Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC)

IFISC (Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems) is a joint research institute between the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) created in 2007. 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 incremental research and 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 self-organization. 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: Transport and Information in Quantum Systems (interface with Quantum Technologies), Nonlinear Photonics (interface with Information and Communication Technologies), Nonlinear Dynamics in Fluids (interface with Earth Sciences), Biocomplexity (interface with Life Sciences) and Collective Phenomena in Social and Socio-Technical Systems (interface Social Sciences).


Building upon our 10 years of pioneering Complex Systems Science in Spain, the Maria de Maeztu award recognizes the maturity and timeliness of this cross-disciplinary field while it allows us a mid-term planning of our research infrastructures and programs of talent attraction. It also boosts the internal scientific coherence of IFISC through an internal research program that focuses the present backbone transversal research line in the field of Information processing in and by Complex Systems.

Maxi San Miguel

Maxi San Miguel

Director at IFISC