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 âbasic-appliedâ polarization. IFISCÂ´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.