The 5th edition of the World Owl Conference was held from 26 to 30 of September 2017 in Évora, Portugal, organized by LabOr-Laboratory of Ornithology (ICAAM, University of Évora).

“Ten years after the last meeting in Groningen, The Netherlands, this important event for all researchers, naturalists and ornithologists dedicated to studying owls finally returns. Since 2007, there have been many new owls described to science, significant improvements in the technology involved with owl research, a deeper recognition of the role owls play in education, refined survey and monitoring techniques, declines in species populations, advances in conservation strategies and recovery planning, broader understanding of the role that owls play in ecosystems, more insights into fossils and the evolution of owls, and a richer focus on the role of owls in human myths and culture. (…)This conference brings together the world’s leaders in all aspects of owl science, conservation, education, genetics, habitat, and ecology.”