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SFI ranks among the world's top science and technology 'think tanks'

Feb. 12, 2015 11:13 a.m.

The Santa Fe Institute again has ranked among the world's top science and technology think tanks.

The 2014 Global Think Tank Report, just released by the Think Tank & Civil Societies Program of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, places SFI #20 among the world's “Top Science and Technology Think Tanks” and #22 among the world's “Best Transdisciplinary Research Programs at a Think Tank."

More than 6,600 think tanks and civil society organizations around the world were considered. Some 20,000 scholars, journalists, government officials, former think tank directors, and private and public donors participated in the nomination and ranking process.

"As we gain insights into the complex systems most critical to our society's future, we increasingly find common ground between science and policy making," says SFI President Jerry Sabloff. "Although SFI is an interdisciplinary theoretical research center and not a think tank in the traditional sense, being named among the world's top science think tanks is certainly a great honor."

Launched in 2006, the Global Think Tank Report is considered an authoritative source of information about the leading public policy research organizations around the world. The ranking process grew out of requests from donors and journalists to understand and recognize the contributions these organizations play in governments and civil societies around the world. The report includes a summary of the major trends and issues think tanks face, identified through surveys and interviews with their staffs.

Read the full report. The top 45 "Science & Technology Think Tanks" appear in Table #24, page 106. The 60 "Best Transdisciplinary Research Programs at a Think Tank" appear in Table #38, page 130.

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