The Institute typically begins at 4 or 5pm on Sunday evening, with an opening reception, introductions, and dinner. It will continue with full day meetings (usually 8:30am to 5:00pm) Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and 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 on the grounds of the Rizzo Center during “team times”, and gather for “plenary” meetings with all participants several times throughout the day, to cross-pollinate between teams. Lunch is provided on site, usually in the historic Dubose House.
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings usually feature receptions or other optional group programs elsewhere in the Research Triangle area. In past years on the Tuesday evening we held a reception at the National Humanities Center, which included fellows and staff of the Center, as well as invited guests from area universities and others working on the leading edge of scholarship, technology, and communication. On the Monday and Wednesday evening we also had optional tours of Duke University and the University of North Carolina and NC State University, and small group dinners at restaurants in Durham and Chapel Hill and Raleigh. Transportation is provided for all of the events away from the Rizzo Center, 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.
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, or 2018 to get a sense of what it was like.