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.



Following an initiative by the VDS CoBeNe PhD Representatives brought forward in the Steering Committee last semester, it was decided that as a...


Registration Deadline: 15 September, 2022

The aim of the "Welcome Days for PhDs" is to help new doctoral candidates to orientate themselves at the...


Registration deadline: 15 November 2022

It's a pleasure to announce the 2nd Annual Doctoral Student Conference - the VDS CoBeNe PhD Academy for...


Registration Deadline: 1 October, 2022

Call for Contributions - Conference on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research for sustainable...


“The Free Energy Principle: Unified Brain Theory, Scientific model, or something else?” The Free Energy Principle (FEP) is a mathematical model of the...


Julia Reiter and Elisabeth Pelikan from the research area "Educational Psychology" have won a prize in the category "Teaching relevance and impact of...



PhD Defense of Bettina BALDT, 10.10.2022, 11:00

Public Defense in the Doctoral Research Field: Psychology

“Entscheidungsfindung im onkologischen Kontext. Ein multiperspektivischer Ansatz”


PhD Defense of Mario Gallego-Abenza, 30.09.2022, 17:00

Public Defense in the Doctoral Research Field: Biology.

"Social cognition and fission-fusion dynamics in non-breeder Common ravens (Corvus corax)”


PhD Defense of Magdalena Boch: 30.09.2022, 15:00

Public Defense in the Doctoral Research Field: Psychology.

"How dogs and humans perceive and understand each other: a comparative neuroimaging...


PhD Defense of Claudia Massaccesi: 29.09.2022, 16:00

Public Defense in the Doctoral Research Field: Psychology

"Neurobiology and state-dependency of human social affiliation: behavioural,...


PhD Defense of Ada Sil Patterer 27.09.2022, 17:30

Public Defense in the Doctoral Research Field: Psychology

“The social environment of work: An investigation of relatedness needs,

social support,...


PhD Defense of Sophie Oczlon: 31.08.2022, 11:00

Public Defense in the Doctoral Research Field: Psychology.

“Cultural Diversity in the Classroom - the Role of the Classroom Context in the...



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