The scientific mission of the institute focusses on the following three themes: 1. Structure, function and organisation of lipids and proteins in biological membranes. 2. Biogenesis of membranes and the transport and sorting of lipids and proteins. 3. The role of biomembranes in signal transduction via membrane receptors, cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions. The educational programme for graduate students comprises: 1. IB-seminars (weekly), to be held mainly by guest speakers from outside the institute. 2. Introductory courses (yearly), for graduate students who recently had entered the institute. 3. Graduate student discussion evenings (monthly), alternatingly devoted to one of the four major fields of research at the institute. 4. The 'IB-graduate-student-day' (yearly), at which graduate students present a final account of their research activities. 5. Participation in international Master Classes and Advanced Courses, often organised by members of the IB-staff. 6. A two-day's retreat, organised by the Institute's graduate students, to discuss a variety of topics that are of interest for their future. 7. IB conference on Biomembranes (yearly).