The KLI support international groups of scholars in the life and sustainability sciences working on interdisciplinary projects to conduct their groundbreaking research at the institute. KLI Focus Groups and Working Groups aim to develop ideas on a particular subject and generate suggestions for action. The participants have different scientific backgrounds and strive to develop specific, practical goals. Focus Groups are one-time meetings gathering and working together at the KLI for a period of one to maximum two weeks. Working Groups comprise 3 meetings over the course of one year and a half.
During the last week of September 2017 the KLI's first ever focus group meeting took place. The meeting was organized by KLI senior fellow Wim Hordijk, and the participants included Stuart Kauffman, Eors Szathmary, Niles Lehman, Sijbren Otto, Christoph Flamm, and Marco Villani. The main purpose of the meeting was to produce a first draft for a research proposal on the origin of life based on the notions of autocatalytic sets and protocells. The participants will continue their joint efforts over the next several months to finalize the proposal, building on what was discussed and produced during their meeting at the KLI.