The most striking feature of our planet is the incredible diversity of life forms. Yet life on Earth is experiencing an erosion without precedent in the history of our species. This global biodiversity crisis is jeopardizing human well-being and the sustainable future of societies. There is therefore an urgent need to understand and predict the responses of biological diversity to human-induced global change – from genes to species to ecosystems, from local to global scales, and across terrestrial and marine systems. Yet, most of biodiversity is still unexplored, and what controls species diversity remains among the biggest unanswered questions for today’s science.

Understanding the processes underlying biodiversity and its distribution across the planet requires the combination of field and collections based studies with models that can take advantage of big data. Biodiversity research is at the core for developing evidence-based conservation to reduce the vulnerability of species and ecosystems to global change and halt biodiversity loss. The research field is thus of utmost importance to inform policy and achieve several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The departments, centers and sections mentioned below are examples of places where it would be possible to conduct research within the programme area. As is stated in the TALENT Guide for Applicants, applicants are to indicate the research department they see most fit to host their project.