Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers of ESCBC 2021


Prof. Ádám Miklósi, PhD

Ádám Miklósi is a full time 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 Principle Investigator at the Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Biology at the University of Vienna in Austria, as well as an Assistant Professor in Behavioural Biology at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Her work focuses on language evolution and shared cognitive traits throughout the animal kingdom. This includes studies on the ability to perceive and produce rhythms, perfect pitch and grammar-like patterns. Understanding the cognitive abilities of non-human animals sheds a light on the processes that might have been involved in music and language evolution. Michelle’s work includes several bird species, songbirds and parrots, humans and marmoset monkeys.


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.