Skip to main content

About Us

Contact Info

Phone: 847-491-8646
Address: 1800 Sherman Ave, Floor 8
CIERA, Northwestern University
Evanston IL, 60201

CIERA's Mission

The mission of the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics is to promote research and education in astrophysics through support of independent postdoctoral fellows, advanced graduate and undergraduate research, a vigorous visiting researchers program, and multi-faceted seminars, education, and public outreach programs. Special emphasis is given to interdisciplinary connections with computer science, applied math, statistics, electrical and mechanical engineering, planetary science, education and the arts.

CIERA is a research center in Northwestern University’s Office for Research, under the Vice President for Research. Learn more about the research centers at Northwestern.

Diversity & Inclusion

CIERA is committed to creating a welcoming, safe, and inclusive community for everyone. Every person connected to CIERA, including its visitors, upholds our shared values by seeking diverse perspectives and deliberately working to increase access and equity of people from marginalized groups. We recognize that true excellence only comes from the meaningful integration of all perspectives in our community and culture.

Learn more about CIERA’s social justice efforts

CIERA also participates with University-wide diversity & inclusion efforts.
Northwestern’s Leadership Commitment
Policies & Reporting Forms: Northwestern’s Office of Equity

Organizational Leadership

Organizational Committees

Outreach Committee

Astrophysics Seminar Committee

Please see Astrophysics Seminars page for details.


Social Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Postdoc Selection Committee

Telescope Access Committee and Coordinators

Please see CIERA Observing page for details.



Membership Committee

Chair: Vicky Kalogera

Members: Kari Frank, Shane Larson


Research Areas

Are you visiting CIERA as a researcher, speaker, or collaborator?

Information for Visiting Researchers

CIERA by the Numbers

$41.4M External Grants
150 Years Postdoctoral Research Supported
14 Core Astro Faculty
35 Active Interdisciplinary Faculty
45,734 Attendees at CIERA Public Events
6,648 K-12 Students Reached

Join Our E-Mail List

Receive event notices and more!

Subscribe Now

Join The CIERA Circle

Support astronomy students & scientists at Northwestern.

Give Now

Newsletter Archive