3rd Transfer-of-Knowledge Conference of CompCog

3rd Transfer-of-Knowledge Conference of CompCog

From July 3-5, 2013, the Messerli Research Institute (Unit of Comparative Cognition) organized and hosted the 3rd Transfer-of-knowledge conference of CompCog at the Vetmeduni Vienna campus.

This international conference was the summarizing and closing conference of CompCog, an ESF Research Networking Program titled “The Evolution of Social Cognition: Comparisons and integration across a wide range of human and non-human animal species” (see www.compcog.org). The five-year program brought together 29 European laboratories from 11 countries and was financed by the Standing Committee for the Social Sciences and the Standing Committee for Life, Earth, and Environmental Sciences of the European Science Foundation (ESF). Its general objective was to develop “real” comparative cognition across a wide range of vertebrate and invertebrate species (including humans) with coherent theoretical background, consistent terminology and standard methods and to make it transparent for and integrated into other fields, such as social sciences, genetics, physiology, animal welfare, robotics, etc.

The final event was the conference in Vienna which was organized by Dr. Zsófia Virányi and Prof. Ludwig Huber. It provided an overview of the development of comparative cognition research in Europe in the last five years and discussed the challenges it is likely to face in the coming years – all in the usual communicative and collaborative spirit of CompCog. With more than 160 participants from 22 countries, 31 talks and 57 posters, the conference provided an interesting and thought-provoking forum, accompanied by a pleasant stay in Vienna and ending in the hope that it has generated new ideas and fruitful cooperation.

The conference would not have been such a success without the enormous administrative effort made by Franziska Luckerbauer and Teresa Schmidjell who worked hard to guarantee a smooth course of scientific and social events. They also edited the conference proceedings. 26 volunteers from the Clever Dog Lab guided by Karin Bayer, did a great job in assisting the participants and helping with requests at different scales.

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