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Take part in the first-ever virtual Annual Conference, where thousands in the zoo and aquarium community will meet online to share and exchange knowledge, resources, solutions, and more. During five days of online offerings and interactive events, attendees will gather to learn and find inspiration from colleagues, service-providers and new connections - all online!

Early bird deadline is Friday, August 14. Register today!
 


Helpful Information

  • Accepted methods of payment are Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or Check. If you are paying by check, register online and you will be emailed an invoice.
  • Exhibiting? Do not register. Instead, contact Jessica Heckendorn for more information on the booth sales process.
  • Already registered and need to update your registration? Please visit the Attendee Service Center.
  • Reminder - registrations are nonrefundable.


REGISTRATION PRICING
  On or Before
Friday, August 14
After
Friday, August 14
Individual Member
Commercial Member
Conservation Partner
$275 $325
Student Member $125 $175
Non-Member $435 $485
Currently Furloughed or Laid Off Employees
Please complete this form to request the discount
$50 Discount No Longer Available


REGISTRATION CATEGORIES
AZA Individual Members An individual’s registration fee is determined by membership status at the time of registration. Employees at an AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium or related facility must be an individual member of AZA in order to receive the member rate.

If you are interested in becoming an Individual Member of AZA, please contact AZA Membership Services.
Recently Laid Off or Furloughed Employees AZA is providing a discounted Virtual Conference registration rate of $50 for individuals who were recently laid off or fully furloughed from an AZA member organization (Accredited Institution, Related Facility, Commercial Member, Conservation Partner, or Society Partner). This discount is only being offered until Friday, August 14. After this date, regular registration rates apply.

Please complete this form to provide us with information to verify your employment status. Once your status have been confirmed, you will be emailed a discount code to use when registering for the Virtual Conference.
Non-Members Non-member registration is only open to individuals employed by a zoo, aquarium, non-profit organization, or government agency. Non-member registration is not open to individuals employed by a non-member commercial entity (a company that provides products or services to zoos and aquariums, including consultants).Consultants or individuals representing a commercial entity that is not a current Commercial Member, Conservation Partner, or Exhibitor, are not eligible to register for the conference.
Commercial Members Commercial Members are eligible to register up to 8 representatives from their company, at the member rate. All Commercial Members must be in good standing and dues paid through 2020 in order to attend the conference. 

If you are interested in becoming an AZA Commercial Member, Exhibitor, or Sponsor, please contact Gina Velosky.

Solicitation of Attendees and Exhibitors by non-exhibitors is prohibited and individuals will be subject to expulsion.
Society Partners Employees of organizations that are Society Partners must be individual members in order to receive the member rate.
Conservation Partners Conservation Partners are eligible to register up to 3 representatives from their organization, at the member rate. Additional representatives beyond 3 should register at the Non-Member rate. All Conservation Partners must be in good standing and dues paid through 2020 in order to register at the member rate. 

If you are interested in becoming an AZA Conservation Partner, please contact AZA Membership Services.
Student Members Only open to AZA Student Members who are not currently employed full-time. A Non-Member Student discount is not available.

For more information about AZA Student membership, contact AZA Membership Services.


Code of Conduct
AZA is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and AZA staff. Each and every participant, including attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, Association staff, and service providers, is expected to understand and follow policies in all in-person and virtual spaces. These expectations apply to all AZA meeting-related events, including those held in conjunction with AZA conferences.

Personal Safety and Security
AZA works with venue staff and online moderators to provide a safe environment for all meeting participants. We ask that all attendees report any questionable activity to any AZA or venue security staff for immediate action. No concern is too small – if you see something, say something.

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Regardless of where you are, use the buddy system when walking to and from the conference location, networking events, and other locations – especially during early or late hours.
  • Don’t wear your meeting badge on the street. Take it off as soon as you leave the venue.
  • Don’t carry a lot of cash or credit cards.
  • Don’t leave personal property unattended anywhere, anytime.
In an emergency, you should ask any AZA staff member or the on-site security personnel to help you.

Responsible Drinking
At many AZA networking events, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are served. AZA expects participants at our events to drink responsibly. AZA and conference host event staff have the right to deny service to participants, and may require a participant to leave the event.

Unacceptable Conduct
  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form.
  • Any abuse, including physical, verbal or non-verbal abuse, of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, AZA staff member, service provider, or any other meeting guest.
  • Disruption of presentations at any sessions, in the exhibit hall, or at any events organized by AZA at the meeting venue, hotels, or other AZA-contracted facilities and online platforms.
  • Harassing photography.
  • Photographing slides of oral presentations, taking screen shots of chat room/Q&A activity and taking photos of posters without permission from presenter – with intent to distribute.
  • Recording of presentations and other sessions without permission from presenter and intent to distribute..
  • Violating the rules and regulations of the conference venue.
  • Examples of unacceptable behavior include comments related to gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations; or threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, AZA staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is unacceptable conduct of a sexual nature which makes a person feel uncomfortable, offended, humiliated and/or intimidated. Examples of conduct or behavior which constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:
Physical conduct
  • Physical violence, including sexual assault
  • Unwelcome physical contact or inappropriate touching
  • The use of threats or rewards to solicit sexual favors
Verbal/Written conduct
  • Comments or insults based on appearance, age, private life, etc.
  • Sexual comments, stories or jokes
  • Sexual advances
  • Repeated and unwanted social invitations for dates or physical intimacy
  • Condescending or sexist remarks
  • Sending sexually explicit messages (by phone or electronically)
Non-verbal conduct
  • Display of sexually explicit or suggestive material or images
  • Sexually suggestive gestures
  • Whistling or “cat calling”
Reporting Unacceptable Conduct
If you or anyone else is in immediate danger at any time, please contact local law enforcement (by calling 911) and immediately notify facility security.

If you or anyone else is the subject of unacceptable conduct either in person or online, please contact any of the AZA staff below.

AZA has zero tolerance for any form of discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment. If you experience or observe harassment or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior, AZA asks that you please inform any of the following so that we can take action:
Melissa Howerton 
mhowerton@aza.org 
mobile – (301) 244-3337
Candice Dorsey 
cdorsey@aza.org 
mobile – (301) 244-3339
Craig Hoover 
choover@aza.org 
mobile – (301) 244-3345

All reports will be treated seriously and promptly. Incidents will be handled with respect for the privacy of the victim, and will be confidential to the extent practical, given the circumstances. Reports may also be made anonymously.
 
The AZA staff receiving the report will respect any and all requests of the victim to remain anonymous. Unacceptable conduct may be part of a larger pattern of repeated harassment. Please alert AZA to all such conduct regardless of the offender’s identity or job title, even if you prefer your report to remain anonymous.

Upon receiving a complaint, the matter may be further investigated by additional AZA Staff. Actions to be taken will be discussed beforehand with the victim of the harassing behavior, where possible.

If the complaint is of a criminal nature, legal authorities will be notified.

If the offense is not of a criminal nature, the AZA staff receiving the report will gather information from the victim and discuss next steps.

If a person has been found to have harassed another person, any of the following may take place:
  • Issue a verbal or written warning
  • Suspend attendance at AZA-sponsored events
  • Prohibit attendance at any future meeting
Reports of unacceptable conduct by an individual may also be reported by AZA to an individual’s employer.

AZA has zero tolerance for retaliation on-site, online or at a member facility against individuals for reporting unacceptable conduct at AZA-related events.

Payments
All payments must be made in U.S. funds, drawn on by a U.S. bank, and payable to AZA. Credit card payments will be processed in U.S. funds, in accordance with effective exchange rates. Statement to show charge by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Registration Refunds
All registrations are nonrefundable.

Virtual Exhibit Hall Refunds
Virtual exhibit booths can be canceled on or before July 1, 2020 and you will only forfeit your $500 nonrefundable deposit. If you cancel your booth purchase from July 1-July 31, 2020 you will be subject to an additional service charge of $500 on top of the $500 nonrefundable deposit. Any booth purchase cancelations made on or after July 31, 2020 will not be refunded at all. To cancel your exhibit booth, contact Jessica Heckendorn.

Membership Requirement
AZA Commercial Membership is required for any individual representing a commercial entity (a company that provides products and services, including consultants). Non-member registration is only open to individuals employed by a zoo, aquarium, non-profit organization, or government agency. Non-member registration is not open to individuals employed by a non-member commercial entity. Consultants or individuals representing a commercial entity that is not a current AZA Commercial Member, Conservation Partner, or Exhibitor, are not eligible to register for the Conference.

Attendees representing a zoo, aquarium, non-profit organization, or government agency are not required to be individual members of AZA or work for an AZA-accredited institution in order to register for the Conference. 

Vendor Solicitations
Solicitation of attendees and exhibitors by non-exhibitors is prohibited. Individuals found soliciting may be subject to expulsion and prohibited from attending future AZA meetings.

Digital Recording, Photography and Video
By registering, you grant AZA authorization to film, photograph, or otherwise document your participation in the event. You further agree that such images, photographs, and recordings may be used by AZA without prior approval to promote AZA and its events. Such use will not entitle you to any credit or compensation. You release AZA, its officers, employees, and vendors from any liability connected with the use of any image, photograph, or recording.


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