Events & News


=> On this page you will find the latest news from the Hans Eisenmann forum.

=> News from the research of the HEF members can be found on the Opens external link in new window"Research" page.

HEF member receives Joseph Schepkens Prize for Plant Genetics

[January 2022]

This prize is awarded every three years to the author of an original experimental work in the field of plant genetics, particularly arable crops, and is reserved for European Union nationals. The Joseph Schepkens Prize in Plant Genetics, Thirty-third Triennium, was awarded to HEF member Mr. Gerd Patrick Bienert, Opens external link in new windowProfessor of Plant Physiology, for his contribution to the characterization of water and metalloid transport in plants.

Hans Eisenmann Prize for excellent teaching in agricultural sciences

[December 2021]

On behalf of the TUM university management, the Hans Eisenmann Forum awards two prizes annually for excellent teaching in agricultural sciences.

This year the prizes went to Dr. Ursula Dawo (Chair of Renaturation Ecology) for her teaching in the "Botanical Exercises for Bachelor Students" and to Dr. Manfred Mayer (Chair of Plant Breeding) for his teaching in the lecture "Plant Breeding for Bachelor Students".

The Hans Eisenmann Prize for excellent teaching is endowed with €500.

Dr. Ursula Davo
Chair of Restoration Ecology
Dr. Michael Mayer
Chair of Plant Breeding

3 HEF members among the most cited researchers worldwide

[November 2021]

Twelve researchers from TUM are among the world's most frequently cited figures. Eight of them conduct research at the TUM School of Life Sciences. This is shown by the new edition of the "Highly Cited Researchers" ranking.

The three HEF members Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner (Opens external link in new windowSoil Science), Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weisser (Opens external link in new windowTerrestrial Ecology) and Prof. Senthold Asseng (Opens external link in new windowDigital Agriculture) are among the world's most frequently cited scientists.

In their publications, scientists refer to the most important studies that have been published on the respective topic to date. Therefore, the citation frequency of a study is a good indicator of research quality. In order to determine the "Highly Cited Researchers", the US company Clarivate evaluates the "Web of Science" database that it operates, which records scientific publications from a wide range of subjects.

More information on the ranking and the other TUM scientists in the ranking can be found Opens external link in new windowhere.

Eco-efficient fertilization: billions in savings in the environmental and health sectors possible

[September 2021]

Urea is a valuable nitrogen fertilizer and is regularly used in agriculture to fertilize large arable land. However, the release of urea into the atmosphere has far-reaching consequences for the environment and human health. The addition of "urease inhibitors", which reduce gaseous ammonia losses, can help. Opens external link in new windowThe Chair of Plant Nutrition (Prof. Urs Schmidhalter) calculated how the use of eco-efficient fertilizers can save billions in environmental and health expenditure.

Dialogue processes are worthwhile - Future Commission on Agriculture presents results


A year ago, the federal cabinet set up a future commission for agriculture with the task of developing recommendations for productive and resource-conserving agriculture. Its report will be handed over to Chancellor Merkel on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. One of the members of the Future Commission is Opens external link in new windowProf. Vera Bitsch, Head of the TUM Chair for Economics of Gardening and Landscaping.

Prof. Johannes Sauer as an expert guest in the ARD-alpha program "alpha-demokratie"

[June 2021]

In its weekday information program "alpha-demokratie", the education channel of the ARD, ARD-alpha, deals with central issues and developments in democratic systems. The topic of the broadcast from 21.06. was “The Farmers and Agricultural Policy”. The role of agriculture in the area of tension between economic requirements, environmental protection and animal welfare was presented in a half-hour contribution. Professor Sauer was a guest in the studio of the Bayerischer Rundfunk that produced the show. In an interview with the journalist Mirjam Kottmann, he evaluated current and future agricultural policy from a scientific point of view.

The program can be accessed in the ARD media center with Opens external link in new windowthis link.

Prof. Heinz Bernhart receives award from the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR)

Prof. Bernhardt from the Opens external link in new windowTUM Chair of Agricultural Systems Engineering has been awarded the CIGR honorary prize for his work in the field of agricultural logistics. His work focuses on the performance of agricultural machinery and transportation operations. He has served as a keynote speaker at many conferences related to agricultural engineering and precision farming. He participates in the organization of many CIOSTA-CIGR V conferences and is a member of the CIGR Technical Section V: System Management.

The Opens external link in new windowInternational Agricultural Engineering Commission (CIGR) is an international, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization made up of a network of regional and national agricultural engineering societies, as well as private and public companies and individuals worldwide.

The main objectives of the CIGR are to stimulate the development of science and technology in the field of agricultural engineering, facilitate the exchange of research results and technology, represent the profession on a global scale, and promote the development of agricultural engineering and related sciences.

Prof. Johannes Sauer has been appointed Honorary Professor (Prof. h.c.) at the Australian National University

As announced by the Opens external link in new windowAustralian National University (ANU) on April 6, 2021, it recognizes Professor Sauer's achievements in establishing scientific relationships between the ANU and TUM as well as his research work on sustainable land management and productivity of agricultural operations in Australia by appointing him an honorary professor at the Opens external link in new windowArndt-Corden Department of Economics of the Opens external link in new windowCrawford School of Public Policy.

For several years and thanks to Professor Sauer's initiative, the Opens external link in new windowChair of Production and Resource Economics at TUM and the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics at ANU have been strategic partners in production and resource economics research. The thematic focus of the work, in which the research facility Opens external link in new windowAustralian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), which is affiliated with the Australian Ministry of Agriculture, is also centrally involved, is the dynamics and sustainability of agricultural production. The commitment of Professor Sauer and his colleagues at the ANU, a world-class university (31st place, QS World University Rankings 2021), should in future, in addition to the aspect of joint, innovative research, deepen the teaching program of the participating universities and enable research stays in the partner country.

Dr. Heinrich Baur Prize awarded, three scientists honored for their research work

Every two years, the Dr. Heinrich Baur Prize and the Dr. Heinrich-Baur-Förderpreis awarded by the Hans Eisenmann-Forum for Agricultural Sciences to scientists who are recognized for their outstanding scientific work in the field of agricultural research and related disciplines. Opens external link in new windowLink to the press release.

New Management at HEF

On February 1, 2021, there was a change in the management of the Hans Eisenmann Forum.

Many thanks to Prof. Thomas H. Kolbe, who has continued to develop the HEF in the field of digitization over the past two years with major topics and projects such as the Opens internal link in current windowSmart Rural Area Infrastructure and the Opens internal link in current windowSensor Network. As a HEF member, he will continue to be significantly involved in the further development of these topics.

Prof. Senthold Asseng has been the new director of the HEF since February 1, 2021. He has also held the Chair for Digital Agriculture at the TUM School of Life Sciences since December 2020.

His research interests are in the development of mathematical modeling and computer simulation of agricultural and biological systems related to climate variability, climate change and sustainability. Adaptation strategies to improve food security in sustainable agricultural systems in the context of climate change are to be examined.

The complexity of the above research goals requires a strong focus on building and expanding interdisciplinary research teams that include plant modelers, plant physiologists, breeders, soil scientists, hydrologists, climatologists, economists and biostatisticians.

With his international experience and networking, he will set new impulses at the HEF.

A short video about him can be found further down on this page.

Our new HEF members

Prof. Dr. Senthold Asseng

Digital Agriculture | seit Dezember 2020

Prof. Dr. Patrick Bienert

Crop Physiology | seit April 2020

Prof. Dr. Monika Egerer

Urbane Produktive Ökosysteme | seit Oktober 2020

Prof. Dr. Kang Yu

Precision Agriculture | seit Juni 2020

September 28th: TUM researcher at the "Campus-Talks" on ARD-Alpha

In the "Campus Talks" program, soil scientist Prof. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner describes what makes soil healthy and why it is good for the climate. In a 13-minute lecture, she explores the question: What is in the soil nanocosm and why is it so important for the climate?

Soils form at the interface between rock and the plant-covered atmosphere. The organic and the inorganic world meet here. Soil is the habitat of countless bacteria, fungi and animals. These populate the porous system of minerals and organic matter that is created when plant residues are broken down. In this way they regulate the material and energy cycles between the atmosphere, the groundwater and the plants.

At Campus Talks, Ingrid Kögel-Knabner, Professor of Opens external link in new windowSoil Science at the Opens external link in new windowTUM School of Life Sciences in Freising-Weihenstephan, explains how soils can build up carbon stocks that are significantly larger than what is available globally stored in the atmosphere as CO2 and in living biomass - especially in vegetation. Humans can influence this carbon store through land use and management, for example through the cultivation of catch crops in autumn and winter, and thus achieve a positive climate effect.

September 22: IFAMA awards Fellow Award to Prof. Vera Bitsch

The Opens external link in new windowInternational Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) presented the Fellow Award to Prof. Dr. dr h.c. Vera Bitsch from the Opens external link in new windowTUM School of Life Sciences.

Only active supporters of the association who have made outstanding contributions to food and agribusiness management in at least two of the following four categories are eligible to become a Fellow: food and/or agribusiness management practice, research and fellowships teaching and/or academic Administration and service for IFAMA.

July 20: TUM researchers rely on digitization to improve nutrient management

July 8: Federal cabinet appoints Prof. Dr. dr h.c. Vera Bitsch from the Technical University of Munich as a scientific member of the Future Commission for Agriculture

On July 8, 2020, the Federal Cabinet set up the Future Commission for Agriculture with the task of developing recommendations for productive and resource-efficient agriculture. The aim is to combine animal welfare, biodiversity, climate and environmental protection with yield security and economic viability. In this way, the Future Commission is intended to make a contribution to enabling ecologically, economically and socially sustainable agriculture in Germany, which is accepted by society in the face of increasing expectations and high price awareness. The commission consists of ten representatives of agricultural associations, eight representatives of industrial and consumer organisations, seven people from the environment and animal welfare sector and six scientists from the fields of agriculture and the environment. Prof. Dr. Peter Strohschneider, who was President of the German Research Foundation until December 31, 2019.


June 24: Virtual Space2agriculture - Networking meeting at HEF

The Hans Eisenmann Forum is a member of the Opens external link in new windowINNOspace Network Space2Agriculture and co-organized the virtual working group meeting on June 24th.

Space2Agriculture represents a communication platform between aerospace and agriculture with the aim of establishing cross-industry networks and initiating synergies.

The network meeting on June 24 focused on space services and technologies for agriculture in the context of climate change, food security, biodiversity protection and sustainable agriculture. Professor Heinz Bernhardt (LS Agricultural Systems Engineering) and Prof. Thomas H. Kolbe (LS Geoinformatics, HEF Director) held keynote speeches on behalf of TUM and the Hans Eisenmann Forum. Representatives of the Bundeswehr University in Munich, the Bavarian Farmers' Association and representatives from business were invited as further speakers.

June 3-4: HEF at International Digital Landscape Architecture Conference

The 21st Annual International Digital Landscape Architecture Conference took place on the June 3-4, 2020.

Instead of an on-site conference at Harvard, USA, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the programs were organized as “ALL Virtual Online Conference” with about 300 active participants.

The online conference was held over two half-days with a combination of “several keynotes”, “special Topics - COVID-Inspired Innovations”, and “concurrent speakers’ sessions” each day.


The Hans Eisenmann-Forum in collaboration with the chair of Geoinformatics submitted a paper, which can be found here.  The paper introduces a distributed digital twin of the Agricultural Landscape. This work was presented in half-a-Ted-talk style (7 minutes) by HEF-team member Mandana Moshrefzadeh.

The conference programme can be found here.

The full paper can be found in the journal of Landscape Architecture as an open access paper:


The presentation was recorded and can be found here:


=> A demo video of “HEF AgriHUB”, the catalogue instance at HEF is provided here:

40th GIL Annual Conference at the Hans Eisenmann Forum

On February 17th and 18th 2020, the 40th annual conference of the Opens external link in new windowSociety for Computer Science in Agriculture, Forestry and Food Management (GIL) took place at the Hans Eisenmann Forum. The GIL was founded 40 years ago on the Weihenstephan campus and returned to the place where it was founded this year. The three founding members Prof. Ludwig Reiner, Prof. Anton Mangstl and Prof. Hermann Auernhammer were also present at this anniversary.

More than 180 participants met for two days under the main topic "Digitization for people, environment and animals" to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of digitization in terms of workload and job satisfaction, the opportunities of digitization for environmentally friendly, resource-saving agricultural production and the Potential of digitization for the improvement of animal welfare and animal health.

The conference proceedings for this event can be found Opens external link in new windowhere.

HEF member, Prof. Dr. Benjamin Schusser, belongs to the "Top 40 under 40" - business magazine Capital honours young talents

[December 2019] For the twelfth time, the business magazine "Capital" has chosen the "Young Elite - the TOP 40 under 40" in 2019. In this ranking, 40 talents under 40 years of age from four areas - science and society, management, politics and state, and entrepreneurship - are honored. This year, Prof. Dr. Benjamin Schusser, Professor of Biotechnology of Reproduction, is also among the winners.

Prof. Schusser (*1980) researches the immune system of the domestic chicken. His work focuses on the creation of genetically modified chickens to study the chicken's immune system. His research focuses on the development of the learned immune system on the one hand and on the function of the immune system in the context of infectious diseases on the other.

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HEF members are among the most cited scientists worldwide

We congratulate

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner (TUM Chair of Soil Science)

Prof. Dr. Michael Schloter (TUM Honorary Professor, Helmholtz Centre Munich)

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Weisser (TUM Chair of Terrestrial Ecology)

The most cited scientists worldwide - Nine TUM professors in the "Highly Cited Researchers" ranking

Nine TUM researchers are among the world's most respected scientific minds. This is shown by the new edition of the ranking "Highly Cited Researchers", for which citations in scientific publications were evaluated.

In their publications, scientists refer to the most important articles that have appeared so far on the respective topic. The frequency of citations is therefore a good indicator of research quality. In order to identify the "Highly Cited Researchers", the US company Clarivate Analytics evaluates its "Web of Science" database, which covers a broad spectrum of scientific publications.

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Max Schönleutner-Medal for Präsident Herrmann

The long-time president of the TUM, Professor Dr. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, received the Max Schönleutner Medal at the 10th anniversary of the Max Schönleutner Gesellschaft Weihenstephan (MSGW). Gern Sonnleitner, former president of the Bavarian, German and European Farmers' Associations, was also awarded the medal. TUM President Thomas F. Hofmann emphasized the importance of agricultural sciences in his speech.

"The Max Schönleutner Gesellschaft Weihenstephan and the TUM have always had the same goal in common: to promote future-oriented research and education and innovative talents in agricultural and horticultural sciences," explained President Hofmann.

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Präsident Thomas F. Hofmann [Foto U.Benz/TUM]
v.l. Florian Herrmann (MdL), Wolfgang A. Herrmann (TUM), Gerd Sonnleitner (BBV), Josef Bosch (MSGW), Thomas F. Hofmann (TUM), Klaus J. Lutz ( BayWa), Walter Heidl (BBV) [Foto: U.Benz/TUM]
v.l. Wolfgang A. Herrmann (TUM), Gerd Sonnleitner (BBV) [Foto: U.Benz/TUM]

Federal President presents German Environmental Prize - Soil researcher Kögel-Knabner is honoured

Ingrid Kögel-Knabner, holder of the Chair of Soil Science at the Technical University of Munich, investigates how the organic substance forms and composes in soils.
Through her research, she is a pioneer in environmental protection.

The Tagesschau reports on the awarding of the most valuable environmental prize in Europe and portrays the winners.
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Hans Eisenmann-Academy: Public Lecture Series

Whether you are from science, industry, practice or simply interested in the topic - the HEF Academy's public lecture series offers you interesting lectures from various areas of agricultural science and economics.

All dates are free of charge and without registration.  

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