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

1st AWTB
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Altenberg Workshop
The Emergence and Evolution of Organization
1st Altenberg Workshop in Theoretical Biology
1996-09-28 0:00 - 1996-09-30 0:00
KLI for Evolution and Cognition Research, Altenberg, Austria
Organized by Walter Fontana (Vienna), Gerd Müller (Vienna) and Günter Wagner (Yale)

Most theoretical descriptions of "organization" assume that the functional, logical, and structural relationships between the components of a system are already established. Yet both the construction and the evolution of these relationships remain elusive and pose a formidable challenge to formal theoretical framing. How do new units of organization come into existence? How are they maintained? How can we reason about their modification and the limits to their variation? What tools are available for their representation? Which different notions of "organization" can we distinguish? Specific versions of such questions arise within and between disciplines like physics, chemistry, biology, and the cognitive and social sciences. Much may be gained by refracting the vague concept of "organization" through a prism that separates it into fundamental aspects. The purpose of this workshop is to produce such an intellectual prism by bringing together scholars from different disciplines, and have them present and debate their notion of "organization" as influenced by the field in which they operate.