova 1250
702 00 Moravská Ostrava a Přívoz
Czech Republic

Conference schedule

Tuesday 4 June EAZA Academy Course & Icebreaker at the Saola Restaurant in Ostrava Zoo (19:00-21:00)
Wednesday 5 June Forum Programme day 1  
Thursday 6 June Forum Programme day 2 (Zoo visit)
Friday 7 June

Forum Programme day 3 & Farewell dinner at Tripple Hall Karolina (20:00 - 0:00)

Saturday 8 June

Optional excursion to Kozmice Bird Meadows (Additional fee of €15)

Hotel Imperial Ostrava congress hall Imperial 1000



Pricing schedule

Full conference, early rate  420
Full conference, regular rate €505
Single day, early rate 145
Single day, regular rate €175

Early bird rate is available until 9 April 2024, student discount fees are not available

Optional costs:

  • Post-conference excursion (Kozmice Bird Meadows): €15
  • EAZA Academy course (EAZA members):
  • EAZA Academy course (Non-EAZA members):

For questions about conference logistics and registration, please contact mirko.marseille@eaza.net
For questions relating to the programme, please contact merel.zimmermann@eaza.net

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/EAZA Conservation Forum is confirmed by the EAZA Academy or the EAZA Office respectively.


Call for abstracts

During the Conservation Forum the EAZA Conservation Committee strives to create a meaningful platform where the zoo and aquarium community as well as the field conservation community can discuss and exchange experiences in conservation and continue to build bridges between the two worlds. The programme of the EAZA Conservation Forum 2024 will be partially based and formed with content coming from the zoo and aquarium community as well as the field conservation community – with a specific focus on how to best deliver conservation activities of high quality and positive impact, no matter the scale. Please scroll down a bit to find the general themes/topics we encourage you to submit your abstracts towards, with some examples of what to think about 

When submitting an abstract, please be aware we are specifically looking for talks and/or interactive sessions that deliver on one of the broader themes/topics described on the next page, that will have strong 'take home messages' and have applicability to a wide range of the participants. Therefore, we highly encourage evidence-based information to support your subject matter, but please avoid abstracts that are purely focusing on presenting and promoting specific conservation projects. 

There are different formats accepted for your contribution: oral presentations, posters, movies, workshops, and discussion sessions. You will also be asked if you would be open to being part of workshops and/or discussion sessions with your content if there is the opportunity. 


EXTENDED DEADLINE - You can submit your abstract online before 29 March 2024 through the Oxford Abstracts platformPlease note, you will be prompted to create an account to be able to submit your abstract. 

Questions? Please contact merel.zimmermann@eaza.net

Topics and themes for abstracts

The role of zoos and aquaria in the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF)

  • Ideas on how we can evidence the success and effectiveness of our work in species conservation.
  • What has been your reach and significance?
  • What processes have you changed?
  • What behavior have you changed?
  • What situations have you changed?
  • Ideas on how we get ex situ conservation efforts included/acknowledged at governmental level reporting on the GBF.
  • Stopping biodiversity loss through working with politicians – ideas on how to get involved with politicians; what has worked where?

Conservation Planning for Institutions

  • Working on an institutional conservation plan: what would you put in, who have you involved?
  • Thinking outside of the box: field conservation ideas that are not financially heavy or how do you get started?

Project Design and Selection

  • Examples of how to ensure the precious resources committed are well invested and in appropriate actions to achieve conservation goals.
  • Experiences with tools available

Setting Measurable Targets

  • Examples of how you can set measurable targets for small scale or large scale conservation activities.
  • Experiences with tools available

Monitoring, Evaluating and Adaptive Management

  • Examples of methods to ensure conservation projects or activities stay on track and to demonstrate success at the end of the project or activity.
  • Examples of how evaluation results have informed management decisions about changes that may be required within your projects or activities.
  • Experiences with tools available

Communication of Conservation

  • How should we communicate conservation work to different audiences: ourselves, funders, governments, and the wider conservation community?

European Species Conservation

  • How do you connect with national environmental NGOs?
  • How do you determine priorities?


The programme is currently being developed....more to come in due course. 

Conference schedule

Tuesday 4 June EAZA Academy Course & Icebreaker at the Saola Restaurant in Ostrava Zoo (19:00-21:00)
Wednesday 5 June Forum Programme day 1 
Thursday 6 June Forum Programme day 2 (Zoo visit)
Friday 7 June

Forum Programme day 3 & Farewell dinner at Tripple Hall Karolina (20:00 - 0:00)

Saturday 8 June

Optional excursion to Kozmice Bird Meadows (Additional fee of €15)



How to get to Ostrava

By air

Ostrava Airport: Leoš Janáček Ostrava International Airport is 25 km away from the city centre.

Public transport from Ostrava airport to Ostrava city centre:

  • Bus line No. 670 Ostrava-Nový Jičín
  • Bus line No. 333 Ostrava ÚAN-The Central Bus Station-Mošnov Airport

You can also take the train connection 'Ostrava Airport Mošnov-Ostrava-Svinov-Ostrava hl. n.-Mosty u Jablunkova'. All connections are linked to the flight departures and arrivals. The bus stop and train station are located directly in front of the airport hall. 

Prague Airport: take the bus to the main train station Praha hlavní nádraží (Prague city centre), and then take a train to Ostrava (approx. 350 km). 

  • Bus transport from Prague airport to the train station: more information here and here
  • Train from Prague to Ostrava: more information here

Katowice Airport (Poland): take a train from Katowice airport to Ostrava (via Bohumín, 115 km). More info here

Additionally, there is a daily FlixBus bus line leaving at 12:25 pm from the airport to the Ostrava Bus Station (more connections from the Katowice Central bus station (Katowice Sądowa) are available, check out the website). A bus trip from Katowice Sądowa to Ostrava takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes (approx. €15 single fare). You can also rent a car or take a taxi. More info here

Krakow Airport (Poland): take a FlixBus either from Krakow airport or from the Krakow Central station (more connections from the Krakow Central bus station (Krakow MDA) are available, check out the website). A bus trip from Krakow MDA to Ostrava takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes (approx. €17 single fare). 

Wien Airport (Austria): take a train to Ostrava (approx. 320 km). More information here.

By train

Ostrava has 5 railway stations. The most important stations are Ostrava – hlavní nádraží (main station) and Ostrava – Svinov. From these stations you can further connect to the conference venue by public transport or taxi. 

By car

Ostrava is an important transport hub and a major intersection of Moravian-Silesian region, connected to the thick and high-quality network of 1st class roads. The D1 motorway is the backbone, linking Ostrava with major cities such as Olomouc, Brno and a connected border crossing Veřňovice-Gorzyczki on the Polish motorway A1 directed through Katowice to Gdansk.

ostrava airport FlixBus Neoplan ostrava train

Zoo Ostrava

From 4– 7 June 2024, the EAZA Conservation Forum will be hosted by Zoo Ostrava in the Czech Republic.

Zoo Ostrava was founded in 1951 as a leisure park for miners. It is located in a unique locality of the Great Ostrava Forest on an area of ​​almost 100 hectares which makes it the second-largest zoo in the Czech Republic. The vast area as well as the array of various biotopes offered by the forest, meadows, and wetlands enable the zoo to provide animals with large and enriched enclosures. Almost 7,000 animals in more than 450 species and tens of thousands of plants can be found in Ostrava Zoological Garden and Botanical Park, many of them being highly endangered.

Temple of Gibbons Ostrava Zoo

Since its beginnings, the zoo has gradually become an important centre of rest and education for all and especially a place where efforts are made to save animal species that face a high degree of threat in their natural habitats or have already disappeared from the wild. Ostrava Zoo is breeding an ever-increasing number of endangered species, many of which are included in the EAZA Ex-situ Programmes. Since 1995, the zoo has provided more than 600 animals of 11 species for release into the wild. Within the “3 CZK for Wildlife” program, over twenty in situ projects around the world have been supported financially in the past 7 years. The zoo also invests in conservation by employing field workers or providing projects with the necessary equipment, etc. The zoo puts emphasis also on protecting and enhancing the biodiversity of local fauna and flora directly in its own area. It is the protection of animals in their natural environment that is one of the main goals of modern zoos, which the Ostrava Zoo undoubtedly fulfils.



The venue for the EAZA Conservation Forum 2024 is Imperial Hotel Ostrava. The hotel is located in the heart of the city’s business district. The city centre, with its historic, cultural sites and institutions, is accessible on foot or by tram. 

Room prices Imperial Hotel (including discount)

Single bedroom (with breakfast) €105
Double bedroom with breakfast) €130

Plus additional tax €1,10 per day

If you want to make a reservation, fill in this form and send the document to: reservations.iho@cpihotels.com. Please note that the discounted rates are available until 30 April 2024. It's likely the rooms will sell out quickly due to limited capacity. 

Other hotels in close vicinity of the conference venue:

Hotel Single room Double room Venue distance (public transport) Venue distance (by foot) Contact & reservation Booking deadline
Hotel Maria €53 €65  1.3 km/13 min  821 m/13 min  objednavky@hotel-maria.cz   30 April
Hotel Mercure 98 €113  821 m/9 min  825 m/13 min  H7051-RE@accor.com (Gabriela Demková)  4 May
Harmony Club €77 €110  2.6 km/14 min  2.4 km/37 min  radka.kudrnova@harmonyostrava.cz   4 April
Hotel Best €59 €74  3 km/19 min  2.1 km/ 33 min  info@hotelbest.cz   Asap

You can contact the hotels by e-mail using the promo code 'EAZA FORUM' to get the discounted pricing as indicated in the table. Discounted fares are available only until the deadline date. The prices in the above table include breakfast. 


Post-conference excursion

Post-conference trip - Kozmice Bird Meadows
Saturday - 8 June

Kozmice Bird Meadows is a unique (not only) bird locality and a practical example of successful nature conservation conducted by a private company. In this case, it is the food company called SEMIX. This restored wetland locality has been managed not only by dredging ponds or loosening the previously artificially straightened stream but also by grazing and trampling by a herd of semi-wild Exmoor horses. This way, the locality has become a true natural gem bursting with rare biodiversity.

The Kozmice Bird Meadows conservation project has been supported by Ostrava Zoo for several years and the local observation tower has been named the “Observation Tower of Petr Čolas”, in honour of the deceased Ostrava Zoo director and long-life conservationist. Birdwatching will, of course, be a "must-do" activity during this trip. 

This post-conference excursion, 10:00 until 12:30 (Lunch),  is offered to CF24 delegates for €15 and can be booked using the registration form. 

Kozmice Bird Meadows photo by H. Dehner Kozmice Bird Meadows Observation Tower