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Science is humankind’s greatest engine of discovery, but even science can get stuck. The Foundations Institute's mission is to accelerate scientific progress by re-evaluating the foundational ideas, models and assumption that lie at the core of the scientific disciplines. TFI cultivates a network of scientists and scholars who identify potentially stale ideas, outdated conceptual models, and problematic assumptions. We then assemble teams to aggressively debate and develop productive ways forward.

Organizes symposia, workshops, and bootcamps in which scholars interrogate bedrock ideas in the sciences.
Workshops, seminars and bootcamps hosted by the Foundations Institute.
Help us advance scientific progress by facilitating serious conversation about the big ideas.
The Foundations Institute is a joint project of the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Max Planck Society.