Bertrand Timbal

General Manager, Research

Current work and responsibilities

Bertrand re-joined the Bureau in 2020 as the General Manager for the Research Program, Science and Innovation Group (SIG), after 3 years leading the Climate Branch in the Centre Climate Research Singapore (CCRS), the research arm of the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS).Bertrand first moved to Australia and the Bureau of Meteorology in 1996, after completing his PhD at the French National Met Service (Meteo-France) in 1994.

As GM for Research, Bertrand leads a program of 130 of scientists, support scientists and science managers delivering along the four objectives of the Bureau R&D Plan. Within SIG and together with the Research to Operations (R2O) Program, the Research program progresses the science and innovation of the Bureau from original, state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed and published science, to the operationalisation of new products and services, creating impact and value for the Australian community; the engine room to deliver the Bureau Strategy.

Career background

  • 1984-1987 Lycee Mansart, French Baccalaureate
  • 1987-1989 Lycee Hoche, Scientific Preparatory Classes (Bachelor)
  • 1989-1992 ENSEEIHT, Toulouse (Master)
  • 1992-1994 INPT, Meteo-France, Toulouse (PhD in Physics and Chemistry of the Environment)
  • 2002-2006 Chifley Business School (MBA in Science management)
Professional Positions
  • 1994-1995 Meteo-France, Post-Doc
  • 1996-1997 Macquarie University & Bureau of Meteorology, Post-Doc
  • 1997-2016 Bureau of Meteorology, Researcher
  • 2017-2019 Centre for Climate Research Singapore, Branch head
  • 2020- General Manager, Research, Bureau of Meteorology
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Bertrand Timbal

  • Climate Processes
  • Climate Change projections
  • Downscaling
  • Science Management
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