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The following universities and research institutions are part of the BBIB consortium:


Freie Universität Berlin, one of eleven German universities of excellence, is leading in research and teaching with many regional partners and an international presence. Concerning the number of students, FU is one of the 20 largest universities in Germany.

University of Potsdam is the largest university in the federal state of Brandenburg and keep close and lively cooperations with multifaceted, extramural research institutions of the Potsdam-Berlin region, especially in fields of natural sciences.

The internationally renowned Technische Universität Berlin was founded in 1879. Its activities focus on building a distinctive profile, exceptional performance in research and teaching, excellent qualifications for graduates and a forward-looking administration. The TU Berlin strives to promote the dissemination of knowledge and to facilitate technological progress by adhering to the principles of excellence and quality.

The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is one of Berlin's oldest universities, founded in 1810 by the liberal Prussian educational reformer and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt. The newly founded Prussian alma mater was the first to introduce the unity of research and teaching, to uphold the ideal of research without restrictions and to provide a comprehensive education for its students. These principles of Wilhelm von Humboldt and a select group of contemporaries soon became general practice throughout the world. It was successful in the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments and ranks among the top ten of German universities.

Institutions of the Leibniz Association

The Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, IGB, is an independent and interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge about freshwater ecosystems. Working in close partnership with the scientific community (universities, research institutes), government agencies, as well as the private sector, guarantees the development of innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges facing freshwater ecosystems and human societies.

The Leibniz Institute for Zoo & Wildlife Research (IZW) is an internationally renowned research institute of the Leibniz Association. With the mission of "understanding and improving adaptability" it examines evolutionary adaptations of wildlife and its resilience to global change, and develops new concepts and measures for conservation. To achieve this, the IZW uses its broad interdisciplinary expertise in evolutionary ecology and genetics, wildlife diseases, reproductive biology and management in a close dialogue with stakeholders and the public.

The Museum für Naturkunde – Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science is a research museum within the Leibniz Association. With more than 30 million items and exhibition space of 6,500 m2, the Museum für Naturkunde, which is open to the public, is Germany’s largest natural history museum and one of the five largest in the world.

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, PIK, was founded in 1992. Researchers in the natural and social sciences from all over the world work closely together to study global change and its impacts on ecological, economic and social systems. They examine the earth system's capacity for withstanding human interventions and devise strategies and options for a sustainable development of humankind and nature. Interdisciplinary and solution-oriented approaches are a distinctive characteristic of the institute.

The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, ZALF, explores ecosystems in agricultural landscapes and the development of ecologically and economically tenable land use systems. ZALF focuses on highlighting perspectives for the sustainable use of the resource landscape in the context of the development of rural areas, using the example of its model regions, arising from current and anticipated social discussions. ZALF brings together scientific competence from agricultural science, geo- and biosciences to socio-economics.