Santa Fe Institute

Santa Fe Institute Mission and Vision


The Santa Fe Institute is a transdisciplinary research community that expands the boundaries of scientific understanding.  Its aim is to discover, comprehend, and communicate the common fundamental principles in complex physical, computational, biological, and social systems that underlie many of the most profound problems facing science and society today.


Many of society’s most pressing problems fall far from the confines of disciplinary research.  Complex problems require novel ideas that result from thinking about non-equilibrium and highly connected complex adaptive systems.  We are dedicated to developing advanced concepts and methods for these problems, and pursuing solutions at the interfaces between fields through wide-ranging collaborations, conversations, and educational programs.  SFI combines expertise in quantitative theory and model building with a community and infrastructure able to support cutting-edge, distributed and team-based science.  At the Santa Fe Institute, we are asking big questions that matter to science and society. 

Events News

Sam Shepard on American culture, the stage and screen, and writing at SFI Sept. 17, 2014 -

A conversation with writer, actor, director and past SFI Miller Scholar Sam Shepard covers America’s cultural decline, the recent deaths of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Williams -- and spending ...

SFI's Marcus Hamilton at SITE Santa Fe Tuesday night: Humans and unsettled landscapes Sept. 16, 2014 -

On Tuesday evening, September 23, at SITE Santa Fe, SFI's Marcus Hamilton will explore the changing nature of landscapes and the deep history of human landscape modification from prehistory ...

Ceremony to honor Murray Gell-Mann with prestigious Helmholtz Medal Sept. 5, 2014 -

Murray Gell-Mann will receive the prestigious Helmholtz Medal during a special ceremony on Thursday, September 25, at the Santa Fe Institute.

Video - Watch Steven Strogatz's SFI Community Lecture 'The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math' Aug. 12, 2014 -

In an August 6 SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, mathematician Steven Strogatz showed how math underpins our lives, from finding the perfect romantic partner to understanding how Google works ...

Video: Watch Seth Lloyd's talk 'Is time travel possible? Testing the Grandfather Paradox' July 30, 2014 -

In a July 16 SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, MITs Seth Lloyd proffered a mode of time travel that is both theoretically possible and creatively irresistible. Watch his talk.

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