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

Video: Watch Sandy Pentland's SFI Community Lecture 'Ties that bind: The goodness of social networks' March 19, 2015 -

During an SFI Community Lecture March 11 in Santa Fe, MIT's Alex Pentland described ways the mathematical analysis of social networks is fertile ground for understanding human behavior. Watch ...

Register now for SFI's 2015 Short Course in Santa Fe Feb. 24, 2015 -

Register now for SFI's 2015 Short Course — Exploring Complexity in Social Systems and Economics — August 25-27 in Santa Fe.

Apply now for SFI’s India Complex Systems Winter School Feb. 23, 2015 -

Following the model of Complex Systems Summer School (CSSS) organized annually at Santa Fe, the India Complex Systems Winter School will be held at IISER Mohali, India.

SFI ranks among the world's top science and technology 'think tanks' Feb. 12, 2015 -

The Santa Fe Institute again has ranked among the world's top science and technology think tanks.

SFI to support first North American ECCS conference Feb. 5, 2015 -

SFI is playing a leading role in an international scientific conference on complex systems science to be held this fall in Tempe, Arizona.

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