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

Paper: Functional traits determine the distribution of trees

Paper: Functional traits determine the distribution of trees

Global climate change is also changing the plant life on earth. Modern climate models must be able to predict the distribution and properties of plants. Now scientists of the Max Planck Institute for biogeochemistry and the University of Leipzig, including iDiv director Prof. Christian Wirth, present a new approach: They use simple plant traits to locate the geographical distribution of more than 250 tree species of North America. In future new climate models can consider this to predict the impacts of climate change on individual species and the ecosystems they form. The paper has been published in the online journal of the "National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America" ​​(PNAS). (Photo: Andrea Damm / pixelio.de)

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yDiv welcomes six new doctoral researchers

yDiv coordinator Mari Bieri (right) and the six new yDiv members yDiv coordinator Mari Bieri (right) and the six new yDiv members

The second yDiv Admission Symposium for associated doctoral researchers took place on September 5th, 2014. Six doctoral researchers completed their application process with yDiv by presenting their PhD projects to colleagues at yDiv and iDiv. Each of the young scientists were asked to explain how their research topic relates to the main themes of iDiv – the detection, emergence, consequences and conservation of biodiversity. Read more...

Neurotoxin of marine annelids holds potential for medical purposes

Bloodworm: Glycera fallax (Photo: Christoph Bleidorn) Bloodworm: Glycera fallax (Photo: Christoph Bleidorn)

The poison in the glands of marine annelids is similar to the toxins of other animals like spiders, snakes or wasps. For the first time scientists of the Natural History Museum in London and the University of Leipzig, including iDiv member Dr. Christoph Bleidorn, characterized the genetic basis of the toxins from three species of annelids. For medical and pharmaceutical purposes the analysis could be interesting, because similar animal toxins already form the basis of many drugs. The paper has been published in the journal Genome Biology and Evolution.

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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 [...]
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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

Contact

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

Deutscher Platz 5e

04103 Leipzig

 

Phone: +49 341 9733105

 

info@idiv.de

 

 

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.