Edinburgh Futures Institute

A new futures-focused space for learning, research, and innovation at the University of Edinburgh.

We are open to all from Monday 3rd June 2024!

Come and explore our beautifully renovated historic building and visit the new Canopy Kitchen & Courtyard

We are for the pathfinders, the inquisitive, and those who want to make our complex world better.

A warm welcome to all
Kev Dhaliwal, Interim Director of Edinburgh Futures Institute


Futures-focused undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education


Support for interdisciplinary, data-driven research innovation

Engage & Innovate

Collaboration and innovation opportunities for people and organisations

Latest news and thinking

Featured News

‘Data for Good’ Pioneer Relocates to Futures Institute

Financial Services & FinTech | Public Services
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Edinburgh Futures Institute has welcomed one of its first commercial tenants, Smart Data Foundry.

Featured News

A fitting home for new artwork honouring trailblazing women 

Community | Creative Industries
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An intricate and innovative tapestry honouring the first women allowed to matriculate at a university in Britain – known as the Edinburgh Seven – has been unveiled at its long-term home at Edinburgh Futures Institute.


Watch the Power Trip season on demand

“This was such an inspiring meeting of minds and hearts, especially in these difficult and heartbreaking times, it felt like an oasis of calm, constructive and intersectional thinking.'”

Event attendee, Power Trip, Autumn 2023


We’ve moved into our new home

Edinburgh Futures Institute has moved into its stunning new home at the Old Royal Infirmary.

New tenancy opportunities for organisations and businesses coming 2024/25.

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Our sectors in focus

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Financial Services
& FinTech


tourism, Travel
& festivals

“With a philosophy of delivering challenge-led, transdisciplinary, multi-sector collaborations that innovate responsibly, the Data for Children Collaborative, is a living and breathing example of what Edinburgh Futures Institute is all about – using novel approaches to build better futures.”

Alex Hutchison, Programme Director, Data for Children Collaborative

Discover more at Edinburgh Futures Institute

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Explore our ecosystem

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Learn about our approach

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Meet our writer-at-large

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Support the future

Follow us @uoe_efi

“The Edinburgh Futures Institute is an integral part of the University of Edinburgh and our future. It is an integral part of our commitment to the local communities in which we operate and for our place in the world. Recognising that the biggest challenges facing society are complex and multi-layered, and that insight and innovation often comes from bringing together expertise across different disciplines, the Futures Institute is creating a new environment for learning, teaching, research and engagement. It is doing so side-by-side with communities, business and industry and governments.”

Professor Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh

Join us to challenge, create, and make change happen.