With great sadness we have to announce the loss of Matteo Griggio, scientist, friend and practically a family member of the Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology. Almost for a decade Matteo was part of the scientific team of the Institute. During his long stay at the KLIVV, he enjoyed Austria a lot, but in his heart, he was always Italian! So he was very happy when he was finally able to return to Italy, where he obtained a position as Professor at his home University in Padua.
During his time at the KLIVV he very much contributed to making the Institute a flourishing scientific hot spot, and with his charming behaviour he also createe a nice social environment. Interested in answering specific question in behavioural biology, he took advantage of the facilities at the KLIVV for a number of experiments. Following his interests in many topics, he also worked in the field and explored many spots across the world from his home base at the Institute.
Matteo Griggio was an enthusiastic and passionate scientist through and through. His passion was behavioural ecology and, in particular, birds. He became well recognized in his field. In fact, enthusiasm and passion drove his entire live. Interested, open-minded and gracious he was beloved wherever he turned up.
Almost all his wishes came true, his dream job as a behavioural scientist in his beloved home town Padua, many students and cooperation partners to work with, his own house, and a dog…
Matteo was happy: “If I had to die - I had a wonderful life!”
We lost Matteo suddenly and unexpectedly - in his 44th year of life. On 14 May 2020 he passed away in his house in Padua, when his heart stopped working.
He will leave a big gap in science and in our hearts, but Matteo is not gone, his life´s work continues. Today his students are dispersed throughout the world, representing him and his ideas and thoughts.
Matteo, we miss you!
Un abbraccio, bye bye
Herbert, on behalf of the entire KLIVV Team