6 - 8 June 2016
BIAZA 50 Years Annual Conference & AGM
Marwell Wildlife, Hampshire
Open to BIAZA members and affiliated non-members
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Past Successes and Future Challenges’ to recognise our anniversary and to celebrate ’50 Years of Working Together for Wildlife’. The conference will take place from 6 - 8 June 2016 at Marwell Wildlife in Hampshire.
Monday 6 June (Zoo is open during the day for tours - guest list at gatehouse)
18.30 - 20.30 Evening Icebreaker -Wild Explorers at Marwell
This will be a short Sunset Safari tour of the park after closing hours with light bites and drink reception at our newest enclosure, Wild Explorers.
Coaches will depart at 17.45 from Holiday Inn Winchester for the Icebreaker event and return at 20.45
Tuesday 7th June
08.20 – 08.50 – Road Trains collecting delegates from the roundabout outside the Zoo and drop off at the hall for registration and welcome refreshments
08.20 – 08.50 – Registration at Marwell Hall – tea & coffee
08.50 – 09.00 – Delegates to make their way to the Lecture Theatre at the Science and Learning Centre at Marwell Zoo
Session 1 – Welcome, BIAZA Past, Present & Future (session chair: Prof David Field)
9.00 – 09.05 - Meeting begins - Conference Welcome – Prof David Field, BIAZA Chair, ZSL London & Whipsnade
09.05 – 09.15 - Welcome to Marwell Zoo – Dr James Cretney, CEO Marwell Wildlife
09.20 – 09.50 – BIAZA’s History – Dr Miranda Stevenson
09.55 – 10.25 – What will zoos be like in 50 years’ time? A personal crystal ball - Dr Simon Tonge, WWCT South West Environmental Parks
10.30 - 10.45 – Tea and coffee break at Marwell Hall
10.45 – 10.50 – Delegates to make their way to the Lecture Theatre
Session 2 – Health and Welfare Session (session chair: Katy Duke)
10.50 – 11.20 – Infectious diseases in a changing world: Challenges and Opportunities for Zoos and Aquariums - Dr Dan Horton, University of Surrey
11.25 – 11.55 – The Next Steps Forward in Zoo Animal Welfare – Prof Rob Young, University of Salford
12.00 – 12.20 – Feeding our animals in 2066 - a perspective on future challenges for the Zoo & Aquarium Community. – Andy Beer, RZSS & Sparsholt College, Prof John Cooper and Simon King, Haith's Bird Food
12.30 – 13.25 – Lunch at Marwell Hall
13.25 – 13.30 – Delegates to make their way back to the Lecture Theatre
Session 3 – The Future of Zoos (session chair: Clare Rugg)
13.30 – 14.15 – The Evolution of Zoos and Aquariums and What Could Be In Store over the Next Decade, Bill Street, Seaworld Parks and Entertainment
14.20 – 14.40 – The Next 50 years from EAZA’s Point of View - Myfanwy Griffith, EAZA
14.45 – 15.05 – Defra’s Zoos Expert Committee and Zoo Legislation – Prof Anna Meredith, University of Edinburgh
15.05 – 15.15 – Tea and coffee break at Marwell Hall
15.15 - 15.20 – Delegates to make their way back to the Lecture Theatre
Session 3 – The Future of Zoos (session chair: Charlotte McDonald)
15.20 – 15.50 ISIS and Big Data – Nate Flesness, International Species Information System
15.55 – 16.25 – working with museums (working title) – Dr Andrew Kitchener, National Museum of Scotland
16.30 – Day 1 summary/Housekeeping
17.00 – Train collections from Science and Learning Centre to the roundabout outside of the car park and coach collection point.
18.30 – 22.30 – BBQ in the Secret Garden at Marwell Zoo
Wednesday 8th June
08.20 – 08.50 – Road Trains collecting delegates from the roundabout outside the Zoo and drop off at the hall for registration and welcome refreshments.
8.20 – 08.50 – Morning refreshments at Marwell Hall – tea & coffee
08.50 – 09.00 – Delegates to make their way to the Lecture Theatre at the Science and Learning Centre at Marwell Zoo.
Session 4 – Conservation (Session chair: Gary Batters)
9.00 – 09.05 - Meeting begins - Conference Welcome
09.05 – 09.15 – Welcome to Marwell
09.20 – 09.50 – Conservation Strategies in a Changing and Uncertain World – Dr. Tim Woodfine, Director of Conservation, Marwell Wildlife
09.55 – 10.15 – Zoos and Ecosystem Services - Dr Phil Riordan, Head of Conservation Biology, Marwell Wildlife
10.20 – 10.50 – CBSG and Breeding Programmes – Caroline Lees, CBSG
10.55 – 11.10 Gypsy Vultures – Jemima Parry Jones, International Centre for Birds of Prey
11.10 – 11.25 – Tea/Coffee Break
11.25 – 11.30 – Delegates to make their way to the Lecture Theatre
Session 5 – Visitor Experience, Engagement and Education (Session chair: Nic Dunn)
11.30 – 12.10 – VR and the Real World, Now and Next - Julian Davis, Focal Point VR
12.15 -12.35 – Past, present and future perspectives of conservation education in BIAZA zoos and aquariums - Natalie Ward, Blackpool Zoo, (2015 Rising Star) and Sarah Thomas, ZSL London and Whipsnade
12.35 – 13.05 – Learning through Landscapes – Merrick Denton- Thompson, Landscape Institute
13.05 – 13.55 – Lunch at Marwell Hall
13.55 – 14.00 – Delegates to make their way back to the Lecture Theatre
There will be a brief meeting of Council with the new nominees this lunchtime.
Session 6 – Visitor Experience, Engagement and Education (Session chair: Kirsten Pullen)
14.05 – 14.25 - Wellbeing Benefits of Visiting Aquariums – Debbie Cracknell, National Marine Aquarium / Exeter University
14.30 – 14.50 – Human Resources and Organisational Development - Jane Hubbard, Chester Zoo
14.55 – 15. 15 – Enclosure design - Garry Reynolds, Ray Hole Architects
15.55 – 16.10 – Tea and coffee break
16.10 – 16.15 – Delegates to make their way back to the Lecture Theatre
Biogs of guest speakers:
Andy Beer: Andy joined RZSS in September 2009 to co-ordinate the nutritional aspects of the collections. Before this, he had been employed since 1982 at Sparsholt College Hampshire where responsibilities included teaching the theory of nutrition and analysis of feedstuffs to HE Animal Management students and setting up an exotic animal collection requiring a Zoo licence. The teaching also included delivering nutritional workshops to keepers in a number of zoos and safari parks as a means of developing understanding in the appropriate feeding of different species within animal collections.
Other positions: Director of Zoo Management Studies at Sparsholt College Hampshire which involves running the successful distance learning course for the UK and Irish zoo community the Diploma in the Management of Zoos and Aquariums for the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA). This is now being delivered in overseas centres. Nutritional Advisor to the BIAZA Mammal Working Group & European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) Hippo and Tapir Taxon Advisory Group (TAG).
Prof John E Cooper DTVM, FRCPath, FSB CBiol, FRCVS: John started life as a keen naturalist, trained as a veterinary surgeon and is now a specialist pathologist with particular interests in wildlife and exotic species, tropical diseases and comparative medicine. He is an Honorary Member of BIAZA and, amongst other appointments, serves as veterinary advisor to Haith's, the bird food specialists. With his wife (Margaret Cooper, a non-practising solicitor with special interests in animal and conservation law), he holds several visiting academic appointments.
The Coopers have spent nearly twenty years living overseas, especially in Africa, including a period in Rwanda working with the mountain gorillas. In 2009, they returned from nearly seven years at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago where they combined their medical and legal backgrounds in the promotion of an interdisciplinary approach to veterinary and biological education, wildlife conservation and forensic science.
Simon King: Simon joined Haith’s in 2011 and has over 15 years’ knowledge of the bird food industry in the UK and overseas markets and – in that time - has managed successful relationships with ASDA, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Pets at Home. He is responsible for research and development at Haith’s PRO and a BIAZA award-winning quality control programme. He has been the guest speaker at UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) export events and seen Haith’s nominated for an HSBC International Award. Haith’s research has been shared with veterinary students at Cambridge University, the BIAZA Bird Working Group and the World Pheasant Association. Simon instigated the ‘synchrony through science’ collaboration with Andy Beer and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland as the first step to extended ‘seed intelligence’ in 2014.