09.08.2022 31.07.2027
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BiodivHealth - Exploring the links between biodiversity and human health

Biodiversity provides ecosystem services that form the basis of human existence on Earth. These livelihoods include, among other things, the supply of clean drinking water, the securing of a healthy diet, but also the existence of intact natural areas.

There are multiple links between biodiversity and human health. However, little is known about possible causal relationships. In order to gain knowledge about whether and how the potential of biodiversity can be used for health promotion, more in-depth research is needed.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports research projects that make fundamental contributions to understanding the links between a biodiverse environment and human health with the funding measure "Research on the Links between Biodiversity and Human Health - a Contribution to the Research Initiative for the Conservation of Biodiversity". Innovative approaches will be used to identify threats and benefits to physical and mental human health that are causally linked to biodiversity or result from changes in biodiversity. In addition to gaining a fundamental understanding of the connections between biodiversity and human health, the results should also be used for prevention and health promotion as well as for therapeutic approaches against physical and mental suffering.

Within the framework of the funding measure, 13 research projects will initially enter a one-year conception phase. Projects that prove successful in this first phase will then move on to a research and implementation phase of up to three years:

  • BIOPAR, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
  • BIOWELL, University of Leipzig
  • CitySoundscapes, Technical University of Munich (TUM)
  • DCropS4OneHealth. Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy e.V. (ATB)
  • DIVATOX, Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.
  • ENDEMIC, Bielefeld University
  • FutureBioCity, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
  • HABAL, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
  • HEBEDI, University of Heidelberg
  • KontraVital, Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences
  • MediPlan B, Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE) GmbH
  • MOMOBIO, University of Hamburg
  • SharpGreens, Leibniz Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) e.V.

The funding measure is part of the BMBF's "Research Initiative for the Conservation of Biodiversity" launched in 2019.

The funding measure is supervised by VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH (Dr Felix Frey and Dr Sandra Rajmis).


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