Teaching at the KLF


University Courses / Practical Training

All students from Austrian universities interested in the courses need to co-inscribe at the University of Vienna for acceptance of the courses. To register, it is mandatory to use the UNIVIS online registration system of the University of Vienna. Students from foreign universities are welcome but need to contact their local supervisor for acceptance of the courses.


Practical Course in Behavioural Biology

The University of Vienna offers a three-week training course which can be conducted at the KLF (300188 UE).

The course is mainly an introduction into the practical aspects of behavioural biology and a prior visit of the lecture "Einführung in die Ethologie" (Prof. Kotrschal; University of Vienna) is recommended. Within the three weeks, students are introduced to our model species and will conduct a small study on their own. The course includes an introduction into data collection, field methods, data processing, statistics, scientific reading and writing. Housing will be provided at the Research Station. Please note that this is basically a field course. Students must be prepared for long working hours (including the weekend) and data collection in cold or wet weather conditions. For more information please download our guideline. Since the members of the Research Station are international, fluently spoken English is required.

Methods in Field Research

The first part of the course "Methods in field research" (300253 UE) focuses on bird research and takes place in the Alm valley.

The course aims at introducing and training several methods of field research. Within the four days, students will learn capture-mark-recapture procedures and bird-ringing, determination of physiological and morphological parameters, sexing, telemetry, home-range analyses, methods in behavioural recording, habitat mapping, and data analyses. The students are required to actively participate and write a report for each part of the course.

 Human-Animal Interactions (Anthrozoology)

Both parts of this lecture series (300557 VO) is anthrozoologically orientated. Kotrschal deals with the crucial bio-psychological foundations of human-animal relationships, whereas Sumasgutner´s topic is urban zoology.
Humans are biophilic. Means, they want and can be (socially) together with other animals. The evolution of the vertrebrate brain and (social) physiology shows why this is the case, why we share so many mental/social tools with other animals.
Companion animals can have beneficial effects on human wellbeing and health - to an extent that allows suggesting that humans are adapted to liev with other animals. This will be exemplified on teh base of our 35 000 years lasting relatiionship with wolves/dogs.
The second part will feature urban human-animal relations, via examles from all over the world. Today, the immigration of wildlife which is potentially problematic for humans and their companion animals are a source of conflict - but also a source of hope. Further examples deal with humans subsidising urban wildlife and with spiritual practice. Not the least the corona-related lockdows were an informative data source on the mutual influenc eof humans and animals in cities.

Very Important

In the Alm valley, ticks occur very frequently and can transmit meningitis (FSME). We strongly recommend a vaccination before coming here.