Santa Fe Institute

Santa Fe Institute Mission and Vision

Mission

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.

Vision

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

Working group: What T cells have in common with ants July 29, 2015 -

A working group at SFI this week aims to further the linkages between experiment and theory in immune cell motility, or movement.

SFI’s Krakauer, McCarthy’s new work to be featured in August 5 art event July 24, 2015 -

A singular conversation between artist James Drake and incoming SFI President David Krakauer will unfold August 5 in Santa Fe, in conjunction with the first public reading from SFI Trustee ...

SFI to co-host Systems Analysis 2015 conference July 9, 2015 -

In November SFI will co-host the 2015 Systems Analysis conference in Austria.

A Mayan, a Roman, and a New Yorker walk into a bar… June 12, 2015 -

A diverse collection of social and natural scientists, archeologists, and historians are at SFI to share data and techniques for quantitatively comparing ancient and pre-modern cities.

Audio: Why goals, objectives, and metrics inhibit innovation June 11, 2015 -

In podcast interview on the Santa Fe Radio Café, SFI Sabbatical Visitor Ken Stanley discusses the role of serendipity in making great discoveries and the dangers of constraint by objective.

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