Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science hosted the 4th European Student Conference on Behaviour & Cognition on 7th and 8th September 2017. The conference programme offered two great keynote speakers and renowned scientists: Dr. Kate Arnold from University of St. Andrews with her keynote talk “The search for language in wild West African primates: going against the grain” and prof. Thomas Bugnyar from University of Vienna with keynote speach “Raven Politics – Understanding and Use of Social Relations”.
The main aim of this conference was bring together students from all across the Europe and enable them to present and discuss their research in the field of animal and human behaviour and cognition in friendly and informal atmosphere. The tight conference schedule offered several trips and excursions such as guided tour to laboratory of subterranean rodents of Department of zoology, guided tour to Budweiser Budvar brewery or to zoological garden Ohrada. Registration for the conference was free and the conference was organized with the support of sponsors: Faculty of Science, The Royal Society Publishing, University of South Bohemia and Recall.
Altogether, 45 M.Sc. and Ph.D. students from 11 different countries and 25 institutions attended the conference. Bawan Amin from Leiden University received an award for the best talk. The prize for best poster went to Christin Osadnik from University of Duisburg-Essen. University of South Bohemia was represented by Ph.D. students of the Department of Zoology: Pavla Dudová, Tereza Drábková and Martina Karásková.
5th European Student Conference on Behaviour & Cognition will be held in Vienna in September 2018.
Website of the conference: https://escbc2017.wordpress.