From slime moulds to whale sharks and tiny molecules to tropical ecosystems, our Earth is home to a fascinating array of life that is collectively known as biodiversity. It is vast and exciting, yet disappearing rapidly, so we need to act now to explore and understand its intricacies. To reach these goals, the Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre aims to link science and society around biodiversity and enhance and accelerate biodiversity research. The GGBC has a global outlook, extending well beyond the borders of our home base in Western Sweden. We are a collaborative effort among fourteen partner institutions and hosted at the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Gothenburg in Gothenburg, Sweden.