Members of Compcog


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Members of CompCog


The CompCog network connects experts of animal cognition and behaviour and representatives of other disciplines ranging from philosophy and social sciences to robotics.


The researchers (and laboratories) were chosen to represent

  • all major groups of animals (social insects, different species of birds and mammals, humans),

  • different fields of social cognition and behaviour (e.g. social learning, attachment),

  • applied as well as theoretical approaches (e.g. ethologists, psychologists, veterinarians),


  • different levels of biological organisation (genetics, neurophysiology, behaviour)

The network of these laboratories offers various facilities for collaborating scientists ranging from natural study sites with habituated, wild living animals to captive animal keeping facilities in zoos or research institutes through testing labs and databases of families with children or dogs volunteering for experiments.


Communication across all these different fields and disciplines is challenging. What makes CompCog an extraordinary organisation is exactly the fact that the participants are ready to work on a common language in order to inform each other.


Contributing countries
ESF member organisation(s) of the country financially supports CompCog. Applications from these countries have priority.
AustriaComparative Cognition, Messerli Research Institute, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna Prof. Ludwig HuberYes
Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna, Vienna Dr. Thomas Bugnyar 

Comparative Cognition, Messerli Research Institute, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna 

Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research

Dr. Zsófia VirányiCoordinator
BelgiumUnité d'Ecologie Sociale (USE)Prof. Jean-Louis DeneubourgYes
DenmarkDepartment of Psychology, Aarhus UniversityProf. Henrik Høgh-OlesenYes
Centre for Social Evolution, Departmentof Biology, University of CopenhagenProf. Patrizia d'Ettore 
GermanyDepartment of Developmental and Comparative Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary AnthropologyDr. Josep CallYes

German Primate Center, Cognitive Ethology Lab, University of Göttingen

Dr. Julia Fischer 
HungaryDepartment of Ethology, Eötvös Loránd UniversityDr. Ádám MiklósiYes
Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Eötvös Loránd UniversityProf. György Kampis 
Institute for Psychology, Hungarian Academy of SciencesProf. György Gergely 
NetherlandsFaculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Utrecht UniversityProf. Gün R. SeminYes
PolandDepartment of Animal Behaviour, Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding, Polish Academy of SciencesProf. Tadeusz JezierskiYes
SpainDepartment of Mechanical and Computer Engineering, University of LeónProf. Vicente Matellán OliveraYes
SwedenDepartment of Development and Genetics, Uppsala UniversityProf. Elena JazinYes
SwitzerlandDivision of Neuroanatomy and Behaviour, Institute of Anatomy, University of ZurichProf. Hans-Peter LippYes
United KingdomDepartment of Biological Sciences, University of LincolnProf. Daniel MillsYes
Department of Computing and Informatics, University of LincolnDr. Shaun Lawson 
Department of Experimental Psychology, University of CambridgeProf. Nicola S. Clayton 
Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour, Department of Zoology, University of CambridgeDr. Nathan Emery 
Division of Farm Animal Science, Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of BristolDr. Susanne Held 
Behavioural Ecology Research Group, Department of Zoology, Oxford UniversityProf. Alex Kacelnik 
School of Biology, University of Dt AndrewsDr. Vincent Janik 
Non-contributing countries
These institutions were part of the CompCog application but the ESF member organization(s) of their country did not contribute financially to CompCog.
Czech RepublicDepartment of Anthropology, Charles UniversityDr. Marina Vancatova 
FranceInstitut Jean Nicod, CNRS/EHESS/ENSProf. Pierre Jacob 
ItalyUnit of Cognitive Primatology and Primate Centre, Istituto de Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione, Consiglio Nazionale delle RicercheProf. Elisabetta Visalberghi 
Animal Cognition and Neuroscience Laboratory, Centre for Mind/Brian Sciences, University of TrentoProf. Giorgio Vallortigara 
Istituto di Psicologia, Facolta' di Medicina e Chirurgia, Universita' di MilanoDr. Emanuela PratoPrevide 
Dipartimento di Biologia Evolutiva e Funzionale, Università degli Studi di ParmaDr. Paola Valsecchi 
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