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The KLF today

Since July 1990, the Konrad Lorenz Research Station (KLF) operates under the directorship of Prof. Dr. Kurt Kotrschal and with the assistance of Dr. Josef Hemetsberger. Both are permanently assigned to the KLF by the Department of Behavioural Biology, University of Vienna.Till 2012 the legal frame for the KLF was the "Verein der Förderer der Konrad Lorenz Forschungsstelle".

Since 2012 the KLF is "Core Facility for Behaviour and Cognition". Co-directors are now Prof. Thomas Bugnyar, Prof. Eva Millesi and Dr. Josef Hemetsberger. Basic funding is mainly provided from the University of Vienna and from the state of Upper Austria, as well as from other federal and private sources. Further financial support is provided by a society, the "Verein der Förderer der Konrad Lorenz Forschungsstelle". As public funding is rather limited, we depend on private contributions to continue and expand our work. If you are interested in supporting our work, we would be happy to welcome you as a member of the supporting society.

Research funds are mainly raised by peer-reviewed applications to the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF). The performance of the KLF continues to develop prosperously. For the present state of the affairs see our annual reports.

Research at the KLF


Our main research models are greylag geese (Anser anser), ravens (Corvus corax), crows (Corvus corone), jackdaws (Corvus monedula) and bald ibises (Geronticus eremita). We are interested in the biology of these species, but our questions are more fundamentally directed at social mechanisms. We ask how individuals live together in social groups, what costs and benefits are involved, how personality, individual stress management, steroid hormones (determined from faeces) and social careers are related. Also, we investigate, how individual cognition and group knowledge interact and how traditions are formed. Out of this, research on dogs and wolves developed in Vienna and Ernstbrunn.


We maintain collaborations with a number of other research institutions in Austria and abroad. These include the Department of Cognitive Biology and its research station Haidlhof (University of Vienna), the following three Institutes from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Institute for Medical Biochemistry (Research Group Stress, Prof. Möstl and Prof. Palme), Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology (Prof. Walter Arnold) and the Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, the Zoos Schönbrunn (Vienna) and Innsbruck and a number of other institutions.

Konrad Lorenz Forschungsstelle
Fischerau 11
4645 Grünau


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