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Dr. Tilman SPOHN Head, Institute of Planetary Research, German Aerospace Center, Berlin


 Tilman Spohn studied geophysics at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt and got his diploma in 1975. Three years later he earned his Ph.D. and in 1984 his habilitation.
 Since this time he has been professor at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster and since 2004 he is simultaneously the director of the Institute for Planet Research of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Berlin-Adlershof. From 2007 onwards he has been engaged in the Helmholtz alliance »Development of Planets and Life« as its scientific coordinator.


ESA High Level Science Advisory Committee (HISPAC), 2007-2010
ESA Space Science Advisory Committee, 2004-2010, chair until 2010
ESA Advisory Committee Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration (ACHME), 2007-2010
COSPAR Scientific Programme Committee, chair 2008-2010


He has published 115 papers in various journals and books and is active as an editor for different scientific journals, e.g. for Planetology of Rev. Geophysics, 1997-2000; of the COSPAR Symposium »Comparative Planetology«, 1997; of Vol. 10 Planets and Satellites Elsevier Treatise in Geophysics and for Planetology of Earth and Planetary Science Letters since 2006