The RSI runs various programs to create a productive research environment and to initiate collaborations between economists at the universities of Bonn and Cologne. In order to promote scientific exchange, the institute regularly organizes workshops, lectures, and conferences with international guests. The RSI also hosts science events in convivial atmosphere that are addressed to a wider audience and complemented by fine art performances to promote public outreach.
The RSI yearly invites an internationally renowned researcher to a public lecture intended to a wide audience and to a seminar for senior fellows and PhD students. The RSI lectures create opportunities for scientists and laymen to meet each other and learn about trending topics and approaches in economics. After each lecture there is room for discussions and personal conversations.
Once a year the RSI organizes a science event to promote public outreach. A renowned senior researcher gives a lecture addressed to the general public. The talk is complemented by a cultural event involving music, movies, theater, poetry, or dance. Combining academic lectures with fine art performance creates a unique atmosphere in which understanding economic thinking becomes easier for non-experts.
The RSI yearly nominates an internationally renowned senior researcher or promising young researcher as “Reinhard Selten Professor”. The nominee visits the RSI for an extended period of time to interact with the researchers at the institute and to teach advanced courses for junior researchers and PhD students.
In order to foster communication across disciplines and research units, the RSI hosts two workshops per year to bring together excellent scientists from the RSI and its partner institutions with international guests. These workshops provide an opportunity for senior and junior researchers to discuss their work with each other and leading scholars in the respective field.