Conferences

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 1000 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.

Registration and housing for the 2020 Mid-Year in Palm Springs, CA is now open! A full schedule of meetings and workshops will be available in mid-December.

Future Mid-Year Meetings

2020 Mid-Year Meeting
April 4-9, 2020
Palm Springs, CA
Hosted by The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

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


Annual Conference

2019 AZA & IMATA Annual Conference Recap

Conference By The The Numbers

  • Conference Attendees = 2,967
  • Audubon Nature Institute Volunteers = 497 volunteers, volunteering 2,134 hours
  • Exhibiting Companies and Organizations = 196
  • Poster Presentations = 120
  • Concurrent Program Sessions = 80
  • Committee and Animal Program Meetings = 108
  • Speakers = 472
  • First Time Attendees = 562
  • Students = 106
  • Number of States Represented = 49
  • Number of Countries Represented = 37

General Session Videos

  • Dr. Enric Sala, Marine Ecologist, Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic
  • Ken Ramirez, Executive Vice President and Chief Training Officer, Karen Pryor Clicker Training
  • Colleen Dilenschneider, Chief Marketing Engagement Officer, IMPACTS Research and Development
  • Denis Hayes, Founder, Earth Day Network
  • Dr. Chris Kuhar, Incoming Chair, AZA Board of Directors
  • Pizzazz, compilation of this year's best zoo and aquarium TV advertisements

Session Presentations

The 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 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


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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