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Cooperative Institute for Dynamic Earth Research (CIDER)

CIDER is an inter-disciplinary synthesis center, research incubator, and research framework for tackling the fundamental question of the nature of global geodynamic processes. CIDER has a strong emphasis on cross-disciplinary training of early-career scientists. It aids communication across disciplines and scientific generations and provides mentorship and research opportunities for the next generation of solid earth scientists. The ultimate goal is to understand the origin, evolution, and dynamics of the Earth and planets.

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CIDER 2022 Summer Program -  Earth’s evolution as an inhabited world 

Major disruptions due to COVID-19 have had an unsurprising impact on current and planned CIDER Summer Programs.  A previously planned Program on the theme ‘Earth’s evolution as an inhabited world’ has been deferred to the summer of 2022.

A second funded program on ‘Fluid and magma transport at plate boundaries’ has been delayed to the summer of 2023. We look forward to holding these programs as improving conditions make it safe to do so.


  • 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 is currently supported by the National Science Foundation through CSEDI Program (EAR-1903727) and the GeoPRISMS Program (OCE-2025195). Prior support through the Frontiers of Earth Systems Dynamics (FESD) was under grant number EAR-1135452. Please acknowledge the CIDER Program and the relevant 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 EarthResearch 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.

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