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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.


Continue your explorations into complexity below!

Ways to Engage


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

Science Club

Supporters at the Emergence Circle level can engage with our scientists in small-group discussions about timely research.

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.

ACtioN Network

Firms, governments, and nonprofits can join our membership network, where they learn complex-systems insights to better achieve their goals.


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


New Model for the Laws of the Jungle

In a paper published April 9 in the journal PNAS, an SFI-led research group describes a new framework that can reproduce those spatial and temporal patterns that emerge in places and spaces where plants grow together.

The Complexity of Sustainability

"The Complexity of Sustainability: The Built Environment" highlighted applicable areas of current complexity research and explored our understanding of the built environment's impact on sustainability at multiple scales.

How to Drive Down Emissions Fast

In a new editorial, SFI External Professor Jessika Trancik argues that climate disaster can be averted most efficiently if governments intentionally seed technological innovation.

Pandemic Pod 2.0

After strict quarantining, the SFI postdocs gathered for a second pandemic research intensive focusing on collaboration and community building.