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Current and Upcoming Education Events - Aug. 31, 2009

  • * SFI community lectures are free, open, & accessible to the public.
  • * Other SFI events are by invitation only.

Sept. 19, 2009

Noyce Conference Room
Workshop

May 19, 2010

May 19, 2010 - May 21, 2010
Education Program

This two-and-a-half day course is an intensive, immersive tour of the sciences of complexity, a broad set of efforts that seek to explain how large-scale complex, organized, and adaptive behavior can emerge from simple interactions among myriad individuals. The course will be led by Melanie Mitchell, Professor at SFI and at Portland State University, and author of Complexity:  A Guided Tour (Oxford University Press, 2009).

June 6, 2010

Saint John's College
June 6, 2010 - June 26, 2010
Education Program
June 6, 2010 - Aug. 14, 2010
Education Program
Saint John's College
June 6, 2010 - June 12, 2010
Education Program

Research Collaboration

June 20, 2010

June 25, 2010

June 27, 2010

Saint John's College
June 27, 2010 - July 10, 2010
Workshop

Paige Prescott,  Learn@SFI Team Member

July 11, 2010

July 11, 2010 - July 24, 2010
Education Program

May 11, 2011

5 p.m.
Noyce Conference Room
Community Event

2011 Awards for Scientific Excellence

SFI Host: Ginger Richardson

May 23, 2011

May 23, 2011 - March 25, 2011
Education Program

SFI Host: Melanie Mitchell

June 6, 2011

June 6, 2011 - Aug. 12, 2011
Education Program
SFI Host: Ginger Richardson

June 8, 2011

Saint John's College
June 8, 2011 - July 1, 2011
Education Program
SFI Host: Ginger Richardson, David Krakauer

June 20, 2011

Saint John's College
June 20, 2011 - July 1, 2011
Education Program
SFI Host: Scott Page & John Miller

June 21, 2011

June 21, 2011 - July 1, 2011
Education Program

July 9, 2011

July 9, 2011 - July 23, 2011
Education Program

SFI Host: Irene Lee

Sept. 18, 2011

Sept. 18, 2011 - Sept. 23, 2011
Workshop

“Complexity: Out of the Box Thinking Touching Tomorrow’s Science” is scheduled in Santa Fe Sunday, September 18 to Friday, September 23, 2011. The goal of the event is to bring a group of ~15 Dutch government and business executives into contact with transdisciplinary themes in complexity science and to experience the culture of the Santa Fe Institute. The program is coordinated by SFI external faculty member Sander Bais.

SFI Host: Ginger Richardson

May 9, 2012

5 p.m.
Noyce Conference Room
Community Event

The annual Santa Fe Institute and Santa Fe Alliance for Science Prize for Scientific Excellence and Prize for Outstanding Teacher awards recognizes those members of the local Santa Fe area high schools who best embody the spirit of scientific pursuit found at the Santa Fe Institute. Since 2008, the Santa Fe Alliance for Science has cosponsored the prize with the Santa Fe Institute. 

The Prize for Scientific Excellence is awarded to one graduating senior from each of the Santa Fe high schools.  The students are selected by their teachers for academic excellence, originality and creativity in either the sciences, mathematics, or computer science. The prize includes a cash award, a certificate of recognition, and an autographed copy of The Quark and the Jaguar by Murray Gell-Mann, SFI Distinguished Fellow and 1969 Nobel Laureate in Physics. 

The Prize for Outstanding Teacher is awarded to a single Santa Fe area high school teacher who demonstrates special achievement in advancing science education, as recognized by the educational community. The prize includes a cash award and a certificate of recognition.

SFI Host: Ginger Richardson

May 16, 2012

May 16, 2012 - May 18, 2012
Education Program

George Mason University
Arlington, Virginia

Register now for the Science of Complexity Short Course HERE

The Santa Fe Institute and the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University are offering a three day symposium entitled "The Science of Complexity: Understanding the Global Financial Crisis" May 16-18, 2012, at the spectacular new Founders Hall facility at the GMU Arlington campus. Through the lenses of finance, economics, complex systems, neuroeconomics, and computational social science, the symposium will explore the structure and dynamics of the 2008 financial crisis and its reverberations through time, including the current Eurozone crisis. Attendees will come away with a high-level understanding of the tools the sciences of complexity bring to an emerging view of these crises, including cutting-edge insights from the application of non-linear dynamics, social networks, systemic risk, experimental economics, and related approaches. 

More information about the course such as an agenda, information about local accommodations, and speaker bios can be found on our wiki page.

Fees

$1,500 before May 1, 2012

$1,700 May 1, 2012 and after

In the event of a cancellation before May 1, 2012, 50% of the program tuition will be refunded. Beginning May 1, 2012 and after no refunds will be made.

SFI Host: Ginger Richardson

June 3, 2012

June 3, 2012 - Aug. 11, 2012
Education Program

SFI’s REU program provides an opportunity for young scientists from many disciplines to explore what a social science perspective brings to other fields and how traditionally quantitative disciplines can contribute to the social sciences. Each REU participant works with one or more SFI faculty mentors on a specific, mutually selected projects focusing on the computational properties of complex systems with particular, but not exclusive, emphasis on the social sciences.

SFI Host: Ginger Richardson
Saint John's College
June 3, 2012 - June 30, 2012
Education Program

The Complex Systems Summer School offers an intensive four week introduction to complex behavior in mathematical, physical, living, and social systems for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the sciences and social sciences. The school is for participants who seek background and hands-on experience to help them prepare to conduct interdisciplinary research in areas related to complex systems.

The program consists of an intensive series of lectures, laboratories, and discussion sessions focusing on foundational ideas, tools, and current topics in complex systems research. These include nonlinear dynamics and pattern formation, scaling theory, information theory and computation theory, adaptation and evolution, network structure and dynamics, adaptive computation techniques, computer modeling tools and specific applications of these core topics to various disciplines. In addition, participants will formulate and carry out team projects related to topics covered in the program.

SFI Host: Ginger Richardson

June 17, 2012

Saint John's College
June 17, 2012 - June 30, 2012
Education Program

The Santa Fe Institute is pleased to announce the 18th annual Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science Modeling and Complexity. The workshop will bring together a group of advanced graduate students and a small faculty for an intensive two week study of computational social science modeling and complexity. The workshop will consist of lectures by faculty, special topic seminars by members of the Santa Fe Institute, and presentations of work in progress by graduate student participants. The primary goal of the summer workshop is to assist graduate students pursuing research agendas which includes a computational modeling component. A significant portion of the workshop will be devoted to analyzing and improving research being conducted by the graduate student participants.

SFI Host: Ginger Richardson
Saint John's College
June 17, 2012 - June 30, 2012
Education Program
SFI Host: John Miller and Scott Page

Aug. 6, 2012

10 a.m.
Collins Conference Room
Seminar
Research Experiences for Undergraduates Final Presentation

Kyle Pate, Southern Oregon University

SFI Host: Ginger Richardson

Aug. 7, 2012

10 a.m.
Collins Conference Room
Seminar
Research Experiences for Undergraduates Final Presentation 

Madeleine Daepp, Washington University in St. Louis

SFI Host: Ginger Richardson

Aug. 8, 2012

10 a.m.
Collins Conference Room
Seminar
SFI Host: Ginger Richardson
11 a.m.

Aug. 9, 2012

Aug. 10, 2012

Sept. 14, 2012

Sept. 14, 2012 - Sept. 16, 2012
Education Program

This two-and-a-half day course is an intensive tour of the sciences of complexity, a broad set of effort that seek to explain how large-scale complex, organized, and adaptive behavior can emerge from simple interactions among myriad individuals. This course, sponsored by the Santa Fe Institute, is specifically designed for professionals, faculty, students and others who are curious to explore and apply this new transdisciplinary scientific approach. This course has no prerequisites and requires no specific math or science background.

More information about the course can be found on our wiki page.

SFI Host: Ginger Richardson

May 8, 2013

5 p.m.
Noyce Conference Room
Community Event
SFI Host: Juniper Lovato

June 3, 2013

June 3, 2013 - Aug. 9, 2013
Education Program
SFI Host: Juniper Lovato
Saint John's College
June 3, 2013 - June 28, 2013
Education Program
SFI Host: Juniper Lovato

June 16, 2013

Saint John's College
June 16, 2013 - June 29, 2013
Education Program
SFI Host: John Miller and Scott Page
Saint John's College
June 16, 2013 - June 29, 2013
Education Program
SFI Host: John Miller and Scott Page

July 28, 2013

July 28, 2013 - Aug. 9, 2013
Education Program

Groton, Massachusetts

Purpose: Research Collaboration
SFI Host: Juniper Lovato

Aug. 5, 2013

10 a.m.
Collins Conference Room
Seminar

Bubbles and Crashes in a Heterogeneous-Agent

SFI Host: Ginger Richardson
11 a.m.
Collins Conference Room
Seminar

Avoiding collapse: detecting signals for critical transitions in agent-based ecological models

SFI Host: Ginger Richardson
1:30 p.m.
Collins Conference Room
Seminar

Linking pattern and process in cultural evolution

SFI Host: Ginger Richardson

Aug. 6, 2013

11 a.m.
Collins Conference Room
Seminar

A Variational Bayes approach to Robust Principal Component Analysis. 

SFI Host: Ginger Richardson
2 p.m.
Collins Conference Room
Seminar

Research Experiences for Undergraduates Final Presentation Galen Harrison, Reed College 

SFI Host: Ginger Richardson

Oct. 6, 2013

Noyce Conference Room
Oct. 6, 2013 - Oct. 11, 2013
Education Program
SFI Host: Juniper Lovato

Nov. 11, 2013

Nov. 11, 2013 - Nov. 21, 2013
Education Program
SFI Host: Miguel Fuentes

June 8, 2014

June 8, 2014 - Aug. 16, 2014
Education Program
SFI Host: Juniper Lovato
Saint John's College
June 8, 2014 - July 4, 2014
Education Program
SFI Host: Juniper Lovato

June 22, 2014

Saint John's College
June 22, 2014 - July 4, 2014
Education Program
SFI Host: John Miller
Saint John's College
June 22, 2014 - July 4, 2014
Education Program
SFI Host: John Miller

July 13, 2014

July 13, 2014 - July 25, 2014
Education Program
SFI Host: Juniper Lovato

Aug. 11, 2014

11 a.m.
Collins Conference Room
Seminar

It's a bird, it's a plane, No...it's a phase transition!

(Entropy production in open dissipative systems)

SFI Host: Juniper Lovato
1:30 p.m.
Collins Conference Room
Seminar

Spectral community detection with the 'z-Laplacian'

SFI Host: Juniper Lovato

Aug. 12, 2014

10 a.m.
Collins Conference Room
Seminar

Kickstarting Memes and Movements: A Distribution-Based Threshold Model

SFI Host: Juniper Lovato
11 a.m.
Collins Conference Room
Seminar

Visualizing Frustration: Through the Spinning Glass

SFI Host: Juniper Lovato

Aug. 13, 2014

11 a.m.
Collins Conference Room
Seminar

Cost effectiveness of including a whole-cell Bordetella pertussis vaccine in current vaccination programs

SFI Host: Juniper Lovato
1:30 p.m.
Collins Conference Room
Seminar

Analog Circuit Design using Genetic Algorithms

SFI Host: Juniper Lovato

Aug. 14, 2014

10 a.m.
Collins Conference Room
Seminar

Linguistic Divergence in Timor

SFI Host: Juniper Lovato
11 a.m.
Collins Conference Room
Seminar

Inferring Partial Interaction Matrices in Generalized Lotka-Volterra Models of Microbial Communities

SFI Host: Juniper Lovato
1:30 p.m.
Collins Conference Room
Seminar

The Evolutionary Origins of Developmental Programs

SFI Host: Juniper Lovato

May 13, 2015

5:30 p.m.
Special Event

The purpose of the Student Prize is to honor outstanding science students who embody the spirit of scientific pursuit and by such recognition, to encourage Santa Fe's students to explore the challenges of science in general. The Teacher Prize acknowledges creativity, originality, academic rigor, and professional excellence. Each prize includes a cash award and a Santa Fe Institute book on complexity science inscribed by SFI co-founder and Nobel Laureate Murray Gell-Mann.

Purpose: Community Event
SFI Host: Juniper Lovato

June 7, 2015

June 7, 2015 - Aug. 15, 2015
Education Program
SFI Host: Juniper Lovato
Saint John's College
June 7, 2015 - July 3, 2015
Education Program
SFI Host: Juniper Lovato

June 21, 2015

Saint John's College
June 21, 2015 - July 3, 2015
Education Program
SFI Host: Juniper Lovato
June 21, 2015 - July 3, 2015
Education Program
SFI Host: Juniper Lovato

July 12, 2015

July 12, 2015 - July 24, 2015
Education Program
SFI Host: Juniper Lovato

Aug. 10, 2015

10 a.m.
Noyce Conference Room
Seminar

Balancing Foraging and Predation: The Evolution of Collective Behavior in Fish

SFI Host: Juniper Lovato
1:45 p.m.
Noyce Conference Room
Seminar

Towards a more substantive account of cities

SFI Host: Juniper Lovato
2:30 p.m.
Noyce Conference Room
Seminar

Total Information Flow in Stochastic Networks

SFI Host: Juniper Lovato

Aug. 11, 2015

10 a.m.
Noyce Conference Room
Seminar

Heterogeneity Within Self­ Organizing Animal Groups

SFI Host: Juniper Lovato
1:45 p.m.
Noyce Conference Room
Seminar

Balancing Music from a map the relation of sound characteristics to geography

SFI Host: Juniper Lovato

Aug. 12, 2015

10 a.m.
Noyce Conference Room
Seminar

Sparse Graphs with Maximal Ising Magnetization

SFI Host: Juniper Lovato
11 a.m.
Noyce Conference Room
Seminar

Social influence in a world of King Oedipus

SFI Host: Juniper Lovato
1:45 p.m.
Noyce Conference Room
Seminar

POSTPONED Until Further Notice

Community detection in multiplex networks

SFI Host: Juniper Lovato

Aug. 13, 2015

10 a.m.
Noyce Conference Room
Seminar

Meta-Sorting as an Exploration of the Space of Algorithms

SFI Host: Juniper Lovato
11 a.m.
Noyce Conference Room
Seminar

Studying disease underreporting using population genetics

SFI Host: Juniper Lovato
1:45 p.m.
Noyce Conference Room
Seminar

Stochastic Search in 1D: Optimizing the search time

SFI Host: Juniper Lovato
2:30 p.m.
Noyce Conference Room
Seminar

Norms that Govern: the Case of Wikipedia

SFI Host: Juniper Lovato

Aug. 25, 2015

Noyce Conference Room
Aug. 25, 2015 - Aug. 27, 2015
Education Program

August 25 - 27, 2015 - Santa Fe Institute - Santa Fe, New Mexico

SFI Host: Melanie Mitchell

Oct. 14, 2015

9 a.m.
Community Event

CreativeMornings Santa Fe brings together the creative communities in Santa Fe and Albuquerque for a monthly breakfast lecture series. From design legends to hometown heroes, speakers are selected by each chapter based on a global theme. For October, the theme is "SHOCK," and will feature SFI Omidyar Fellow Sam Scarpino.

Purpose: Community Event

Dec. 7, 2015

Dec. 7, 2015 - Dec. 21, 2015
Education Program
SFI Host: Juniper Lovato

Jan. 5, 2016

Noyce Conference Room
Jan. 5, 2016 - Jan. 7, 2016
Education Program

Social systems are intrinsically complex, whether they are groups of interacting ants, humans, companies, cities, or societies. How do such systems organize themselves to produce sophisticated collective behavior? How do they adapt and learn in the face of changing circumstances? How does group cooperation emerge from social yet selfish individuals, and how can such cooperation be fostered? What causes social systems, including economies, to fail or collapse, and what makes them resilient? By approaching these and other profound questions of social science from a complexity perspective, scientists are beginning to understand and predict social behavior in wholly new ways.

SFI Host: Juniper Lovato

June 5, 2016

June 5, 2016 - Aug. 13, 2016
Education Program

The ability to mathematically model complex systems has become a prerequisite to successful science in any field. Writing a simulation is not enough; career scientists today should be able to analyze results, recognize statistical regularities, formulate conjectures, and pursue possible proofs about why these conjectures are true. This hands-on summer program will give you a toolbox for understanding and using mathematical modeling in complex systems and your discipline.

June 12, 2016

June 12, 2016 - July 8, 2016
Education Program

"The Santa Fe Institute Complex Systems Summer School (CSSS) is world class. Combining the latest thinking from world leading scientists, true multidisciplinary perspectives, and the passion from 50 or more of the best and brightest attendees is inspiring. With the diversity of people, country representation and perspectives, breakthrough research is established in a wide range of new areas."

June 26, 2016

June 26, 2016 - July 8, 2016
Education Program
"I can honestly say that SFI’s Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science has proven to be one of the most inspiring and useful experiences I have had in my development as an academic. Attending it has deeply enriched my research and given me an opportunity to become part of an intellectual community that I consider to be at the cutting-edge of social scientific thought. I have no doubt that the few, vibrant weeks I spent at this workshop will continue to benefit my work for years to come."

July 25, 2016

July 25, 2016 - Aug. 5, 2016
Education Program

Economic growth and human development are properties of urbanizing human societies. But cities also concentrate most of the world’s human population and the strongest challenges to local and global sustainability, related to increased resource consumption, pollution, wastes, and many forms of impact on biodiversity, both within and beyond urban areas. Thus, it is often said that the battle for sustainable development will be won or lost in cities.

Sept. 21, 2016

Sept. 21, 2016 - Sept. 23, 2016
Education Program

This accessible three-day executive education course provides an intensive introduction to the field of complexity as it relates to Innovation and Invention. Through lectures, mini projects, exercises, and interactive discussions with prominent SFI faculty and your fellow participants, you will learn how methods and tools at the forefront of complexity science are being applied to modeling, predicting, and impacting the behavior systems across many disciplines.

This course is specifically designed for professionals, faculty, students, and others who are eager to explore and apply ideas from complexity in their own fields. No background in science or mathematics is required. We particularly encourage professionals, managers and policy-makers in business, government, and nonprofit organizations; industrial research and development staff; social work and education professionals; journalists; and university faculty and students to take part in this collaborative opportunity to learn, and apply, the latest approaches to critical problems.

Oct. 12, 2016

Oct. 12, 2016 - Oct. 14, 2016
Education Program

Complexity and healthcare have always gone hand-in-hand, but for today’s medical and health professionals, ensuring that patients receive optimal care is only getting more challenging.

Whether you’re diagnosing symptoms, predicting -- and preventing -- the spread of disease, or building vital healthcare infrastructure, understanding complex systems has never been more important.

This accessible (no math or science background required), three-day course is designed to give healthcare professionals, faculty, policy-makers and students an intensive introduction to complex systems as they apply to health and medicine.

Events News

Apply now for SFI's 2017 Complex Systems Summer School Nov. 1, 2016 -

The Santa Fe Institute is accepting applications for its signature education program for graduate students and postdocs: the 2017 Complex Systems Summer School, June 11-July 7, 2017, in Santa Fe ...

Video: Jordan Ellenberg on the power of uncertainty and contradiction Oct. 19, 2016 -

During an October 18 SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, mathematician Jordan Ellenberg explored how math can help us think about the seemingly uncertain matters that dominate our lives. Watch ...

Video: Watch Seth Lloyd's 2016 Ulam Lectures: Birth, collapse, and rebirth at The Information Edge Sept. 29, 2016 -

In two lectures, Seth Lloyd explores what happens when one system gains an advantage in collecting and processing information – an advantage he believes underlies all creation and destruction in our ...

Ecologists gather the pieces of a first-principles-derived ecological theory Sept. 21, 2016 -

A team of ecologists met at SFI recently to begin synthesizing an efficient theory that aims toward a more unified understanding of ecology.

Watch the video of Rosalind Picard's SFI Community Lecture Sept. 2, 2016 -

During an SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, Rosalind Picard reveals some of the surprises she has discovered at the intersection of human emotion and wearable tech. Watch her talk ...

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