Calling all former SFI postdoctoral fellows, REUs, Summer School students, and faculty! We’re hosting a reunion, and we hope you can come. Register here.

Thirty years ago, in the summer of 1988, the first Complex Systems Summer School was held at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, marking the beginning of SFI Education. In the three decades since, roughly 4,000 aspiring scientists have gained experience through SFI’s fellowships and face-to-face educational programs.

To celebrate, we’re planning the first SFI Alumni Fiesta, July 6-8. It will be a chance to reconnect in Santa Fe, meet people from other programs, and share some big and creative ideas.

“It’s a combination reunion, conference, networking event, and collaboration space,” says Paul Hooper, Director of Education, a former Omidyar Fellow and summer school alum. “It’s also an opportunity for SFI to check in with our alumni and take stock of the impact our programs have had.”

We’ll kick off the Fiesta with a reception at SFI and continue with two days of talks, exchange, and collaborative events in Santa Fe. Hooper hopes these interactions will offer opportunities for alumni to share current work, brainstorm nascent ideas, and spur new collaborations.

“This event is really about connecting people and supporting the community of folks interested in complexity science,” says Hooper.

The Fiesta will follow immediately on the heels of the 2018 Complex Systems Summer School, and participating students are encouraged to stick around for the fun.

Alumni can watch for a Save-the-Date invitation and a link to pre-register for the Fiesta — if we don’t have your current email address, just reach out to us at

Visit our alumni page for a current agenda, and to take our brief survey.