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

Lecture: About Great Ape conservation and population diversity

Dr. Hjalmar Kühl (Photo: T.Wagner/iDiv) Dr. Hjalmar Kühl (Photo: T.Wagner/iDiv)

Ape species have come under enormous pressure due to human impact and their population diversity is continuously reduced. On 8 April 2014 Dr. Hjalmar S. Kühl gaves an overview of his work on great ape conservation science. As part of the Robert Bosch Junior Professorship 2014 Hjalmar Kühl wants to find new approaches to reduce the negative effects of the excessive use of natural resources in the great apes’ habitats. Within the scope of his Junior Professorship he will head a Junior Research Group at iDiv. Read more...

Symposium: yDiv welcomes new doctoral researchers

The first yDiv Admission Symposium took place on March 25, 2014. Five external scientists presented their projects to applied for admission into yDiv as associated doctoral researchers.


The presentations were given by Silvia Ceausu and Inês Martins from the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, and Solveig Bucher, Desiree Dotter and Patrizia Estler from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. After a consultation Prof Ralf Seppelt, yDiv Committee chairman (left picture), welcomed the five young scientists as new doctoral researchers of the graduate school.


sDiv Call

Call ends

The second call for workshops of the Synthesis Centre sDiv is finished.

Applications could be submitted until April 1st 2014. Initiating collaborations between scientists across the world is one of the central tasks of sDiv.

Partners & Platforms

sDiv together with 12 scientific synthesis centres participates on the platform The International Synthesis Consortium.


More information 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