The Leibniz Research Alliance 'Biodiversity' (LVB) unites 21 Leibniz institutions from four academic sections. The objective is to combine the expertise and resources in research into biodiversity, and to establish better networking. The partner institutes explore the environmental, economic and social significance of biodiversity, and develop solutions for its preservation and sustainable use. Politically relevant issues are also tackled; as a result, the research alliance contributes to the implementation of national and international biodiversity agreements. In a bid to raise social awareness of the value of biodiversity, LVB is increasingly involved in providing environmental education and integrating citizens in the scientific knowledge gained. The alliance includes a number of natural science research museums featuring extensive collections with in excess of 70 million exhibits.
As a founder member, IGB chaired the research alliance from 2008 to 2014. Since then, we have been concentrating on incorporating our expertise in the field of freshwater biodiversity in the alliance, particularly on the topic of coupling aquatic and terrestrial systems.