Conferences

2021 Virtual Mid-Year Meeting

The 2021 Association of Zoos and Aquariums Mid-Year Meeting will take place virtually due to restrictions related to the pandemic. While we all wish we could be together in-person, the health and safety of attendees comes first. The Virtual Mid-Year Meeting will provide for the ability to share information with a wider audience and allow attendees to revisit presentations they missed through recordings. Register today!
 
Similar to the 2020 Virtual Annual Conference, there will be two parts to the virtual experience this year:

  • Meeting Week will take place March 22-26. Committees, Animal Programs, SAGs, and SAFE Programs will hold working meetings open for the full AZA community to attend and observe. There will be no registration fee to participate or attend.
  • The Mid-Year Meeting will take place April 5-9. The Mid-Year Meeting will include a variety of engaging programming anchored with general sessions and a virtual Exhibit Hall. The program will include summits, workshops, and opportunities for facilitated discussions and networking led by many Committees, Animal Programs, SAGs, SAFE Programs, and other groups. Registration is required to attend.

If your Committee, Animal Program (TAG/SSP/SAG), or SAFE Program would like to participate in Meeting Week or the Mid-Year Meeting, please contact Cheryl Andrews for more information.

Future Mid-Year Meetings

2021 Virtual Mid-Year Meeting
April 5-9, 2021

2022 Mid-Year Meeting
April 19-24, 2022
Long Beach, CA
Hosted by Aquarium of the Pacific


Update on 2021 Conferences

As we look to the new year, we continue to be concerned about the safety and health of our attendees, and restrictions on gatherings are still being implemented. With the support of our hosts, we have made the difficult decision to continue with the all virtual model for AZA’s 2021 conferences. We hope that next year will be a year of transition and we will look to 2022 to be back together again. When that time comes, AZA will bring the community back together in person while continuing to offer the benefit of a virtual option as well. As plans for the Mid-Year Meeting and Annual Conference come together, we will share more information here.


2020 Virtual Annual Conference

The 95th AZA Annual Conference took place as a virtual-only Conference, September 14-18. This was the first time since World War II that an in-person Annual Conference was not held. The virtual AZA Annual Conference brought the zoo and aquarium community together during a time when leaning on and learning from each other is more important than ever.

Committee, Animal Program (TAG/SSP/SAG), and SAFE Meetings took place virtually, September 8-11. View recordings from open, report-out meetings. Paid registration is not required.

Future Annual Conferences

2021 Virtual Annual Conference
September 20-24, 2021

2022 Annual Conference
August 29-September 1, 2022
Baltimore, MD
Hosted by National Aquarium and Maryland Zoo

2023 Annual Conference
September 9-14, 2023
Columbus, OH
Hosted by Columbus Zoo and Aquarium


Conference Proceedings

Mid-Year Meeting and Annual Conference Proceedings, dating back to 2017, 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

General updates - Sign up for our Conferences and Meetings e-newsletter to stay informed.

Exhibiting or sponsorship questions - Contact Jessica Heckendorn, Coordinator, Integrated Sales & Marketing

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