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's 2015 Ulam Lectures: Jennifer Dunne on the web of life and the ecological human Aug. 28, 2015 -

In a series of two lectures over two nights in Santa Fe, SFI's Jennifer Dunne will reveal new ways to understand the sustainability of ecosystems past, present, and future.

Scholars seek a lingua franca for linguistics research Aug. 20, 2015 -

This week at SFI, a group of scholars is meeting at SFI to develop a common language for combining vast and varied stores of linguistics data.

Newsweek features recent Drake, Krakauer, McCarthy, & McCarthy art-meets-science event Aug. 17, 2015 -

An article in Newsweek magazine features the recent, and unusual, Santa Fe Institute-Lannan Foundation event in Santa Fe during which art, music, math, and science collided.

SFI’s Krakauer, McCarthy’s new work featured in August 5 art event Aug. 16, 2015 -

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

SFI commemorates WWII encryption achievement on Navajo Code Talkers Day Aug. 14, 2015 -

On August 14, National Navajo Code Talkers Day, SFI commemorates the World War II Code Talkers' remarkable achievement in using an evolved human language to create the most advanced encryption ...

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