The Other Worlds Laboratory (OWL) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) announces the 2017 Exoplanet Summer Program (ESP).   Within the program we wish to foster new and existing research collaborations by outstanding visitors, with stays of 1 to 4 weeks.  Funding is provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation and UC Santa Cruz.

Program: The purpose of the program is to allow visitors to generate new ideas, nurture existing research projects and collaborations, and foster new ones. There is no theme or focus area – in this fast-moving exoplanets field we want the participants to drive the discussion and work on areas they feel is most pressing and exciting. We imagine an ESP program that is modest in terms of planned activities, besides a daily coffee and seminar with active discussion. Participants can expect access to shared offices on campus, discussion common areas, and of course immersion in Santa Cruz’s natural beauty.

Eligibility: Faculty, researchers, postdocs, and graduate students at any level are invited to apply. Funding is limited, so participant travel support will range from partial to full.

Applications: Please write 1-2 pages that cover the following areas:  The science that you would like to accomplish while in Santa Cruz, the proposed dates of your stay, and the science connections that you see with faculty, researchers, or students within the OWL. Please also include a CV of up to 2 pages. The current roster of planetary investigators and research at UC Santa Cruz can be found at We particularly welcome joint applications by small groups wishing to work together on projects. E-mail applications to OWL Director Jonathan Fortney at

Information: We will work with program visitors to aid in finding suitable housing accommodations either on or off campus. Some on campus shared-apartment-style housing will be available. Keep in mind that Santa Cruz is a popular summer destination. Please contact Jonathan Fortney by e-mail or phone, 831-459-1312, with additional questions about the ESP program.