Complex Systems Summer School 2020-Logistics

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Complex Systems Summer School 2020


June 14 - July 10, 2020 - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Campus Location

You will be housed and most lectures will take place at Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)
83 Avan Nu Po Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508

Directions to campus and campus map here.

Campus Security - 505-577-1660

Emergency Number (anywhere in the U.S.) 911

Flights to Santa Fe or Albuquerque

You can book a flight to Santa Fe Airport (SAF) or to Albuquerque Airport (ABQ). ABQ is usually less expensive but not always.

If you are traveling far, you may want to arrive on Saturday. You can stay at an inexpensive hotel near the airport and catch a shuttle to Santa Fe on Sunday morning. If you are traveling from sea level, a night at 5,500 feet can be helpful for adjusting to high altitude before coming to Santa Fe which is at 7,000 feet.

Groome Transportation (formerly Sandia Shuttle (ABQ to Santa Fe locations)
Roadrunner Shuttle (SAF to Santa Fe hotels)

Sunday, June 14th

If you are riding the Groome Transportation Shuttle from the Albuquerque airport ask the driver to drop you off at the 599 RailRunner Station. We will run a free shuttle service from 11 am to 5 pm from this stop to IAIA. If your shuttle arrives outside these times, you will need to order a LYFT or an UBER from this stop to get to IAIA. It would be wise to share a ride with other CSSS students on your shuttle.

There is no longer a regular taxi service in Santa Fe. There is New Mexico Black Car Service but it is a bit more upscale and can be pricey. You can get a quote using their site.


CSSS participants will be assigned dormitory rooms at:

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)
83 Avan Nu Po Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508
(505) 424-2325

Housing at IAIA is will be single rooms.

Clean sheets and towels are provided, as well as a pillow and blanket. Bedding and towels will be exchanged at the halfway point of summer school. We suggest that you bring a clock and anything else you might need for your personal comfort.


For safety and contractual reasons you may NOT have overnight guests in the dormitories. We can recommend local hotels or other accommodations for your guests. IAIA does not allow smoking inside any of the buildings.

If you are locked out of your room, please contact Campus Security by calling 505.577.1660. They will send someone to let you in.

Keys & Access

Keys and ID Cards are Your Responsibility
If you lose an item, you will be charged to replace it, so take good care of them.

Cost of missing or lost items:

ID Cards - $10 (need at least one business day turn around to make new one)
Room key - $10 (need at least one business day turn around to make new one)
Prox card - $20 (need at least two business days turn around to make new one)

Be sure to turn in all there items at the end of the summer school too. THANKS!


Three meals a day are served in the cafeteria, located in Building 3 on the map, Monday through Saturday. Two meals are served on Sunday. All meals are included in your room and board; you will be issued an electronic swipe card that you must present upon entry to the dining hall. The nearest restaurants are about eight miles away.


BREAKFAST (Monday - Friday) Service 7:45 - 9:00 AM
LUNCH (Monday - Friday) Service 12:30 - 1:30 PM
DINNER (Monday - Sunday) Service 6:00 - 7:00 PM
BRUNCH (Sundays) Service 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM (note shortened hours)

NOTE WELL: SERVICE times listed above is when food is served. The cafeteria will remain open an additional half hour at each meal for socializing. Food will not be served during the social half hour.

ALSO NOTE: - Saturday breakfast is a continental breakfast.

KEEP CAFETERIA ITEMS in the CAFETERIA - Food service plates, glasses, cups and flatware cannot be taken from the cafeteria. Thanks.

Due to policy and legal constraints, alcohol may not be consumed on the IAIA campus. Social nights in Santa Fe can be arranged with the help of CSSS staff.

Linen Exchange
Clean linen will be exchanged at the halfway point of summer school. Instructions:

  • First floor will be determined soon – please leave linens outside their room door no later than 10am.
  • Second floor will be determined soon - please leave linens outside their room door no later than 10am.

Laundry Facilities Available on Campus
Cost for one load of wash – $1.25
Cost for dryer – $1.25
Payment method - Coins (Quarters Only)
Laundry Detergent – You must buy your own. It is sold in many stores and at the IAIA Gift Shop.

Please have mail sent to:

Your Name
c/o Complex Systems Summer School
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)
83 Avan Nu Po Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87508

Mail will be delivered to the CSSS Office at IAIA each weekday. The office is located behind the Commons (the room we will be meeting in for lectures).

There are no telephones provided on campus. Plan to bring your cell phone.

The Santa Fe Institute is located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Because of the terrain, cell phone coverage may be spotty, inconsistent, or unavailable. IAIA is located in a more open area of Santa Fe and generally has good cell phone coverage.

All students staying on campus will have free access to IAIA's Performance Arts & Fitness Center using your IAIA ID/meal card. We plan to have the fitness center available each weekday from 7:00 - 8:30 AM and from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM and closed on Sunday.


The dorm rooms have WiFi. VOIP services such as Skype may encounter connection issues.

There is WiFi access across the IAIA campus. Internet access at the SFI main campus will be limited to guest access on local machines.

You must bring with you any power converters or plug adapters to plug your computer into the 120V outlets in the United States. We do not supply foreign power converters.

Packing for Your Stay

SFI has no particular dress code. Wear comfortable clothing.
Days are warm and nights are chilly. Monsoons rains will occur some afternoons.
Layering is recommended due to changes in temperature both indoors and outdoors.

Items that might be useful:
Sunscreen & Sunglasses
Fleece, sweatshirt or sweater
Rain Jacket or Umbrella if you mind getting wet
One layer you can put on or take off as the temperature is never right for everyone.
Good walking shoes for campus and excursions
One nice (casual; not formal) item for any special event that gets planned by participants

Always keep comfort in mind.

Local Transportation


SFI Friday Campus Visits:
Fridays will be held exclusively at the Santa Fe Institute Cowan Campus, which is approximately 16 miles from IAIA. Shuttles will load at 8:00 a.m. and depart at 8:15 p.m. from the parking circle at IAIA.
Week three is it will be Thursday, July 2 because of the U.S. 4th of July holiday.

Don't be late. It takes at least 40 minutes to travel from IAIA to SFI. The day at SFI will last until approximately 4:45 p.m. Shuttles will then depart from SFI at 5:00 p.m. to return to IAIA unless notified otherwise.

General Contact Info for Santa Fe Institute

Please note that SFI is closed on weekends

Car Rental: Car rental is available both in Santa Fe at your own cost. We have corporate rates with Enterprise - for more information, please contact SFI program staff. Since our arrangement with Enterprise doesn't cover insurance, we recommend that you accept supplemental coverage at the desk if your credit card or personal insurance policy does not cover rental car insurance. You must be 25 or older to rent a car.

Taxi: There is no taxi service in Santa Fe. For car-for-hire, use Uber or Lyft.

Local bus service: Santa Fe has a small public transportation system, Santa Fe Trails. For route and schedule information, see