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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 the galaxy of 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."

Complexity Podcast

Far-reaching conversations with a worldwide network of scientists, scholars, and artists to explain our universe's deepest mysteries.

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.


SFI's Complexity Interactive Course

We are accepting applications for this summer's Complexity Interactive (SFI-CI)—an advanced, guided online course in complex systems. Graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and research professionals are encouraged to apply by March 31.

Cascading Conflict

Through historical examples and data from real-world armed conflicts, researchers discuss how an initial event spreads and ignites conflicts in other regions, resulting in a “conflict cascade” or avalanche that spreads over time and space.

Education, Equity & Technology

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted traditional education systems—both for better and for worse. In this Flash Workshop, SFI researchers dive into questions about how technology can improve the learning process and make education more equitable and inclusive.

The Simplicity & Complexity of Cities

SFI Professors Chris Kempes and Geoffrey West have tapped into a very different set of laws that pertain to urban life. If we understand these latter laws, Kempes and West argue in an op-ed, they can help us navigate the pitfalls of our rapidly urbanizing world.