Programs & Activities


The Institute typically hosts two concurrent programs per semester. Programs are selected with a view toward maximizing impact and engagement across the theoretical computer science community, as well as impact on neighboring scientific fields. A typical one-semester program is led by a small group of organizers who are recognized experts in their fields, and involves about 40-50 invited long-term participants (a mix of senior and junior researchers) who spend at least one month (usually longer) at the Institute. A program usually includes three week-long workshops, each of which attracts an additional group of invited speakers and focuses on a different aspect of the program's scientific scope, as well as an initial "boot camp" designed to put long-term participants on the same page.

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Workshops & Symposia

The Institute runs both stand-alone workshops and symposia, and workshops connected to specific programs. Most of these events are open for registration to interested researchers, subject to availability of space; registration instructions are available on the web page of each event. 

Other Events & Outreach

In addition to workshops and an introductory boot camp, programs typically include regular seminars and reading-groups. Other events include our on-campus lecture series, Simons Institute Open Lectures, which serves a broad scientific audience, and is held in Sutardja Dai Hall. Outreach activities supporting the Institute's goal of increasing public awareness and understanding of theoretical computer science include the Theoretically Speaking lecture series, held at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley and geared toward an educated general audience.

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