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Education Program

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Program Overview

June 14 - July 10, 2020

The SFI Complex Systems Summer School (CSSS) offers an intensive 4-week introduction to complex behavior in mathematical, physical, living, and social systems. Lectures are taught by the faculty of the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) and other leading educators and scholars. The school is for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professionals seeking to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries, take intellectual risks, and ask big questions about complex systems.

The program consists of an intensive series of lectures, labs, and discussions focusing on foundational concepts, tools, and current topics in complexity science. These include nonlinear dynamics, scaling theory, information theory, adaptation and evolution, networks, machine learning, agent-based models, and other topical areas and case studies. Participants collaborate in developing novel research projects throughout the four weeks of the program that culminate in final presentations and papers. 

Five tuition-free seats are reserved for members of the Applied Complexity Network on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email us at to reserve your spot.

"I learned that science is so much bigger than the field I work on. One theme definitely stands out, which is to build interesting frameworks/generative models; this was very prevalent amongst the participants and something that is missing in my field, where people are mostly busy with fitting off-the-shelf statistical models. I walked away with a lot of enthusiasm and the conviction that one should go for the big questions, be bold, have fun and play."
- Participant, 2018 CSSS Cohort


Please note: Complex Systems Summer School is hosted by the Sanfe Fe Insitute's Education department. Complete details for this program can be found on their page.


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