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

SFI Community Lecture October 14: Cordelia Fine on delusions of gender Oct. 1, 2015 -

During an SFI Community Lecture on Wednesday evening, October 14, in Santa Fe, psychologist and author Cordelia Fine looks to the science of gender to challenge society’s long-held, and ...

Register now for SFI's next short course, January 5-7 in Santa Fe Sept. 30, 2015 -

Whether they are groups of ants, people, companies, or economies, social systems are intrinsically complex. Learn new ways to understand complex social systems during our next short course in Santa Fe.

Grasses, mammals, and their co-evolution Sept. 30, 2015 -

A working group at SFI this week is exploring the co-evolution of mammals and grassland habitats.

Video: Jennifer Dunne on the web of life and the ecological human Sept. 24, 2015 -

In her two 2015 Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lectures, SFI's Jennifer Dunne reveals new ways to understand the sustainability of ecosystems past, present, and future. Watch the videos here.

Workshop explores self-assembly, kinetic networks Sept. 22, 2015 -

Omidyar Fellow Yoav Kallus co-organized a workshop at SFI in mid September to explore how self-assembling materials do what they do.

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