DIVERSITAS is an international programme that promotes integrative biodiversity science linking biological, ecological and social disciplines.

Dr. Anne Larigauderie received her Master’s Degree in molecular biology from the University of Toulouse, France, and her PhD in plant ecology, from the CNRS in Montpellier. In 1996 she became the coordinator of the Swiss Priority Programme on biodiversity, and the scientific adviser to the Swiss delegation to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

In 1999, she joined the International Council for Science (ICSU, Paris) where she was in charge of the portfolio of programmes related to the environment (which includes DIVERSITAS). She was appointed as Executive Director of DIVERSITAS late 2001, and tasked with launching a new programme for biodiversity science.