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

Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lectures Sept. 9 & 10: Ancient Maya civilization and its relevance to the world today Aug. 19, 2014 -

In a two-part lecture series September 9 & 10 in Santa Fe, archaeologist Jerry Sabloff draws on the ancient Maya to show how lessons from the past could help shape present ...

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 ...

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh to Talk Urban Renewal in Santa Fe September 3 Aug. 5, 2014 -

In a September 3 talk in Santa Fe, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh will discuss his project to revitalize downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. SFI's Geoffrey West will join him on ...

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.

What is creativity, and how can we understand it? July 10, 2014 -

SFI and the National Endowment for the Arts are holding a working group in Santa Fe this week to examie creativity through the lenses of cognitive science, psychology, education, the ...

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