iDiv ( is the German German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft . This centre, a hot spot for Biodiversity science, has more than 250 employees and members located in Halle, Jena and Leipzig. 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.