Johannes Jaeger, Scientist and Natural Philosopher to Host a Series of Lectures and Workshops at Webster Vienna

Funded by the Dr. Elizabeth Chopin Visiting Professorship, the Center for Liberal Arts will have the pleasure of hosting Johannes Jaeger, scientist, and natural philosopher, from September 23 to September 27.   

During his extensive career as a biologist, Johannes Jaeger has pioneered experimental and computational approaches to the study of complex adaptive systems. His more recent work focuses on the philosophical aspects of self-organization, natural agency, and evolutionary innovation in biology, technology, and culture. Johannes Jaeger is also an ardent advocate of open science and innovation, and passionate about combining science and art in order to create a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the world in which we live. Jaeger’s research background and approach are highly transdisciplinary. Originally trained as a fruit fly geneticist, evolutionary biologist, and mathematical modeler of gene regulatory networks, he studied in Switzerland, the UK, and the US, before embarking on an independent research career as a postdoctoral fellow at University of Cambridge’s Museum of Zoology. Between 2008 and 2015, he led an interdisciplinary research team at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona. In 2014/15, he was an invited fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Johannes Jaeger is the former director of the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI) in Klosterneuburg, Austria. Since his departure from the KLI, he has been a visiting scholar at the Center for Systems Biology Dresden (CSBD), the University of Vienna and the Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires (CRI) in Paris.

During his time on campus, students, faculty, alumni, and staff will have the opportunity to learn more about his research and experience at the following workshops and lectures:

Monday, September 23, room 1.17

Workshop: “Escape the Grid: A Creativity Workshop with Sépànd Danesh and Johannes Jaeger”

Open working space: 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Workshop: 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, September 25, 5:00 to 6:30 pm, room 0.16

Lecture: “Into the Unknown: Open Inquiry and Radical Innovation”