14–15 November 2024

Leipziger KUBUS
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung – UFZ
Permoserstraße 15 | 04318 Leipzig

Dear iDiv scientists,

We are pleased to invite you to the 8th iDiv conference, which will take place as a fully in-person event at the Leipziger KUBUS on 14 and 15 November in Leipzig. This event brings together idiv scientists from all locations and scientists across all career stages. The conference provides an interactive forum for scientific exchange with colleagues you know well, and an opportunity to establish new contacts and collaborations within the iDiv consortium.

The conference will consist of a keynote speaker, oral and poster presentations that are organized into iDiv’s research areas, workshops, and lots of informal time for networking at our numerous coffee breaks and reception on Thursday evening.

This year’s contributions to the conference will be structured according to the five iDiv research areas. In addition, there will be a dedicated Flexpool Session for contributions from current iDiv Flexpool projects. With this structure, we aim to facilitate discussions and collaborations across diverse scientific domains within the iDiv community. Members of Flexpool projects, along with other interested participants, will have the opportunity to convene on Friday, 15 November, starting at 2:30 pm, strengthening connections within the iDiv Flexpool and the iDiv community.

To promote junior researchers, the conference committee aims to include designated student research talks in each session. Furthermore, there will be awards for the best poster and talk presented by Master or doctoral researchers.

We hope to welcome you in November at the conference!

Yours, on behalf of the iDiv Conference Organising Committee,

Tiffany Marie Knight, Walter Durka
Conference Chairs


This year's Conference Organising Committee:
Maria Méndez, Robert Rauschkolb, Christoph Rosche, Henriette Uthe

Event coordination:
Kati Kietzmann, Ronja Wodner

Call for Abstracts

The following contributions will be accepted:

  • Standard talk (format: 12 + 3). 
  • Poster (incl. 1min flash oral presentation)
  • Workshops (60-90min, Friday afternoon only)

Only one talk or poster abstract submission per person!

Important dates:

  • 31 July 2024 - abstract submission deadline
  • August 2024 - registration opens
  • September 2024 - letters of acceptance
  • 31 October 2024 - Registration closed

Notification of Acceptance:

Letters of acceptance will be sent out by mid-September. Further instructions and logistics will be shared at the same time.


All speakers and poster presenters must register for the conference to secure their presentation slot. Registration will open mid-August 2024. There will be no registration fee.


Please choose one of the following tracks (topic sessions) for your talk or poster:

  1. Biodiversity Change 
  2. Molecular Biodiversity and Evolution
  3. Biodiversity Dynamics and Complexity
  4. Biodiversity and Society
  5. Biodiversity and the Functioning of Ecosystems
  6. Flexpool

Please also refer to the summaries and guiding questions on the iDiv webpage

Abstract Submission

To submit an abstract for the conference, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Abstract Preparation: Draft your abstract (300 words max).
  2. Indico: An Indico account is required to submit an abstract. If you already have one, proceed to step 4. If not, please follow the instructions below.
  3. Creating a Guest Account:
    • If you don't have an Indico account*, you will need to create a new account here.
    • Select "create an Indico account".
    • Follow the prompts to create your guest account.
    • Please note: Account approval is moderated and not automatic. Your account will need to be approved by us before you can proceed with abstract submission.
    • Once your account is approved, you will receive a confirmation email.
  4. Submission Process:
    • Visit the abstract submission page on Indico.
    • Log in with your Indico account credentials*.
    • Navigate to the abstract submission section.
    • Fill out the required fields, including title, authors, and abstract.
    • Submit your abstract.
  5. Confirmation: After submission, you will receive a confirmation email.

*If you have a Leipzig University login, please use your UL credentials to log into Indico (LADP). Members of other institutions might need to create a new account (see instructions above)

If you encounter any issues during the submission process, please don't hesitate to contact

Preliminary Programme

Preliminary programme

Join us for an enriching and engaging event dedicated to understanding the causes and consequences of biodiversity change, as well as how biodiversity arises, and interactions between biodiversity and society.

Day 1: Thursday, November 14th, 2024

9:00 AM - Conference Opening

  • Start your day with a warm welcome as we officially launch the conference. Get ready for a day filled with insightful sessions, stimulating discussions, and valuable networking opportunities.

9:30 AM - Keynote Jane Hill

10:30 AM - Coffee Break

11:00 AM - Morning Sessions

12:30 PM - Lunch Break

1:30 PM - Afternoon Sessions 1

3:00 PM - Coffee Break

3:30 PM - Afternoon Sessions 2

5:00 PM - Poster Session, Social Gathering and Entertainment Programme

  • Browse through a diverse range of poster presentations and engage with presenters, ask questions and mingle while winding down from a productive day. Enjoy refreshments, music and our entertainment programme.


Day 2: Friday, November 15th, 2024

9:00 AM - Keynote Susanne Fritz

10:00 AM - Coffee break

10:30 AM - Morning Sessions

12:00 PM - Lunch Break

1:00 PM - Wrap-up and award ceremony

2:30 PM - Coffee Break

3:00 PM - Workshops

Stay tuned for updates and additional details as we finalize the conference programme. We look forward to welcoming you to the KUBUS for an enriching and memorable event!

Note: The schedule is subject to change. Please check for updates closer to the event date.

Keynote Lectures

Prof Jane K. Hill

University of York, UK


14 November

09:30 AM




Jane is an ecologist in the Leverhume Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity at the University of York (UK), researching how species are responding to climate change and habitat degradation. Her research has quantified rates of range shifting, the role of habitat availability in altering shifting rates, and the benefits of improving landscape connectivity. Much of her work focuses on UK species, especially butterflies, for which there are trend data for 50+ years. Jane also studies tropical ecosystem, exploring the consequences of climate change and rainforest fragmentation for biodiversity. Jane translates research findings into policy, for example through writing the British Ecological Society policy report on ‘Protected areas and nature recovery’ (2022), and providing evidence to a House of Lords select committee on Protected Areas. She received an OBE in the King’s birthday honours list in 2023 for services to conservation, and is a trustee and President of the Royal Entomological Society.   


Title: Helping biodiversity thrive in Anthropocene landscapes.

Abstract: During the Anthropocene, our activities are having huge impacts on the climate and on natural habitats, which are raising concerns about biodiversity losses and how we can help nature to thrive. I will discuss our research which is examining the ecological impacts of climate and habitat changes, and how we can help species respond, adapt and survive climate change. Over many decades, the general public has been very keen to record biodiversity, and so the UK has some of the best datasets for understanding how biodiversity has changed over the past 4 decades. I will discuss how species are disappearing from some sites as a consequence of climate change, why range shifts northwards and uphill are slowed or halted in highly transformed landscapes, and how climate change may also have impacts on genetic diversity. We are currently examining the consequences of woodland creation for UK biodiversity, and whether it is important to account for woodland connectivity (spoiler – it is!). Our research findings reveal the dynamism of nature, and the reshuffling of species at sites, requiring a fundamentally different approach to conservation.

Prof Susanne Fritz

Goethe University Frankfurt

Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre



15 November

09:00 AM




Leipziger KUBUS

Getting there

We recommend sustainable travel using public transportation. Since Leipzig serves as a central hub for long-distance travel, the ICE connections to us are very good as well as our local transportaion system.

Via train

From Leipzig Central Station (the tram stop is located in front of the main entrances of the station), board tram line 3 (heading towards Taucha) or 3E (heading towards Sommerfeld). The exit is at the stop Leipzig, Permoser Str. / Torgauer Str. Turn into Permoserstraße from the stop and after approximately 300 meters, KUBUS will be on your left. The journey takes about 15 minutes, with tram line 3 running every 10 minutes on weekdays.

Leipzig Transport Company Network Map For current connection information and departure times, you can use the LeipzigMOVE app or the travel information from Deutsche Bahn. For more information, timetables, etc., please visit the Leipzig Transport Company website.

Bicycle / nextbike

The Leipzig KUBUS and UFZ are connected to the Leipzig station network of nextbike. This enables registered nextbike customers to have environmentally friendly mobility between the city / train station and the Leipzig KUBUS / UFZ using bicycles.

Further information
nextbike registration



Leipziger KUBUS
Permoserstr. 15 04318 Leipzig

Show on Map

Coming from the A14 (exit Leipzig-Ost), take Permoserstrasse towards the city center until you reach the sign for Leipziger KUBUS underground parking.

Leipzig has an environmental zone that can only be entered with a green sticker.

In front of the KUBUS, there is also a station of the car-sharing provider teilAuto.




Code of Conduct

iDiv is committed to creating a work environment that is safe, professional and of mutual trust where diversity and inclusion are valued, and where everyone is entitled to be treated with courtesy and respect. If you feel you have experienced any harassment or discrimination or would like to report any concerns, the Conference Chairs are the persons you should speak to first. You can also send a confidential email to to report a concern.

When should you speak up?

  1. Facing unacceptable abusive, bullying or intimidating behavior, e.g discrimination against age, hierarchical level, sex, disability, sexual orientation, race, colour, ethnic origin, religion or political belief.
  2. Facing health & safety risks: Persons engaging in behavior that might be dangerous to themselves or others. This includes the use of drugs or abuse of alcohol.

How to deal with unacceptable behavior?
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. In general, any measures depend on the severity of a certain behavior. Urgent matters will immediately be discussed and an appropriate action recommended or taken. Especially behaviors that might be dangerous to others are not tolerated and the person will be banned from the venue.

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