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

Publication: Phylogenomic analyses uncover origin
and spread of the Wolbachia pandemic

Wolbachia infections (magenta points) in an ovary of Drosophila. Photo: Anja Rudolph/Leipzig Wolbachia infections (magenta points) in an ovary of Drosophila. Photo: Anja Rudolph/Leipzig

Of all obligate intracellular bacteria, Wolbachia is probably the most common. In general, Wolbachia are either widespread, opportunistic reproductive parasites of arthropods or essential mutualists in a single group of filarial nematodes, including many species of medical significance. To date, a robust phylogenetic backbone of Wolbachia is lacking and consequently, many Wolbachia-related phenomena cannot be discussed in a broader evolutionary context. In an iDiv funded study a scientist team with the participation of Dr. Christoph Bleidorn (University of Leipzig) presented the first comprehensive phylogenomic analysis of Wolbachia supergroup relationships based on new whole-genome-shotgun data. The results suggest that Wolbachia has switched between its two major host groups at least twice.

iDiv scientists submit study to help reaching the international targets by 2020

iDiv scientists submit study to help reaching the international targets by 2020

Representatives of more than 190 countries have come together at the 12th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, to assess progress towards the 20 Aichi targets of the CBD. The meeting examines the conclusions of the Global Biodiversity Outlook 4 report, which shows that despite increasing efforts, including a remarkable expansion in protected areas, it is unlikely that most of the targets will be met by 2020, if we remain on our current trajectory. Recently a study published in "Basic and Applied Ecology" by a team of 22 experts – including scientists of iDiv and the Martin Luther University – proposes a framework to get countries back on track to the Aichi targets. This framework can be used by countries to identify actions that address simultaneously multiple targets, reducing the overall efforts needed to implement the 2020 Biodiversity Strategy.

 

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iDiv celebrates 2nd anniversary at the yDiv Scientific Symposium

iDiv's directors (f.l.t.r) Prof. Buscot, Prof. Bruelheide and Prof. Küsel were surprised with birthday cupcakes iDiv's directors (f.l.t.r) Prof. Buscot, Prof. Bruelheide and Prof. Küsel were surprised with birthday cupcakes
The 2nd annual yDiv Scientific Symposium to took place on 1 October, 2014 – the day of iDiv's two-year anniversary. This year, particular emphasis was paid on projects that are funded by the Flexible Pool instrument. yDiv doctoral researchers, along with other researchers across the iDiv consortium, presented their scientific work with talks and posters. Read more …

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

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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.