The KLI is an international center for advanced studies in theoretical biology. It supports the articulation, analysis, and integration of biological theories and the exploration of their wider scientific and cultural significance. The institute is located in Altenberg, near Vienna, in the family mansion of the Nobel Laureate Konrad Lorenz, whose work laid the foundation for an evolutionary approach to mind and cognition.
The KLI supports theoretical research primarily in the areas of evolutionary developmental biology and evolutionary cognitive science. This is accomplished by providing fellowships for scientific projects of graduate students, postdocs, and visiting scientists. In addition, the KLI organizes lecture series at the University of Vienna and hosts round-table discussions and workshops at the Lorenz mansion.
The KLI houses the Konrad Lorenz Archive and it provides an extensive internet database for literature in theoretical biology and related fields.
Founded in 1990, the KLI is funded by a private trust and receives additional support from the Province of Lower Austria. The institute has close ties with many of the higher education institutions in Vienna and Lower Austria as well as with a number of international institutions with similar aims.
The institute provides a stimulating and creative environment for fellows, visiting scholars, students, and external faculty who wish to work on any of the aforementioned topics. Through its lecture series and symposia the KLI also offers a platform for the critical public discussion of current themes in the biosciences.