History of iDiv

2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021

Milestones in 2021

  • Virtual iDiv evaluation by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungs­gemeinschaft)

  • Nico Eisenhauer (iDiv, UL) awarded with the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (Photo: Swen Reichhold)

Milestones in 2020

  • Evolutionary Ecology research group (Omer Nevo, iDiv/FSU)

  • Sixth annual iDiv Conference for the first time virtual

  • Start of the yDiv Postdoctoral Programme

  • Move to the new iDiv building

  • iDiv member Markus Reichstein (MPI BGC) awarded with the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (Photo: MPI BGC)

Milestones in 2019

  • Fifth annual iDiv Conference on biodiversity science with more than 300 participants at the Leipziger Kubus (UFZ)

  • Fifth iDiv Summer School on Citizen Science – Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy in Leipzig

  • States take over financing for iDiv after 2024

  • 2,000 scientific publications with iDiv affiliation since mid 2013

  • Inauguration of iDiv research greenhouse at the Botanical Garden of Leipzig University

  • Ulrich Brose (iDiv, FSU) awarded with the Thuringian Research Prize

  • Roofing ceremony for iDiv building

Milestones in 2018

  • Fourth annual iDiv Conference on biodiversity science with more than 310 participants at the Leipziger Kubus (UFZ)

  • Professorship Biodiversity Economics appointed (Martin Quaas, iDiv/UL)

  • Fourth iDiv Summer School on Ecological Theory of Modelling for the Biodiversity Crisis in Leipzig

  • iDiv member Markus Reichstein (MPI BGC) honoured with the Piers J. Sellers Mid-Career Award (Photo: MPI BGC)

  • Junior research group Evolution and Adaptation (Renske Onstein, iDiv/UL)

  • Groundbreaking of the new iDiv building with Minister President of Saxony Michael Kretschmer

  • Roofing ceremony of research greenhouse at the Botanical Garden of Leipzig University

  • Max Planck Fellowship for Christian Wirth (iDiv, UL, MPI BGC) extended for another five years

Milestones in 2017

  • Visit by the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) at the iDiv core centre in Leipzig

  • Third annual iDiv Conference on biodiversity science with more than 240 participants at the Leipziger Kubus (UFZ)

  • Third iDiv Summer School on “Synthesising and Modelling Biodiversity Data” in Leipzig

  • Saxon Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich and Minister of Science Eva-Maria Stange visit iDiv core centre in Leipzig

  • iDiv Ecotron inauguration at the UFZ experimental facility in Bad Lauchstädt

  • 1,000 scientific publications with iDiv affiliation since mid 2013

  • Over 1,000 participations in sDiv working group meetings since 2013

Milestones in 2016

  • Second iDiv Annual Conference on biodiversity science with more than 200 participants at the Leipziger Kubus (UFZ).

  • Beginning of the second funding phase of iDiv

  • ‘Freigeist’ Fellowship of the VolkswagenStiftung for Carsten Meyer (iDiv/UL)

  • Extension of iDiv’s funding for another four years by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungs­gemeinschaft)

  • International GEO BON Conference hosted by iDiv (Photo: Niels A. Petersen)

  • Second iDiv Summer School on Biodiversity Synthesis and Integration in Leipzig

  • Chief Operating Officer appointed (Sabine Matthiä)

  • First iDiv Annual Lecture by Paul R. Ehrlich in Halle (Photo: Paul R. Ehrlich – CC BY 2.5)

  • iDiv evaluation by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungs­gemeinschaft)

  • ERC Starting Grant for Nico Eisenhauer (iDiv/UL)

Milestones in 2015

  • Celebrating 3 Years of iDiv

  • First iDiv Annual Conference on biodiversity science with more than 230 participants and 80 lectures in Leipzig.

  • iDiv member Georg Pohnert (FSU) appointed as Max Planck Fellow (Photo: MPI CE)

  • First iDiv Summer School with 24 participants from 16 countries in Leipzig

  • Humboldt Professorship for Tiffany Knight (Spatial Interaction Ecology research group, MLU/UFZ/iDiv)

  • Professorship Theory in Biodiversity Sciences appointed (Ulrich Brose, iDiv/FSU)

  • Junior research group Domestication Genomics (Martin Mascher, iDiv/IPK)

Milestones in 2014

  • Starting point professorships and research groups Biodiversity Synthesis (Jonathan Chase, iDiv/MLU) and Physiological Diversity (Stan Harpole, UFZ, iDiv, MLU)

  • Re-commissioning canopy crane as a research platform

  • Commissioning High-Performance Computing Cluster at UFZ (Photo: André Künzelmann/UFZ)

  • Starting point professorship Ecosystem Services/Aletta Bonn (UFZ/iDiv/FSU)

  • Junior research group Sustainability and Complexity in Ape Habitat (Hjalmar Kühl, iDiv/MPI EVA)

  • Starting point professorships Molecular Interaction Ecology (Nicole M. van Dam, iDiv/FSU) and Experimental Interaction Ecology (Nico Eisenhauer, iDiv/UL; Photo: Christian Hüller)

  • Hjalmar Kühl (iDiv/MPI EVA) receives Robert Bosch Junior Professorship

Milestones in 2013

  • yDiv accredited to InGrA (International Graduate Academy MLU), JGA (Graduate Academy FSU), Research Academy Leipzig (UL)

  • First professorship appointed (Biodiversity Conservation, Henrique M. Pereira, iDiv/MLU)

  • iDiv becomes a central facility of Leipzig University

  • Opening Symposium “Integrative Biodiversity Research – a young discipline under time pressure”

  • First sDiv workshop took place (sPlot)

  • First yDiv doctoral researcher employed

  • Junior research groupNiche Detector for Hyperdiverse Tropical Forests (Nadja Rüger, iDiv/UL)

  • Visit Saxon Minister of Science, Sabine von Schorlemer

  • Christian Wirth (iDiv, UL) appointed as Max Planck Fellow

Milestones in 2012

  • Launch Website www.idiv.de

  • iDiv moves into BioCity

  • Beginning of the first funding phase of iDiv

  • First General Member Assembly with press conference at the Botanical Garden in Leipzig (Photo: Leipzig University)

  • Acceptance Initial Proposal, DFG funds iDiv

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