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

How big data can help stop global epidemics Oct. 23, 2014 -

At HomeAway headquarters in Austin, Texas, on October 22, SFI External Professor Lauren Ancel Meyers discussed pandemics, the current threats of ebola and influenza, and how big data and modern ...

SFI: 'Intellectual Santa Fe's brain' Oct. 10, 2014 -

In New Mexico Magazine, Mary-Charlotte Domandi, host of the Santa Fe Radio Café, extolls Santa Fe as an “intellectual mecca,” with SFI as its brain.

New book: W. Brian Arthur on complexity and the economy Oct. 2, 2014 -

A new book authored by SFI External Professor W. Brian Arthur describes complexity economics, from the field’s serendipitous origins in a 1987 conference at SFI through its rising post ...

Video: Watch Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's talk on urban renewal in Santa Fe Sept. 30, 2014 -

In a September 3 talk in Santa Fe, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh described his project to revitalize downtown Las Vegas. SFI's Geoffrey West joined him on stage for a ...

SFI's 2014 Ulam Lectures: Jerry Sabloff on archaeology's lessons for the future Sept. 29, 2014 -

In a two-part lecture series in Santa Fe, SFI President Jerry Sabloff showed how lessons today's archaeologists are learning about the past offer insights that could shape present and ...

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