CIDER 2013 Summer Program
"From mantle to crust: continental formation and destruction"

July 1 - August 2, 2013, University of California, Berkeley (CA)


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CIDER 2013 The purpose of CIDER 2013 is to bring together scientists from different disciplines to better understand how and when continents are formed and destroyed. A specific objective is to draw together independent datasets, ranging from geophysics (seismology, mineral physics, rheology, geodynamics) to geochemistry to surface processes. One goal will be to develop a synthesized view of the thermal, compositional, rheological, and geochronological structure of continents, from the lithospheric mantle to the crust. Continents and the processes involved in making continental crust play a fundamental role in modulating the thermal evolution of Earth’s interior, long-term climate change, and the evolution of life. These processes, themselves, can influence the growth, destruction and compositional evolution of continents. Thus, a second goal is to use continents as a means of better understanding the nature of coupling between the deep Earth and the exogenic system (ocean, atmosphere, biosphere). The time is ripe to bring these disparate datasets and perspectives together. With these constraints, participants will work together to explore new and existing models for continent formation and destruction from the Archean to the present, and in particular, use continent evolution as a foundation for better understanding the science of truly whole-Earth system.

Read more about the science motivation.

All further materials developed in anticipation of and during the CIDER 2013 summer program can be found on the CIDER wiki

Program Organizers:

Cin-Ty Lee (lead organizer)
Thorsten Becker
Richard Allen
and Barbara Romanowicz, CIDER PI


  • Week 1 (July 1 - July 5 2013):    Informal program

  • Weeks 2 - 3 (July 7 - July 20th, 2013):    Tutorial Program for advanced graduate students and post-docs
  • Instructors:

     Richard Carlson, Carnegie Institution of Washington
     Kent Condie, New Mexico Tech
     Rajdeep Dasgupta, Rice University
     Josef Dufek, Georgia Institute of Technology
     Greg Hirth, Brown University
     Claude Jaupart, Universite' Paris-Diderot & Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris
     Adrian Lenardic, Rice University
     Maureen Long, Yale University
     William McDonough, University of Maryland
     Roberta Rudnick, University of Maryland
     Robert Stern, University of Texas at Dallas
     Kelin Whipple, Arizona State University
     Shijie Zhong, University of Colorado at Boulder
     Göran Ekström , Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
     Gene Humphreys, University of Oregon
     Meredith Nettles, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

  • Weeks 4-5 (July 22th-August 2, 2013):    Workshop following tutorial program and informal interactions
  • The list of other participants in the 2013 Summer Program can be viewed here

    As in previous CIDER summer programs, the program will begin with 1 week of KITP style unstructured program, followed by 2 weeks of tutorial for advanced graduate students and post-docs. During week 2, research group will form around selected multi-disciplinary topics that will emerge from discussions during weeks 1-2. During weeks 3-4, these topics will be further explored within multidisciplinary teams including junior and senior participants. As a new experiment in CIDER, in week 3, one lecture is scheduled every morning to start the day and finish the tutorial part of the program. A few short (20mn) research lectures may be given at the end of the day. There will be no lectures in week 5. A plenary session with summary presentations from each research group is planned on friday afternoon, August 2nd.
    A "kick-off" workshop was held at Berkeley on December 8, 2012. Presentations are available on the workshop website


    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.

    The unstructured part of the program is meant to facilitate interaction between members of the community that have burgeoning plans to develop collaborative projects. Come to CIDER to plan your CSEDI proposals!! You will have office space, access to a desktop computer and printers, a quiet environment away from your home institution, and the possibility to interact with colleagues from various disciplines in an informal way.

    Graduate students and post-docs : The lecture/tutorial program is meant for graduate students that have completed their qualifying examination, as well as post-docs. Some exceptions may be granted if well justified. The lecture program is designed to bring everyone to a fundamental understanding of progress and challenging in disciplines other than their own.

    Graduate students and post-docs signing up for the tutorial part (weeks 3-6) are required to stay at least for the 4 weeks of the tutorial program. Exceptions may be considered but priority will be given to those that commit to stay for 4 weeks. During the 2nd week of lectures (week 4 of the summer program), research questions that require a multi-disciplinary approach will be formulated, and the participants will be divided up into several groups (typically 4-6), composed of a mix of junior and senior participants, and a balance of disciplines. During the following two weeks these research groups will work on defining and addressing a well focused research project. Our experience is that one week of "workshop" is not enough to get anything done, so staying for the 4th week, i.e. 2nd week of workshop, is essential. Each group will present their work/findings on the last day of the program (see presentations from previous CIDER programs). Participants will also have free time to catch up with their regular research and other duties.

    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.


    Travel and on-site expenses will be provided to those that stay for two weeks or longer. We cannot provide support for travel from outside of the US. However, on-site support for foreign participants will be provided.

    The number of participants is limited, so early applications are encouraged!

    Support for CIDER 2013 participants will be provided by the NSF/FESD program through the CIDER Synthesis Center gran t to U.C. Berkeley (PI B. Romanowicz).


    This summer program will be held at the University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA.

    Application is now closed

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    For inquiries and practical questions, contact Micaelee Ellswythe (micaele AT berkeley DOT edu).

    For questions on the scientific program, contact Barbara Romanowicz, (barbara AT seismo DOT berkeley DOT edu).

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