Thünen Institute and University consolidate cooperation in the City of Science Braunschweig Joint appointment of Professor Christina Umstätter
Prof. Dr Christina Umstätter is the new director of the Thünen Institute of Agricultural Technology and at the same time Professor of Digital Agriculture at Technische Universität Braunschweig since July 2021. With this joint appointment, the two research institutions have further expanded their long-standing cooperation at the Braunschweig site.
Christina Umstätter studied agricultural sciences at the University of Bonn and the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. After completing her doctorate in 2002, she worked at the TU Munich and Scotland’s Rural College in Crianlarich before moving to the Swiss Federal Research Station Agroscope in Tänikon in 2014. There she most recently headed the research group “Automatisierung und Arbeitsgestaltung” (“Automation and Work Design”). She has now started her work in Braunschweig at the beginning of July 2021. The Thünen Institute of Agricultural Technology has around 50 permanent and third-party funded positions. Research interests focus on technologies for sustainable agricultural production and for the material use of renewable raw materials. Sensor technology and digital systems are a particular focus.
The Thünen Institute as a federal research institution and TU Braunschweig have maintained close scientific relations for several years. Employees of the Thünen Institute work as lecturers or non-scheduled professors at the Carolo-Wilhelmina. Many students take advantage of the opportunity to do their thesis or doctorate at the Thünen Institute. Joint appointments were made for the first time in 2017, putting the cooperation on a firm formal footing.
Source: Thünen Institute