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. 

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Shopping online this holiday season? Here's how to help the Institute while you're doing it Nov. 24, 2014 -

When you shop online this holiday season, you could also be supporting great science at the Santa Fe Institute. It's easy. Step 1: Register with AmazonSmile. Step 2: Shop ...

International workshop at SFI this week discusses data for the developing world Nov. 20, 2014 -

Experts are meeting at SFI this week to discuss ways to gather and use information about cities and their role in human development in a rapidly urbanizing world.

Happy Birthday SFI…30 years ago today, the Institute began in earnest Nov. 11, 2014 -

Thirty years ago today, on November 11, 1984, the second of SFI's two exploratory founding workshops ended and the Institute began in earnest. 

Video - Watch Sid Redner's SFI Community Lecture: 'I get all the news I need from the sports section' Nov. 5, 2014 -

In the video from an October 15 SFI Community Lecture, SFI's Sid Redner draws on sports statistics to bust a few common myths about scoring streaks, "hot hands," and ...

Apply now for SFI's 2015 Complex Systems Summer School Nov. 4, 2014 -

SFI is now accepting applications for its signature education program for graduate students and postdocs -- the 2015 Complex Systems Summer School, June 7-July 3, 2015, in Santa Fe. Apply by ...

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