The XII World Ostrich Congress is scheduled to take place in El Escorial, Madrid, from October 14-16, 2005. The event combines three in one. There is a the 3rd Scientific Symposium on Ratites (14-16) in which scientists will be speaking about their latest research. There is also a commercial track XII World Ostrich Congress (15-16) for farmers and anybody interested in ratite production – with 8 candidate authors to be selected by the organizing committee – and finally there is EXPOSTRICH (14-16), an exhibition area of ostrich and related industries.