Aspen Center for Physics


“This has been three wonderful weeks of efficient work and useful discussions, with ample time for exchange of ideas and sounding of some “trial balloons.” It is the first time I have come here, but I certainly intend to come back frequently. ”

Individual Research



One component of the Center program is unstructured and concentrates on individual research and the informal exchange of ideas. About 500 physicists and astrophysicists from about 100 institutions participate in the Center's summer program, with 80–90 in residence at any time. (About 40% of the participants attend for the first time.) The research interests of the participants cover a number of fields, including astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, dynamical systems, elementary particle physics, mathematical physics, and statistical physics. The interactions between participants with different interests and backgrounds are one of the most stimulating aspects of the program. Applicants can be sure that colleagues from other subfields of physics will be present throughout the summer.

The original concept for the Center was for individual research. Due to demands by funding agencies and academic institutions, the program has developed with specific workshops at the core. Yet, the Center continues to offer desks to applicants who apply to come to do their own research. When completing your summer application by clicking on the link on the left, choose Individual Research rather than a particular workshop. Applicants in this category are given as much consideration as those applying for a workshop.

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