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For more than 35 years, a small team of renowned scientists has been forging a science for the interconnected world. SFI's founders dreamt of an "institute without walls," where scientists could pursue pressing problems without regard to traditional disciplines or funding streams. Today, the Santa Fe Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, attracts top researchers from around the globe by creating a culture of unification and connectivity. Our fundamental research has found breakthrough applications to some of society's most pressing problems such as technological development, urban sustainability, and epidemic tracking.

Whether you are a new or seasoned traveler in the complex systems universe, we invite you to connect with us.


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Ways to Engage


Our schools and online courses bring complexity science to curiousity-driven individuals, from undergraduates to professionals.

Emergence Circle

You’ll be offered exclusive access, special programming, and preferred seating at SFI’s community lectures. You’ll be a part of the conversation and the next scientific advances.

InterPlanetary Project

Our annual ideas festival celebrates the power of science and human ingenuity to "change the world, one planet at a time."

Community Lectures

This free lecture series brings the best minds to Santa Fe to discuss the most profound questions in 21st century science and society.

SFI Press

Our accessible, affordable books tour scientific frontiers, revitalize classic complex-systems texts, and bring SFI's research to the curious public.


If you are a postdoctoral researcher, one of the best ways to engage with SFI is by applying for a fellowship.


Co-Ordination: On Time Between Worlds

In partnership with New School Policy and Design for Outer Space, and as part of the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale, the Santa Fe Institute's InterPlanetary Project presents "Co-Ordination: On Time Between Worlds," where a transdisciplinary group of thinkers consider time and its relation to an InterPlanetary future.

SFI researchers publish new theory of life’s multiple origins

What if life evolved not just once, but multiple times independently? In a new paper, published in the Journal of Molecular Evolution, Santa Fe Institute researchers Chris Kempes and David Krakauer argue that in order to recognize life’s full range of forms, we must develop a new theoretical frame.