1. 2020 Conference
  2. Keynote Speaker
  3. Papers
  4. Activities
  5. Schedule
  6. Registration
  7. Hotel
  8. Sponsors


Dominican Republic 2020: Training in the Tropics
FEB 26-29, 2020

Dates to Remember

October 1, 2019       Paper/Poster Abstracts Submission Deadline

October 1, 2019       Conference Scholarship Application Submission Deadline

January 1, 2020        Early Bird Registration Deadline

January 10, 2020      Conservation Grant Application Submission Deadline

January 10, 2020      Education Grant Application Submission Deadline

January 24, 2020      All Mailed and Online Registrations Deadline

January 24, 2020      Hotel Guaranteed Rate Reservation Deadline

January 31, 2020      Photo Contest Submission Deadline



Attention CPBT-KA! Earn CEUs

Our annual conference paper sessions and workshops will be eligible for CEUs from IATCB (International Avian Trainer's Certification Board) necessary for maintaining your certification. We will add details of specific CEUs available later this year.

Attention Certified Behavior Consultants! Earn CEUs
Our annual conference paper sessions and workshops will be eligible for CEUs from IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants) necessary for maintaining your certification. We will add details of specific CEUs available later this year.

Walter Crawford Memorial Scholarship

Have you dreamed of attending our annual conference, but lack the funds to do so? If so, this scholarship might be the answer to your dreams! IAATE will once again award monies to eligible IAATE members to assist in funding attendance of our annual conference. This scholarship fund is limited, it is funded by the proceeds from our conference workshops of the previous year, and will be awarded only to applicants who meet eligibility requirements. The recipient of this scholarship will be determined by the IAATE Professional Development Committee. Download the scholarship application form from the link below!

Deadline for application submission for our 2020 conference is October 1, 2019.

Please send completed applications to Professional Development Committee Chair, email contact included on application form.

Note: While you must be an IAATE member to apply, there is no minimum membership time requirement, however, preference will be given to applicants who have been a member for more than one year.


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2020 IAATE is at Iberostar Dominicana Hotel

Our host resort, Iberostar Dominicana Hotel, is the chosen site for our Dominican Republic conference. Just 16.7 miles from Punta Cana International Airport, the Iberostar Dominicana Hotel is located on the northeast side of the island of the Dominican Republic along the gorgeous coastline of Playa Bávaro. The meeting space is well equipped for our presentations.

Because the Iberostar Dominicana 5-star beachfront resort is all-inclusive, all food and drinks throughout your stay are included in the room rate. With multiple dining locations and beautiful gathering spots, this unique setting will not disappoint. The seafood served at the restaurants is all sustainably sourced but if you'd rather enjoy the fish another way, in between conference activities, you can check out snorkeling equipment to explore the coral nursery ecosystem right off the beach.

Our hotel is nothing short of a tropical paradise of lush gardens, sparkling pools, and direct beach access. The resort offers a spa and fitness center. Free WiFi is also available throughout.

We have secured the discounted rates of $137.00/night for double-occupancy, $219/night for single-occupancy. To note, there are no additional taxes or fees on top of this rate, and again, the rate includes all food/beverage for the duration of your stay. You will pay for nothing over and above the cost of your room.

Since reservations at an all-inclusive resort work a little differently than reservations at a regular hotel, to note the double-occupancy rate is per person staying in that room, i.e. two people sharing a room will each pay $137/night - not split that cost (as is typical at a regular hotel).

The hotel will be holding a block of rooms for us until Friday, January 24, 2020. Reservations made after that date will be accepted on a space available and rate available basis. It is VERY important to be aware, February is a busy season in the Dominican Republic and our hotel may not have availability to add additional rooms to our block if/when they are sold out. For this reason, it is more critical than ever that you make your reservation as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. If our room block is sold out and the hotel has no additional rooms to offer us, there is nothing we can do about it. The resort is private and gated, there are no other nearby (walking distance) hotels or resorts for you to stay in, nor can anyone even come into the resort unless they are a guest staying there. Check in time is 3:00 pm on the day of arrival. Check out time is 12:00 pm (noon) on the day of departure.

Hotel reservations can be made by following this link: RESORT RESERVATIONS

It is important to note the link does not accept partial payments. Once you decide to book and pay, you will be expected to pay for 100% of the cost of your reservation.

Most importantly to note, if you are planning to share a room with someone to take advantage of the cost savings, you will need to make the full payment for you and your roommate(s) when you book the room. You are not able to provide partial payment or use multiple credit cards. This means you will need to coordinate with your roommate in advance of booking, decide which of you is making the reservation and paying for the full cost of the room for both of you, then coordinate any necessary reimbursement between yourselves. Please keep this in mind and plan accordingly with your organization if your stay will be paid for by your workplace.


Transportation to Resort
If you are traveling by air, you will fly into the Punta Cana International Airport. The resort is an approximate 15-20 minute drive from the airport. While there is no airport shuttle, we have set up a transport service with Amstar through which you can advance book and pay for transportation from the airport to the resort and again from the resort back to the airport. This is the most convenient and comfortable way to transport between the resort and the airport and will cost no more than a taxi fare, and in most cases be significantly less. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND you take advantage of this assisted travel arrangement. Once you have your flights booked, you can make your hotel transportation arrangements through this link: TRANSPORT TO/FROM RESORT.

You are also free to take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. If you choose this option, please be aware the taxis do not accept credit card payment. You will need cash, which can be US dollars or DR pesos.



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