Dear Friends

We have a great pleasure to invite you to participate in the “3rd International Seminar on Behavioral Methods”, which will be held in Szczyrk, Poland, from September 18th to 20th, 2014.
We are happy to host our Seminar in Szczyrk, located in the beautiful Beskidy mountains in the southern part of Poland.

All the Seminar abstracts will be published in Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis, the official journal of the Polish Neuroscience Society. The abstracts will be available on-line in the electronic version of the journal (



We are proud to announce  Prof. Beat Schwaller as EBBS-lecturer. His lecture entitled “A comprehensive behavioural analysis reveals an autism-like phenotype in parvalbumin-deficient mice” will be sponsored by European Brain and Behaviour Society 

September 18th 2014. Thursday

6.15 p.m.

Opening lecture

Prof. Ewa Godzińska, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland

Some mortal and venial sins in the analysis of behavior

7.00 p.m.

Welcome cocktail


September 19th 2014. Friday

I. Morning session. Rodent models I

New trends and developments in animal testing; therapies of mood and anxiety disorders; vasopressin in health and disease; automated cognitive and behavioral screening of mutant or treated rodents; analysis and behavior modeling in biomedical sciences; identification of global calcium waves in the mouse brain

9.00-9.30 a.m.

1. Dr. Fabio Canneva, Experimental Therapy, Preclinical Experimental Center, University of Erlangen, Germany
Longitudinal intra-homecage phenotyping of a transgenic rat model of Alzheimer’s disease

9.30-10.00 a.m.

2. Dr. Paweł Boguszewski, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland

New and "cool" methods in behavioral neuroscience

10.00-10.30 a.m.

3. Florent Varenne, senior Consultant - View Point, Lyon, France

New trends in behavior analysis
10.45-11.00 a.m. Coffee break
11.00-11.30 a.m.

4. Prof. Helmut Adelsberger, Institute of Neuroscience, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany

Phenotyping and in vivo calcium imaging using a mouse model of Alzheimer´s disease

11.30-12.00 a.m.

5. Dr. Dora Zelena, Institute of Experimental Medicine, Budapest, Hungary

The vasopressin deficient Brattleboro rat as a good animal model of schizophrenia

12.00-12.30 p.m.

6. Szymon Wyrwicki, Sales Director AnimaLab, Poznan, Poland

 AnimaLab - comprehensive source of products in vivo and vitro research

1.00-2.00 p.m. Lunch
2.00-3.00 p.m. Poster session


II. Afternoon session. Behavioral research in human and other primates

Research laboratories and software for human behavior; behavioral ecology of primates; comparative color vision and animal welfare; effects of predictability on the welfare of captive primates

3.00-3.30 p.m.

1. Sarah Balder, NOLDUS Information Technology, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Innovations in Behavioral Data Collection

3.30-4.00 p.m.

2. Dr inż. Rafał Głaszczka, Shim-Pol, Izabelin, Poland
Shimadzu LABNIRS - a functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy System for studies of brain activity

4.00-4.30 p.m. 3. Dr. Maria-Luisa Scattoni, Instituto Superiore di Sanita', Rome, Italy

Non Invasive Tools for Early Detection of Autism Spectrum Disorders

4.45-5.00 p.m. Coffee break
5.00-5.30 p.m.

4. Prof. Patric Pageat, Research Institute in Semiochemistry and Applied Ethology, Toulouse, France

and E.I. Purpan, Toulouse, France  

Attachment-related pheromones in human: their effects on confidence during social interactions

5.30-6.00 p.m.

5. Prof. Hannah Buchanan-Smith, University of Stirling, Scotland

Behavioural methods for welfare assessment in non-human primates and dogs used in laboratory research and testing

6.00-6.30 p.m.

6. Dr. Eliza Kiepura, Institute of Mother and Child, Warsaw

Social interactions and vocal behaviors of mothers and  preterm versus full term babies: combining  micro and macro approaches to behavior analysis

 6.30-7.30 p.m.

Poster session

 7.30 p.m.

Gala dinner


September 20th 2014. Saturday

I. Morning session. Rodent models II

Transgenic mouse models; ultrasonic communication in rats; rodent ultrasonic communication and its relevance for models of neuropsychiatric disorders; how changes in the neuronal network affect the behavior of transgenic mice; rodent whisker as a model system for investigating sensorimotor integration; neural mechanisms of complex cognitive tasks, neural development, and robotics, social acoustic memory in rats; animal models of autism

9.00-9.30 a.m.

1. Dr. Laurens W.J. Bosman, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands   

Sensory, motor and cognitive aspects of cerebellar control over the whisker system

9.30-10.00 a.m.

2. Dr. Markus Wöhr, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany   

Ultrasonic Communication in Rodents

10.00-10.30 a.m.

3. Prof. Beat Schwaller, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland  

A comprehensive behavioural analysis reveals an autism-like phenotype in parvalbumin-deficient mice. EBBS-lecture

10.45-11.00 a.m. Coffee break
11.00-11.30 a.m.

4. Dr. Maria-Luisa Scattoni, Instituto Superiore di Sanita', Rome, Italy

Modeling Social Communication Deficits in Mouse Models of Autism

11.30-12.00 a.m.

5. Dr. Anita Cybulska-Klosowicz, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland

The role of dopamine transporter in executive control function of attention


6. Piotr Trzaska, Central Europe Manager – JoVE, London, Great Britain

JoVE - increasing reproducibility of experiments - how to make it easier?

1.00-2.00 p.m.


2.00-2.30 p.m.

Poster session

II. Afternoon session. Noah’s Ark
Stereotypic behavior in caged bears; social calls and vocal activity of bats; cleaning behavior in coral reef fish; the effect of rearing environment of replacement heifers; behavior and welfare of farmed and zoo animals; neuroscience of social insects, complexity and diversity of ant communication, application of genetic techniques to solving problems in adult poultry using animal models
2.30-3.00 p.m.

1. Dr. Mark Rutter, Harper Adams University, England

The automatic recording of foraging in ruminants: research into practice

3.00-3.30 p.m.

2. Dr. Marta Soares, University of Porto, Portugal

Using the marine cleaning mutualisms to study the physiological bases of cooperative and deceptive behavior

3.30-4.00 p.m.

3. Dr. Paul Hocking, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Analysing animal welfare by sequence analysis of behavior

4.00-4.30 p.m.

4. Prof. Ewa Godzińska, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland

Behavioral techniques and bioassays used in the research on social insects

4.30-5.30 p.m.

Poster session

6.00 p.m.

Good-bye meeting