Announcement of the VIII. European Convention of the GWG in Chester, UK

Here are schedule and programme for the convention, which will be held in Chester Zoo, Chester, United Kingdom from 15th to the 17th of November



Friday, 15.11.

       19:00-22:00:  Icebreaker (venue needs to be confirmed, on everyones budget)


Saturday, 16.11.

       10:00-10:15 Welcome by Andrea Swatman (Organizer), Michael Koeck & John Lyons  

                             (EGWG, NAGWG)

       10.15-11:00 Andrea Swatman and Team: VIE (Visible Implant Elastomer) - Tagging

       11:00-11:15 Short break

       11:15-12:00 Shaun Stevens: Goodeids and me     

       12:00-12:15 Short break

       12:15-13:00 David MacAllister: Collecting fish in Mexico and Central America

       13:00-14:00 Lunch at Chester Zoo (invitation by Chester Zoo)

       14:15-15:00 Michael Koeck: Darter Goodeids of the genus Allodontichthys

       15:00-15:15 Short break

       15:15-16:00 John Lyons: The first five years of the North American Branch of the GWG:

                             the challenges of building a hobbyist-based Goodeid conservation network

       16:00-19:00 Conversation - socializing - fish exchange

       19:00-22:00 Evening meal (venue needs to be confirmed, on everyones budget)


Sunday, 17.11.

      10:00-13:00 Zoo tour (attendance free)

      13:00-14:00 Lunch at Chester Zoo (on everyones budget)

      14:00-16:00 „Exploring the walls“ - Tour of historic Chester (attendance free)



Attention: Please include in your confirmation of participation:


  1. Arrival Time
  2. Departure Time
  3. Attendance of Icebreaker yes/no
  4. Attendance of Evening Meal on Saturday yes/no
  5. Attendance on Sundays After-Convention programme (Zoo and/or City Tour yes/no, Sunday lunch yes/no)



Suggestions for accomodation: As not many hotels are close to the venue or are too expensive, we give you a suggestion of four middle priced hotels being quite close and have a decent number of different rooms and different room categories


  1. Double Tree Hilton:
  2. Hallmark Inn Chester:
  3. Mill Hotel and Spa:
  4. The Limes Chester:


All these Hotels are also represented on



Chester Zoo and the Goodeid Working Group are looking forward seeing you at the convention!