World Owl Conference 2017

Owls in Science and Society

Come join us for an in-depth examination of the state-of-the-science on the planet’s wonderful owls.

Registrations and deadlines

Registration fees Early bird

1 March to 31 May 2017


1 June to 31 August 2017

Students1 and members of SPEA and ALDEIA2 225€ 275€
Non students 325€ 375€
Accompanying person and NOCTUA-Portugal volunteers3 150€ 150€
One day registration4 100€ 100€

1) Requires presentation of official document from your University proving you are registered as a student.
2) SPEA: requires presentation of membership card with 2017 sticker. ALDEIA: requires presentation of receipt of 2017 membership.
3) Requires validation from the organization.
4) The Organization accepts a maximum of 2 registrations per participant.

Instructions for registrations

  1. Sign up in (you will receive a confirmation email to finish your sign up)
  2. After login in go to
  3. On the right side of the page choose “Register”
  4.  (Optional if you want to submit abstract) On the right side of the page choose “Submit Abstract”
  5. After registration choose “Confirm Registration”
  6. After you confirm your registration you will be given the amount payable according to the options you selected in the option “Confirm payment”.

Call for abstracts

The Scientific Committee for the World Owl Conference 2017 invites you to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation. The hard deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 August 2017.

Guidelines for abstract submittal

When submitting your abstract online you will need to give the following indications:

  • If you are submitting an oral or poster presentation.
  • If you will submit a paper for publication in the 2017 World Owl Conference Proceedings.

Abstracts must be in English and include:

  • Title (bold, no more than 20 words)
  • Names(s) of author(s)
  • Institutional affiliations
  • Emails of the authors
  • Key words (no more than 5)
  • Abstract body (no more than 300 words)
  • Please use this abstract form, which contains all the requested fields and formats (Times New Roman 12 with 1.5 spacing).
  • Please provide the following sections on your abstract: goals, methods, results and discussion (without titles).
  • Scientific names should be reported in italics without parentheses the first time the species is mentioned.
  • Common names of species should be reported uppercase initials (i.e., Great Grey Owl).
  • Standard abbreviations should be used for measurements (mm, m, km, g, kg, Hz, s, min, h, ºC, etc.), as well as for statistics (r, rs, t, X2, F, U, Z, df, SD, SE, N, P).
  • Points (.) should be adopted as decimal marks and commas (,) as thousand separators.

Oral presentations

Oral presentations will be 10 minutes long followed by a 5 minute question period, and will be arranged by themes depending on the variety of content of submissions received.

Oral presentation slots will be limited to arrange the conference schedule so that all attendees can hear all presentations (there will be no concurrent sessions).

Some presentations submitted as oral papers may have to be accommodated as poster presentations due to conference agenda and schedule limitations.

The auditorium is equipped for Microsoft PowerPoint projection only. Please migrate your presentation to the computer of your session room before the beginning of your session.

Poster presentations

Presenters will be required to be available at their posters during the scheduled poster session to discuss their posters with interested viewers, but can also attend their poster whenever it is convenient for them.
Poster boards will be numbered. Presenters are to attach their posters to the board number corresponding to the number assigned to their posters in the final programme.

The dimensions of the poster should not exceed 90 cm (2’11”) wide x 120 cm (3’11”) high.

Place the title and authors (as stated on the accepted abstract) at the top of the poster.

The text, illustrations, etc. should be readable from a distance of 180 cm (6 feet).

Means of attaching posters be provided to poster presenters.

Conference Proceedings

The WOC2017 Proceedings will be published in AIRO.

AIRO* is a peer-reviewed ornithological scientific journal published by the conference partner Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA). AIRO publishes original research articles focused on the ecology and conservation of birds and current related issues from the Iberian Peninsula, Macaronesia and Portuguese-speaking African countries. The journal was first published in 1990 (by the Institute for the Conservation of Nature) and was annually printed until 2015. From 2017, AIRO moved to online only publication, joining the open-access system. All published articles are freely available from the journal website:

* Airo is Portuguese for Guillemot

Please check instructions for authors here:

More information for submitting manuscripts for publication in the WOC2017 Proceedings will be available on this website soon.

<div id="fb-root"></div><script>(function(d, s, id) {var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><!-- [et_pb_line_break_holder] --><div class="fb-page" data-href="" data-width="1080" data-small-header="false" data-adapt-container-width="true" data-hide-cover="false" data-show-facepile="true"><blockquote cite="" class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><a href="">World Owl Conference 2017</a></blockquote></div>