GFBio - Gesellschaft für Biologische Daten e.V.

We are

  • #FAIRData champions, helping researchers on a daily basis to improve their Research Data Management.
  • the forum for shaping the future of Research Data Management (RDM) in biodiversity, ecology and environmental research.
  • aggregating and communicating the needs of our target  communities to funding agencies and policy makers.

We are hiring - join our team!

GFBio e.V. is partner in the interdisciplinary Data Competence Center "Knowledge Laboratory for Natural Science Collections and object-centered data - Wissenslabor für naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen und objektzentrierte Daten" (WiNoDa). Subject to the final funding decision, we are looking for two new staff members to support us in building up WiNoDa:

The positions are advertised in German, applications are welcome in both German and English. The earliest starting date is November 15th, 2023.

Not what you are looking for? We are always happy to speak about opportunities in our team ( Contact can be made in either German or English.

Our role in the German Federation for Biological Data (GFBio)

GFBio e.V. was founded on 31 May 2016 in Bremen as the legal entity for the sustainable operation of the GFBio service portfolio beyond the funding period. It is a non-for-profit (gemeinnützige) association to promote science and research in the area of scientific data management in accordance with its statutes (in German only).

GFBio e.V. Fact Sheet (in German)

Our role in the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI)

In October 2020, GFBio e.V. has become part of the German National Research Data Infrastructure NFDI. The association acts as coordinating partner in the NFDI4BioDiversity consortium, one of the large, community-driven networks that form the NFDI. This role comes with a substantial increase in staff and the responsibility to organize the transition of GFBio services into new structures. Also, the network of data providers will grow substantially. The brand GFBio will be sustained.

GFBio e.V. as project partner for data management

With a growing team we are able to take responsibility for data-related work packages in scientific projects and programmes. In the Priority Programme (SPP) 1991 – New approaches to discovering and naming biodiversity - Taxon-OMICs we are co-leads of the subproject “Concepts, tools and support for managing, archiving, mobilizing and integrating taxonomic data in the framework of SPP 1991” (DFG project number 447018505).  In a DFG-funded consortium of  collection centers engaged in the three-dimensional digitisation of insect specimen - DISC3D, GFBio e.V. is the data management partner and leads the development of workflows for data transfer and analysis in the cloud (DFG project number 495869174).

Engaging for data policy

Reusable data for research is at the heart of our mission. We engage in initiatives which foster data mobilisation and openness, international data exchange and the application of the FAIR principles. As experts for data infrastructure and services we take a keen interest in policy development on the European and global level. As of October 2022, we started a feasibility assessment of regulation for digital sequence information (DSI), a policy development settled in the context of the UN negotiations on the post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF). The project called FAR-DSI is funded by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).

GFBio e.V. staff

Executive Secretary
Barbara Ebert

Barbara Ebert

+49 160 2219569


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Raphael Gariba

+49 421 37703625


Sandra Nowack

Sandra Nowack

+49 421 21865583


Project Office
Christane Dörr

Christiane Dörr

+49 421 80719841



Merle Schwarten

+49 421 80719842


Data and Software Services
Michael Diepenbroek

Michael Diepenbroek


Ivaylo Kostatinov

Ivaylo Kostadinov

+49 421 80719846


Jimena Linares

Jimena Linares

+49 421 80719849


Claas-Thido Pfaff

Claas-Thido Pfaff

+49 421 80719847



Marc Weber

+49 421 80719848



Linus Franz

+49 421 377029921



Barbara Wagner

+49 421 377029920



Lukas Münter

+49 421 37703676


Project Coordination
Katharina Frohne

Katharina Frohne

+49 421 80719844


Maria Meister

Maria Meister

+49 421 80719843



Daniel Tschink

+49 421 80719845


Judith Weber

Judith Engel



Kristin Sauerland

+49 421 218 655 90



Débora Raposo

+49 421 377 037 93


GFBio e.V. board members

The GFBio e.V. board is the highest management body of the association. All members are working in an honorary capacity.

  1. Chairperson: Prof. Dr. Frank Oliver Glöckner
  2. Chairperson: Prof. Dr. Birgitta König-Ries

Treasurer: Dr. Janine Felden

  1. Assessor: Dr. Dagmar Triebel
  2. Assessor: Dipl.-Inf. Anton Güntsch

Institutional Members

Interested in joining GFBio e.V.?

We are an open community. Active supporters of RDM best practices in biology - individuals and organisations - are always welcome! There are many ways to contribute: you and your organisation may represent the needs of a scientific community, offer solutions and insights, or simply be a FAIR advocate.

Please download our membership application form and send the signed form to vorstand[at] for review. The annual GFBio membership fee is 50 € (including VAT). We recommend to subscribe to our SEPA Direct Debit Schema. For more details please check the GFBio e.V. contribution rules (Beitragsordnung).

Mitgliederversammlung 2019

Further questions?

GFBio - Gesellschaft für Biologische Daten e.V.

Unicom 2, Haus 2-4
Mary-Somerville-Str. 2-4
28359 Bremen