Christmas Parties at the Messerli Research Institute

(January 7, 2013) The official Christmas Party and the Christmas Party of the Clever Log Lab got the team at the Messerli Research Institute into the right mood for Christmas.

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ERC Starting Grant for Friederike Range

(December 18, 2012) Friederike Range from the Unit of Comparative Cognition was awarded a ERC Starting Grant.

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Opening of the Messerli Library

(December 6, 2012) On November 28, 2012, the library at the Messerli Research Institute was opened.

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New book by Judith Benz-Schwarzburg

(December 4, 2012) In December the new book by Judith Benz-Schwarzburg "Verwandte im Geiste - Fremde im Recht. Sozio-kognitive Fähigkeiten bei Tieren und ihre Relevanz für Tierethik und Tierschutz. Tierrechte - Menschenpflichten" will be released.

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Talk by Andrew Knight

(November 21, 2012) On November 20, 2012, Andrew Knight from the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics gave a talk on "The costs and benefits of animal experiments".

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Visit and talk by Christine Nicol

(November 21, 2012) Prof. Christine Nicol from the University of Bristol, future member of the Scientific Advisory Board at the Messerli Research Institute, visited the Kealab at Haidlhof.

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Panel discussion on animal experiments

(November 8, 2012) On November 7, 2012, the Austrian Federal Ministery for Science and Research hosted a panel discussion on "Animal experiments: suffering and insight inextricably linked?!"

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Mini-Symposium Bioimaging

(October 8, 2012) The second MINI-SYMPOSIUM from the series Comparative Medicine Seminars on Bioimaging was held on October 18, 2012.

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Anthology "Das Tier an sich"

(October 2, 2012) A new anthology shows new perspectives across the disciplines for new ways in science-based animal welfare.

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Summer School Würzburg

(September 21, 2012) The Würzburg Summer School for Cultural and Literary Animal Studies will take place from September 24-29, 2012, at the University of Würzburg.

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Animal Festival

(September 17, 2012) On September 14 and 15, 2012, the Wolf Science Center represented the Messerli Research Institute at the Animal Festival on Danube Island.

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17th European Congress on Alternatives to Animal Testing

(September 10, 2012) From September 5-9, 2012. the 17th European Congress on Alternatives to Animal Testing took place in Linz.

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Opening of the Clever Dog Lab

(September 4, 2012)  The Clever Dog Lab was opened on September 3, 2012.

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Talk by Raoul Schwing

(August 13, 2012) On Thursday, August 09, 2012, Raoul Schwing from the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand, gave a talk on "The problems of kea from culling to conservation" at the Messerli Research Institute.

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New Publication

(August 9, 2012) Prof. Ludwig Huber and Dr. Judith Benz-Schwarzburg published reviews on Markus Wild's article Tierphilosophie in the journal Erwägen Wissen Ethik.

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46th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology

(August 6, 2012) From July 31 to August 4, 2012, the Vetmeduni hosted the 46th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE). Ludwig Huber gave a talk on "The impact of cognitive biology on the question of animal welfare."

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Award for Judith Benz Schwarzburg

(July 31, 2012) Judith Benz-Schwarzburg got the award for the most outstanding dissertation of the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen.

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Canine Science Forum 2012

(July 30, 2012) A delegation of the Messerli Research Institute attended the 3rd Canine Science Forum in Barcelona.

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6th European Conference on Behavioural Biology

(July 23, 2012) At the 6th European Conference on Behavioural Biology at the University of Essen, Dr. Corsin Müller gave a talk on "The impact of early experience and impulse control on problem solving of dogs".

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Talk by Dr. Siobhan O'Sullivan

(July 19, 2012) Political scientist Dr. Siobhan O'Sullivan from the University of Melbourne gave a talk at the Messerli Research Institute on "Animals, Equality and Democracy".

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Minding Animals 2

(July 9, 2012) Messerli Unit of Ethics and Human-Animal Studies hosted a workshop on “Socio-cognitive abilities in animals and their moral relevance” at the Minding Animals 2 Conference in Utrecht.

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MINI-Symposium Comparative Medicine

(July 3, 2012) On July 1, 2012, the first Mini-Symposium of the Unit of Comparative Medicine under the title "Refinement" took place.

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ASAB Interdisciplinary Workshop in Birmingham

(June 29, 2012) Prof. Ludwig Huber and Dr. Gyula Gajon presented research results from the Kea Lab at the ASAB Interdisciplinary Workshop in Birmingham.

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Talk by Barbara Schöning

(June 26, 2012) On June 25, 2012, Vet Barbara Schöning from Hamburg gave a talk at the Messerli Research Institute on "Aggressive behaviours in dogs - from problem to rehabilitation: opportunities offered by behavioural medicine".

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Wolf puppies at the Wolf Science Center

(June 13, 2012) Six wolf puppies from the USA and Canada found their new home at the Wolf Science Center in Ernstbrunn.

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Talk by Dr. Claudia Stöllberger

(May 24, 2012) On May 23, 2012, Dr. Claudia Stöllberger from the Viennese hospital Rudolfstiftung gave a talk on "Animal Assisted Therapies at cardiac insufficiency".

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CompCog Collaborative Research Project (CRP) Workshop

(May 19, 2012) From May 15-18, 2012, 27 scientists form the field of Comparative Cognition gathered at the Messerli Research Institute for the CompCog CRP Workshop.

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Haidlhof Labvisit

(May 10, 2012) On May 9, 2012, the third interdisciplinary LabVisit of the Research Platform Cognitive Science to the research station Haidlhof at Bad Vöslau took place.

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Talk by Dr. Andrea Beetz

(April 26, 2012) On 25, 2012, psychologist Dr. Andrea Beetz from the University of Rostock gave a talk on "The Field of Human-Animal Interactions: Theories, Effects, and their Application in Animal Assisted Interventions".

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Talk by Dr. Birgit U. Stetina

(April 12, 2012) On April 11, 2012, Dr. Birgit U. Stetina from the Department of Psychology at the Webster University gave a talk on "Psychological Aspects of Human Animal Interaction: What? When? How? Why? ... Pathways to Underlying Psychological Phenomena".

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Opening of the Messerli Research Institute

(March 29, 2012) The Messerli Research Institute was officially opened in an opening ceremony.

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John Capener filming at the Kea Lab

(March 24, 2012) From March 21-23, 2012, John Capener was filming at the Kea Lab for a production by Oxford Scientific Films.

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First Seminar Comparative Medicine

(March 20, 2012) At the first Comparative Medicine Seminar on March 19, 2012, guest speaker Prof. Hiroshi Matsuda from the Agricultural University Tokyo presented novel therapies against atopic dermatitis.

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Research initiative animal theories

(March 15, 2012) The research initiative „Forschungsinitiative Tiertheorien: Grundlagen der Mensch-Tier-Beziehung in den Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften“, founded in February 2012, will hold its next meeting in October 2012 at the Messerli Research Institute.

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XXIX Brazilian Congress of Zoology

(March 12, 2012) Ludwig Huber gave the keynote opening lecture at the XXIX Brazilian Congress of Zoology.

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20th Bad Boll Conference on Animal Welfare

(March 12, 2012) At the 20th Bad Boll Conference on Animal Welfare from March 9-11, 2012, Prof.Herwig Grimm gave a talk on "Benthans Erben und ihre Probleme" (Bentham's successors and their problems).

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