Mr Tim Moltmann

Contact Details

Phone: 03 6226 2767

Fax: 03 6226 2107

email: Tim.Moltmann(at)

Postal address: University of Tasmania, Private Bag 110, HOBART, TAS 7001


Tim Moltmann is the Director of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), based at the University of Tasmania in Hobart.  In this role he is responsible for planning and implementation of a large national collaborative research infrastructure program, which is deploying a wide range of observing equipment in the oceans around Australia and making all of the data openly available to the marine and climate science community and other stakeholders. 

Tim is a highly experienced Australian research leader.  He has been Director of IMOS for seven years, and before that worked at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) for over a decade, rising to be Deputy Chief of the Marine & Atmospheric Research Division based in Hobart.  He has a particular interest in research infrastructure, and has played a lead role in major national projects relating to large research vessels, observing systems, and national marine information infrastructure. 

Tim’s national roles include being Chair of Australia’s National Marine Science Committee, Co-Chair of Australia’s Forum for Operational Oceanography, and a member of national committees on Marine Biodiversity research, Environmental Information, and integrated monitoring and reporting for the Great Barrier Reef.  He has worked in primary industries and fisheries at State Government level, and has extensive background experience in private industry in Australia and the UK.

His international roles include being Chair of the Global Ocean Observing System Regional Alliance Forum, and an ex officio member of the Global Ocean Observing System Steering Committee.  He is Australia’s representative on resources forums for the Indian Ocean and Tropical Pacific observing systems.  He has contributed as an invited expert to planning and review of marine research infrastructure programs in Canada, the USA, Brazil and Singapore.