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

Research study: Pathogen growth in honey bees infected with an exotic parasite versus the original native relative

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Researchers have found that the spread of an exotic honey bee parasite – now found worldwide – is linked not only to its superior competitive ability, but also to climate, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

The team of researchers, including Myrsini Natsopoulou from Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), who co-led the research alongside Prof. Dr. Dino McMahon from Freie Universität Berlin, and Prof. Robert Paxton/MLU and German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) believes that the parasite could become more prevalent in Europe in the future and their findings demonstrate the importance of both parasite competition and climate change in the spread of this emerging disease.


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Inaugural Lecture

Inaugural Lecture

Professor Henrique Miguel Pereira specialises in the field of Biodiversity Conservation. His work takes an interdisciplinary perspective that aims to better understand the nature of environmental problems and how they can be analyzed.

In his Inaugural Lecture Henrique Miguel Pereira provided insights into questions like 'How serious is the biodiversity crisis and what to do about it?'

The lecture took part in the Institute of Biology/Martin Luther University Halle on November 18th.  Prof. Dr. Wahle, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences attended the numerous guests and students and gave a brief introduction to Pereiras academic activities. Henrique M. Pereira heads the Biodiversity Conservation Research Group at iDiv. He has over 15 years of experience in ecology, biodiversity modeling, rewilding and ecosystem services and has held various positions (eg. Director of the Peneda-Geres National Park/Portugal, Research Group Leader at University of Lisbon). Pereira moved to Leipzig in September 2013 to set up his research group at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv).

First iDiv Scientific Retreat

Scientific Speed Dating Session Scientific Speed Dating Session

After two exciting years of building up our research centre, the arrival of scientists from all over the world and six appointed professors iDiv celebrated its first scientific retreat on 6th November 2014. The event took place at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ).

After an introduction talk the event started with Scientific Speed Dating Sessions in which the participants represented their research topics. In the afternoon poster presentations of the iDiv research platforms were held and the scientists came up with new ideas for joint projects. One goal of this one-day-retreat was to get everyone an overview of the scientific work at iDiv. Furthermore the participants explored ideas for new collaborations of the research centre.

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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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 9733105