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.

 News & Events


The Wilhelm Exner Medal Foundation focuses its activities on highlighting innovative research approaches and promising perspectives from all...


Event series provided by The Austrian Research Promotion Agency. It is an agency for industrial research and development!


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The Doctoral School of Computer Science is inviting master or bachelor students to apply for the position of Student Assistant.


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 PhD Stories


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


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Public Defense in the Doctoral Research Field: Psychology

“Neural Correlates of the Auditory Looming Bias”


Public Defense in the Doctoral Research Field: Psychology

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Public Defense in the Doctoral Research Field: Psychology

“The association of complex PTSD and post-migration living difficulties in asylum seekers...


Public Defense in the Doctoral Research Field: Biology

"Learning about novel predators in common ravens (Corvus corax)"


Public Defense in the Doctoral Research Field: Psychology

''Intelligence and its associations with physical and mental health''


Public Defense in the Doctoral Research Field: Psychology

“Psychological Interventions for Performance Under Pressure in the Performing Arts:...



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