About us

The World Agricultural Systems Center on the campus in Weihenstephan:

  • connects all agricultural science-oriented chairs and institutions of the TUM
  • supports cooperation with other agronomic institutions at the site
  • acts as a broker for professional expertise, e.g. in contact with the media
  • provides a platform for communication and dialogue with the various fields of agriculture and agronomy
  • supports the transfer of knowledge through lectures and symposia for scientists, students, practitioners, experts and interested citizens
  • and is the visible contact for agricultural science inside and outside the TUM

In 2021, the center has focused on four main research topics: Agroforestry, Vertical Farming, Robot Farm and Climate Change Impact.

The World Agricultural Systems Center is member of the German Agricultural Research Alliance (Deutsche Agrarforschungsallianz, DAFA).

The Hans Eisenmann-Forum scientific advisory board provides impulses for the further development of the institute and discusses current and future research topics. The board is composed of representatives from international science, industry and agricultural practice. Meetings take place once a year.

Board Members

  • Dr. Greta de Both, BASF
  • Dr. Josef Bosch, Max Schönleutner Gesellschaft
  • Prof. Dr. Frank Ewert, ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Leibniz Center for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)
  • Prof. Dr. Jess Fanzo, Johns Hopkins University
  • Prof. Dr. Jean-Francois Soussana, French National Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE)
  • Prof. Dr. Johan Swinnen, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Prof. Dr. Jaques Wery, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
  • Prof. Dr. Yan Zhu, Nanjing Agricultural University

The Round Table on Agriculture maintains contact with agriculture and regional politics.The board meets every three months to discuss scientific topics and their impact on agriculture as well as receiving questions and impulses from outside. Depending on the topic, the round table will invite additional experts to meeting.


  • Dr. Wolfram Schaecke, Bayerisches State Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Forestry (StMELF)
  • Michael Mederle, Kuratorium Bayerischer Maschinen- und Betriebshilferinge e.V.
  • Dr. Josef Bosch, Max Schönleutner Gesellschaft and Farmer

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