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

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 citations for field and year. Researchers included in the Thomson Reuters ranking must have published a certain number of  those ‘Highly Cited Papers’.

iDiv is pleased about the results: A total of nine iDiv-members from the field of “Environment/Ecology” and “Plant & Animal Science” are ranked on Thomson Reuters’ list: Stefan Klotz, Ingolf Kühn, Josef Settele, Helmut Hillebrand, Markus Reichstein, Ernst-Detlef Schulze, Ian Thomas Baldwin, Jonathan Gershenzon and Jonathan M. Chase. With the last-mentioned a new component comes into play:

Jonathan Chase will be moving to iDiv from the USA to run a research unit.


Re-commissioning of research platform "Auwaldkran"

Prof. Wirth in a gondola of the Prof. Wirth in a gondola of the "Auwaldkran" (Photo: Press Office of the University of Leipzig / Swen Reichhold)

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.

GEO BON Implementation Committee and Advisory Board meeting

GEO BON Implementation Committee and Advisory Board meeting

GEO BON, the Biodiversity Observation Network of the Group on Earth Observations, has a global mission to support the CBD, IPBES and many others with a scientifically robust framework for observations on the detection of biodiversity change through all its scales from genes to ecosystem services. To do so, GEO BON is organized in nine working groups each focussed on a major field of biodiversity observation plus regional BON’s that implement activities regionally.


To discuss the activities of the working groups and the regional BON’s, and to take advice from the GEO BON Advisory Board, 17 members of the Implementation Committee as well as eight members of the Advisory Board came together for a three days meeting, 15th-18th June 2014 at iDiv. This meeting was also used to assess the progress of GEO BON towards it 2015 deliverables and it turns out that GEO BON is well on track. Most of the major deliverables are ready or in a good state of progress and the GEO BON scientists enthusiastically discussed new frontiers and challenges in biodiversity observation, developing the Essential Biodiversity Variables, how to go ahead with new projects and how to implement homogenized national monitoring schemes.


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Prize for Creativity and Originality

Rohiz Kolora with his winning poster (Photo: Manjusha Chintalapati)

The Next Generation Sequencing Conference (NGS) took place in Barcelona in June. yDiv Doctoral Researcher Sree Rohit Kolora attended the conference and won with it's hand-drawn poster a prize for "Creativity and Originality". In a short interview he explains what's it all about.


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How to quantify the impact of alien species?
sDiv publishes two publications about non-native species

How to quantify the impact of alien species?sDiv publishes two publications about non-native species
Non-native species cause changes in our ecosystems to which they are introduced. But there is a large gap in the understanding of these changes to biodiversity and ecosystems because the impacts are often not clearly defined. As the very first outcome, the Synthesis Centre of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig submits two publications how to define and classify the impacts of non-native species.


For more information please see our press release.


Photo: Ruth Rudolph /

New ways for understanding the link between the uplift of the Tibetan Plateau and species diversity

Yunnan/China. Foto: Adrien Favre Yunnan/China. Foto: Adrien Favre

A team of Austrian, Swiss and German researchers has shown the current state of knowledge on the diversification of Tibetan plants and animals. Scientists from iDiv, the University of Leipzig and other research institutions have published their discoveries in the journal Biological Reviews under the title "The role of the uplift of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau for the evolution of Tibetan biotas” (DOI 10.1111/brv.12107).


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

Deutscher Platz 5e

04103 Leipzig


Phone: +49 341 9733103



Decisions for second sDiv call are made

sDiv has just made the final decisions for funding five international workshops. More information here.