Good news on the funding side! Collaborator Wim Hordijk has been awarded a senior fellowship at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research in Klosterneuburg (near Vienna), Austria. Starting in March 2016, Wim will spend one year at this institute, specifically to continue his work on autocatalytic sets and the origin and organization of life, including the ongoing collaborations that make up the COOLscience Club. He also hopes to start new collaborations, in particular to try and extend the theory of autocatalytic sets to the fields of ecology and economics.
The KLI is an institute for the advanced study of natural complex systems, and supports theoretical research primarily in the areas of evolutionary developmental biology and evolutionary science. It 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.