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EAZA European Zoo Educators (EZE) Conferences

Zoos and aquariums reach hundreds of millions of people all over the world. The great majority of the people live in urban areas and have little to no contact with nature. Zoo and Aquarium education - explaining the irreplaceable value of the entire biological system of our planet and all of its constituent components - is a most powerful tool in raising the level of general awareness. The EAZA European Zoo Educators (EZE) Conference is a biennial event hosted at a different institution each time. It brings together educators from across Europe and beyond for three days of presentations, workshops, and activities focused on sharing good practice and highlighting future trends.

Lisbon Zoo, Lisbon 2015
9-12 March

Lisbon Zoo, Portugal, is hosting the next EAZA European Zoo Educators Conference. As a bastion of species conservation, scientific research and environmental/conservation education Lisbon Zoo is proud to organize a successful and productive meeting where the concept of environmental friendly conference will be used. The theme will be


The EZE Conference 2015 aims for EAZA Educators to discuss a variety of topics related to education in zoos and aquariums. These topics include improving learners knowledge of biodiversity and the power of behaviour to inspire people to take action in their daily lives to help conserve species and their habitats. The conference will also explore; evaluation techniques, how to make emotional connections to nature, establishling partners in learning, and types of inspiring experiences that lead to changes in behaviour.

The conference will be preceded by an optional one-day EAZA Academy seminar "Communicating Biodiversity through Visitor Engagement", a seminar that touches upon exploring ways to engage visitors with biodiversity issues. Take a look at the course outline here. The course is fully booked, no more places available.

Conference registration

Registration for EZE 2015 has now closed.

Lisbon Oceanário allows EZE Delegates free entrance from 9 to 14 March with EZE badge!

Photographs may be taken during the seminar/EZE for promotional or educational purposes.
Lisbon map

Conference fees

Full registration €285
One day registration €100
One-day EAZA Academy seminar €125 (EAZA members) €160 (non-EAZA)

Relevant documents

Call for posters

Conference delegates are invited to display relevant posters. If you would like to display a poster at the conference you can send a poster abstract to using the abstract poster submission form that you can download here. You can also, if already available, submit the actual poster (as a PDF). All submissions will be reviewed and, if accepted, you will be contacted to confirm this. After the conference the posters will be made available to the member community through the proceedings library on the EAZA website.

Posters that are accepted for display should be brought in person to Lisbon, or alternatively sent with a delegate that is attending. Posters should be designed to A2 - portrait (420mm wide by 594mm high); or A1 - portrait (594mm wide by 840mm high) materials for hanging the posters will be available on site.

Submitting abstracts for oral presentations is no longer possible.

Conference venue

The conference venue is at the Sana Malhoa Hotel, Lisbon zoo is within walking distance from the venue (click on the map to the right for a detailed overview). For an overview of the recommended hotels (including Sana Malhoa hotel), with special EZE 2015 rates, please click here.

Lisbon tips (City guide)

Known as the city of 7 hills, Lisbon offers its visitors many sights with breathtaking views, monuments that tell the story of a legendary people.
This city guide will help you to discover Lisbon, through the eyes of a true lisboeta. With tips of the best places to listen to fado (also known as the sound of Lisbon), the music featuring all Portuguese, restaurants, bars, clubs, cafes and pastry’s, museums and galleries (A map of the Lisbon metro system is included too!)

Post-conference Lisbon tours (with discount)

Inside Lisbon Tours offers EZE delegates a 10% discount for the following tours after the conference (use the promotional code EZE_LISBON when booking):

Burgers' Zoo, Arnhem 2013
4-7 March

114 European and international zoo educators attend this EAZA European Zoo Educators Conference, hosted by Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Burgers’ Zoo is famous for its innovative ‘eco-displays’, featuring tropical rainforest, North-American desert and the Indo-pacific Ocean. Over 500 animal species roam in naturalistic enclosures. In March 2013 the park celebrated its 100th anniversary, was is thrilled to be hosting the EZE Conference in this special year.

The EZE was also preceded by a one day EAZA Academy workshop exploring Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL). Often learning programmes in animal collections focus their success criteria on the knowledge transfer of facts and figures. By having this narrow focus, there is a lack of social/emotional content that drives motivation and empathy. If our mission as animal collections is to change visitors’ hearts, minds and behaviour, we cannot achieve this by focusing on cognitive based activities alone. The workshop investigated various ways to apply SEAL concepts to zoo learning programmes and support an understanding of natural systems and empathy for all of life.

 Conference programme

Oceanogràfic, Valencia 2011
9-12 March

Valencia, the city of arts and sciences, welcomed over 100 participants from EAZA and non EAZA institutions. The Oceanogràfic of Valencia kindly hosted the event in the heart of its superb marine park, offering us a unique environment in which to work, brainstorm and relax. The goal of the meeting was to bring together educators from all over Europe, working in zoological institutions, NGOs and conservation-based associations, in order to exchange information about education and to share ideas on how to improve existing educational programmes run in our European zoos

51 participants stayed after the EZE to attend a one day Visitor Studies seminar. This EAZA Academy seminar was organised by the EAZA Visitor Studies Working Group and offered a short introduction to researching zoo visitors to improve pro‐conservation outcomes and the visitor experience.

Conference programme


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