Organisation: The Leipzig University which was founded in 1409 has about 30,000 students. There are 14 faculties, covering topics from medicine to natural sciences, from mathematics to theology and from social sciences to sports. This variety enables each scientist to make use of the knowledge of more than 400 professors and hence to work in interdisciplinary projects. In the years since the political changes in 1989 significant amounts of money have been invested in the research infrastructure, so that the Leipzig University is a top institution both in buildings and equipment today. Additionally to the public funding the Leipzig University acquires some 60 million Euro of third-party funds annually. The Department of Special Botany and Functional Biodiversity Research is participating in several large-scale diversity Experiments such as BEF-China and The Jena Experiment (DFG). The group works at identifying the imprint of species diversity and identity on ecosystem functions at local and global scales by means of a quantitative integration of global diversity databases, own field and experimental data.
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