KLI Colloquia are informal, public talks that are followed by extensive dissussions. Speakers are KLI fellows or visiting researchers who are interested in presenting their work to an interdisciplinary audience and discussing it in a wider research context. We offer three types of talks:

1. Current Research Talks. KLI fellows or visiting researchers present and discuss their most recent research with the KLI fellows and the Vienna scientific community.

2. Future Research Talks. Visiting researchers present and discuss future projects and ideas togehter with the KLI fellows and the Vienna scientific community.

3. Professional Developmental Talks. Experts about research grants and applications at the Austrian and European levels present career opportunities and strategies to late-PhD and post-doctoral researchers.

  • The presentation language is English.
  • If you are interested in presenting your current or future work at the KLI, please contact the Scientific Director or the Executive Manager.

Event Details

6th AWTB
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Altenberg Workshop
Environment, Development, and Evolution
6th Altenberg Workshop in Theoretical Biology
2001-07-27 18:00 - 2001-07-29 12:30
KLI for Evolution and Cognition Research, Altenberg, Austria
Organized by Brian Hall, Roy Pearson, and Gerd Müller

Evolutionary Developmental Biology (EDB) represents a new research agenda that unites evolutionary and developmental approaches to organismal form. In order to succeed, however, this resynthesis of development and evolution must include the environmental effects and physiological (endocrine / homeodynamic) processes that are part of organismal development. Ecology has been slow to embrace this new synthesis. Comparative physiology has been even slower, but there have been calls from funding agencies and leading researchers for an evolutionary comparative physiology. Similarly, with few exceptions, developmental biologists have been slow to embrace environmental and ecological-populational thinking in their approaches, either to development or to EDB. Very little attention has been given to physiological and metabolic processes that could mediate interactions between environ-ment, development, and evolution during ontogenetic and phylogenetic change. It is our contention that it may be environmental and physiological theories, emphasizing dynamic systems and equilibrium properties, that will contribute the next, significant chapter to formulating a true synthesis of evolution, indeed to completing the modern synthesis. The workshop intends to redress the omissions described above by bringing together a group of leading researchers from quite disparate fields of biology, and working on quite different systems, to examine the interface between environment, development, and evolution, in order to formulate what Scott Gilbert in a recent paper calls "eco-devo," but could be called "eco-evo-devo.” The workshop shall show the dynamic interaction between development and other physiological sciences, as well as how environmental signals are translated into change in biological systems. Because the topic requires a hierarchical integration of biological organization, the workshop includes approaches ranging from the molecular/genetic to the population level, and shows how embryonic development relates to life-history evolution, adapt-ation, and responses to environmental factors.