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.

Future Mid-Year Meetings

2019 Mid-Year Meeting
April 13-18, 2019
Phoenix, AZ
Hosted by the Phoenix Zoo and OdySea Aquarium

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

2018 Annual Conference Recap

The 2018 AZA Annual Conference, hosted by the Woodland Park Zoo and the Seattle Aquarium, took place September 23-27. Thanks to the tremendous staff and volunteers from the Zoo and Aquarium that put in countless hours to make the conference a success! Save the date for the 2019 AZA Annual Conference, September 7-11, in New Orleans, Louisiana hosted by the Audubon Zoo and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. The 2019 Annual Conference will also be co-located with the International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association (IMATA).

General Session Videos

  • Jim Breheny, Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo; Chair of the 2017-2018 AZA Board of Directors
  • Dr. K. Ullas Karanth, F.A.Sc., Director for Science - Asia, Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Sally Jewell, 51st United States, Secretary of the Interior, Interviewed by Dr. Alejandro Grajal, Woodland Park Zoo
  • Peggy Sloan, John G. Shedd Aquarium, New Chair of 2018-2019 AZA Board of Directors
  • AZA Heroes with Stephanie Arne

Conference Proceedings

By The Numbers

  • Conference Attendees = 2,786
  • Total Host Volunteers = 578, volunteering 2300 hours
  • Sponsoring Companies and Organizations = 18
  • Exhibiting Companies and Organizations = 186
  • Poster Presentations = 108
  • Concurrent Program Sessions = 80
  • Committee and Animal Program Meetings = 105
  • Speakers = 517
  • First Time Attendees = 686
  • Students = 70
  • Number of States Represented = 48
  • Number of Countries Represented = 29
  • Dollars Raised in the CGF Silent Auction = $20,000

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 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 2,800 dedicated colleagues at AZA-accredited aquariums and zoos who share a common vision to protect and save species.

Future Annual Conferences

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

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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