Tilman Spohn is Principal Investigator of the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3) experiment of NASA's InSight mission (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport). He was Director of the DLR Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin from 2004 to 2017 and has been Executive Director of the International Space Science Institute in Bern since the beginning of 2019.
Following his habilitation in 1984 at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main, he held a professorship at the Westphalian Wilhelms University.
As a geophysicist, he is particularly interested in the thermodynamic processes occuring inside the planets. This includes questions regarding the formation and evolution of planets, and how the processes inside the planets might be related to the formation and evolution of life.