In the spring of 2023, six KLI fellows (in alphabetical order) Anna-Katharina Brenner, Corey Bunce, Joyshree Chanam, Marina Knickel, Laura Menatti, and Hari Sridhar pooled their strengths in Philosophy of Science, Biology, Sustainability Science, and Social Ecology to work on an interdisciplinary project for climate change adaptation. Laura Menatti and Corey Bunce led the project, while Guido Caniglia, Scientific Director of the KLI, facilitated the smooth and successful execution of this interdisciplinary effort. The team was rewarded a grant from the SSH Centre (Social Science & Humanities for Climate, Energy and Transport Research Excellence) last summer to contribute a book chapter on adaptation to climate change to the SSH Centre’s multi-volume project on policy recommendations for the European Union. This January, they submitted their forthcoming chapter titled, “Adapting to Heatwaves: Reframing, understanding, and translating Strategies from India to the European Union”. Watch this space for more developments in the near future! (Click on the title to read more about this project.)
Brian McLOONE (Auburn University), 2024-03-05 15:00 (CET). To join our colloquium please register with Zoom
We are very happy to welcome our new Postdoctoral Fellow Andrea Gambarotto to the KLI!
Andrea is trained in classical German philosophy and is inspired by Kant and Hegel. His research interest lies in complex systems theory, with a particular focus on the relation between teleology, agency and cognition in biological systems, and is influenced by the framework of biological autonomy. Andrea believes that bridging the classical philosophies of nature and current approaches in biological theory will help in advancing knowledge in both sides.
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We are delighted to welcome our new Postdoctoral Fellow Anne Le Maitre to the KLI!
Anne received her doctoral degree from the Université de Poitiers for her dissertation on the adaptation and phylogeny of the inner ear in extant and fossil primates. For her postdoc, she joined the department of theoretical biology at the University of Vienna in 2017 where she studied the evolutionary mechanisms (developmental canalisation, evolvability) underlying morphological variation from an empirical perspective.
Here at the KLI, Anne's project... (continued)
Guido Caniglia on doing philosophy in and for sustainability science for the Society for Philosophy of science in practice (SPSP).
A new study, co-authored by Guido Caniglia, highlights optimism and complexity thinking as key factors to foster interpersonal trust during times of crises.
KLI fellow Enrico Petracca questions the problem’s main assumption: That cognitive phenomena can be categorized based on their inherent complexity or representation-hunger.
Marianne PENKER (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences), 2024-01-11 15:00 (CET). To join our colloquium please register with Zoom
The Centre for Sustainability Transitions (CST) in Stellenbosch, South Africa, interviewed Guido Caniglia on sustainability challenges.
Gerd B. Müller, president of the KLI, was recently interviewed by Kalevi Kull on theoretical biology and the development and vision of the KLI.
A new paper from the KLI working group brings together social-ecological systems research and evolutionary theory with the aim of building a more integrated and effective science for sustainability.
A new article co-authored by Guido Caniglia combines niche construction theory with social-ecological systems science to better understand the relationships between sociocultural and environmental co-evolutionary processes that have led to the current planetary crisis.
Students of the Middle European interdisciplinary master’s programme in Cognitive Science (MEi:CogSci) at the University of Vienna visited the KLI.
Several KLI fellows have come together in summer 2023 to work on an interdisciplinary project on climate adaption strategies funded by the Social Science & Humanities for Climate, Energy and Transport Research Excellence (SSH Centre).
Recently, the KLI hosted the 40th Altenberg Workshop in Theoretical Biology entitled "Directionality in Genomics and Macroevolution", organised by Laura Nuno de la Rosa, Craig Lowe, Adi Livnat and Beckett Sterner.
Schoenmakers’ project “The Origins of Evolution” examines the application of evolutionary theory to the origin and early development of life.
The 2023-24 fall-winter KLI colloquium series will resume in October with a great line-up of speakers.
The KLI fellows and team travelled to lots of conferences this summer, sharing insights from their research and discussing promising new endeavours with the international community.
The Vienna Science Studies Lab reading group continues and the lab will be expanded, hosting meetings on works in progress to enable constructive feedback.
The new addition to the Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology from the MIT Press is a coherent and comprehensive theory of life that synthesizes the specific properties of living organisms.
The editors summarize issue 18(3)—which includes a debate on the evolution of consciousness and a new look at the role of abiotic stressors on immune systems—out this month, with free reading links for articles.
Enrico Petracca’s project “Embodied Rationality: Normative and Evolutionary Foundations” introduces a novel naturalistic perspective on rationality, called "embodied rationality".
Members of the KLI family have been connecting with academics around the world though conferences and workshops. Here is a glimpse. (Click in title to read more)
“Explanation and Evidence in Biology and Medicine” | September 9-12, 2024 | Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research