News September 2019
25-27 September 2019: first VW-Symposium on Biodiversity and Health took place in Hannover in order to aid in creating a biodiversity and health framework.
News June 2019
12. June 2019 New: Biodiversity and Health book published!
New Publication: Benra et al (2019). Ecosystem services tradeoffs arising from non-native tree plantation expansion in southern Chile.
New Publication: Benra, F. & Nahuelhual, L. (2019) A trilogy of inequalities: Land ownership, forest cover and ecosystem services distribution.
Lab Retreat 2019 im Bayerischen Wald
News March 2019
New Publication looking at a cultural ecosystem service (therapeutic) benefit: Marselle, M.R.; Warber, S.L.; Irvine, K.N. Growing Resilience through Interaction with Nature: Can Group Walks in Nature Buffer the Effects of Stressful Life Events on Mental Health? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 986.
New Publication in Sustainability Science: Strunz, S., Marselle, M.R., Schröter, M. (2019) Leaving the ‚sustainability or collapse‘ narrative behind.
Congratulations to Melissa Marselle for being granted a Volkswagen Stiftung Symposium on Biodiversity and Health in Sep 2019.
Aletta Bonn was appointed as Member of the German Committee Future Earth.
News October 2018
1 Oct. 2018 MdB Steffi Lemke, Bündnis90/Die Grünen visited iDiv to discuss how biodiverstiy science is informing science policy.
9 Oct. 2018 Aletta Bonn discussed the biodiversity crisis with MinDir’in Elsa Nickel, ministry of environment, at the
10th ecosystem service discussion forum in Berlin
15 Oct 2018
NEW: Citizen Science book published!
15-20 Oct 2018
Anett Richter was invited lecturer for the First Austrian Citizen Science Summer School. Over 30 participants from over 16 countries learnt about how to integrate citizen science in research.
16-18 Oct 2018
Melissa Marselle, Emilie Crouzat, Felipe Benra and Aletta Bonn presented six talks and hosted two sessions at Ecosystem Service Partnership conference in San Sebastian. We also met up with Maria Felipe-Lucia who starts on 1 Nov in our team.
19 Oct 2018
Kick-off meeting for reviews for Science Platform Sustainability 2030 working group on Global Commons (
), co-chaired by Martin Fisbeck and Aletta Bonn.
22 Oct. 2018 Head of German Federal Agency of Conservation (BfN) Prof Beate Jessel visits iDiv to discuss biodiversity research.
News September 2018
24 Sep 2018 David Eichenberg was presenting an sMon talk at the10th International Conference on Ecological Informatics ICEI conference in Jena.
18 Sep 2018 Diana and Susanne presented posters on sMon and InsektenMobil at the iDiv GMA in Jena.
14 - 15 Sep 2018 We had a fun and inspiring lab retreat at the Müritz Nationalpark
10-13 Sep 2018 Anett Richter and Diana Bowler presented talks at the GfÖ conference in Vienna, where Anett Richter also chaired a session on citizen science.
Mid Sep 2018 Volker Grescho and Elisabeth Sellenriek were on a 2-week ECOPOTENTIAL intensive fieldwork trip in Peneda-Geres Nationalpark in Portugal.
News August 2018
21.08.2018 - 01.09.2018 Emilie Crouzat teaching at the 13th AlterNET summer school on biodiversity and ecosystem services. The summer school focused this year on environmental science and its impact on policy and society. Thirty international participants gathered to attend a ten-day training with lectures, field excursions and working group sessions. Find more at
Summer 2018 Several members of the ESS team dedicated six weeks for field work in our three National Parks partners of the ECOPOTENTIAL project (Austria, Switzerland, Portugal). Visitors of the National Parks were asked about their activities and preferences, using individual surveys and participatory mapping, to characterize the cultural ecosystem services enjoyed. Find more at