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

David Krakauer selected as SFI's next president Dec. 15, 2014 -

David Krakauer, an evolutionary theorist and director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been selected as the Santa Fe Institute’s next president. He ...

New Mexico students celebrate computer modeling work in Project GUTS clubs Dec. 12, 2014 -

Some 70 New Mexico middle school students involved in Project GUTS after school programs are sharing and celebrating their newfound computer modeling skills today in Santa Fe.

Video: Ginger and Richard Rhodes on 'Why we kill: Violence as socialization' Dec. 11, 2014 -

In an SFI Community Lecture November 12 in Santa Fe, psychologist Ginger Rhodes and author Richard Rhodes explored the history of the socialization of violence and make an argument for ...

Science on Screen next Wednesday in Santa Fe: Eric Libby presents Alien Dec. 10, 2014 -

The popular Science On Screen series continues Wednesday evening, December 17, in Santa Fe with SFI Omidyar Fellow Eric Libby presenting Alien.

Announcing SFI Alumni Community T-shirt design competition Dec. 4, 2014 -

We invite you to send in a candidate slogan for a new Alumni Community T-shirt. Entry deadline December 31, 2014.

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