What We Do
STI is engaged in a number of activities spanning four main branches of research: Family, Bioethics, Culture & Lifestyles, and Governance. These activities take the form of either Experts Meetings or Research Projects.
Experts Meetings involve the gathering of a group of scholars who are active and accomplished in a specific area. Among these people, several are invited to present papers, which are discussed by the group as a whole. Often STI then publishes these papers, revised and reviewed in light of the discussion, in a book.
On a case by case basis, STI also supports research projects in the four main areas mentioned above.
STI organizes meetings with more or less a dozen scholars from a variety of disciplines to discuss specific issues of current social significance. The conferences, which occur over a two-and-a-half day period at any one of a number of venues around the world, are planned well in advance with a professor who serves as the academic director. This professor shapes the conference questions, proposes invitees, usually contributes a paper, and directs conference discussion.
STI asks a majority of conference participants to submit a paper on the subject at hand and aims to publish these papers in a single volume. Between the end of the meeting and publication, the papers may be revised in light of the conference discussion.
Several discussants, who are experts on the topic but do not submit a paper, are invited to contribute to the meeting.
Each meeting is organized under one of the four branches of STIs research: Family, Bioethics, Culture & Lifestyles, and Corporate Governance.
Additionally, STI sometimes sponsors or co-sponsors similar meetings that fall outside of the purview of the four branches. Such meetings may be organized by other institutions.
STI is open to and promotes a broad range of research and cultural projects selected on the basis of their social and global relevance and potential impact. STI may provide all or part of the financing for these projects and for the dissemination of their findings.