Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences
Promoting collaboration across the theoretical sciences.
The goal of the Initiative for Theoretical Sciences is to provide a home for research and teaching, emphasizing theoretical approaches to the natural sciences. Participants are interested in a wide range of phenomena, from the elementary building blocks of matter to the dynamics of social systems, from the collective behavior of electrons in solids to the collective behavior of neurons in the brain, and more. What ties these disparate problems together is the search for a compact and compelling mathematical description of the world around us.
We are a community of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and visitors. We host a wide range of events, from single seminars to day-long symposia and longer conferences. We encourage you to participate, and to make suggestions for new programs. Understanding that the best stimulus to theory often comes from experiment, many of our events are focused on recent experimental developments.
ITS interacts with the programs at The Graduate Center and throughout the CUNY system. In addition, we are partners with Princeton University in the Center for the Physics of Biological Function, a Physics Frontiers Center supported by the National Science Foundation.
Join us at one of our events. Events are held at The Graduate Center, CUNY at 365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th Streets, in Manhattan. We are located within convenient walking distance of several subway lines and buses, as well as Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal.View events
Friday, October 7, 2022
A symposium on the physics of behavior organized by the Center for the Physics of Biological Function, a joint effort of the CUNY Graduate Center and Princeton University
9100: Skylight Room
Aug 9, 2022
Simons Foundation funds student fellowships and programming at the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences.
- GC Stories
Oct 20, 2017
The Graduate Center (GC) of the City University of New York (CUNY) has entered into a joint endeavor with Princeton University to explore the interface between biology and physics through the establishment of the Center for the Physics of Biological Function.
Nov 26, 2013
William Bialek, visiting presidential professor of physics and founder and director of the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, has been awarded the Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience from the Society for Neuroscience.
- Faculty News