European Union of Aquarium Curators

EUAC 2023 :: September Azores


See you in 2023!

Dear friends, the Porto Pim Aquarium is delighted to welcome you to beautiful Faial, one of nine volcanic islands from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that break the surface of the ocean and go by the name of the Azores. Sadly, the recent Covid-19 pandemic has thrown the world into chaos and the aquarium community is no exception so, after conferring with EUAC's Committee, we decided it would be wise to postpone this year's meeting for one year. However!... 2021 is an IAC year, which means we will all see each other in Nausicaá, who will be hosting this phenomenal event! We hope to see you all there and to welcome you to the Azores in 2023, so mark your calendars for 25-29 September 2023!

Prepare for the most breathtaking natural landscapes you've ever seen and stunning marine fauna. Faial is in fact reputed to host the finest whale watching and shark diving in the world! If you'd like to see blue whales gently swimming by, sperm whales breaching, and countless blue sharks against the deep blue sea, with the occasional mako making a surprise appearance, then we encourage you to come a few days earlier - and stay a few days later - so you may enjoy the Azores fully.

We are fully committed to making this a memorable conference, while ensuring it has minimum carbon footprint. For example, absolutely no plastic will be used throughout the event and all the (yummy!) food will be locally and naturally grown. It is this wish for taking better care of our planet that led us to partner with Loving the Planet, a young - but very active - organization, who set out to save the world, and we'd like to help them as best as we can. Needless to say that we know the entire aquarium community has been pursuing the exact same goal for decades and we will do our best to ensure this conference is a significant step in that direction.

Meanwhile, on the 5th of December 2017, the United Nations proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021 to 2030) to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and gather ocean stakeholders worldwide behind a common framework that will ensure ocean science can fully support countries in creating improved conditions for sustainable development of the Ocean. We would therefore like to contribute towards that goal by hosting the conference under the theme "Public Aquaria in the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development".

We wish you all a kickass 2021 & 2022, and a speedy/productive recovery from these troubling times we are living!

We look forward to welcoming you to the Aquário de Porto Pim in September 2023! Until then, please don't hesitate to contact us if there's absolutely anything we can do to assist.

Kindest regards,

João, Telmo & Rui

The Flying Sharks Triunvirate



The conference will be held at "Sociedade Amor da Pátria", which holds enough seats for 500 people, so we should be pretty comfortable. There will also be plenty of room for vendors to exhibit their products, authors to show their posters, and abundant square footage for comfortable dialogue amongst all, while enjoying delicious local treats during the coffee-breaks. We suggest you don't think about weight during your stay in the Azores, because you will definitely put on some!

This historical location is within 5-10 minutes of walking distance between all major hotels in Horta.



We recommend any of the many fine establishments in the table below. We also recommend that you book your rooms as fast as possible!

Please pay close attention to these aspects:

  - These conditions are only valid for direct bookings via email (please see "Email for reservations" in the table) or telephone;

  - Make sure you use booking code "EUAC 2023", which is valid for all hosts on this list;

  - Reservations through booking platforms (e.g. AirBnB,, etc.) are not covered by these conditions;

  - All of these rooms / apartments are reserved for a limited period of time (please pay attention to the reservation deadline in the table); we recommend that you book your rooms/apartments as soon as possible;

  - We also recommend that folks stay in the first two hotels, merely to keep the group together, but you are of course free to stay wherever you like;

Click on the table below to download the full file; use "CTRL +/-" to zoom in/out of the table, which has a lot of information!

Other options are available from traditional platforms, such as, amongst many others. But remember that booking through these platforms will not get you the special deal we made for the rooms listed in the table above. However, we recommend that you compare both prices before booking, because it has come to our attention that some sites are being offered at a lower rate on, despite our fierce negotiations!

If you prefer to book through a regular travel agency, we recommend that you contact our friend Cora Rodrigues, from Top Atlântico.



The easiest - and most affordable - way to fly to Horta (code "HOR") is through, which uses code-shares with other companies to fly you from hundreds of locations all the way to Horta. This way you will travel on a single ticket and, if there are any issues, you will only have to deal with one single agency, which is available through This goes for our friends from America and other continents as well. Start your search for flights with and prepare to be pleasantly surprised.


Pre and post-conference fun

Be sure to fly early to Horta and explore the gorgeous island of Faial during your stay. In fact, why not jump on the ferry and take the 30 minutes ride across the channel and check off the island of Pico from your bucket list as well? The island of São Jorge is also only two hours away by ferry. Contact our good friend for the coolest trips of your life and be sure to mention you're with "EUAC2023" for an amazing deal! You may also check the Tourism Board of Horta for more cool info.



Speedy tuna (until 30th of June 2023)

Late Mola mola (from July 1st)

EUAC Full, Honorary and Associate Members

390 €

490 €

EUAC Full Support Members

390 €

490 €

EUAC Consulting Support Members

390 €

490 €

Non-EUAC member

490 €

590 €

Accompanying person (evening events only)

190 €

290 €

Fill out the registration form and send it to

Your registration fee includes the ice-breaker, Gala dinner, lunches on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Please note the schedule may change slightly between now and the event, so come back and visit us often. However, we don't anticipate any major changes.

Vendors are welcomed to use the same form and feel free to contact us if you need assistance getting your materials shipped to Horta. If you have materials that are too heavy/large to fly, we recommend you use Marfrete, who will ship them for you affordably from Lisbon to Horta. Contact our friend Ana Oliveira.

Please note that ships leave from Lisbon to Horta every Thursday,  and cargo arrives the following Wednesday, so please factor that important aspect into your planning.

If you are shipping goods to Horta, please send them to:

Flying Sharks, Lda.

Attn. Rui Guedes

Aquário de Porto de Pim

9900-000 Horta


If you need to rent AV materials (TV monitor, etc.), feel free to contact our friend Nelson Luís, from Digiaudio, Lda. (Tel. +351 963 811 101)


Please come back and check the schedule regularly, as some items/events may shift slightly.


Call for papers

Fill out the submission form and send it to no later than the 30th of June 2023.

Many thanks to our Sponsors

We kindly thank our wonderful sponsors for their amazing support!

Our Badass White Shark Supporters:

Our Lowsalt Freshwater Stingray Supporters:


Our Beautifully Majestic Guppy Supporters:

Our EUAC Full Supporting Members:


Contact us

Don't hesitate to contact us at and/or call/WhatsApp us at +351 91 947 5411.


About us

Flying Sharks is dedicated to promoting a sustainable use of the Oceans, through providing consultancy and quality marine animals to Institutions focusing on Education and Research on the marine environment. Click here for our cool promotional video.