Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers of ESCBC 2021


Prof. Ádám Miklósi, PhD

Ádám Miklósi is a full professor and the head of the Department of Ethology at Eötvös University in Budapest. In addition, he leads research groups on comparative ethology, that has been funded by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and on neuroscience, funded by the Hungarian Research Fund (NKFIH). In 2016 he was elected as a corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He is also the co-founder and leader of the Family Dog Project which aims to study human-dog interaction from an ethological perspective. In 2014 he published the 2nd edition of an academic volume entitled Dog behavior, evolution and cognition by Oxford University Press that summarizes the most recent status on dog oriented research, and is regarded as the main textbook for teaching in this area.


Michelle Spierings, PhD

Michelle Spierings is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Biology at the University of Vienna in Austria. Her work focusses on language evolution and shared cognitive traits throughout the animal kingdom. This includes studies on the ability to perceive grammar structures, prosodic features and rhythm of human speech. Thus far she has been working with several bird species, songbirds and parrots, and is currently involved in projects with common marmoset monkeys. In July, 2020 she will start a new position at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands.


Manon Schweinfurth, PhD

Manon Schweinfurth is a lecturer at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Together with her team, Manon studies how and why seemingly altruistic behaviours emerge and persist in a competitive world. Her team studies several species, but their focus lies on chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) besides humans. Most of the studies are based on predictions derived from game theoretical models that they test experimentally in both the lab and field.