VDS CoBeNe activities

Second CoBeNe Annual Assembly

Our second annual assembly will take place on March 14, 2018 at the IMP lecture halle in third district of Vienna. Please find the program here.

Talk of Russell Foster, March 14, 2018

For more information see here.

 Past activities

Statistic Workshop


We have organized a 2-day workshop on Statistical Analysis in R on 22 and 23 February 2018, it was cost-free for VDS CoBeNe members. Further information you can find here.





VDS CoBeNe & DK CogCom Workshop, 22-23 November 2017

On 22-23 November 2017 we had our first workshop with PhD fellows and PIs at the brand-new IMP building. For more information see the programme.

- About doctoral education by Lucas Zinner, Center for Doctoral Studies, UniVie (pdf)

- PhD process without tears by Christian Kolowrat, Center for Doctoral Studies, UniVie (pdf)

Workshop: From Theory to Practice: Scientifically Investigating Intentions and Emotions in Contemporary Art, 7 and 9-12 November 2017

An interdisciplinary CoBeNe workshop at the 57th Biennale in Venice, Italy

In early November 2017 the first CoBeNe interdisciplinary scientific workshop took place, organized by PhD students for PhD students. Its goal was to foster the exchange of ideas, enabling participants to jointly develop and carry out a unique research project while getting to know fellow PhD students from different disciplines, all of this in an inspiring surrounding.

The workshop comprised a symposium and a subsequent excursion including a field study in Venice, Italy. The research question tackled by the workshop was whether intentions of artists are actually recognized by viewers of their artworks: If an artist intends to display or elicit a certain kind of emotion with an artwork, can this emotion then somehow also be observed in the viewer? The workshop addressed this by using questionnaires, asking museum visitors about their experiences, and also via measurements of their physiological responses, such as skin conductance and heart rate.

Read more here.

Talk of David Huron, November 6, 2017

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Talk of Jason R. Yee, October 23, 2017

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SPR Annual Meeting, October 11-15, 2017

At the annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, 4 PIs of the VDS CoBeNe had a joint invited symposium:

from the left: Leonida Fusani, Ludwig Huber, Thomas Bugnyar, Claus Lamm

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.

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!

Talk of Thomas R. Zentall



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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.