Transfer-of-knowledge conferences


These open conferences, that are expected to last for 3 to 4 days and to host 100 to 120 participants, provide a regular European interdisciplinary forum where both junior and senior researchers can present the latest research developments in comparative social cognition as well as other related fields (genetics, physiology, neurosciences, animal welfare, robotics, philosophy, etc.). Discussion between the participants are expected to stimulate new research initiatives leading to better understanding of how the human and non-human mind works and to enhance unification of terminology, theories and methods of comparative social cognition. Young researchers are specially encouraged to present their work and to enter discussion with experts and peers of various related fields.


CompCog finances 3 ToK conferences over the 5 years, providing 40000 Euro for each.



This is the summarizing and closing conference of the CompCog programme that is ending in June 2013. As such, the conference will overview the development of comparative cognition in the last 5 years and discuss the challenges it is likely to face in the coming years. All this in the usual communicative and collaborative spirit of CompCog.

Scientific organizers: Zsófia Virányi and Ludwig Huber

Session organizers: Thomas Bugnyar, Ádám Miklósi, Ludwig Huber

Location: University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, lecture hall B, building FA, Veterinärplatz 1, 1210 Vienna (recommended accomodations below program)

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Welcome and Registration desk:

The registration will take place in the foyer between lecture hall A and B, building FA. The registration will be open on 3rd of July 2013 from 11.30 to 14.00.

Presenting a poster at the conference:
In order to have a homogenous form for all the posters please note the following print specifications:
  • please print the poster A0 size, portrait form (84,1 x 118,9 cm)
  • pictures, diagrams, graphics etc. should to be in high-definition quality (at least 300dpi)
  • a margin of 4 cm has to be left on every side
Posterboards (120x180cm) will be set up and enough needles will be available. Poster numbers that identify the location of your personal poster can be found in the abstract book which will be provided to you at the conference.
Giving a talk at the conference:
Plenary talks will be 30 minutes long plus 10 minutes of discussion time. Contributed talks will be 15 minutes long plus 5 minutes of discussion time. Please prepare your presentation in a PowerPoint format and upload on https://mcloud.proclos.comLogin data will be sent to you by email.
If it is not possible for you to upload your presentation in advance, please bring your presentation (on a data stick) before the official start of the conference on 3rd of July but no later than 1.30pm! A laptop will be provided and all presentations will be uploaded and tested there. A technician in the lecture hall B will assist you.







3 July 2013

14.00 – 17.30

CompCog summary 1

14.00-14.10 Ludwig Huber: Welcome

14.10-14.30 Zsófia Virányi: “The 5 years of CompCog” (15+5min)

14.30-15.00 Dóra Szabó, Ádam Miklósi, Daniel Mills, Friederike Range and Zsófia Virányi: “Testing the reproducibility of behavioural tests in dogs in three European countries” (20+10min)

15.00-15.30 Mark O’Hara, Alice Auersperg, Auguste von Bayern, Anna Wilkinson, Thomas Bugnyar, Gyula Gajdon and Ludwig Huber: “Acquisitional neophilia in birds?” (20+10min)

15.30-16.00: coffee break

16.00-16.40: Elena Jazin (30+10min)

16.40-17.10: Ádám Miklósi: „Five years of CompCog: Going around or going ahead – in the needs of new perspectives for comparative cognition“ (30+10min)

17.10-17.30: Jürgen Pripfl & Claus Lamm: “Cognitive control of emotion in risky decision making: hemispheric lateralization of dorsolateral preforontal cortex function" (15+10min)

17.30 – 19.00

Welcome drink

4 July 2013

09.00 – 12:30

Biology of cognition

Organizer: Ludwig Huber

Physiology and cognition

9.00-9.40 Jaak Panksepp  (30+10min)

9.40-10.00 Rui Oliveira, Magda Teles, José M.Simões, and Rodrigo Abreu: ”Cognitive appraisal mediates physiological and genomic responses to social information” (15+5min)

10.00-10.20 Anna Kis, Melinda Bence, Gabriella Lakatos, Enikö Perkel, Borbála Turcsán, Jolanda Pluijmakers, Zolt Rónai and Enikö Kubinyi: “Oxytocin receptor gene is accepted with human directed social behaviour in dogs (Canis familiaris)” (15+5min)

10.20-10.50 coffee break


Comparative cognition

10.50-11.30: Giorgio Vallortigara: „Core knowledge of object, number, and geometry: A comparative and neural approach“ (30+10min)

11.30-11.50: Zhanna Reznikova: “Animal intelligence: ordering learning classes” (15+5min)

11.50-12.10: Ivo Jacobs & Mathias Osvath: “Pulling the right strings: a comprehensive review of the string-pulling problem” (15+5min)

12.10-12.30: General discussion



12.30 – 14.00

Lunch break and poster session

14.00 – 17:30

Animal-robot interactions

Organizer: Ádám Miklósi

14.00-14.40: Jens Krause: „Collective behaviour and interactive robots” (30+10min)

14.40-15.00 Linda Gerencsér, Gabór Vásárhelyi, Máté Nagy, Tamás Vicsek and Ádám Miklósi: “ Identification of behaviour in freely moving dogs (Canis familiaris) by accelerometer and gyroscope” (15+5min)

15.00-15.20 Anna Gergely, Eszter Petró, József Topál and Ádám Miklósi : “What are you or who are you? The emergence of social interaction between dog and an Unidentified Moving Object (UMO)” (15+5min)

15.20-15.50 coffee break

15.50-16.30 Jóse Halloy: “Towards social bio-hybrid systems of animals and robots generating collective intelligence” (30+10min)

16.30-16.50 Sarah Marshall-Pescini, Maria Ceretta and Emanuela Prato-Previde: „Do humans have goals? A pilot study on dogs’ perception of object-directed actions”  (15+5min)

16.50-17.10 Isabella Merola, M. Lazzaroni, Sarah Marshall-Pescini and Emanuela Prato-Previde: „Dogs find familiar people and familiar emotions easier to use in an object-choice task” (15+5min)

17.10-17.30 General discussion


19.00 -

Farewell dinner

5 July 2013

09.00 – 12.30

Cognition in the wild

Organizer: Thomas Bugnyar

9.00-9.40 Christian Rutz (30+10min)

9.40-10.00 Jorg Massen, Michaela Spreafico, Georgine Szipl, Andrius Pasukonis and Thomas Bugnyar: ”Third-party interventions and possibly recognition of common ravens (Corvus corax)” (15+5min)

10.00-10.20 Erica van de Waal, Christèle Borgeaud and Andrew Whiten: “Potent social learning and conformity shape a wild primate’s foraging decisions” (15+5min)

10.20-10.50 coffee break

10.50-11.30: Elisabetta Visalberghi: „Capuchins. What else? “  (30+10min)

11.30-11.50: Anastasia Krasheninnikova & Ulrike Busse: “Phylogenetic comparative cognition: does phylogeny predict cognitive abilities in parrots?” (15+5min)

11.50-12.10: Sofia Panteleeva, Olga Vygonyailova and Zhanna Reznikova: “Cognitive hunting in the context of risk-reward decision making: striped field mice go for less” (15+5min)

12.10-12.30: General discussion



12.30 – 14.00

Lunch break and poster session

14.00 – 17:50

CompCog summary2

14.00-14.40: Anna Wilkinson: „Cold-blooded cognition” (30+10min)

14.40-15.00 Jannis Liedtke & Jutta Schneider: “Association capabilities in a jumpingspider (Marpissa muscosa)” (15+5min)

15.00-15.20 Auguste von Bayern, Alice Auersperg, Berenika Mioduszewska and Alex Kacelnik: “Experience as a tool in animal cognition: innovative physical problem solving in corvids” (15+5min)

15.20-15.50 coffee break

15.50-16.30 Juliane Bräuer: “When and why do they help – a comparison between dogs, chimps and children”  (30+10min)

16.30-16.50 Dennis Golm, A. Gergely, O. Kanizsár, B. Kröner-Herwig and J. Topál: „Threat related bias in dogs and adults: evidence from eyetracking”  (15+5min)

16.50-17.10 Edward Legg, Ljerka Ostojic and Nicola Clayton: „Can you just tell me what you want? How children respond to other individuals’ changing desires” (15+5min)

17.10-17.30 Mihaela Mitrovic and Luca Katic: “Is man a social animal? A comparative study on evolution of definitions and representations of humans in comparison to animals

17.30-17.50 General discussion



Recommended accomodations:


Donaufelder Straße 232
1220 Wien
T. 01 2022670

Austria Trend Hotel Donauzentrum

Wagramer Straße 83
1220 Wien
T. 01 2035545

Strandhotel Alte Donau

Wagramer Straße 51
1220 Wien
T. 01 2044040

Lenas Hotel GmbH, Hotel Lenas Donau

Wagramer Straße 52
1220 Wien
T. 01 2040000

NH Danube City

Wagramer Straße 21
1220 Wien
T. 01 260200

Student Apartment house VetMed
Josef-Baumanngasse 8a
1220 Vienna




Past conferences:


2nd ToK conference of CompCog
25-27 May 2011, Prague
Organized by Marina Vančatova and Václav Vančata (Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Education)


1st ToK conference of CompCog
13-16 May 2009, Budapest, Hungary

Organized by Elena Jazin, Department of Development and Genetics, Uppsala University
Ádám Miklósi, Department of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd University

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