Dr. rer. nat. Inga Tiemann

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Research assistant at the Institute of Agricultural Engineering at the University of Bonn, Frankenforst Campus

Research areas

Dr. rer. nat. Inga Tiemann researches and teaches in the field of precision poultry and livestock farming, especially with regard to individual animal-specific data. After studying biology and psychology in Düsseldorf and Duisburg, completing her doctorate on tracking methods and ethological applications in chickens, managing a non-university research institution and a post-doctoral phase at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, she has been setting up the poultry department at the Frankenforst campus since 2018. The research topics are clearly oriented towards the digital recording of primarily animal welfare and behavioural parameters. A particular focus here is the dual-use chicken. She has been part of the agricultural technology team since 2022 and supports the research area Animal Welfare and Precision Poultry and Livestock Farming.

Curriculum vitae

  • 04/2022 - today Habilitand (temporary academic councillor) at the Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Precision Poultry and Livestock Farming, Department of Process Engineering in Animal Production, (Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Büscher), Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn.
  • 10/2020 - 03/2022 Habilitand (temporary academic councillor) at the Institute of Animal Sciences, Department of Poultry Science, Animal Husbandry, Farm Animal Ethology and Animal Welfare (Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Südekum, Managing Director), Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
  • 02/2018 - 09/2020 Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Animal Sciences, Department of Animal Husbandry, Farm Animal Ethology and Animal Welfare (Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Südekum, Managing Director), Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
  • 08/2017 - 02/2018 Research assistant at the Institute of Animal Sciences, Department of Animal Breeding and Husbandry (Prof. Dr. Karl Schellander), Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

  • 03/2009 - 06/2011 Post-Doc Fellowship im Comparative Cognition Laboratory, Department of Psychology (Dr. Debbie Kelly, ab 07/2010 Comparative Cognition laboratory, Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Kanada) in Kooperation mit der Poultry Teaching and Research Unit (Dr. Karen Schwean-Lardner), Department of Animal and Poultry, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Kanada (zunächst im Projekt Functional Lateralization: An Avian Model of Aging, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, ab 2010 eigene Drittmittel)
  • 06/2006 Forschungsaufenthalt in Neukaledonien in Kooperation mit dem Department of Psychology (Dr. Gavin Hunt), Faculty of Science, University of Auckland, Neuseeland
  • 12/2003 - 12/2006 PhD student at the C. & O. Vogt Institute for Brain Research, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. Project funding domestication, mate choice and speciation by the German Research Foundation (5446666, Prof. Dr. Gerd Rehkämper).
  • 10/1997 - 11/2003 First State Examination in Biology and Psychology at the Universities of
    at the Universities of Düsseldorf and Duisburg; title of the examination paper: Behavioural characteristics of four breeds of domestic chicken in classical and operant conditioning
    an den Universitäten Düsseldorf und Duisburg; Titel der Examensarbeit: Verhaltensmerkmale von vier Rassen des Haushuhns bei klassischer und operanter Konditionierung

  • 05/2021 - today Appointment to the Advisory Board for Poultry Husbandry, Chamber of Agriculture NRW
  • 10/2020 - today Hearing Expert in the Working Group Broiler Welfare and Layer Welfare, Panel on Animal Health and Welfare, Farm to Fork (F2F) Strategy of the European Food Safety Authority (scientific advice to the European Commission and the European Parliament)
  • 06/2020 - today Member of TRA 6 (Transdisciplinary Research Area 6) "Innovation and Technology for a Sustainable Future", University of Bonn
  • 09/2019 - today Spokesperson of the Poultry Working Group of the Competence Network for Farm Animal Husbandry "Borchert Commission" (advisory body of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture)
  • 03/2019 - today Member of the Board of the Dr. Alhard von Burgsdorff Foundation
  • 12/2018 - today Appointed member of Working Group 9 Welfare & Management (European Federation of the World's Poultry Science Association)
  • 10/2017 - today Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (LINK Institution)
  • 07/2014 - today Platform Dual-Use Chicken (funded by Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank)
  • 02/2010 - today Appointed member of the Working Group on Small Animals, Advisory Board on Animal Genetic Resources, German Society for Breeding Science (advisory body to the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture)
  • 04/2009 - today Competence Network for Farm Animal Research NRW, WG Animal Welfare Initiative and WG Digitalisation, Research Network NRW-Agriculture
  • 03/2007 - today Deutsche Vereinigung für Geflügelwissenschaften e.V., German Branch of the World's Poultry Science Association (Board since 2013, Management since 2019 - today)
  • 05/2022 Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW): Animal Welfare Student Scholarship Award "Pathing individual performance, welfare indicators and behaviour to keel bone alterations in chickens" (Lead applicant: Kristina Mertens)
  • 06/2019 Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW): Animal Welfare Student Scholarship Award "Evaluation of the individual exploration and free-range behaviour of different chicken breeds" (Lead applicant: Pia Niewind)
  • 04/2019 Innovation Award Animal Welfare of the Initiative Tierwohl "Innovative sound concept to promote animal welfare".
    08/2016 Award for the project "Cryoreserve in chickens" in the competition of the UN Decade of Biological Diversity, supported by the United Nations
  • 07/2008 Selected site in the competition 365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas under the patronage of the Federal President "WISSENswertes rund um das Hausgeflügel" (Worth knowing about domestic poultry)
  • 03/2008 Award for excellent dissertation of the German Poultry Science Association (World's Poultry Science Association)

Projects/Third-party funds



11/2020 - 10/2023

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10/2020 - 12.2022


Runtime:              03/2022 - 12/2022



01/2022 - 06/2023

  • DigiNest
  • Open Livestock
  • Virtual Fencing
  • Reinzuchtgenetiken beim Zweinutzungshuhn
  • PutenStroh - Strohgranulat und Strohpellets in der Putenmast


  • Senta Becker, Wolfgang Buescher und Inga Tiemann (2023): The British Ixworth: individual growth and egg production of a purebred dual-purpose chicken.
    Received 21 Mar 2023, Accepted 23 Jul 2023, Published online: 14 Aug 2023
  • Inga Tiemann , Esther Wurm , Naemi von Jasmund , Kathrin Schulze Rötering , Wolfgang Büscher (2023): Recording group and area-specific activity of fattening pigs by using Passive Infrared Detectors on farm, Front. Anim. Sci., 02 November 2023 Sec. Precision Livestock Farming
  • Tiemann, I., Becker, S., Büscher, W., Meuser, V. (2022). Exploring animal genetic resources of the domestic chicken and their behavior in the open field. Journal of Applied Poultry Research, 31, 100237
  • Jahn, A. & Tiemann, I. (accepted). Ein Update zum Töten männlicher Hühnerküken von Legelinien - wo stehen wir im Jahr 2022? Deutschen Tierärzteblatt
  • Carolin Adler, Alexander J. Schmithausen, Manfred Trimborn, Sophia Heitmann, Birgit Spindler, Inga Tiemann, Nicole Kemper & Wolfgang Büscher (2021) Effects of a Partially  Perforated Flooring System on Ammonia Emissions  in Broiler  Housing—Conflict of Objectives between Animal Welfare and  Environment?
    Animals 2021, 11(3), 707
  • Meuser, V., Weinhold, L., Hillemacher, S., Tiemann, I. (2021). Welfare-Related Behaviors in Chickens: Characterization of Fear and Exploration in local and commercial chicken strains. Animals, 11, 679. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11030679
  • Tiemann, I., Hillemacher, S., Wittmann, M. (2020). Are dual-purpose chickens twice as good? Measuring performance and animal welfare throughout the fattening period. Animals, 10, 1980
  • Adler, C., Tiemann, I., Hillemacher, S., Schmithausen, A., Müller, U., Heitmann, S., Spindler, B., Kemper, N., Büscher, W. (2020). Effects of a partially perforated flooring system on animal based welfare indicators in broiler housing. Poultry Science, 99, 3343–3354
  • Li, L., Pu, Q., Hintze, M., Wang, Y., Eckhardt, M., Gieselmann, V., Tiemann, I., Qi, X., Cai, D., Wang, J. & Huang, R. (2020). BDNF and NGF signals originating from sensory ganglia promote cranial motor axon growth. Experimental Brain Research, 238, 111-119.
  • Fellmin, M., Tiemann, I. (2014). Sensomotorische Steuerung des Pickverhaltens bei verschiedenen Taubenrassen (Columba livia f. dom.). European Poultry Science, 77, 10.1399/eps.2013.2
  • Ochi, A., Ochiai, K., Kobara, A., Nakamura, S., Hatai, H., Handharyani, E., Tiemann, I., Tanaka, I., Toyoda, T., Abe, A., Seok, S., Sunden, Y., Torralba, N., Park, J., Hafez, M., Umemura, T. (2012). Epidemiological study of fowl glioma-inducing virus in chickens in Asia and Germany. Avian Pathology, 41, 299-309.
  • Tiemann, I., Rehkämper, G. (2012) Evolutionary Pets: Offspring Numbers reveal Speciation Processes in Domesticated Chickens. PLOS ONE, 7, e41453
  • Tiemann, I., Rehkämper, G. (2009). Effect of artificial selection on female choice among domesticated chickens Gallus gallus f.d.. Poultry Science, 88, 1948-1954
  • Cnotka, J., Tiemann, I., Frahm, H., Rehkämper, G. (2008). Unusual brain composition in Crested Ducks (Anas platyrhynchos f.d.) - including its effect on behavior and genetic transmission. Brain Research Bulletin, 76, 324-328
  • Tiemann, I., Rehkämper, G. (2008). Breed-specific companions - inter-individual distances reflect isolating mechanisms within domesticated chickens (Gallus gallus f.d.). Brain Research Bulletin, 76, 300-303
  • Tiemann, I., Rehkämper, G. (2006). Rasseunterschiede bei Haushühnern (Gallus gallus f.d.) bei klassischer und operanter Konditionierung in der Skinner-Box. Acta Biologica Benrodis, 13, 231-240
  • Werner, C., Tiemann, I., Cnotka, J., Rehkämper, G. (2005). Do chickens (Gallus gallus f. domestica) decompose visual figures? Animal Cognition, 8, 129 – 140
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