In recent years, Vienna has become an increasingly important center for behavioral and cognitive research, with a strong research focus on comparative cognitive biology. The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the University of Vienna have supported this development, by funding a multi-level, integrative PhD training programme on cognition and communication in humans and non-human animals.
The goal is to train graduate students to understand cognition from a biological viewpoint, with a focus on how animals solve real-world problems, such as dealing with conspecifics in daily social life. Communication is studied as a window into social cognition, allowing us to design experiments, which test specific hypotheses developed through an innovative combination of field observations and experiments, and laboratory work on humans and other animals.
The first program started in March 2011, this website will supply with ongoing seminars, projects and information for the selected students.