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Biologicum Almtal

Grünau im Almtal, Oberösterreich, Österreich

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29.09.2022 / 16:30- 16:30

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Event location

Pfarrhof Grünau im Almtal - Veranstaltungslocation
Kirchenplatz 3
4645 Grünau im Almtal

Contact

Biologicum Almtal

Fischerau 13, 4645 Grünau im Almtal

Phone+43 7616 8510
E-Mailbiologicum-almtal@univie.ac.at
Webbiologicum-almtal.univie.ac.at/
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Sustainable thinking and acting - a collective undertaking

The Biologicum Almtal takes place this year from September 29th to October 1st on the topic "Sustainable thinking and acting - a collective undertaking". The event starts on Thursday with the arrival of the participants, registration and the first lecture at 4:30 p.m. and lasts until Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

One of the key questions of our time has to do with human ambivalence: How can people sometimes be so clever and yet often make such bad decisions? Research has documented countless examples of impressively flexible, near-optimal intelligence in humans and animals, while also uncovering numerous areas of irrational, suboptimal, and inflexible decision-making that pose a growing threat in a rapidly changing world. Diversity of minds - at both individual and population levels - may offer potential solutions unavailable to individual knowledge (e.g. "wisdom of the masses"), at the same time outdated social norms and cultural rituals may block solutions (dysfunctional traditions) and/ or cause new problems (herd mentality). Fortunately, our evolved minds are equipped with powerful social learning mechanisms that fuel our uniquely well-developed capacity for cultural transmission and development. This allows for a second level of "evolutionary" change - cultural evolution, which is similar in many ways to biological (gene-based) evolution, but also has new features. Cultural group selection is now widely recognized as a powerful and important force in human evolution that explains important aspects of human cognition, and which appears puzzling from the perspective of "selfish genes". During Biologicum 2022 we will discuss and reflect on the limits and potential of sustainable thinking and acting from the perspective of animal behavior, human pedagogy, and social cognition in humans and animals.

Biologicum Almtal and Junior Biologicum take place under the scientific direction of Sonia Kleindorfer and Didone Frigerio, the general organization is taken over by employees of the Konrad Lorenz Research Center in cooperation with the International Academy Traunkirchen. We welcome the cooperation with a regional partner institution that promotes people's enthusiasm and talent for natural sciences and technical development and supports encounters with science. We look forward to a lively exchange in the beautiful, early autumnal Almtal, with exciting lectures and discussions, eventful excursions, a pub quiz as an entertaining evening program and the usual delicious culinary accompaniment.

Who organizes the Biologicum Almtal?

The event is organized by the Konrad Lorenz Research Center for Behavioral and Cognitive Biology at the University of Vienna in cooperation with the International Academy in Traunkirchen. It is financed with the contributions of the participants and supported by the state of Upper Austria and some partners and sponsors.

The "Almtal" - region

For decades, the Almtal has been associated with cutting-edge biological research through the Konrad Lorenz Research Center of the University of Vienna. The magnificent nature of the valley enables both empirical and sensual-intuitive access to the messages of modern biology. The Almtal is the ideal place for the Biologicum to convey science at the highest level to an interested public.

Pfarrhof Grünau im Almtal - Veranstaltungslocation

Kirchenplatz 3, 4645 Grünau im Almtal

Phone+43 7616 8219
E-Mailpfarre.gruenau@dioezese-linz.at
Webhttp://www.dioezese-linz.at/redsys/index.php?page_new=410500


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next event

29.09.2022 / 16:30- 16:30

Reservation requested

Event location

Pfarrhof Grünau im Almtal - Veranstaltungslocation
Kirchenplatz 3
4645 Grünau im Almtal

Contact

Biologicum Almtal

Fischerau 13, 4645 Grünau im Almtal

Phone+43 7616 8510
E-Mailbiologicum-almtal@univie.ac.at
Webbiologicum-almtal.univie.ac.at/
Book nowBook now


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