With the advent of CIDER-II funded under the NSF/FESD program, the CIDER structure is evolving. The former Steering Committee has been dissolved.
CIDER II is managed by the Director (PI Barbara Romanowicz, UC Berkeley) assisted by an Executive Committee (EC) and an Advisory Committee (AC).
The Executive Committee is the primary decision-making body of CIDER-II. It will meet once per year to approve the theme for the next year of CIDER, the location of the next CIDER programs when not yet fixed (2014 and 2016), and deal with major business items. With the Director, the EC will handle additional business responsibilities through its regular meetings, teleconferences and electronic mail. The EC has five voting members (a chair, a Vice-Chair, and three members at large) and two non-voting members (the Director and the AC Chair. The EC will have authority to approve (or decline) resources requested for follow-up research support of junior scientist lead groups formed during the summer programs and the purpose and make-up of working groups.
The Advisory Committee provides scientific guidance to CIDER-II. It will include at least two members of each of the four main disciplines, one with interests and expertise in deep earth studies and another one in shallow earth constraints on internal structure and dynamics. It will also include a member of the geomagnetic research community. Membership of the committee will rotate, with individuals serving for terms of approximately 3 years.
The advisory committee will help CIDER shape its long and intermediate-term goals and will help evaluate requests for CIDER resources for working groups, for CIDER-related research, and for CIDER research fellowships. In particular:
In order to allow planning of the summer programs, including proposals to KITP for residence at the Santa Barbara site, the Advisory committee needs to make theme recommendations to the Executive Committee 2 years in advance. The theme for 2013, “From mantle to crust: formation and destruction of continents” is already fixed. The theme for 2014 must take shape by mid-2012 in order to allow for a proposal to KITP. Preliminary discussions among the executive committee have centered on a theme of “Dynamics of planetary interiors”.
The results of the working group work will be posted on the CIDER website and presented, in particular, at the community workshops in Years 2 and 4.
Similarly, the current structure of CIDER II provides resources for post-docs to work for an extended period of time with other members of the CIDER community. Proposals for research fellows will be assessed and prioritized by the Advisory Committee during their annual meeting.
The summer program organizers will include one representative of each of the 4 main disciplines concerned. The lead organizer will be chosen (preferably among volunteers) upon recommendation of the AC and approval of the EC. He/she will work closely with the Director for all aspects of summer program organization. The summer program organizers will be expected to each spend at least 3 weeks on-site. The summer program instructors will be selected by the summer program organizers during the Fall preceding that program, partly by invitation, and partly from a pool of volunteers. They will form an ad-hoc working group that will hold phone conferences and a face-to-face organizational meeting at the Fall AGU meeting.