Hosted by Apenheul, The Netherlands (21-24 March, 2022)
EAZA is proud to announce the launch of its first Animal Welfare Forum. The Animal Welfare Forum will bring together up to 200 representatives of zoos and aquariums, welfare organisations and academic institutions for three days of workshops, presentations and other activities, discussing and highlighting an evidence-based approach to animal welfare and bridging the gap between welfare research and application.
|Monday 21 March||Academy course , side meetings and icebreaker|
|Tuesday 22 March||Conference Day 1 (EAZA)|
|Wednesday 23 March||Conference Day 2 (Morning sessions sponsored by WAZA)|
|Thursday 24 March||Conference Day 3 (EAZA) and farewell dinner|
|Friday 25 March||Apenheul tour plus visit to Stichting AAP|
We are aware that circumstances regarding travel may change at the last minute, therefore we would encourage interested parties to submit an abstract in anticipation of attending, but we are understanding of necessary changes.
Dear EAZA friends,
How glad we are that we finally seem to be able to host this important event and that we can actually meet each other! Fingers crossed that Mother Nature doesn’t send anymore messages and the event will go ahead as planned.
Again a very warm welcome therefore to you all from Apenheul Primate Park Foundation! We are tremendously proud to be the host of the first EAZA Animal Welfare Forum. It was the vision of our founding fathers in the early ‘70’s to create a park from the perspective of animals, especially primates, where people are merely guests. Our animals are free roaming or housed on islands, with natural boundaries where possible. As humans we are guests in their world and this has led to a unique park with over 18 free roaming primate species and another 17 other primate species on islands, in a lush, green environment.
We love nature and hope that a visit to our park increases the love of nature and animals in particular within our guests. A mission maybe even more relevant today, then when our park was founded. Given the fact that we house and take care of animals to fulfil our mission, we want to be a frontrunner when it comes to animal welfare.
The way we look at animals and their well-being is not static. It develops in time and is becoming a more important topic to the general public. Zoos are experts on this matter and have a lot of expertise with regards to animal husbandry, their behaviour and physical and psychological needs and well-being. And many of us also work with renowned institutes and universities to enhance our knowledge and that of others on this matter. This gives us the opportunity to be on the forefront in the discussion on animal welfare and become a reference point on this important topic.
We hope that this first EAZA Animal Welfare Forum will be the start of a joint and continues welfare program in zoos and other institutions. A start of the metaphoric bridge we need to build to combine the knowledge of scientific institutions with the practical experience of zoos. All this so we can work together to continually improve animal welfare, in as well as outside our parks.
In Apenheul we have looked jealously at our monkey grooming each other the past year and a half. They show us every day how important socializing is for us primates. So apart from sharing knowledge, we would like to which you a lot of ‘grooming’ each other as well during the event!
Early rate is available until 7 February 2022. Student discount fees are unfortunately not available. In case of questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Full conference, early rate||€335|
|Full conference (late rate)||€400|
|Single day, early rate||€120|
|Single day, regular rate||€137|
EAZA members: €120
Non-EAZA members: €150
Please take notice of the following EAZA Events cancellation policy:
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 Animal Welfare Forum is confirmed by the EAZA Academy or the EAZA Office respectively.
Covid cancellation policy
With new advances in animal welfare research and understanding, it is important that we are able to employ this science in our collections to ensure we are doing everything we can to promote positive animal welfare. The first session is solely dedicated to this theme with a direct focus on animal welfare assessment.
The programme is then structured to reflect Mellor and Beausoleil’s (2015) extended Five Domains of Animal Welfare model. The four Physical/Functional Domains: Nutrition, Environment, Health & Behaviour and the one Affective Experience Domain: Mental State. Each domain is explored with the lens of the bridging the gap theme, focusing on how we can implement the research in each of these areas within the our zoos and aquariums.
The plenary speakers listed below have been confirmed. Please click here to open the visual introduction of the confirmed speakers.
The StayoKay hostel Apeldoorn offers delegates the lowest accommodation rate and is within a 10 minutes walking distance of the venue.
Forum delegates can book a single room for €72,50 p.p.p.n (In this price bedding is included, towels are not). For an additional fee of €7,50 p.p.p.n towels are provided and room cleaning service. If you want to make a room booking send an e-mail to: email@example.com and mention the booking reference EAZA CONFERENCE 2022 N15-F52464. Stayokay Apeldoorn also offers a 4-persons room €125,00 per night and a 6-persons room for €175,00.
The hotels listed below are also recommended, based on close proximity to the venue as well as promotional pricing for conference delegates. Feel free to look for other accommodation options in the area.
|Hotel||Distance to venue||Single room||Double room||Contact|
|Van der Valk de Cantharel||4.8 km||€99,50||€firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Charme Hotel Hoog Soeren||3.9 km||€99||€email@example.com|
|Bilderberg de Keizerskroon||3.0 km||€119||€firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Fletcher Apeldoorn||1.1 km||€85||€email@example.com|
Please note that rates are excluding a tourism tax of €3,00 a night per person.
If you travel by car please be advised there is no free parking space at Apenheul. You can park at the public parking place right across the entrance of Apenheul. A day parking ticket costs € 4,40.
While in Apeldoorn you can also consider making use of the Rental bike service, provided by OV-Fiets and very affordable. More information here!
If you have time to visit neighbouring places before or after the conference it is highly recommended to visit the following very informative websites:
For more suggestions about what to see and what to do in the region please click here