The Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, is a German research institute under the auspices of the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). It develops scientific basics as decision-making helps for the policies of the German government.

Entrance of the campus at the headquarters in Braunschweig (© Thünen-Institut/M. Welling)

With Headquarters in Braunschweig, the Thünen Institute comprises 14 specialist institutes and additional joint service units.

We cooperate nationally and internationally with universities and other research organisations and are engaged in training scientists. The course “Wood Science” is offered in cooperation with the University of Hamburg. We also maintain close collaborative relationships with BMEL's other Federal Research Centres.

The Thünen Institute is a Federal Research Institution (Ressortforschungseinrichtungen des Bundes).