VDS CoBeNe activities

10th Vienna Aesthetics Symposium, September 21, 2017

The 10th Vienna Aesthetics Symposium will be held under the title

“Evolutionary psychology of facial attractiveness”

The keynote speakers of this year’s symposium are:

Dr. Rob Jenkins (University of York)

Dr. Anthony Little (University of Bath) and

Dr. Romi Zäske (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)

Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017

Time: 16.00 – 19.00
Place: Faculty of Psychology, lecture hall G (2nd floor, left wing), Liebiggasse 5, 1010 Vienna

Please find attached the program and the abstracts of the 10th VAS.

VDS4 Symposium, September 14-15, 2017

The symposium “Interscience - 1st Symposium of the Vienna Doctoral Schools” is taking place on the 14th and 15th of September 2017 and you can find a preliminary program on our webpage

This symposium is a unique opportunity to present your research to the entire PhD student community in Vienna and different prominent research groups. You can be part of it in many ways!!

We are currently looking for two students that would be interested in giving a talk of 20 min (+10min questions) about their research. This talk will be presented to a very diverse audience and would be a great chance to talk about your research in broad terms, to students from many different backgrounds.

We are also very excited to introduce the first “VDSlam: An alternative and entertaining way of presenting your PhD”. The idea is to present your project (or just a part of it) in 5-7 min in an unusual and creative way (by singing, dancing, using a theatre play…).

Alternatively, you can also register for a poster, which should be presented during one of the two poster sessions.

If you’re interested in contributing please send an email to any of the student speaker: simon.nimpf@imp.ac.at, lisa.anna.rosenberger@univie.ac.at, patrick.markey@univie.ac.at, ines.leca@imp.ac.at.

We're looking forward to your contributions!

 Other activities

Behaviour 2017, July 30 to August 4, 2017

Behaviour 2017, a joint meeting of the 35th International Ethological Conference (IEC) and the 2017 Summer Meeting of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB), that will be held from July 30 to August 4, 2017, in Estoril, Portugal. For more information see the website.

ANA meeting September 24-26, 2017

The 15th ANA (Austrian Neuroscience Association) meeting will be held from September 24-26, 2017 at the IST Austria in Klosterneuburg, Austria. For more information please check here.

 Past activities

Talk of Thomas R. Zentall



For more information see

First CoBeNe Annual Assembly

Our first annual assembly took place on March 7, 2017 at the historic Josephinum in Vienna. Please find the program here.

Around 70 people attended the event, got more information about the Doctoral School in Cognition, Behaviour and Neuroscience and enjoyed the keynote speaker Raffaella Rumiati from ISSA, Trieste with "How is information about social groups represented in the human brain". Together with Peter König she was introduced as member of the VDS CoBeNe Scientific Advisory Board. 

Participants got an impression of the Josephinum collection of the Medical University of Vienna and took the chance for networking with colleagues. 

All fotos by Lukas Lengersdorff and Jessie Adriaense

PhD meeting group 1 and 2

All PhD members of group 1 and 2 are warmly invited to our meeting on Monday, 16th January 2017, at the new IMP, Campus-Vienna-Biocenter 1, 1030 Wien. The meeting will start at 13:30 at seminar room SR 1.014.

If you would like to attend, please register at vds.cobene@univie.ac.at.

First PhD meeting 15th December 2016

All PhD fellows of CoBeNe are warmly invited  to our first - only for PhD fellows - meeting on Thursday, 15th December 2016, at LOOP, Lerchenfelder Gürtel, U-Bahnbogen 26/27. You will be informed about your advantages/possibilities at CoBeNe, have the chance to come to know better each other and first of all - spend a nice evening!

If you would like to attend, please register at vds.cobene@univie.ac.at

Kick-Off Meeting 11th October 2016

We have selected these eight talks (in alphabetical order), please click on the names for the abstract:

Elisabeth Adam: A Drosophila model of HSAN-1 - Of wrong connections, neurodegeneration and protein aggregation

Jessie Adriaense: Your pessimism brings me down, but does your optimism lift me up? Emotional contagion in common ravens (Corvus corax)

Robert Beattie: Lgl1 Controls Neural Stem Cell Lineage Progression via Intrinsic and Cell-non-autonomous Mechanisms

Bruno Miguel Fontinha: Unraveling new functions of an ancient vertebrate deep brain photoreceptor

Isabelle Laumer: Eat now or use tool? Profitable decision-making in Goffin cockatoos (Cacatua goffiniana) and orangutans (Pongo abelii)

Patrick Markey: Semantic and syntactic processing of Art: perception of paintings and associated distinct neurophysiological brain responses

Annika Nichols: Sleep and wake in C. elegans are global brain states under tight control of arousal circuits

Mario Thalwitzer: Pose as a Gender Signifier

The full program you can find here.

At the invitation of the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), on 11th October 2016 our KickOff event took place at the Vienna Biocenter.

About 120 scientists of VDS CoBeNe were impressed by the variety of methods, research approaches and the presentation of selected topics from the disciplines neuroscience, cognitive and behavioral biology, psychology and art history.

The VDS CoBeNe initiates with this kick-off the transformation to a new generation of PhDs: open for an exchange of methods, transfer of knowledge intra-discipline and beyond and open for discussion about their own research results in a parent context.

As part of the presented talks and poster, the following PhD candidates were distinguished: Jessie Adriaense (best talk), Rashmit Kaur and Vedrana Šlipogor (best poster). We congratulate the laureates warmly!

All fotos by Alexandru Munteanu.