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AZA Annual Conference

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Annual Conference is the largest, most comprehensive zoo and aquarium professionals’ event in the country. The Conference offers attendees valuable networking and learning opportunities, and the chance to explore cutting-edge product and service providers.

Attending the AZA Annual Conference provides opportunities to:

  • Explore ideas and best practices with more than 150 education program sessions, poster presentations, and round-table topic discussions;
  • Discover successes and lessons learned from a community of veterans and young professionals – large and small facilities alike;
  • Experience new technology and services in a diverse Exhibit Hall featuring more than 150 companies and organizations showcasing their latest products;
  • Connect with more than 2,800 dedicated colleagues at AZA-accredited aquariums and zoos who share a common vision to protect and save species.

Call for Papers Now Open

AZA and the Annual Conference Program Committee are accepting abstracts/proposals for the 2018 Annual Conference. The deadline for submitting your proposal is Friday, April 13, 11:59 pm Pacific. The Annual Conference Program Committee will meet in early May to review all proposals.  Submitters will be notified of the Committee's decision by the end of May.  A draft program will be available online in early June. Learn more

Schedule At A Glance

View the tentative schedule for the Annual Conference.  A more detailed schedule will be available in early June.

Registration and Housing

Information regarding registration and housing will be available in mid-April.  Click here for registration categories and rates.

Future Annual Conferences

2018 Annual Conference
September 23-27, 2018
Seattle, WA
Hosted by the Seattle Aquarium and Woodland Park Zoo

2019 Annual Conference
September 7-11, 2019
New Orleans, LA
Hosted by Audubon Zoo and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

2020 Annual Conference
September 13-17, 2020
Columbus, OH
Hosted by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Interested in hosting an AZA Conference? Please contact Cheryl Wallen, Director, Conferences.

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