Welcome to The Deep, the 2017 venue for the BIAZA Education and Presenters Conference.

Taking place on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 November 2017, this event will focus on immersive learning and getting that important conservation message across with more than just words. Gone are the days of straight talks, PowerPoint presentations and rehearsed scripts! From ancient taught techniques to the future of technology, people need more than just words and pictures.

Learning through experience has always been a great tool to use, with hands-on learning being at the heart of what zoos and aquariums are aspiring to use for both formal and informal learning. Interactive displays, tactile resources, make ‘n’ take activities and of course our amazing animals all provide the best learning outside the classroom experience and this is a concept we will explore throughout this exciting conference.

You can see the current agenda here.

Throughout the conference delegates will have the opportunity to purchase one of a limited number of acrylic prints of this year’s fantastic BIAZA Photo Award winning images. Each of the 15 images have been produced as a beautiful 800mm wide x 570mm deep acrylic – the perfect way to brighten up any office wall or give your living room at home a zoological theme! Each image will be on sale at £30, with all proceeds going towards BIAZA’s World Land Trust partnership project, protecting precious lowland forest in Vietnam.


Interactive introduction workshop (Wednesday)£0
One day conference (Thursday only)£60
One day conference (Friday only)£60
Icebreaker (Wednesday night)£17.50
Masked ball (Thursday night)£25

Staff from non-BIAZA zoos and aquariums are welcome to attend the conference on payment of an additional £100 (plus VAT) non-member fee by their collection.  This fee will entitle any staff from that collection to attend any BIAZA event for a maximum period of two years. If you are unsure if your non-BIAZA collection has paid this fee then please email the BIAZA office


The conference will feature an inspiring keynote speaker:

Juliette Yardley, Laughology

Juliette has an academic background in psychology and over 20 years experience within the field of applied positive psychology in the workplace. She has been with the Laughology team for over 8 years and during this time she has skilled up on her ‘funny’ techniques by performing stand-up comedy as a part of her CPD.

She is a specialist in all things behavioural change and is passionate about emotional intelligence and wellbeing in any working environment. Her most recent clients include, The North West Educational Psychologists conference, various Head Teachers conferences and Inset days, First Direct Bank, EUREKA museum, NHS England and has delivered the happy centred schools programme to a wide range of Primary Schools nationally.

Juliette is small, but packs a powerful punch with big impact. Bubbly, fun, knowledgeable, energetic and engaging, she will both stretch and challenge your thinking. Using her cheeky sense of humour to quickly put others at ease, Juliette will quickly break down barriers and open up a creative and positive learning environment. Juliette’s great knowledge and expertise in team dynamics, communication and the neuroscience of happiness is a brilliant asset to the Laughology team and the perfect person for any team day or learning programme.

Juliette, however is not perfect, recently she delivered a full days training with her dress on the wrong way round, which highly amused her audience who delighted in not telling her.

Kelly Dockerty, University of Hull

Kelly is a lecturer in education and is responsible for the primary science and science specialism modules as part of the BA Primary Teaching Programme. She has a background in science education and primary teaching and taught in a primary school for seven years before moving into higher education.

She is an active researcher who established the Conversation Interfaces Personalising Learning in Initial Teacher Training Project (CIPLiITT). This continues to enable University of Hull students in ITE to engage in professional dialogue about key educational topics where they can share known knowledge, enhance emergent knowledge and co-construct new knowledge.

Kelly is studying at doctoral level with online collaboration, teacher resilience and CPD as her fields of research interest.

She is a Registered Scientist with the Association of Science Education and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Rob Bullock, IUCN Marine Red List Officer, The Deep

"I have, since an early age, been enthralled with the natural world and the marine realm in particular. Conservation messages instilled in me through my education encouraged me to pursue a career learning as much as I can and ‘committing to the cause’. My academic background is in marine ecology and my PhD research focused on understanding habitat use and behaviour of young lemon sharks.  I worked as the Principal Investigator for the Bimini Biological Field Station for three years, studying different shark species and helping to direct conservation efforts for those in need. I have since taken the next step in my career by joining the team at The Deep.

I have been working as the IUCN Marine Red List officer at The Deep for 18 months now. The IUCN is the oldest and largest conservation network in the world and my role operates as the function of a partnership between the IUCN and The Deep. The role is focused on two different fronts. I spend half of my time working with the IUCN Marine Biodiversity Unit to assess the status of marine species for inclusion on the Red List. This work builds the understanding necessary to inform conservation action in the wild. The other half of the role is dedicated to working with the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) on building links between the BIAZA community and the IUCN. Part of the work associated with this is the development of communication and education tools and techniques that help to deliver important conservation messages in an engaging way.   

My experiences have taught me the value of effective communication around conservation and the need for innovation in this regard. The IUCN are at the heart of conservation work around the world and finding new ways to engage different audiences will be critical to defining how we do conservation in the future."


There are a number of preferential deals available to delegates. They can be booked through the Visit Hull and East Yorkshire portal below:



Plan your visit

Opening Times

  • Open daily from 10am until 6pm
  • Last admission is at 5pm, although we recommended you to arrive no later than 4pm
  • We are closed on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
  • The Deep’s peak times are between 11am – 2pm, should you prefer a quieter environment please visit outside these times.
  • Car parking is available at a cost of £3 for six hours

The Deep Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP

01482 381000 Any questions?

SAT NAV (HU9 1TU) this will take you to Tower Street, Hull, the nearest main road to The Deep.

Ticket Prices

Type of ticket Online On the day
Adult £11.25 £12.50
Child (aged 3 to 15) £9.45 £10.50
Children under 3 FREE FREE
Student* £10.35 £11.50
Senior (60+) £10.35 £11.50
Family of 4 (max 2 adults) £36.90 £41.00
Family of 5 (max 2 adults) £44.55 £49.50
Essential carer FREE FREE

* in full time education, valid NUS, University card or proof of age is required for school and Sixth form students.

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Safety Update

The Deep takes the safety and security of its staff and visitors seriously and continue to work with Counter Terrorism Police Officers to review security regimes on a regular basis. Whilst the details of such plans cannot be shared we have in place measures to respond to changes in the threat levels for international terrorism. In light of recent events the security within the building and external spaces has been reviewed.

As per Government guidelines more information on how to play your part can be found on line.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/stay-safe-film https://www.mi5.gov.uk/what-you-can-do

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