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Explore complex systems in a focused format


Program OverviewDates & TimesTuition & FeesProgram TopicsVenueFaculty AudienceApplication Requirements


Program Overview

Short Courses provide participants with a condensed overview of a particular complex system, highlighting outstanding questions and active research directions as well as the utility of a complexity science perspective in addressing the system of interest. 

Dates & Times

No short courses are planned at this time.

Short courses generally occur over two or three days, and occupy anywhere from two to six hours per day.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition determined on a course by course basis. Costs associated with travel, meals and accommodations for in-person Short Courses are the responsibility of the participant.

Program Topics

Past Short Courses have included topics such as sustainability, the economy, healthcare, networks, and diversity. Check out our past short course offerings here.


Online or in-person (various locations).


Short Course faculty include the SFI research community as well as expert guests.


Graduate students, postdocs, research professionals and leaders and practitioners from the private, government, and non-profit sectors.

The education team is committed to offering inclusive educational programs in which all participants feel valued and supported in their learning journey. We believe that human diversity in all of its dimensions is essential to meaningful scientific progress. We believe that open discourse and respectful sharing of broad perspectives is essential for understanding our world. We work to ensure our educational programs reflect and encourage this diversity and inclusivity, and we welcome you to join us.

Application Requirements

Requires a CV or résumé and statement of interest. Some Short Courses may require a letter of reference.