Lick's Future: The Evolving Story



As of October 30, the UC Office of the President has reversed a decision to pull funding from Lick Observatory by 2018, according to a written statement issued by UC Provost and Executive Vice President Aimee Dorr and Executive Vice President Nathan Brostrom.

The letter confirms that Lick Observatory operations will continue under UC Observatories (UCO), the multi-campus astronomical research unit headquartered at UC Santa Cruz.

The letter gives the UCO Director, with advice from the UCO Advisory Committee and others, the flexibility to determine the best distribution of available UC resources between Lick and other UC-related astronomical facilities such as the 10-meter Keck Telescopes in Hawaii, the instrumentation labs at UC Santa Cruz and UCLA, and the future Thirty Meter Telescope now under construction.

See the press release, view the letter from UCOP, and follow Lick on Facebook and Twitter for updates.


APF Telescope

The newly commissioned 2.4 meter Automated Planet Finder telescope at Lick Observatory. Photo: John Sebastian Russo, The Chronicle 2010.

The Vision

Lick needs help and support to build partnerships for research and public outreach for the future. A newly appointed Lick Observatory Council, comprised of dedicated senior scientists and private citizens, has pledged their help. The emerging vision for Lick's future is unique and compelling. It would marry the unique features of the existing, forefront observatory to an enlarged and invigorated major science education center, permitting the partnership to reap the fruits of research and use them to create exciting venues for research, outreach, and inspiration. With its breathtaking site, historic ambiance, world-class equipment and astronomers, and proximity to millions in the Bay Area, such a center could become THE magnet for physical science education in northern California.

Fundraising Strategies

All options are on the table. Approaches include federal and state grants for science and education, partnerships with industry and other universities, state and federal park funds, commercial ventures, private foundations, and private individuals. We need your help and suggestions! Go to Help Support Lick to learn more.