Fun!


Space physics is hard work... and LA is the perfect place to unwind and have some fun!

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L.A. has a plethora of social, music, and sports events, amazing restaurants and museums, gorgeous beaches, and breathtaking hikes. Not to mention the spectacular beauty of California's national parks, historic cities, and monuments. Whatever you're looking for, you're likely to find it!

Here are some examples of what our members enjoy doing in their spare time:


Located in Westwood, UCLA is just minutes from gorgeous beaches and rugged local mountains.


Epic hikes in the nearby Santa Monica Mountains and in Pismo Beach during the ICS 10 conference.


California's kelp forests are world famous for their thriving communities, including the rare sea physicist.


There are few places in the world where you can surf and ski in the same day!


Hear everything from Star Wars at the Hollywood Bowl to jazz, salsa, and hip-hop. LA is the place for music!


We do love to eat... LA boasts some of the finest international cuisine, with tons of options for vegetarians.


It's crucial to know and trust your team, and we take the opportunity to expand our work into lasting friendships and collaborations even after people leave. We are also fortunate to work with many visiting scholars from all over the world!