The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig has two missions:
Provide a scientific basis for the sustainable use of our planet’s biodiversity.
Develop a new research field: ‘Integrative Biodiversity Research’.
Integration – this is what the ‘i’ in iDiv stands for – takes place on several levels:
- Integration across time and space
How much biodiversity are we losing? The answer to this question depends on the size of the segment of time or space that is concerned. iDiv scientists are combining results from small-scale studies (short-term and local) to more comprehensively understand the state and development of biodiversity on large scales.
- Integration across complexity levels
How do processes at the molecular level affect the coexistence of species in an ecosystem? What is the effect of interactions (such as between plants and soil animals) on the functioning of ecosystems? In order to answer complex questions, iDiv scientists are combining different methods and techniques.
- Integration across disciplines
How can scientists collaborate with experts in society to assess biodiversity trends? What is the impact of biodiversity loss on society? How can our biodiversity be managed sustainably? In order to answer these questions, iDiv scientists are working together across disciplines and exchange knowledge at the science-policy interface.