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Center for Space and Earth Science

High quality, cutting-edge science in the areas of astrophysics, space physics, solid planetary geoscience, and Earth systems


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Earth from space, courtesy of NASA via Wikimedia Commons.

CSES is the 2016 follow-on Center from the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP), which was founded at Los Alamos in 1981.

The mission of the Center for Space and Earth Science (CSES) is to coordinate research and to foster innovation in four scientific focus areas – Astrophysics, Space Science, Geophysics, Planetary Physics and Earth Systems Research. CSES provides a gateway for collaborations with academic institutions in these science areas, provides external visibility and brings new ideas in these areas to LANL, and acts as a catalyst for new project ideas in support of the Laboratory’s mission.  

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News, announcements

- Announcement of Bill Feldman Science Symposium, April 23–24, 2020

Please see website for details: Bill Feldman Symposium

- CSES Chick Keller Fellow submissions at May QuarterlyDetails available on the R&D Central announcement: CSES CK Fellow submissions at May Quarterly

- Special Rapid Response Call on Research in Microgravity
Details available on the R&D Central announcement: Special CSES RR on Research in MicrogravityFebruary 27: Townhall/Mini Workshop (03-0207-218 Jemez Conf. Room, 3-5 pm)

March 17: Proposals Due

March 27: Announcements of Selections

March 30: Project Start

August 29: Project End

- Call for CSES Focused Science Topics – deadline for participation February 14, 2020

CSES invites ideas from interested LANL researchers, program managers and line managers in the Center’s focus areas for new / different / better focused science topics for the next call for proposals.

More Details on R&D Central: Call for CSES Focused Science Topics

- Program Announcements - Program announcements for CSES Calls for proposals, seminars, workshops and summer schools are made through LANL’s R&D Central portal (requires WIN login/password). Use the portal to sign up for NSEC - Center for Space and Earth Science Announcements.