The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research - iDiv, is a hub for international biodiversity science with its central mission Detection: to promote theory-driven data-driven synthesis and theory as well the scientific foundation for management of the earth’s biodiversity.
The Synthesis Centre for Biodiversity Sciences - sDiv is the main instrument of iDiv to foster theoretical and synthetic thinking in biodiversity sciences by bringing together researchers from different projects and disciplines and creating conditions that will promote a creative process.
The research training group of young biodiversity researchers - yDiv, has been designed to educate a new generation of scientists in transdisciplinary biodiversity research.

News around iDiv

Aletta Bonn appointed as professor for "Ecosystem Services"

Aletta Bonn (Photo: S.Bernhardt/iDiv)

The joint appointment process of iDiv, UFZ and the University of Jena for the professorship "Ecosystem Services" is completed. Since the end of July Aletta Bonn takes over the leadership of the iDiv research group. As the ecosystem service concept links biodiversity, ecosystem function and human well-being, she naturally works across disciplines and sectors. She is glad that her team can help to promote biodiversity research nationally and internationally now, said Aletta Bonn.


Further details you will find in our Press Release (only available in German)

Excellent ranking of iDiv-members and researchers

Photo: T.Wagner/iDiv
Thomson Reuters has published a list of scientists who are the most frequently cited by their fellow researchers. Among them are several iDiv-members and researchers. The category ‘Highly Cited Papers’ is defined as those papers that rank in the top 1% by [...]

Re-commissioning of research platform "Auwaldkran"

Prof. Wirth in a gondola of the

iDiv has taken back its canopy crane in the floodplain forest in Leipzig into operation at Wednesday, 9 July 2014. After damages as a result of the flood in summer last year the crane has to be dismantled until his reconstruction in spring 2014. Now scientists from the University of Leipzig, iDiv and its partners will use the 40 meters high “Auwaldkran” for biodiversity research projects.


Further details you will find here.

Biodiversity research for our future

Over the last 20 years, biodiversity research has been established and shaped as a young interdisciplinary research field. In light of the global biodiversity crisis, however, this research is under pressure related to time and expectations and investments are necessary. The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) since October 1, 2012, and will become a hub for biodiversity research.


The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

  • concentrates expertise across city and state borders
  • brings together top scientists
  • connects theoreticians and empiricists of manifold research fields
  • focuses on theory and synthesis (synthesis centre sDiv)
  • educates a new generation of scientists in transdisciplinary biodiversity
    research (graduate school yDiv)
  • communicates the importance of safeguarding biodiversity

Four Key Questions

Four Key Questions


German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

Deutscher Platz 5e

04103 Leipzig


Phone: +49 341 9733103



Third sDiv call open!

Third sDiv call for Workshops, Postdocs and Sabbaticals is open!

Submission deadline is 15th November 2014.

Please find here all important application documents.