Comparative Cognition



All About Chimps


UPDATE - CANCELLATION due to current travel restrictions!!!


Event: All about chimps (Conservation & Cognition)

When: 11. 3. 2020, 6 pm

Location: Festival Hall of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna (Veterinärplatz 1, 1210 Wien)


What can we learn from chimpanzees and what do we really know about our nearest relatives in the animal kingdom? An exciting evening awaits you on 11.3. from 6 pm organized by the Jane Goodall Institute Austria and the Messerli Research Institute. In the festival hall of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, three experts will give an interdisciplinary all-round view of chimpanzee behaviour and protection under the direction of Univ. Prof. Dr. Ludwig Huber:


Dr. Rebeca Atencia, head of the largest African Santuary Tchimpounga, will talk about the demands and challenges of a chimpanzee sanctuary that is as species-appropriate as possible. She reports about setbacks and successes in the area of integration and partial resettlement of traumatized chimpanzees. Dr. Atencia came to Tchimpounga in 2006 as a veterinarian and focused her research on the cardiovascular system of chimpanzees.

James Hutchins, Managing Director of the Jane Goodall Institute-Uganda, talks about chimpanzee conservation in Central Africa, the increasing pressure on habitat and the resulting human-wildlife conflicts.

Dr. Christoph Völter has been working in the Department of Comparative Cognition at the Messerli Research Institute since February 2019. In his research, he investigates, among other things, how great apes solve problems, either alone or together with conspecifics. In his talk, he will give an overview of the current state of cognition research with chimpanzees.


Afterwards, the experts on the podium will be available to answer your questions.


Moderation: Dr. Ludwig Huber


We are looking forward to your coming!