KITP Glossary

  • Advisory Board — Central to the process of program design, a group of very distinguished scientists whose research interests (like those of the permanent members) differ widely and are therefore representative of the physics community. Meets yearly at KITP to develop programs.
  • Artist in Residence & KITP Art Gallery — Through this privately funded initiative the institute seeks to provide a dynamic crucible where non-scientists and scientists alike can explore and benefit from the vibrant relationships between art and science. Learn more.
  • Blackboard Lunch — The purpose of these lunchtime talks is for the science of one program to be explained to the other KITP program participants. These talks lead to cross program communications that work towards our goal of maintaining the unity of theoretical physics. Watch past Blackboard Talks.
  • Chalk Talk — Throughout the year, we hold Chalk Talks for the Friends of KITP. These special events are held in our Kohn Hall Auditorium where Friends of KITP hear from a leading scientist about their research. The hallmark of these talks is informality, with questions encouraged during the talk, and, of course, after as well. Watch past Chalk Talks.
  • CIDER — CIDER meets at KITP every other year as a KITP service to the field of Geophysics. The ultimate goal of CIDER is to develop an integrative conceptual model drawing upon all contributing disciplines to understand the origin, evolution, and dynamics of the Earth and, by extension, other planets.
  • Conference — Usually associated with programs in order to gather relevant data or disseminate new results and to provide for interactions with additional scientists unable to come for longer periods. Our conferences are setup to encourage prolonged discussions and last up to one week. View upcoming conferences.
  • Executive Council — Comprised of past Permanent Members, Deputy Director, and members of the Physics Department, one of our vital resources for advice and recommendations.
  • Family Fund — The Family Fund enables families, especially those in which the physicist is also the parent of young children, to participate in the weeks- and months-long collaborative research opportunities that are the hallmark of KITP programming. Learn more.
  • Friends of the KITP — Community membership group that creates educational and entertaining opportunities for members of the community to engage with renowned scientists. Learn how to become a Friend of KITP.
  • Grad Fellows — The purpose of the Graduate Fellowship Program is to offer a unique opportunity for a select group of physics graduate students in the United States and abroad to spend a period of 5-6 months at the KITP, participate in KITP research programs, and broaden their understanding of physics in areas of current research. Learn more.
  • Herald — Online user interface for applying to programs and registering for conferences.
  • Journalist in Residence — (aka Writer-in-Residence) This program sponsored by the Kavli Foundation, hosts science writers, editors and journalists at the KITP for up to five months each year.  We promote excellence in scientific journalism by immersing them in discovery level science where they get to know distinguished scientists who, in turn, learn from writers about the challenges of getting science right in the media. The writers often host workshops and give talks.
  • KITP Library  — The KITP maintains a small collection of essential journals and books located on the second floor of Kohn Hall, room 2303.
  • Permanent Members — A group whose research interests are typically very different from each other’s, ranging from astrophysics, particle physics, string theory, hard-condensed matter, to biophysics. PMs are active participants in the furtherance of KITP’s mission, including program development, and are faculty members in the UCSB Physics Department. 
  • Postdocs — KITP postdoctoral fellows are quite different from researchers who are normally associated with this category. KITP postdoctoral-level positions do not target any particular project, and the appointees are not hired to work with any particular individual. They are expected to select their own research topics, to interact as they choose with permanent members, visitors and with each other, and to actively participate in our ever-changing programs and workshops. Learn more.
  • Outreach — We recognize the importance and value in sharing new ideas and the excitement of discovery with our community through a variety of programming.  Such efforts include Friends of KITP, Public Lecture Series, Chalk Talks, Teacher’s Conferences, and Café KITP.
  • Programs — Our primary activity is to help organize topical research programs of duration from six to eighteen weeks. Each year, nearly 1,000 theoretical physicists and other scientists come from all over the world for varying periods of time to work on site, to meet with other experts with similar or overlapping interests, to explore new ideas and techniques, and to form new collaborations. View upcoming programs.
  • Public Lecture — KITP Public Lectures connect you with people and research that is transforming our understanding of the universe. This popular series of 3-4 public lectures each year takes advantage of the presence of the many distinguished scientists who visit KITP to collaborate on the most fascinating and challenging questions in their fields. Watch past Public Lectures.
  • Santa Barbara Advanced School of Quantitative Biology — This interdisciplinary course is open to postdocs and advanced graduate students with Physical, Mathematical or Life Science or Engineering backgrounds. Runs concurrently with a summer program on Biophysics, usually for six weeks, with an intensive lecture program as well as lab work. Learn more.
  • Rapid Response Workshops — Important advances in physics sometimes occur suddenly. A surprising observation, a startling experimental discovery, or a new theoretical breakthrough could often benefit from immediate, concentrated attention. Consequently, the KITP has initiated a program of “fast track” or “rapid response” workshops. These last two weeks and have 25 participants.
  • Scholars — The purpose of this program is to support the research efforts of faculty at U.S. colleges and universities that are not major research institutions. Applicants from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions and from institutions with greater emphasis on teaching (as measured, for example, by teaching load) are particularly encouraged. Ongoing research activity is also a criterion. Learn more.
  • Scientific Advisors — External scientist engaged in planning and advising of program coordinators.
  • Short-term visitors — Program Participants coming for more than one workweek but fewer than three workweeks are considered short-term visitors.
  • Speakers — A speaker (usually experimentalists) visits for one workweek or less and is invited directly by the coordinators so long as the budget and space permits.
  • Talks Archive — All talks given in Main Seminar Room (MSR), Small Seminar Room (SSR), and Auditorium are recorded, unless speaker requests otherwise. Talks are posted online.
  • Teachers' Conferences — A series of one-day conferences designed to bring secondary school science teachers in the U.S. into close contact with some of the world's leading experts in the most exciting current areas of forefront physics research. This is done in conjunction with KITP programs and conferences. Learn more.