The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), the global alliance of regional associations, national federations, and institutions, has announced that registration is now open for its 76th Annual Conference, which will once again be hosted online this year in response to the ongoing pandemic.
The conference, which is scheduled for 11 – 14 October, will take place on Zoom and through WHOVA, WAZA’s conference mobile application. It will be a chance for zoo and aquarium professionals from around the world to meet their peers, share insights and learn from expert speakers.
A packed agenda
Registering for this year’s event will include a small fee, however, WAZA will allow organisations to add extra staff members for a single registration fee. The call for virtual posters is now open for submissions. To find out more information on the conference, please visit the website here.
“We had hoped we might be able to host a hybrid conference, but given the continued threat of the pandemic, the WAZA Council made a unanimous decision to host the WAZA Annual Conference fully online,” says Professor Theo B. Pagel, WAZA President. “We will have an exciting programme for you. We are absolutely convinced that we will arrange a conference, which will bring us another step forward in our mission.”
“We have a packed agenda and over the course of four days will examine various topics and provide updates on what WAZA has been up to in the past year as well as updates on the work of the WAZA Committees,” adds Dr Martín Zordan, WAZA CEO.
“We will look at global collaboration for conservation, the Reverse the Red movement, discuss the continued impact of Covid on WAZA members, and share progress on the WAZA 2023 Animal Welfare Goal.”
Last month, WAZA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Zoo Educators Association (IZE), with which it has had a long-standing history of cooperation. Together, WAZA and IZE will work to enhance the capacity of members in biodiversity conservation.