Biodiversity loss and climate change are among today's great challenges. To understand them and their close and numerous interactions science has to address and bridge both processes. This interdisciplinary scientific research is the aim of the LOEWE Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F). BiK-F is a joint venture between the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung and the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany – both being members of BioFrankfurt. Further partners are the Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung (ISOE), Deutscher Wetterdienst and EUMETSAT. BiK-F was established in 2008 and is funded by the Hessian Initiative for Scientific-Economic Excellence (‘Landes-Offensive zur Entwicklung Wissenschaftlich-ökonomischer Exzellenz’ (LOEWE)). For the next three years from July 2011 onwards another 22.2 million Euros have been granted to continue the successful work until 2014. With more than 200 scientists working in collaboration with the centre BiK-F is one of the world’s biggest interdisplinary biodiversity research institutions.