2017 Symposium & Workshops St Louis

2017 Symposium & Workshops Saint Louis

AALSO 2017 Operator and Vendor Registration is now open. Click here to register.

Symposium EXHIBITING Vendor Booths are sold out.



front-of-zooMarch 12 – March 15 2017

March 12 – March 15 2017

The 23rd Annual Aquatic Animal Life Support Operators Symposium and Workshops will be hosted by the Saint Louis zoo. The Symposium will be held in Saint Louis, Missouri.

The registration fee is $475, and will include access to all workshops, lectures, hot breakfast and lunch Monday- Wednesday, two evening events with appetizers and the Wednesday Certification Banquet.



The Hosting Facility

The Hotel

The Hyatt Regency Under the Arch has informed us that they have completely sold out of rooms on the night of Wednesday the 15th for the 2017 AALSO Symposium and Workshops.  You can still book your stay Saturday-Tuesday at the Hyatt, and move to the over flow hotel for Wednesday night, or you can book your entire stay at the our overflow hotel, the Residence Inn St. Louis Downtown.  The Group rate at the Residence Inn is $155 per night and we have 25 rooms at that hotel available each night from Saturday the 11th through Friday the 17th.  This rate will only be honored if you book BY Tuesday February 28th.  The Residence Inn will be providing a free shuttle to the Hyatt starting at 7am and ending at 10:30pm each night.

CLICK HERE to book your stay at the Residence Inn

CLICK HERE to book your stay through Tuesday night at the Hyatt

The Airport


Click Here To view our tentative agenda




The 2017 Symposium call for presentations is now open!

This year’s agenda will include topics such as:

        • Dirty Laundry
        • Water Quality
        • Dive Support
        • And many more topics!

A complete circulating system will run through ~ 4,000 square feet of workshop floor and will be the centerpiece of the workshops. Attendees will be able to work on several different components such as actuators, probes, flow meters, sensors, heat exchangers, pumps and many others all while the system is operational. Our water quality series will be able to actively sample water from this system and attendees will learn how to perform various water analysis.


        • AALSO Levels 1-3 Certification
        • ASME B 31.3 Certification
        • OSHA Certification
        • NSPF Certified Pool Operator Certification- pending class size restrictions*
        • NSPF Aquatic Risk Management- pending class size restrictions *

* additional fee applies (contact secretary@aalso.org for more information)

For workshop related questions: workshops@aalso.org

For agenda related questions: agenda@aalso.org


The Past

Past symposia…


Feedback from previous years:

                    • “I left feeling invigorated about the state of the industry and felt good knowing there are so many intelligent passionate people out there working on a lot of the same problems who are so willing to share their knowledge and experiences.”
                    • “The last time I attended AALSO was 6 years ago. I decided to give it another try this year and I noticed that AALSO has made remarkable improvements… Keep up the good work and I plan on coming back.”
                    • “Seeing others’ operation and talking to other professionals in their environment makes me proud to be one myself.”
                    • “Workshops are great because they go beyond the vendor booths by providing additional and specific hands on time with the equipment and the vendors who make them.”
                    • “One of the reasons I joined AALSO to start with was to hear how other operators deal with problems and challenges because all life support systems have issues.”

Agendas, abstracts, and presentations from symposia past. Find More »

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