The Institute runs scientific programmes varying in length from 4 weeks to 6 months. At any particular time there are typically 2 programmes running, each with up to 20 participants working at the Institute. Workshops, Satellite Meetings and other special events are organised as part of the programmes.
The very best programmes are selected for the Institute by a panel of leading mathematicians. The selection criteria are that a programme should have great scientific merit and be at the forefront of current developments where a significant scientific breakthrough can be expected. Programmes are also expected to be interdisciplinary and to have the highest quality leadership and participants. By identifying subjects that have both substantive mathematical significance and clear common ground for collaborative study, the Institute is able to transcend the boundaries of departmental structures.