The Other Worlds Laboratory (OWL) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) announces the fourth annual Exoplanet Summer Program (ESP), from July 5-July 25, 2020.   Within the program we wish to foster new and existing research collaborations by outstanding visitors, with stays of 1 to 3 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. The ESP program is modest in terms of planned activities, besides a daily coffee and a seminar with active discussion.  It is not a conference, and is mostly unstructured.  It is a workshop to imagine and make progress on new ideas.  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.  We expect to reimburse most travel expenses for faculty, and all expenses for postdoctoral and graduate student participants.

Applications: Please send a 2-page PDF that clearly covers the following areas:  1) 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. 2) Please also include a CV of up to 2 pages. 3) Graduate students should also arrange for a brief supporting letter from their PhD advisor.  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.  All application materials should be e-mailed to  The application deadline is Friday, January 31, 2020.  We expect to make acceptance/funding decisions by February 14th.

Information: We can provide some assistance to program visitors to aid in finding suitable housing accommodations in Santa Cruz.  Keep in mind that Santa Cruz is a popular summer destination. Please contact OWL administrative assistant Margaret Mattson by e-mail at, with additional questions about the ESP program.  More local information will be added later.