group photo of CIDER 2019 summer program participants at UC Berkeley campus with Campanile in background

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

The CIDER 2022 summer program focuses on the evolution of physical and chemical conditions that allowed life to gain a foothold. This broad program will cover the details of planetary formation and the subsequent evolution of this initial state through the early Earth and through the onset of plate tectonics. At each stage, we explore the interplay between  Earth’s surface environment and the evolution of the interior. Lectures and tutorials will be organized around four topical subdivisions: planetary formation and interiors, surfaces and their habitability, atmospheres, and climate, and planetary processes and observations. The latter topic draws on recent advances in the study of exoplanets.

CIDER's collaborative and interdisciplinary nature provides an ideal venue to introduce students and postdocs to exciting research challenges in the study of the early Earth. The Program brings together scientists at all stages of their careers and from across all disciplines to identify important research questions that can be advanced through interdisciplinary collaboration.


Artist conception of the early Earth (NASA)
Artist conception of the early Earth (NASA)


Similar to previous CIDER summer programs, the program is structured as follows: Week 1 - 4 (June 20 – July 15) Lectures, tutorials, and workshops open to advanced graduate students and post-docs, as well as senior participants.


Travel and on-site expenses are provided to those senior participants that stay for two weeks or longer and to grad students/post-docs that commit for the 4 weeks of the lecture tutorial program. We cannot provide support for travel from outside of the US. However, on-site support for foreign participants (senior or junior) accepted to the program is provided.


This summer program will be held on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley.


Organizers & Confirmed Lecturers:

  • Ariel Anbar, Arizona State University, Organizer
  • Paul Asimow, Caltech
  • Andy Biggin, University of Liverpool
  • Bruce Buffett, UC Berkeley, CIDER PI
  • Fred Ciesla, University of Chicago
  • Peter Driscoll, Carnegie Institution for Science
  • Courtney Dressing, UC Berkeley
  • Brad Foley, Penn State University
  • Greg Fournier, MIT
  • Hilairy Hartnett, Arizona State University
  • Marc Hirschmann, University of Minnesota, Organizer
  • Betül Kaçar, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Rachel Kowalik, UC Berkeley, CIDER Event Planner
  • Francis Macdonald, UC Santa Barbara
  • Stephanie Olson, Purdue University
  • Raymond Pierrehumbert, University of Oxford
  • Andy Ridgwell, UC Riverside
  • Laura Schaefer, Stanford
  • Hilke Schlichting, UCLA
  • Sarah Stewart, UC Davis
  • Dawn Summer, UC Davis
  • Cayman Unterborn, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
  • Lauren Weiss, University of Notre Dame
  • Kevin Zahnle, NASA Ames Research Center