The Vienna Doctoral School in Cognition, Behavior and Neuroscience (VDS CoBeNe) was granted in 2016 as one of the first Doctoral Schools at the University of Vienna, and was based in the Faculty of Life Sciences. After integrating in 2020 the Faculty of Psychology, as well as researchers in the humanities, the VDS is now a major interdisciplinary Doctoral School at the University of Vienna. CoBeNe combines the strength of four main research areas: Psychological Science, Behavioral & Cognitive Biology, Neuroscience, and the Cognitive Humanities.

The aim of the VDS CoBeNe is to foster structured doctoral education at the University of Vienna and to create an environment supporting interdisciplinary research and research training. The school integrates excellent existing research centers in Cognition, Behavior, and Neuroscience in Vienna. These centers were previously mostly independent, and range from molecular/cellular/developmental biology to psychological sciences and the humanities.

The mission of the Vienna Doctoral School in Cognition, Behavior and Neuroscience is to enhance academic and professional development of graduate students, advance intellectual communication and scholarship across disciplines, and promote cultural diversity, scientific integrity, and international collaboration.

 VDS CoBeNe announcements

 News & Events


PhD candidates are organizing and inviting you to join the 20th VBC PhD Symposium “A Mixtape of Science” on 09th & 10th November 2023 at the Vienna...


Circle U. invites researchers from the nine member universities of Circle U. to apply for funding for collaborative projects!


Are you a PhD candidate or a Postdoc interested in public governance? Find out more about the 1st Circle U. workshop in Public Governance which...


The Welcome Days for PhDs take place at the beginning of each winter semester. The aim of the "Welcome Days for PhDs" is to help new doctoral...


This event, hosted by University of Vienna, brings together valorisation specialists and all interested how valorisation works and how academics can...


If you are interested in sustainable innovations and want to develop ideas to improve living conditions in sustainable cities and communities, join us...

 PhD Stories


Congratulations to Julia Reiter and MacKenzie Trupp for winning the Impact Award 2023!


The current discussion around the climate protests show that the social perception of environmental activists is often very negative. With her...


Ethnic discrimination is harmful to health! Experiences of discrimination trigger immediate stress reactions in affected individuals.



Public Defense in the Doctoral Research Field: Psychology

''Methodological, conceptual and contextual extensions of implicit beliefs''


Public Defense in the Doctoral Research Field: Biology

''How dogs and wolves perceive their environment and humans''


Public Defense in the Doctoral Research Field: Psychology

''Human Resource Management in times of crises: Employee support, attraction, and...


Public Defense in the Doctoral Research Field: Psychology

''The Role of Testosterone in Social Status Seeking''


Public Defense in the Doctoral Research Field: Psychology

''Bullying and teacher interventions''


Public Defense in the Doctoral Research Field: Psychology

''The Effects of Selective Attention on Preferences in Choice Situations''



Thomas Bugnyar, 2022, Brandstätter Verlag. Sie sind bekannt für ihre verblüffende Intelligenz, für das clevere Benutzen von Werkzeugen und für ihr...


Jakob Pietschnig, 2021, Ecowin. Was Intelligenz ist, wie man sie messen kann und warum das so spannend ist, erklärt der österreichische...


Angela Stöger, Brandtstätter Verlag, 2021. Wie Tiere kommunizieren und was wir lernen, wenn wir ihnen wirklich zuhören