At the Edinburgh Futures Institute we challenge, create, and make change happen. We are focused on tackling today’s increasingly complex issues by bringing people and disciplines together to spark the unexpected and make better futures possible.

Our approach

We are creating a new environment for learning, teaching, research, and innovation, side-by-side with students, communities, businesses and industry.


Our ecosystem supports innovation and co-creative work with people across the University of Edinburgh and beyond.


We are experts, thinkers, dreamers, doers; united in engaging and innovating with individuals and organisations to navigate complex challenges.

Our New home

We are transforming the iconic Old Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh into a space for multi-disciplinary collaboration, education, research, and partnership.

Culture & COmmunity

Connect with our culture and community, explore our work and projects, and get involved with the Edinburgh Futures Institute.

Support the future

There are many ways in which you can engage with giving at the Futures Institute and ensure that your support has impact.

“The Edinburgh Futures Institute is a key investment for 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, Edinburgh 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.