Sustainable Systems  and Biodiversity  

Sustainable Systems
and Biodiversity

DFG Projects

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research - iDiv - FZT 118

At the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), scientists from a wide range of disciplines and nations carry out investigations into the Earth's biosystems using state-of-the-art technology and taking into account various methodological perspectives. The research work aims to record the diversity of life on Earth, verify the accelerating biodiversity crisis and decipher its causes and relationships. [...] Read more

Functionality of Oxide Interfaces - SFB 762

The central aim of the Collaborative Research Centre is the fabrication and characterisation of oxide heterostructures with components exhibiting ferroelectric, magnetic, semiconducting and insulating properties, thus featuring additional degrees of freedom for the design of functional elements. [...] Read more

Exploring mechanisms underlying the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning - FOR 1451

We intend to investigate the mechanisms underlying the relationship between plant diversity and ecosystem processes based on the results of a long-term grassland biodiversity experiment that started in 2002. Sixty plant species, native and common to the Central European Arrhenatherum grasslands served as a species pool from which in the main experiment mixtures of 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 and 60 plant species were assembled. [...] Read more

The role of tree and shrub diversity for production, erosion control, element cycling, and species conservation in Chinese subtropical forest ecosystems - FOR 891

The Chinese-European Research Unit has started a new forest Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning (BEF) experiment in subtropical forests in China. The objective of this experiment is to analyse the influence of tree and shrub species diversity on ecosystem functioning and services in one of the most prominent diversity hotspots in the northern hemisphere. [...]  Read more

Specific light driven reactions in unicellular model algae - FOR 1261

Light has major impacts on algae: (1) serving as energy source for photosynthesis, (2) triggering behavioural responses under the control of sensory photoreceptors and (3) entraining their circadian clocks by light-dark cycles. [...] Read more

Atmosphären- und Erdsystemforschung mit dem Forschungsflugzeug HALO (High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft) – SPP 1294

Project Description only in german language. Read more

Biodiversity Exploratories - SPP 1374

The Biodiversity Exploratories are a German Science Foundation funded research project (DFG Priority Programme 1374).
The three exploratories serve as open research platform for all biodiversity and ecosystem research groups of Germany. [...] Read more

Porous Media with Defined Porous Structure in Chemical Engineering - Modelling, Applications, Synthesis - SPP 1570

Porous media are ubiquitous in chemical engineering, for example, as catalyst supports, adsorbents, insulation material, membranes or chromatographic columns. From simulations it is well-known that properties of materials may be improved considerably by optimisation with respect to given criteria. [...] Read more

Probabilistic Structures in Evolution - SPP 1590

The Priority Programme “Probabilistic Structures in Evolution” is devoted to the in-depth theoretical study of stochastic processes in population genetics (that is, describing the evolution of the genetic structure of populations under the action of the various evolutionary forces), stochastic models of adaptive dynamics (that is, individual-based models for the joint description of ecology and evolution), and probabilistic aspects of evolutionary game theory. [...] Read more

New Frontiers in Sensitivity for EPR Spectroscopy: From Biological Cells to Nano Materials - SPP 1601

Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) is a spectroscopic technique that allows detection of paramagnetic centres and magnetic nuclei coupled to them on a time scale as short as nanoseconds and with spatial resolution from the atomic up to the nanometer scale. [...] Read more

Climate Engineering: Risks, Challenges, Opportunities? - SPP 1689

The term climate engineering (CE) specifically describes large-scale technical methods that can be used to reduce the concentration of CO2 in the atmospheric or to reduce incoming solar radiation. CE is discussed against a background of unabated (despite efforts to reduce CO2 emissions), rising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases as a third option to counteract anthropogenic climate change. [...] Read more


EU Projects

ECOWORM - ERC-Starting-Grand

The European Research Council has awarded an ERC Starting Grant to Prof. Nico Eisenhauer, a scientist from the University of Leipzig and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv). The grant, which is endowed with EUR 1.5 million over the next 5 years, is awarded to study the effects of European earthworms in North America. [...] Read More

From Plastic waste to Plastic value using Pseudomonas putida Synthetic Biologoy (P4SB) - Horizon 2020

P4SB is about the utilization of the conceptual and material tools of contemporary Synthetic Biology to bring about the sustainable and environmentally friendly bioconversion of oil-based plastic waste into fully biodegradable counterparts by means of deeply engineered, whole-cell bacterial catalysts. [...] Read more

FunDivEUROPE Functional significance of forest biodiversity in Europe - FP7

Within this project that started in October 2010 – the international year of biodiversity – the University of Freiburg and its partners, 44 institutions from 15 countries, work on quantifying the influence of biodiversity on this ecosystem functions and services and to deliver timely, relevant and understandable information to policymakers and stakeholders about forest biodiversity and ecosystem services. [...] Read more

European Facility for Airborne Research in Environmental and Geo-sciences (EUFAR) - FP7

European Facility for Airborne Research in Environmental and Geo-sciences (EUFAR) is an Integrating Activity of the 7th Framework Program of the European Commission. EUFAR brings together 33 European institutions and companies involved in airborne research, operating 22 instrumented aircraft and providing access to 7 hyperspectral instruments. [...] Read more

Stratospheric and upper tropospheric processes for better climate predictions - FP7

StratoClim will produce more reliable projections of climate change and stratospheric ozone by a better understanding and improved representation of key processes in the Upper Troposphere and Stratosphere (UTS). This will be achieved by an integrated approach bridging observations from dedicated field activities, process modelling on all scales, and global modelling with a suite of chemistry climate models (CCMs) and Earth system models (ESMs). [...] Read more

BMBF Projects


Project description in german language available on the web page of the BMBF. Read more

Logistik Service Engineering & Management (LSEM)

Project description in german language available on the web page of LSEM. Read more

Leitstandbasierter Ansatz zur Echtzeitsteuerung von Logistiksystemen (LogiLeit)

Project description in german language available on the web page of LogiLeit. Read more

Cloud-Computing – effiziente Zusammenarbeit ohne Sicherheitsrisiken (PREsTiGE)

Project description in german language available on the web page of the BMBF. Read more

ENEFF Delitzsch "Wege in die energieeffiziente Moderne - Entwicklung eines akteursorientierten kommunalen Energiemanagementsystems in Delitzsch"

Project description in german language available on the web page of the city of Delitzsch. Read more

Indonesian Plant Biodiversity and Human Health (BIOHEALTH)

The aim of this project is to initiate the scientific and technological cooperation between Indonesian and German partners and to jointly contribute to the identification of naturally occurring substances in Indonesian plants and fungi with antiinfective effects [...] Read more

SMART SENSOR-Smart Sensor based Ecosystem Services

The Innovationteam Smart Sensor-based Digital Services deals with the domainwide economical use of Sensor Data.

Project Description currently in German [...] Read More

WindNODE - The Showcase for intelligent energy out of the northeast of Germany.

The joint research project WindNODE aims at understanding the efficient interplay of renewable energy generation and consumption as well as the energy grids in between. Everything should be optimized and made more flexible through digitalization. This takes place in northeastern Germany as a model region, which is also the control area of the transmission grid operator 50Hertz.  Read More

Macroscopic Approach

Modelling the Socioeconomic Forces behind 21st Century Biodiversity Loss: A Macroscopic Approach to turn Complexity into Opportunities for Action. [...] Read More

IMPRS Projects

International Max Planck Research School "The Leipzig School of Human Origins"

The International Max Planck Research School “The Leipzig School of Human Origins” (IMPRS LSHO) is a unique PhD program that combines different disciplines to study the evolutionary history of humans and the great apes. [...] Read more

Joint Projects

In Ovo-Geschlechtsbestimmung

Project description in german language available on the web page of the University of Dresden. Read more

last update: 17.08.2017 


Prof. Dr. Thomas Bruckner
Institute for Infrastructure and Resources Management
Grimmaische Straße 12
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-33516
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Prof. Dr. Roger Gläser
Institute of Chemical Technology
Linnéstraße 3
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-36300
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Prof. Dr. Christian Wirth
Institute of Biology
Johannisallee 21-23
04103 Leipzig
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Fax: +49 341 97-38549