VDS CoBeNe Activities

Kick-Off-Event VDS CoBeNe

The virtual VDS CoBeNe info event is to welcome all faculty and student members on behalf of vice rector J.-R. Tyran. After a formal introduction about the framework of the new VDS CoBeNe, we will have a break out session with two separate discussion groups for PhD and supervisors.

DATE: October 16th 2020, 14.00 to 15.00 

LOCATION: virtual via BigBlueButton, see link 

5th European Student Conference on Behaviour and Cognition, Vienna

The "5th European Student Conference on Behaviour and Cognition" is a student-organized event of the VDS CoBeNe.

DATE: September 5th -8th 2018

VENUE: University of Vienna, UZA II PharmazieGeoZentrum

REGISTRATION: see website of the conference

Summer School 2018: Perspectives in Neuroaesthetics



This interdisciplinary VDS CoBeNe summer school connects like-minded, enthusiastic early stage researchers, providing cutting-edge knowledge on methods and topics in the multifaceted field of Neuroaesthetics and establishing international research connections.

DATE: September 24th-28th2018

VENUE: Several interdisciplinary labs at London UK (see details in programme)

REGISTRATION: until June 15th with a motivation letter (max. 2,500 characters) and a CV (max. 2 pages) to neuroaesthetics.cobene@univie.ac.at 

FEE: the fee of € 200,- includes accommodation, lab visits and talks, as well as common business lunches. Travel costs are not included in the fee. Official VDS CoBeNe PhD fellows are eligible for reimbursement. Social events and the travel are not included in the fee or topic for reimbursement. 

You can find the flyer and programme here.  

Organized by the VDS CoBeNe PhD fellows Patrick Markey, Jürgen Goller, Eva Specker, Felix Haiduk and Jane Boddy.

Summer School 2018: Citizen Science in Theory and Practice



CS is becoming increasingly important within the research community, as one can gain large, spatially and temporally scaled data sets. But how to get citizen scientists interested and how to deal with big data? What makes a successful study and where to publish your data?

DATE: October 15th-19th 2018 

VENUE: JUFA Hotel Almtal, Hinterinnbach 17, 4645 Grünau im Almtal, Upper Austria.

REGISTRATION: until August 15th with a motivation letter (max. 2,500 characters) to vds.cobene@univie.ac.at - the application deadline has been extended until the 15th of August!

FEE: the fee of € 170,- includes lectures, accommodation, coffee breaks and all meals at JUFA according to the programme. Official VDS CoBeNe PhD fellows are eligible for reimbursement. Social events, the optional hiking tour and the travel are not included in the fee or topic for reimbursement. We reserved 2-bed rooms at the JUFA Hotel Almtal for all participants.

You can find the flyer including a programme here. 

 Past activities

Summer School 2018: Statistical Design and Modelling for Small Sample Sizes



Summary of our first summer school

The VDS CoBeNe Summer School on Statistical Design for Small Sample Sizes has finished successfully. 30 participants attended lectures and workshops given by Roger Mundry (MPI Eva Leipzig) and Robin Ristl (Meduni Wien), who also debated about "How to fix Statistics" in a vivid public panel discussion. Social events like a Heurigen dinner or a birdwatching tour in the Lobau/Nationalpark Donau-Auen facilitated discussions in relaxed atmosphere. Considered as highly valuable and rewarding, the unanimous opinion of both participants and lecturers was consequent: let's schedule a follow up.

(written by Felix Haiduk)





This summer school offers early stage researchers with basic knowledge in R, a combination of lectures, workshops and discussion on experimental design, modelling, data analysis, and data visualization, focusing especially on modelling with small sample sizes. 

DATE: August 27th-31st 2018 

VENUE: Campus of University of Vienna, Altes AKH, Lecture Hall C1/Seminar Room 3, Spitalgasse 3, 1090 Vienna

REGISTRATION: until June 30th with a motivation letter (max. 2,500 characters) to vds.cobene@univie.ac.at

FEE: the fee of € 100,- includes lectures, lunches, and coffee breaks with snacks. Official VDS CoBeNe PhD fellows are eligible for reimbursement. Social events -except the "Heurigen", and the travel are not included in the fee or topic for reimbursement. 

You can find the flyer including a programme here.





Second CoBeNe Annual Assembly




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

Talk of Prof. Russell Foster, Oxford University



For more information see here.

Statistic Workshop in R





We have organized a 2-day workshop on Statistical Analysis in R on February 22-23 2018, free of costs for VDS CoBeNe PhD fellows. Further information you can find here.





VDS CoBeNe & DK CogCom Workshop

On November 22-23, 2017 we had our first workshop with VDS CoBeNe 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

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

In early November 2017 the first VDS CoBeNe interdisciplinary scientific workshop took place, organized by PhD candidates for PhD candidates. 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 PhD fellows from different disciplines, 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.

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



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 December 15, 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 October 11, 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.