About us

Organizational Structure

The Hans-Eisenmann-Forum is a central cross-discipline and interfaculty institution of Agricultural Science of the Technische Universität München.

The central institution is under the responsibility of the University Board of the Technische Universität München and is directed by Prof. Dr. Thomas H. Kolbe, who also holds the chair of Geoinformatics at the TUM Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering.

The members of the Hans-Eisenmann-Forum are the holders of professorships relating to the Agricultural Science at the TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan and several professors with closely related disciplines from other departments of the Technische Universität München.

In particular, the HEF members focus on the five key topics land use/ land development, resources efficiency and biobased economy, innovative production of biomass, microbiome in agricultural systems, and animal welfare.

Objectives and Tasks

The HEF provides a platform for agricultural research at the campus of TUM and partner institutions. The HEF office itself, coordinated by a director, a project manager and a secretary, supports the communication and public relations of agricultural contents both inside and outside of the TUM.


The key objectives include the promotion of research, knowledge transfer and communication within and between agricultural sciences and agricultural industry and practices.

Several open events organized by the HEF, such as lectures for all interested parties as well as symposia and conferences on a regular basis, promote intensive and constructive exchange of ideas between science, industry, ministries and agricultural fields of application, and support an effective outreach to stakeholders and the wider public.

The mission of the Hans-Eisenmann-Forum as a comprehensive central institution is to further develop Agricultural Science as a multi-discipline system science and to give a sense of identity to all professorships of Agricultural Science.

Furthermore the Hans-Eisenmann-Forum connects professional agricultural scientific competence to those people who are interested.


29.04.2008 Decision of the Bavarian Council of Ministers to establish a central institution for Agricultural Science

20.05.2008 Decision of the University Management to establish the Hans-Eisenmann-Zentrum as a central institute at Weihenstephan

04.06.2008 Target agreement between the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts and the Technische Universität München: a decision on the establishment of the central institute for Agricultural Science is reached

12.11.2008 Inaugural meeting of the Hans-Eisenmann-Zentrum for Agricultural Science

18.11.2008 Appointment of the Director of the Hans-Eisenmann-Zentrum by the Executive Board of Management

15.05.2009 The Hans-Eisenmann-Zentrum's management office begins its activities