Comparative Cognition at the BE OPEN - Science & Society Festival, 08.09.2018

To mark its fiftieth anniversary, the Austrian Science Fund, together with partners from science and research, transformed Vienna’s Maria-Theresien-Platz into a garden of curiosity and fascination. Under the patronage of Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen and as part of the Austrian EU Council presidency, the BE OPEN — Science & Society Festival from 8 to 12 September 2018 offered the chance to discover top-class research, to participate and have a say.

The “BE OPEN – Science & Society Festival” is our invitation to you, your family, children and friends, to be curious, get involved and learn more about basic research. At the Maria-Theresien-Platz the public could explore the forefront of Austrian science with a selection of Austria’s best researchers. 
The unit of Comparative Cognition of the Messerli Research Institute was present in the pavilion “Behaviour & Cognition” with the Clever Dog Lab, the Frog Lab and the Goffin Lab. Prof. Huber, with the help of Sabrina Karl and
Monika Laschober, could welcome not only interested lay people, but could excite the masses with a demonstration of dog’s problem solving competences. The president of the FWF, Klement Tockner, the EU commissioner for science and research, Carlos Moedas, and the two vice-rectors Otto Doblhoff-Dier (VetMed) and Robert Tyran (UniVie) were among the interested visitors. Eva Ringler was among the 5 candidates that were invited to perform in the Science Slam competition.

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Photo: Messerli Research Institute / Sabrina Karl
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