The Institute begins at 5pm on the evening of Sunday, November 5, with an opening reception and dinner. It will continue with full day meetings Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and will conclude at noon on Thursday, November 9.
The daily schedule will include 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, and gather for “plenary” meetings with all participants several times throughout the day.
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings may feature receptions or other optional group programs elsewhere in the Research Triangle area. In past years 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. In 2015 and 2016 we also had optional tours of Duke University and the University of North Carolina and NC State University, and group dinners in Durham and Chapel Hill and Raleigh.
See the About SCI page and the blog posts linked here for more information on the venue and program structure, and these Storify threads from 2014 and 2015 and 2016 to get a sense of what it was like.