Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute

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Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forests and Fisheries
(Thünen Institute)
- vTI -

State level Federation
position Higher federal authority
legal form Federal institution under public law with
no legal
Supervisory authority Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
founding January 1, 2008
Headquarters Braunschweig Lower Saxony
Lower SaxonyLower Saxony 
Authority management Folkhard Isermeyer , President
Servants 606
Budget volume 80.352 million euros
Web presence
Thünen Institute for Forest Ecosystems, Eberswalde branch
Thünen Institute in Braunschweig

The Thünen Institute ( vTI ; full official name: Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forests and Fisheries ) is a federal, unincorporated institution under public law and a higher federal authority within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) with headquarters in Braunschweig . It was established on January 1, 2008 from the Federal Research Center for Fisheries (BFAFi), the Federal Research Center for Forestry and Wood Management (BFH) and parts of the Federal Research Center for Agriculture (FAL). The institute is named after the economist and agricultural scientist Johann Heinrich von Thünen . Since around 2012 it has not used its bulky full name and the abbreviation “vTI” in external communication in favor of the name “Thünen Institute”.

The institute conducts interdisciplinary research with the aim of sustainable further development of agriculture, forestry, timber and fishing. In doing so, it includes economic, ecological and technological aspects.

As a departmental research facility, the institute develops scientific principles to aid decision-making in the federal government's policy. The Thünen Institute is a member of the working group of departmental research institutions .

According to the 2013 budget, it has around 606 posts and posts. There are also third-party funded positions to a varying extent. The Federal Research Institute is divided into 14 specialist institutes:

  • Institute for Rural Areas (seat: Braunschweig)
  • Institute for Business Administration (seat: Braunschweig)
  • Institute for Market Analysis (seat: Braunschweig)
  • Institute for Agricultural Technology (seat: Braunschweig)
  • Institute for Biodiversity (seat: Braunschweig)
  • Institute for Agricultural Climate Protection (seat: Braunschweig)
  • Institute for Organic Agriculture (Headquarters: Westerau -Trenthorst, Gut Trenthorst )
  • Institute for Wood Research (seat: Hamburg-Lohbrügge )
  • Institute for International Forestry and Forest Economics (seat: Hamburg-Lohbrügge )
  • Institute for Forest Ecosystems (Headquarters: Eberswalde )
  • Institute for Forest Genetics (headquarters: Großhansdorf and Waldsieversdorf )
  • Institute for Sea Fisheries (seat: Bremerhaven , fishing port ); New building from 2017 according to plans from the Staab office (Bremen BDA Prize 2018)
  • Institute for Fisheries Ecology (seat: Bremerhaven , Fischereihafen )
  • Institute for Baltic Sea Fisheries (seat: Rostock )

The two previous specialist institutes for forest economics and world forestry were merged on October 1, 2013 to form the new Institute for International Forestry and Forest Economics.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e f Federal budget 2019, EP 10
  2. Thünen Institute - The name becomes more catchy. Press release. Thünen-Institut, December 20, 2012, accessed on March 11, 2016 .
  3. Federal Budget 2013, Section 10: Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. (PDF, 1.2 MB) Federal Ministry of Finance, p. 209 , accessed on April 22, 2014 .
  4. Excellent architecture . In: Weser-Kurier of November 18, 2018, p. 8.
  5. Forest research at the Thünen Institute is repositioning itself. Press release. Thünen-Institut, October 1, 2013, accessed on March 11, 2016 .

Coordinates: 52 ° 17 ′ 10.2 ″  N , 10 ° 26 ′ 59.4 ″  E