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.

Conference schedule

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.

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Welcome 2.0

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!

Roel Welsing

Managing Director 
Apenheul Foundation

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Early rate is available until 7 February 2022. Student discount fees are unfortunately not available. In case of questions please contact mirko.marseille@eaza.net

Pricing schedule

Full conference, early rate €335 
Full conference (late rate) €400 
Single day, early rate €120
Single day, regular rate €137 



Participation fees EAZA Academy course: Enriching Enrichment

EAZA members: €120
Non-EAZA members: €150

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Please take notice of the following EAZA Events 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 Animal Welfare Forum is confirmed by the EAZA Academy or the EAZA Office respectively.

Covid cancellation policy

  • If the entire event has to be cancelled due to local Covid restrictions and/or national increased Covis prevention measures you will receive a full refund minus €30,-
  • If a registered participant has to cancel due to Covid-related disease and/or travel restrictions caused by Covid the regular EAZA cancellation policy, as stated above, will be applied.


Conference theme: Bridging the Gap: Bringing together animal welfare research and application, to improve evidence-based animal welfare best practice

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

Day 1

  • Bridging the Gap: Prof Susannah Thorpe, University of Birmingham, and Daniel Simmonds, Zoological Society of London
  • Evidence-based animal welfare assessments, Putting science into practice: Prof Xavier Manteca Vilanova, Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Shifting from Reactive Animal Welfare to Proactive Animal Welfare: Claudia Tay, Singapore Zoo/Wildlife Reserves Singapore
  • Too good to be true? The potential and the pitfalls of the behavioural diversity index: Dr Katherine A. Cronin, Lincoln Park Zoo

Day 2

  • The WAZA 2023 Welfare Goal: Paula Cerdán Codina, World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
  • The SEAZA's Animal Welfare Certification Programme: Willem Manansang, BA. Taman Safari Indonesia. Chair of Southeast Asian Zoos and Aquariums Association (SEAZA) Animal Welfare & Ethics Committee
  • Visitor effects on zoo animal behaviour are not straightforward. Does considering the dither effect help us understand? Dr Jason Watters, San Francisco Zoological Society
  • How can we improve the interactions between visitors and zoo-housed little penguins? Samantha J. Chiew, The University of Melbourne
  • Animal Visitor Interactions; policy development to link with WAZA Guidelines and community perceptions: Nicola Craddock, Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA)
  • Nutrition matters! The role of animal nutrition in improving zoo animal welfare: Anouk Fens, Apenheul Primate Park
  • Nutrition as an integral part of behavioural management of zoo animals: Prof Marcus Clauss, University of Zurich

 Day 3

  • Emotional welfare – challenges and opportunities across the taxa: Dr Heather Bacon, University of Central Lancashire Veterinary School
  • Contributions to future development of thermographic methods to assess emotions: Dr Helena Telkänranta, Arador Innovations
  • Differing animal welfare conceptions and the future of zoos and aquariums - insights from an institutional welfare audit: Dr Jake Veasey, Care for the Rare
  • From Data to Decisions: Where Do We Succeed and Where Do We Stumble: Dr Jason D. Wark, Lincoln Park Zoo
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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: apeldoorn@stayokay.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 €114 sales@vandervalkapeldoorn.nl 
Charme Hotel Hoog Soeren  3.9 km  €99 €99 info@oranjeoord.nl
Bilderberg de Keizerskroon  3.0 km  €119 €134 reservation@bilderberg-dekeizerskroon.nl 
Fletcher Apeldoorn  1.1 km  €85 €95 reserveringen@hotelapeldoorn.nl

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!

Visting Apeldoorn and The Veluwe region

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