German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Hotspot in Biodiversity Science
iDiv is a DFG research centre with about 400 employees and members based primarily in Halle, Jena and Leipzig. Here, researchers from 30 nations establish the scientific basis for the sustainable management of our planet’s biodiversity.
Biodiversity refers to the diversity of life - not only species diversity but also genetic diversity, diversity of functions, interactions and ecosystems. We know that our actions dramatically change this diversity: species become extinct, genetic information and entire ecosystems are lost. At the same time, we know little about the extent of these changes, the underlying processes and consequences for humanity.
Director Christian Wirth puts it as follows in the iDiv film: