Key dates

  • Abstract submission: closed
  • Early bird price: closed
  • Late Registration: closed
  • Conference: 7 - 9 December 2023


Thank you!  

Thanks to all participants, presenters, sponsors, and partners for being part of this amazing congress!  The enthusiastic participation of over 80 individuals significantly elevated the congress, creating a vibrant environment for the exchange of knowledge in the field of ethology. The diversity of topics covered during the event was remarkable, encompassing outstanding presentations and posters on birds, insects, mammals, fish, reptiles, and more. This year, we were especially delighted to welcome the involvement of over a quarter of attendees from foreign institutions, further broadening the spectrum of perspectives and expertise.

We look forward to welcoming you for another enriching experience at our next conference in December 2024! 



This year, Pol Sorigue earned the prestigious Vitor Almada Award for his captivating presentation, "Molecular evolution of the genes involved in social behavior across Lake Tanganyika's cichlids adaptive radiation!"


Additionally, SPRINGER acknowledged excellence this year awarding Amalia de la Torre Herrera with the top prize for the best poster, featuring "Automated Monitoring of Pair Bonds in a Gregarious Bird," and recognizing Beatriz Palinhos Pereira's compelling talk on "Disruption of cleaner wrasse cognition and brain morphology under marine heatwaves" as the second-best student oral presentation.


Spicing up the conference, we partnered with AIMM to introduce an interactive bingo game during oral presentations this year. The participants Francisco Louro and Nádia Jesus, each snagged an AIMM sweatshirt, and Iolanda Silva walked away with a SPE t-shirt.



Registrations closed!  

We have reached the capacity of possible registrations due to a large interest in the conference. If you'd like to join the waiting list, kindly send us an email. Thank you for your understanding!


Abstract book available!  

Abstract book is now available here.

Social dinner 

A social dinner will be held on the 8th at Adega do Monte restaurant in Vila do Conde, starting at 8:00 PM. More information and registration here.


Workshop day - important information 

For those attending the workshop day, we are thrilled to have you join us on December 7th at CIBIO’s headquarters, in Vairão, just north of Port. Please see the pdf with important information here.


General programme available 

We have a fantastic line-up of talks, posters and activities planned for SPE 2023 - please see the full programme here.

Workshops 1, 2 and 3 FULL

We still have a few spots left for Workshop 4, don't miss out the opportunity!

Last call: new deadline extension

The deadline for submitting abstracts for SPE2023 has been extended until October 8th, 23:59! Don't miss this opportunity!

Additional guest speakers

We are thrilled to introduce our additional guest speakers for the conference: Pedro Dias, and Peter McGregor. For more information see programme here.


Keynote speakers!

We are so proud and excited about our line up of amazing plenary speakers for SPE 2023! This here we will be joined by Marie Charpentier (CNRS, FR), Elise Huchard (CNRS, FR), Rui Oliveira (IGC & ISPA, PT), Miguel Carretero (CIBIO, PT). For more information see programme here.


Call for abstracts! And registrations are also open!

See more informations here.



This year we will have a new addition and an extra day reserved for workshops - 7th December! We have a great programme organised for you, check programme here.