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Input from the international scientific community is being solicited to develop the programmatic thrust of the new B2 Institute. With this announcement the B2 Institute Steering Committee is calling for program proposals in areas of scientific "Grand Challenges" where interdisciplinary activities, broadly defined, can result in significant progress or indicate new directions for progress on the major scientific questions of our day. Proposals can be for month-long or multi-month-long programs at the Institute, as well for workshops lasting a few days to a few weeks.
Programs will be selected on the basis of their intellectual significance, timeliness, and opportunities for progress associated with the proposed B2 Institute activity. The broader societal impact of the activity will be an important factor in selection.
Currently there is no deadline for submission of proposals. Proposals will be considered by the B2 Institute Steering Committee and its International Advisory Board immediately following submission. Pre-proposal submissions consist of a working title, suggestions for program organizers and participants, and a brief description of the program and how it supports the mission of the Institute.
The B2 Institute will work closely with the initiators in the development of promising pre-proposals into full proposals. The B2 Institute Director, Pierre Meystre, or any member of the B2 Institute Steering Committee will be pleased to discuss ideas for programs and to answer questions.