The Institute typically begins at 4 or 5pm on Sunday evening, with an opening reception, introductory remarks and introductions of all participants, and then dinner. It will continue with full day meetings (usually 8:30am to 5:00pm) Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The program concludes at noon on Thursday.
The daily schedule includes a limited amount of scripted activities, and a greater amount of time for teams to set their own agendas and to work on their particular project. We aim to create a rich environment with just enough structure to make it useful, and to ensure that there’s opportunity for sharing across groups in both formal and informal settings. The schedule is flexible, and the dress code is informal. Teams may work in the provided meeting rooms or elsewhere in the vicinity of the SCI 2020 base during “team times”, and then gather for “plenary” meetings with all participants several times throughout the day, to learn from each other and cross-pollinate between teams. Lunch is provided on site, or in nearby restaurants.
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings usually feature receptions or other optional group programs elsewhere in the Research Triangle area, such as tours of local university campuses, and small group dinners at restaurants in Durham and Chapel Hill and Raleigh. Transportation is provided for all of the organized events away from the main Institute venues, and they are an opportunity to see a little bit of the universities and cities, dine in local restaurants, and engage with colleagues from the Research Triangle area. There are also lots of options for dining and entertainment in short walking distance from the Institute hotel.
See the About SCI page and the blog posts linked here for more information on the venue and program structure, and these highlights from 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 to get a sense of what it was like.