IFISC (Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems) is a joint research institute of the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) created in 2007 building upon the former Cross-Disciplinary Physics Department of the Mediterranean Institute for Advance Studies (IMEDEA) dating from 1995. Its mission is to develop Cross-Disciplinary and Strategic Research in Complex Systems following the established scientific approach of physicists.
By Cross-Disciplinary Research we mean the transfer of knowledge, concepts and methods to create bridges among traditional disciplines. By Strategic Research we mean focusing on advanced studies in emerging strategic fields with a strong potential impact, avoiding the “basic-applied” polarization.
IFISC´s working environment is a complex system in itself seeking coherence and integration from diversity, interaction, scientific dialog, transversal structures, bridge building and selforganization. Research is therefore organized in terms of research lines, rather than research groups.
Emerging from a back-bone transversal research line of exploratory nature on Complex Systems, Statistical and Nonlinear Physics, there are 5 research lines of transfer of knowledge in the interface with other disciplines (Quantum Technologies, Information and Communication Technologies, Earth Sciences, Life Sciences and Social Sciences):
The strong interactions between IFISC’s members can be seen in the network of interactions among the permanent staff:
IFISC is organized in two departments
and a Unit of Computer Services and Scientific Computing and Big Data.