Santa Fe Institute

Community Outreach

We recognize the importance of improving the scientific and technological literacy of the general public to the end that citizens are motivated to pursue further experiences in these areas and are aided in making informed, responsible decisions about related policy issues having societal implications. To that end, SFI supports a broad range of informal educational activities for the general public.

SFI Bulletin

The SFI Bulletin is a free general-interest magazine featuring the Institute’s work and researchers that is published by SFI twice a year.

Public Events

SFI’s monthly series of free community science lectures  is nearly two decades old. Speakers are selected for their ability to convey broad research themes in the context of SFI’s approach to science.

High School Prize for Scientific Excellence

Each year SFI honors local graduating seniors--and a selected teacher--whose work exemplifies the Institute’s approach to transdisciplinary science.

Complex Systems Courses Database

A database of complex systems classes from around the web.


Periodically SFI collaborates with partners in the local museum community to produce exhibits based upon SFI research results.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Emergence: A New View of Life's Origins

A joint project of scientists at the Santa Fe Institute, the Institute of Complex Adaptive Matter, media arts students at New Mexico Highlands University, Americorps, as well as staff members from the Natural History Museum and the Department of Cultural Affairs, this exhibition will take a fresh look at the origins of life.

Emergence - original website

A New View of Life's Origins (56.0 KB)

Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter (52.3 KB)

Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Education News

High school students: Apply now for the Summer Complexity and Modeling Program (CAMP) Nov. 18, 2014 -

The Santa Fe Institute is seeking current high school students for its Summer Complexity and Modeling Program (CAMP), July 12 ...

Happy Birthday SFI…30 years ago today, the Institute began in earnest Nov. 11, 2014 -

Thirty years ago today, on November 11, 1984, the second of SFI's two exploratory founding workshops ended and the ...

Grad students: Apply now for SFI's Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science Nov. 11, 2014 -

The Santa Fe Institute is accepting applications for its 2015 Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science, Modeling, and Complexity. Apply ...

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