Most importantly, the PhD programme makes use of an already vibrant scientific environment, featuring a dynamic, interdisciplinary intellectual and social life at Vienna, the cultural heart of Central Europe. Students are embedded in active research groups with a well balanced mix of individual and collaborative supervision (faculty members, associated postdocs, fellow PhD students), state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, and extensive scientific and administrative support.
Lab visits and rotations (e.g. field work and laboratory experimentation) are strongly encouraged. This collaborative, interactive, interdisciplinary environment inspires students to learn about and try different techniques, concepts and approaches. Experience with the broad comparative range of vertebrate species we provide, helps students recognize cognitive generalities or specificities in their own study species.