Each year, from March to November, the Fondation des Treilles organises several seminars whose structure has been determined naturally by the missions of the Foundation:
- an original theme,
- a number of participants limited to 15 people, in order to facilitate informal discussions, and a composition involving senior and junior researchers,
- a relatively short time (Monday to Saturday) compatible with the hope that each participant stays throughout the conference,
- a program leaving plenty of time for questions and discussions.
The Foundation welcomes scholars, authors, and musicians for residential studies, either for large groups (5 to 15 people) during 6 days or individual or in small groups for 1 to 3 weeks. Experience has shown that meals taken together with participants of seminars or other residents stimulate exchange and thus are of great value to all.
Les Treilles contributes to young researchers’ studies by awarding some 12 annual prizes which will assist doctoral students to complete a thesis of exceptional quality or help young graduates return to, or remain in, France.
From 2008 to 2019, Les Treilles awarded once a year the Centre Jean Schlumberger prizes and welcomed its laureates as well as the winners of the prize “Fondation Catherine Gide”.