The Banff International Research Station has a Scientific Director who is appointed for a renewable 5-year term by the Board of Directors of BIRS.
The Scientific Director is responsible for the overall functioning of the scientific and intellectual activities of BIRS. These include:
- Ensuring that all scientific activities of the Station are run at the standards and with the integrity expected by its sponsors, granting councils and foundations;
- Acting as an ambassador and public representative of BIRS;
- Chairing the Scientific Advisory Board and the Programme Committee;
- Reporting to the Board of Directors on all administrative and intellectual aspects of the Station.
The current BIRS Scientific Director is Nassif Ghoussoub.