The Thünen Institute is certified with the audit berufundfamilie (family-friendly personnel policy).

Child care

The kindergarden "Krümelkiste" is located directly on-site the Thünen campus in Braunschweig


More information about child care, education and living in Braunschweig on "Braunschweig best choice".


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Information about child care in Hamburg on "Hamburg/Kitas" (in German).


Information about child care in Bremerhaven on "Bremerhaven" (in German).

Certificate "audit berufundfamilie"

The Thünen Institute has been awarded the "audit berufundfamilie" certificate since autumn 2021. The quality seal of the non-profit German "berufundfamilie Service GmbH" confirms our claim to a family- and life-phase-conscious personnel policy.

The existing offers for our employees include flexible working hours, diverse part-time models, home office and teleworking. In addition, a parents' initiative at the Thünen campus in Braunschweig offers childcare in the kindergarden "Krümelkiste". Furthermore we cooperate with a company social counselling service.

Further projects will be implemented by autumn 2024. The introduction of mobile working and alternating teleworking, greater flexibility in working hours, but also support for caring relatives, the expansion of video conferencing as an alternative to business trips and part-time management are planned.

The "audit berufundfamilie" certificate is awarded for an initial period of three years. During this time, the practical implementation of the target agreements is reviewed annually. Across Europe, around 1,800 institutions and universities hold the "audit berufundfamilie" certificate.