Hosted by by Stockholm Zoo (Skansen Foundation), Sweden, 25-28 March 2019

Welcome! (This event is sold out)

The EAZA Education Conference is a biennial event hosted by 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 in zoo and aquarium education. Regularly attracting 150-180 delegates, the EAZA Education Conference provides invaluable opportunities for educators to connect with each other and share their experiences. 

The EAZA Education Conference 2019 is hosted by Stockholm Zoo (Skansen Foundation) and we are looking forward to welcoming you all in the beautiful city of Stockholm! Skansen Zoo is part of the Skansen Open-Air Museum, which is located on the island of Djurgården, a popular recreation area in Stockholm. 

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The final conference programme can be dowloaded here

Conference fees
  Early bird Regular
Full conference €330 €395
Daily fee €115 €140

 Please take notice of the EAZA cancellation policy:

  • If you cancel more than four weeks before the event starts you will be reimbursed the full registration fee minus €50,- handling charges.
  • If you cancel less than four weeks before the event starts you will be charged 25% of the fees.
  • If you cancel less than two weeks before the event starts you will be charged 50% of the fees.
  • Cancellations one week prior to the event will not be refunded.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your cancellation for the Academy course/EAZA Education Conference is confirmed by the EAZA Academy or EAZA Office respectively.

Part of the programme is kindly sponsored by Realgymansiet 

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Visit to Kolmården Zoo

Kolmården Zoo is cordially inviting EEC delegates to visit their zoo on Friday 29 March. Kolmården Zoo will sponsor all costs including transport, lunches and guided tours in the park.

The coach (6 spots still vacant) will first leave from Skansen at 09.10 and then from the Hostel Chapman around 09.30, it takes approximately 2 hours to get to Kolmården, participants will be back in Stockholm no later than 5pm.

If you are interested in joining please send an e-mail to Jens Djupa. First come, first served basis.


EAZA Academy course (FULL)

A continuing challenge for EAZA zoos and aquariums is how to effectively evaluate and measure the effects of their conservation education programmes. This topic is widely acknowledged by the EAZA community as an important aspect of any zoo or aquarium’s remit, and there are now four EAZA Conservation Education Standards (CES) which specifically focus on this research and evaluation topic. However, feedback from EAZA members shows that they feel there are several challenges that prevent them from maximising the potential of social research and evaluation as part of their zoo or aquarium’s conservation education.

The pre-conference EAZA Academy course (25 March) 'Embedding social research and evaluation into conservation education programmes at zoos and aquariums' aims to take on these challenges from a new perspective, and provide educators with new ideas and skills to help them meet the standards. 

The Academy course is unfortunately sold out!


The following tutors have been confirmed:

  • Dr. Sarah Thomas and Cassandra Murray, Zoological Society of London
  • Dr. Andy Moss and Greg Counsel, Chester Zoo
  • João Neves, Zoomarine Portugal

The course will be at the Skånska Gruvan building, in the main hall. The cost of attendance is €125 for EAZA members, and for non-members €160

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Conservation Education – Acting for a sustainable future

The conference theme 'Conservation Education – Acting for a sustainable future' reflects the important role conservation education in EAZA zoos and aquariums plays in meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This role includes how we encourage, support and empower our audiences to take positive personal, community and wider social actions towards the animals and the natural world.

We want this conference to highlight the best conservation education taking place in EAZA zoos and aquariums, but we also want to take a future focus to help shape our conservation education programmes to meet the current and future conservation and social challenges. The themes of this conference reflect a celebration of the diversity of activities in our membership throughout the 47 countries in EAZA, but also focuses on some of the hot topics and challenges facing conservation education in EAZA zoos and aquariums over the next decade.

More about the UN Sustainable development Goals here.

For this conference we welcome abstract submissions for the following categories:

  • Oral presentation (15 minutes)
  • Short presentation (5-10 minutes)
  • Workshop (2 hours – this should be an interactive experience for up to 30 participants)
  • Poster

We welcome submissions covering work carried out directly within a zoo or aquarium, but also representing the broader scope of conservation education such as outreach work, in situ projects, or online programmes.

We are also asking all authors to identify which EAZA Conservation Education Standard(s) link most closely to their presentation: e.g. an abstract about evaluating the success of your volunteer programme would be linked to standard 18: The zoo must evaluate its conservation education programmes using appropriate methods.

You can find the EAZA Conservation Education Standards here.

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Call for Abstracts

The call for oral presentations has now closed, but you can still submit abstracts for posters. The conference theme is 'Conservation Education – Acting for a sustainable future' and has a strong focus on supporting educators in meeting the EAZA Conservation Education Standards. Please scroll down for more information about the themes and accepted formats, and click here to download an abstract submission form.

Completed poster abstracts should be sent to abstract@eaza.net.  Poster submissions will be accepted until maximum capacity is reached.

Conference themes

1.    Thinking forward for a sustainable future

In this theme we want to showcase how conservation education is an important aspect in sustainable development, and how EAZA zoos and aquariums should work in the future to collectively contribute to meeting the UN sustainable development goals.  Some examples of the presentations we would like to see include; Is your zoo or aquarium using the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a key framework to how it operates, have you run a programme that links specifically to one or more of the goals or have you got a great idea of how to bring the goals to life and make them relevant to zoo audiences.

2.    Meeting the EAZA Conservation Education Standards

In this topic we are interested in presentations and workshops that demonstrate how you have met one or more of the EAZA Conservation Education Standards. For example, have you implemented a new conservation education plan, do you have a new exhibit with education fully integrated into the design, has your zoo recently gone through an EAZA screening using the new screening questions? What were your experiences and what advice can you give to the other zoos and aquariums who will go through a similar process in the next few years.

3.    The benefits of nature to human wellbeing

This draws on the Swedish Grön omsorg (Green care) approach and in this theme, we are looking for programmes and partnerships that use our zoos and aquariums, nature and natural environments to provide physical, mental, social and/or educational benefits for different, and often under-represented audiences to zoos and aquariums.

More about Grön omsorg here.

4.    Telling better stories

One of the ongoing challenges for zoos and aquariums is how to engage our audiences with often difficult and complex topics. In this theme, we want to hear about your methods of conservation storytelling about: 

  • complex topics such as climate change, palm oil, managed euthanasia or illegal wildlife trade
  • making conservation issues relevant to visitors’ own lives and experiences
  • inspiring people to take action locally that can make a difference globally
  • how to highlight the ‘less charismatic’ species in our collections
  • the work that EAZA zoos and aquariums do such as managed breeding programmes, record keeping, organisational culture, sustainable procurement
  • how to bring hope and optimism into our conservation stories … and make a sustainable future for all a ‘Mission Possible’

5.    ‘Whole zoo’ conservation education

Conservation education has traditionally been a job as educators and the zoo’s education department, but that is changing. Every person who works in a zoo and aquarium has the potential to connect with our audiences and be a conservation educator! We want to hear about conservation programmes that involve the wider zoo staff from keepers to cleaners. How have you have built opportunities, skills and confidence in other zoo staff to support a whole zoo approach to conservation education.

6.    Measuring the effects of conservation education in EAZA zoos and aquariums

In this theme we are looking for examples of how you have designed social research and evaluation tools, collected data and evidence or measured the changes and effects in your audiences because of your conservation education programmes.

7.    Celebrating the successes of the EAZA Silent Forest Campaign

This theme is a chance for you to show case what activities, events and evaluations your zoo or aquarium has undertaken as part of the current EAZA Conservation campaign.  What lessons have your learnt, what didn’t go quite how you expected, did you work with an unusual audience and what tips would you give other zoos on how to make the most of this campaign for the rest of 2019

8.    … and now for something completely different!

Have you got an idea for innovative talk that doesn’t fit in to any of our conference themes - then submit it to this ‘wildcard’ theme! 



Make sure that you reserve your accommodation as soon as possible.   There are limited options on the island of Djurgården itself.

The Pop House Hotel offers special rates to EEC delegates: 1450 SEK (€141) for a single room and 1550 SEK (€150) for a double (includes breakfast), currently 35 rooms have been blocked for this tariiff so make sure you make your booking relatively soon. To book a room please send an email to sales@pophouse.se, and include the code 'EAZA' in the subject. 

This is another option which is close to the zoo, room prices however are higher and there is no offered discount rate for EEC delegates. 

We highly recommend the STF hotel Chapman & Skeppsholmen to all delegates: it's relatively cheap, close to the venue and beautifully located on nearby Skeppsholmen island. 

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Prices for cabins on the ship of Chapman (depending on actual exchange rates):

Captain's cabin (own bathroom) approx. €130 / night
Navigation cabin (own bathroom) approx. €130 / night
1 single cab approx. €70 / night
11 st 2-bed cabins €82 / cab and night
8 st 4-bed cabins €145 / cab and night (€36 per bed)
10 st 6-bed cabins €217 / cab and night (€36 per bed)
Prices for rooms in the house (Hantverkshuset):
7 single rooms €62 / night
10 st 2-bed room €82 / night
5 st 3-bed room €95 / night (€32 per bed)
15 st 4-bed room €127 / night (€32 per bed)
3 st 6-bed room €191 / night (€32 per bed)

All prices above are incl. VAT, Showers and toilets are available in the corridors. The cabins and rooms have bunk beds. The price includes towels and sheets. Breakfast buffet can be purchased for 100 SKR per person per day

For an overview of the different rooms please click here

A reservation can be made on the STF Stockholm af Chapman/Skeppsholmen site. Use the campaign code EAZA to retrieve a discount of 10%. This discount is only valid for the time of the conference, and for all forms of accommodation at Chapman/Skeppsholmen. You can chose to pay a deposit of 10% of the total amount when confirming the reservation, the remaining amount must be paid for at least 30 days prior to the check-in date.  The entire reservation fee is refundable if cancellation is made before 6 PM the day prior to arrival.  

Click here for more information about how to get to Chapman/Skepssholmen. To get to the conference venue it's advised to take the ferry. You can however always travel to the hostel by other public transport (tram, metro, bus) and then cross the bridge to the hostel on foot. 

Other hotels

You can also find hotels in the old town area (Gamla Stan) and Skeppsbron area, which are both conveniently located for ferry access. Hotels in the Östermalm area offer access by bus, tram or walking.

Many hostels in Stockholm also offer private rooms which can be a more affordable choice:

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It is highly recommended to purchase a SL travelcard at the airport. There is a fee for passing to and from Arlanda Airport with the commuter train (NOT Arlanda Express!). If you have a valid travelcard (SL ticket) you just pay the passage supplement fee, SEK 120 (€12). The passage ticket can be bought at SkyCity, between terminal 4 and 5 before entering the commuter train platform. 

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With the SL Travelcard, you can use public transport as much as you like during the whole conference week ( 7 days). Travelcards can be used on buses, commuter train,  subway, as well as tram 7 which goes to Skansen and the island of Djurgården. The Travelcard can also be used for the ferry services between Slussen (Youth Hostel location) and Djurgården (Conference venue).

You pay 325 SEK (€32) for the SL Travelcard plus a supplemental fee of 20 SEK (€2) for the SL Access card (valid for 7 days). 

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