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Dear friends of the KLI,

Welcome to the October issue of The KLife Newsletter! As life at the KLI adapts to new ways of being and working together, we are looking forward to staying connected with old and new friends in the upcoming weeks and months. In particular, we are delighted that a new cohort of Writing-up fellows have joined the institute. These fellows were selected out of more than 100 applications received through the open call on “Dealing with Diversity in the Life and Sustainability Science”. We also welcome new post-doctoral fellows and invite you to check out their profiles here.

Life at the institute will run on a combination of in-person, virtual, and hybrid formats. We would like to invite you to attend our weekly colloquium as well as special events, such as the lecture tomorrow on Evolutionary Approaches to Social-Ecological Change and the “Meet the editors and authors” of two recently published collective volumes. Our fellows will participate in personal and professional development workshops as well as numerous initiatives that will allow us to capitalize on the diversity of expertise and experiences at the institute.

This issue is packed with wonderful interviews, essays, and news, thus providing a snapshot of the diversity of people and projects hosted at the institute. Enjoy and please get in touch if you want to learn more!

Sending thoughts of reason and health,
Guido Caniglia and the KLI Team

The 2021-2022 Fall-Winter Colloquium Series

We are welcoming the fall-winter term with an exciting list of speakers. The events will be held in a hybrid (online + physical) format so that we can continue to connect with our friends and colleagues around the world while maintaining a safe environment for in-person socialization. Download the flyer!

Our colloquium series will usually take place on Thursdays 3pm (CET) and will be announced a week in advance by email. If you haven't already, please subscribe to our mailing list to receive updates and notifications.

From outreach engagement, science-art initiatives, citizen science activities, to action-oriented transdisciplinary research, our fellows connect science and society in creative, meaningful ways. We invited three fellows — Alice Laciny, Orsolya Bajer-Molnár, and Rongkun Liu — to talk about their unique approaches to science-society interfaces.

Why citizen science is integral to infectious disease prevention

Evolutionary biologist Orsolya Bajer-Molnár integrates citizen science and evolutionary theory into a comprehensive research program that can enable us to Document, Assess, Monitor, and Act (DAMA) on emerging infectious diseases. She explains why both are integral to the prevention of infectious diseases. Read more...

Cycle: an ode to parasitic nematodes

Entomologist Alice Laciny published her first science poem, Cycle, in the journal Consilience. We asked Alice to give us some insight on her approach to outreach engagement and how they interweave with her life and mind as a scientist. Read more...

Resilience knowledge in action or resilience actions in knowledge?

Sustainability scholar Rongkun Liu interrogates knowledge systems in the real world through knowledge-to-action projects. We invited him to talk about his work on communities living in mountain regions in China and how it connects to theoretical work on knowledge systems. Read more...
Follow up by checking out the science communication and open science workshop self-organized by our fellows and our recent art-science-society ClimArtLab exhibition.

The obstetrical dilemma: taking a closer look with Nicole Grunstra

Why is birthing so difficult in humans and why is giving birth such a risky business? An interview with KLI fellow Nicole Grunstra on why it is still important to talk about the obstetrical dilemma. Read more...

PS: Spring 2021 was also an exciting time for pelvis research. Explore four new papers on the evolution of the human pelvis and birth canal.

Old ideas for current challenges: Ecological neo-Narodnism and the peasant economy in the 21st century

What is Ecological neo-Narodnism and how does it contribute to solving contemporary social and environmental challenges? How does it connect to political ecology and political economy? Postdoc fellow Marco Vianna Franco explains. Read more...

Neurodiversity and anthropomorphism in social insect research

Alice Laciny won an ÖAW L’ORÉAL fellowship to explore how the perceptions and approaches of neurodivergent researchers come into play within social insect research. The online award ceremony will be held on the 27th of October. Alice explains how the project came about. Read more...

Oxford Bibliographies entry on Evolutionary Developmental Biology

A new entry by Gerd B. Müller and Ehab Abouheif on Evolutionary Developmental Biology has been published in the prestigious Oxford Bibliographies. This bibliography introduces characteristic themes of evo-devo and highlights representative publications that address the crucial conceptual aspects of evolutionary developmental biology.


Understanding vaccine-hesitancy

To better understand vaccine hesitancy, it is important to take a closer look at the variety of stakeholders that can influence attitudes towards vaccines. Alumnae Lisa Lehner investigates the complex factors that mediate the processing and distribution of vaccine information by studying the role of midwives in the Austrian context. Read more...

Navigating intercultural relations in transdisciplinary practice

How can local knowledge be effectively and fairly incorporated in transdisciplinary projects? KLI fellow Vitor Renck and co-authors David Ludwig and Charbel N. El-Hani wrote an blog on their "partial overlaps framework." 
Biological Theory

September issue on Evolution of Kinship Systems

“Evolution of Kinship Systems,” Biological Theory’s thematic issue for September (16:3), is now out. It opens with an introduction by guest editors Nicholas Evans, Stephen Levinson, and Kim Sterelny, who write that the issue “can be read as a manifesto, calling for a return to a more central role of kinship studies in the social sciences, but with an explicitly comparative focus, and making use of more systematic and quantitative data, with new formal tools.” Read more to access free reading links and updates from the journal.

ISH Werner Callebaut Prize

And the ISHPSSB 2021 Werner Callebaut Prize goes to...

This year’s Werner Callebaut Prize has been awarded to Marina DiMarco (University of Pittsburgh) for her paper “(re)Producing mtEve,” now published in the journal Studies in the History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences. Read more...

If you missed the June issue of KLife, you can read it here.

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The KLI is an independent center of advanced studies in the life and sustainability sciences. The mission of the institute is to enable scientific reasoning that can contribute to understanding and sustaining life on Earth in its biological, cognitive, social, and cultural diversity.

The KLI supports research focusing on evolutionary theory, especially in its relation to development, cognition, and sustainability science, as well as on the history, philosophy, and social studies of science.

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