CIDER 2011 Summer Program

"Dynamics of Mountain Building"

 June 19 - July 22, 2011, UC Berkeley, CA


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The CIDER 2011 Summer Program theme is the dynamics of mountain building. Mountain belts are one of the most obvious manifestations of the interior dynamics of our planet. The globe is characterized by 2 great mountain belts, the east-west trending Himalayan-Tethyan system running from Gibraltar to eastern Asia, and the north-south trending American Cordillera, extending from Tierra del Fuego to the Aleutian islands. The exploration of these mountain belts during the last two centuries, and modern mountain climbing, capture the public's imagination in the manner of astronomy and space exploration ;Read more about the science motivation.

Workshop organizers:

Alan Levander, Rice University, alan @
Adrian Lenardic, Rice University, ajns @
Cin-Ty Lee, Rice University, ctlee @
Gene Humphreys, University of Oregon, genehumphreys @
Greg Hirth, Brown University, greg_hirth @

Instructors for the tutorial program:
Geology/Tectonics: Onno Oncken, Craig Jones , Jason Saleeby, Basil Tikoff
Geodynamics: Claudio Faccena, Adrian Lenardic, Tobias Hoink, Gene Humphreys, Louise Kellogg*, Kelin Wang*
Rock & Mineral Physics: Greg Hirth, David Kohlstedt
Petrology & Geochemistry: Don DePaolo*, Mark Harrison, Sue Kay, Cin-Ty Lee , Bill McDonough, Roberta Rudnick
Seismology: Geoff Abers, Michael Bostock*, Wang-Ping Chen, Gene Humphreys, Alan Levander, Walter Mooney, Fenglin Niu, Jeroen Tromp*

* Special lecture


  • Week 1 (June 19 - June 25, 2011):    Informal program
  • The first week is an organizational week for the instructors and participants to outline research project themes.

  • Weeks 2 - 4 (June 26 - July 16, 2011):    Tutorial and workshop for advanced graduate students and post-docs
  • This part of the program features lectures and tutorials for about 35 advanced graduate students and post-docs. The goal is to familiarize participants with the tools of geochemistry, geodynamics, mineral and rock physics and seismology that are used for understanding mountain belt formation. There will be formal lectures by prominent faculty members from different institutions and different fields, and hands on exercises. During Week 2, small interdisciplinary groups will be formed around research topics chosen by the participants. The groups will develop the project, the results of which will be presented at the end of the program.

  • Weeks 5 (July 17 - July 22, 2011):    Informal program
  • This part of the program is devoted to research on the projects defined during the tutorial program and informal interaction.It is open to senior and junior participants alike.

    Researchers at the assistant professor level and higher are welcome to sign up for any part of the program, and we encourage overlap between the first and second part of the program. Travel and on-site expenses will be provided to those that stay for two weeks or longer. If you are interested in participating as a lecturer, please contact one of the organizers (see above).
    Graduate students and post-docs signing up for the tutorial part (weeks 2-4) are required to stay for the entire 3 weeks of the tutorial program.
    Participants may bring spouses and we will do our best to accommodate families, and in particular give references for childcare. There are many programs for children on and off campus.
    Number of participants is limited, so early applications are encouraged!


    This summer program will be held at the University of California in Berkeley, CA, USA. It is supported by NSF/CSEDI program. Application is open now.

    Application deadline: February 15, 2011


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    For inquiries and practical questions, contact Micaelee Ellswythe micaele AT berkeley DOT edu >/b>

    For questions on the scientific program, contact Alan Levander, Rice University (alan AT rice DOT edu)

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