The iDiv research centre is one of four research centres at present which are funded by the German Research Foundation and has a unique structure. It is run by Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU) and Leipzig University (UL) – and in cooperation with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ). The centre is located in Leipzig.
The science consortium is enhanced through the expertise of the more than 100 active iDiv members, who work on specific aspects of research in various locations and institutions, and also through the collaboration with the following non-university facilities: the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (MPI BGC), the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology (MPI CE), the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI EVA), the Leibniz Institute German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures (DSMZ), the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB), the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), and the Leibniz Institute Senckenberg Museum of Natural History (SMNG).
The amalgamation of all facilities and partners in the science consortium aims to pool experience and strengthen international networks and cooperation.