Prof. Dr. Carsten Thoroe enthüllt die Thünen-Plastik.
The institute is named after Johann Heinrich von Thünen. In March 2009, Thünen president Professor Carsten Thoroe unveiles a new bronze bust of the economist and agriculturist, created by the sculptor Fabian Vogler. The sculpture stands in front of the Forum building in Braunschweig. (© Thünen-Institut/Michael Welling)

The Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute was established in 2008. It is one out of four Federal research institutes under the auspices of the German Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV).

The origins of the Thünen Institute lies in three German Federal research centres, all of which were founded after the Second World War, and several of which have even older roots: The Federal Research Centre for Fisheries (BFAFi), the Federal Research Centre for Forestry and Forest Products (BFH), and large parts of the Federal Agricultural Research Centre (FAL).

On the history of the predecessor bodies: