Conferences

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.

2017 AZA Annual Conference Wrap-Up

A huge thank you to the many staff and volunteers of the Indianapolis Zoo for your time, effort and resources to making this year's AZA Annual Conference a wonderful success. Great to see the city of Indianapolis and enjoy the Hoosier hospitality of the Indianapolis Zoo!

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

AZA Mid-Year Meeting

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Mid-Year Meeting is a working meeting featuring education, networking, and social events with more than 900 zoo and aquarium professionals from across the country. Peer-developed program meetings, roundtables, and workshops in an interactive format challenge attendees to collaborate with one another and promise ample opportunity to learn and discuss issues critical to your institutions.

Future Mid-Year Meetings

2018 Mid-Year Meeting
March 24-29, 2018
Jacksonville, FL
Hosted by the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Conference Proceedings

Mid-Year Meeting and Annual Conference Proceedings, dating back to 2004, are available for download to AZA members.  If you're looking for older proceedings, contact Cheryl Wallen.

Questions about Conferences and Meetings?

General questions - Contact Cheryl Wallen, Director of Conferences

Exhibiting or sponsorship questions - Contact Gina Velosky, Director of Business Development & Marketing


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