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The Caltech Center for Comparative Planetary Evolution (3CPE) is a virtual Center that invites all members of the Caltech community to participate. The goal of the 3CPE is to merge the fields of astronomy, geology, and biology to explore the origin and evolution of planetary systems and their biospheres. Addressing these questions requires research and insight which crosses traditional discipline boundaries. The 3CPE will be a catalyst for driving collaborations and forming a community spanning these disciplines. We will seed innovative partnerships bridging fields, provide opportunities for young scientists to expand their training into new areas, and help to develop a common culture linking these often well-separated disciplines.

Our biggest goal is to grow a community of people interested in an interdisciplinary approach to the study of comparative planetary evolution that will allow Caltech researchers to scientifically excel in new ways.

Explore more about the 3CPE, see the programs that the Center supports, examine research being undertaken by members of the Center, check out the next events happening within the center, or learn about recent happenings in related disciplines.

Interested in being involved? Learn how to support our center, or send an email to cpe@gps.caltech.edu


I think 3CPE is a revolutionary idea: to bring together several different areas of expertise at Caltech and approach this pioneering field of science. All of us at the Barr Foundation are very excited to support this.

Terrence Barr '84


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Is There Life Beyond Earth? / Seminar Day, Session IV

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