News and Announcements


CIDER development timeline

CIDER wiki

Upcoming Meetings:
- 2016 CIDER pre-AGU workshop
- 2017 CIDER summer program

Current Meetings:

Past Meetings:
- 2016 CIDER summer program

- 2016 CIDER community workshop
- 2015 CIDER pre-AGU workshop
- 2015 Summer Program
- 2015 DCO workshop
- 2014 pre-AGU workshop
- 2014 Summer Program
- 2013 Post-AGU Workshop
- 2013 Summer Program
- 2012 Post-AGU workshop
- 2012 Summer Program
- 2011 Post-AGU Workshop
- 2011 Summer Program
- 2011 Imaging Workshop
- 2010 Summer Program
- 2010 SEDI conference
- 2009 Workshop at Marconi Center
- 2008 Summer Program
- 2006 Summer Program
- 2004 Summer Program
- 2003 Workshop

CIDER Bibliography in progress

  • Visit the News Page for latest news and deadlines, as well as CIDER wiki page for general CIDER announcements, and materials assembled since 2004, including lecture collection.
  • CIDER-II is funded as a "Synthesis Center" by the Frontiers of Earth Systems Dynamics(FESD) program of NSF under grant number EAR-1135452. Please acknowledge the CIDER program and this grant in any publication resulting from or inspired by CIDER

  • Browse through the CIDER lecture collection from 2004 to present.

  •           The goals of the Cooperative Institute for Dynamic Earth Research (CIDER-II) are: (1) To provide an optimal environment for transformative studies requiring a concerted effort of leading researchers from different areas of Earth Sciences: high pressure material science, geodynamics, seismology, geochemistry and geomagnetism, and (2) to educate a new generation of Earth scientists with breadth of competence across the disciplines contributing to understanding of the deep earth. The ultimate goal of CIDER is to develop an integrative conceptual model drawing upon all contributing disciplines to understand the origin, evolution, and dynamics of the Earth and, by extension, other planets. The practical objectives are to:

    • Address the most important and difficult problems that have defied solution thus far by fostering collaborations that can fully utilize existing knowledge and technology.
    • Provide a seed-bed for ideas that will identify the next generation of critical experiments and observations, and build support and appreciation for them.
    • Provide a venue for cross-disciplinary education of scientists at all career levels, and in particular, educate a new generation of Earth scientists with a breadth of competence across disciplines.

    The notion of "Synthesis Center" can have different meanings. In the case of CIDER-II, the goal is to develop a community oriented, open facility that will identify key cross-disciplinary problems to tackle, foster the development of integrative ideas and address a broad range of cutting edge questions around the overarching general theme of "how the earth works?". The CIDER vision was first developed almost 10 years ago, when the first CIDER proposal was submitted to the NSF/EAR/CSEDI program, with, as leading motivation, the need to elucidate the driving mechanisms of plate tectonics. Owing to the reduction in scope and budget from the original request, CIDER-I's scope was necessarily restricted to student training and education. CIDER-II builds upon the accomplishments and experience gained during the CIDER-I summer programs. However, the goal of CIDER-II is to reinstate the original vision by providing the resources and opportunities needed to foster and conduct necessary follow-up work across disciplines. >

  • View 2009 CIDER Overview slides

  • View the CIDER-II proposal narrative

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    This page last modified Tuesday July 19, 2016

    For questions about this site, contact Professor Barbara Romanowicz (earth{at}