2020 Annual Conference

In-person and Virtual Conference Being Planned

Save the Date for the 2020 In-Person and Virtual Annual Conference, September 13-17, in Columbus, Ohio, hosted by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Each year, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Annual Conference brings together the zoo and aquarium community to explore ideas, innovations and best practices. During these unprecedented times, this year’s Annual Conference will look different. AZA will be offering a virtual Annual Conference experience, in addition to the live, in-person experience. The safety of our attendees, participants and staff will continue to be our primary concern and we are working closely with our partners in Columbus. We will follow recommended guidelines and adjust the conference plans as needed.
As plans are still taking shape, we will share more information in the coming weeks. The AZA Annual Conference will still bring together a community that continues to care and find a path forward. Together we will explore, learn, and connect with one another, no matter what form that may take.

Interested in speaking at the Annual Conference? The Call for Papers deadline was Friday, May 15. Submitters will be notified of the Program Committee's decision by mid-June.

Registration will open in early June.

Attending the Annual Conference provides opportunities to:

  • Explore ideas and best practices with more than 200 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 180 companies and organizations showcasing their latest products;
  • Connect with more than 3,000 dedicated colleagues at AZA-accredited aquariums and zoos who share a common vision to protect and save species.

Future Annual Conferences

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

2021 Annual Conference
September 19-23, 2021
Baltimore, MD
Hosted by National Aquarium and Maryland Zoo

2020 AZA Mid-Year Meeting

In consultation with the AZA Board of Directors and due to government actions at the national, state and local levels to limit community transmission of COVID-19, both the Joint TAG Chairs Meeting and the AZA Mid-Year Meeting to be held in Palm Springs, California, April 1 – 9, 2020 were cancelled.

All registered attendees were provided full refunds. If you have a question about your refund, please contact AZA Meetings Department.

Future Mid-Year Meetings

2021 Mid-Year Meeting
March 27-April 1, 2021
Long Beach, CA
Hosted by Aquarium of the Pacific

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 the AZA Meetings Department.

Questions about Conferences and Meetings?

General questions - Contact the AZA Meetings Department

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

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