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Friday, July 6 - Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of SFI's educational programs, we are hosting a 3-day intellectual fiesta in Santa Fe. The event will feature great lectures, intellectual exchange, networking, and time to relax and swap stories with fellow alumni in Santa Fe. The fiesta will kick off Friday evening, July 6, and end Sunday afternoon, July 8. Register here.

All alumni of SFI's face-to-face education events (e.g. summer schools, research experiences for undergraduates, etc.) and former postdocs and faculty are invited to participate.

If you have questions about the alumni community or events please feel free to contact us at

Preliminary SFI Alumni Fiesta Schedule

DAY 1   Friday, July 6 - venue: Santa Fe Institute (SFI)

Evening: Opening reception at the Institute

DAY 2   Saturday, July 7 - venue: Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

9:00 - 10:00: Keynote lecture by SFI President David Krakauer - Living With Complexity Intelligently


Alumni Talks

10:15 - 10:35 am: Rosemary Braun - Hearing the Shape of Life: How long-range research behaviors emerge from local interactions


10:50 - 11:10 am: Ryan Taylor - Institutional scalability and a complex systems view of sustainability


11:25 - 11:45: Carlos Viniegra - Masters, lackeys, and serfs: How can complexity science assist public policy development

11:45 am - 1:00 pm: Lunch at IAIA

1:00 - 5:00 pm: Themed discussions, reckless ideas, informal networking, and reflection booths


5:00 - 6:00: Grillout at IAIA

9:00 - Midnight: Complexity Party at Second Street Rufina. Dancing with DJ 13pieces. Deck with tables for those who want to talk. (shuttles from IAIA)

DAY 3   Sunday, July 8 - venue: Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

9:00 - 10:00 am: Opening lecture from the first speaker at the inaugural CSSS 1988, David Campbell


10:10 - 11:30 am: Panel - Imagining the Future of the SFI Student Community with Panelists Xiaofan Liang, Bill Rand, Kirsten Moy, and Ada Diaconescu

11:30 - Noon: Convergences -  SFI Director of Education Paul Hooper

11:30 am - 1:00 pm: Closing lunch at IAIA

Afternoon: Free time for self-organized field trips, sight-seeing in Santa Fe or travel home

Santa Fe Institute is located at 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe

Institute of American Indian Arts is located at 83 A Van Po in Santa Fe

Calling all SFI Alumni and Postdocs: We Need Your Help!

In preparation for the 30th anniversary celebrations, we are asking all SFI alumni and former postdocs to please complete the 2017-2018 SFI Alumni Survey. This 10-15 minute survey will allow us to catch up and find out what great things you've been up to since leaving SFI!

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