Creative
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We support people and organisations to be adaptive, innovative and futures focused.

CREATIVETECH GATHERING SCOTLAND 2024

Join us on the 28th June for an exciting day of cutting edge creative tech talks, demos & workshops.

Co-create futures

Shape thinking

Develop Knowledge

Nurture talent

Make change

We use design and futures thinking approaches, underpinned by data-driven innovation, to co-create meaningful solutions to complex challenges in the creative industries.

In a rapidly transforming world how do we: access, share, and optimise data to innovate and enhance sustainable customer and audience experiences; develop new business models for the creative and cultural sectors; create new work; and support the next generation of creative innovators?

Our collaboration opportunities are designed to help creative businesses, professionals, and organisations to develop innovation capacity and create solutions using academic and industry expertise.

Get involved with:

Co-creation and design thinking workshops

Education, training and development

Futures-focused facilitation and consultancy

Sector-focused events and networking

Student challenge projects

Research and innovation projects

Long-term strategic partnerships

Shaping the future through world-leading research innovation and knowledge creation.

We work with the world’s top researchers, developing deep expertise in areas critical to a rapidly transforming and multidimensional sector.

Innovation and research can challenge and change existing ways of thinking, structures, practices, users, and business models. It can bridge the gap between what we know and are doing right now, and the emerging challenges facing our sector.

Get inside the minds of some of the experts working with us at Edinburgh Futures Institute.

Building future skills and knowledge for creative industries.

We are helping address complex challenges and emerging issues in this multidimensional industry, such as growing skills shortages, uneven and unequal digitisation, new technologies and AI, funding and investment challenges, diversity and global competitiveness, and more.

Our range of postgraduate study is designed to build and share knowledge across sectors and disciplines. We also offer custom executive education to meet specific needs for teams and organisations.

We offer flexible degree programmes which support the needs and challenges of creative sector professionals and leaders.

MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert

Executive education

Our executive education and professional development courses are designed to challenge, inspire, and transform your thinking.

Investing in the next generation to help tackle the complexities of our future world.

The future workplace is interdisciplinary, multi-modal, and challenge-led. Our students graduate with core data skills, knowledge of data ethics, the ability to interrogate issues of global scope and complexity, and with the creative and entrepreneurial mind-set to problem-solve that is vital for building better futures.

We have lots of exciting opportunities to connect our diverse and talented students with a range of professional and sector-specific experience.

Delivering meaningful change that is helping the creative industries build better futures.

Edinburgh Futures Institute is one of six Data Driven Innovation hubs at the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University. We are part of a regional power-house for collaboration and data innovation with industry partners.

Our innovation ecosystem is designed to support the creative industries with challenge-led, data-driven innovation that delivers economic, social, cultural, environmental, and ethical impact.

Find out about some of our collaborations and projects.

Creative Informatics

Creative Informatics brings the city’s world-class creative industries and tech sector together, utilising innovative data-driven technologies to develop ground-breaking new products, businesses and experiences.

CreativeTech Scotland Gathering

Bringing together creative tech and data-driven innovation practitioners from across the creative industries to share, network, showcase their work and explore innovation within creative technology.

The Binks Hub

The Binks Hub works together with communities to think, create, and research. Using art, crafts, and other creative activities, we investigate how to tackle the issues that matter most to people, driving real-world, positive change.

The New Real

Established 2019, The New Real is a unique hub for AI, creativity and futures research. It is a partnership between the University of Edinburgh, Alan Turing Institute, and Edinburgh’s Festivals.

Innovation ecosystem

We offer specialist innovation and co-creation services – delivering new value, outcomes, and transformations for people, communities, organisations, and society.

Explore more of the innovation ecosystem at Edinburgh Futures Institute:

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In focus

In practice

Creative tech Scotland Gathering

Watch the highlights from Creative Tech Scotland Gathering 2023. Bringing together creative tech and data-driven innovation practitioners from across the creative industries to share, network, showcase their work, and explore innovation within creative technology.

Thinking

Developing data-driven innovation in creative industries

Caroline Parkinson leads a vision for Data-Driven Creative Industries across Edinburgh and regions, and provides the stepping-stones to achieving it.

In practice

Creative informatics

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Creative Informatics brings the city’s world-class creative industries and tech sector together, utilising innovative data-driven technologies to develop groundbreaking new products, businesses, and experiences.

Latest

News

Celebrating Five Years of Creative Informatics  

The Creative Informatics Cluster culminated its five-year programme with a series of events at the Edinburgh Science Festival and the launch of a new book.

News

University Of Edinburgh and Creative Informatics named as core partners on CoSTAR Programme

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The University of Edinburgh and Creative Informatics have been named as core partners on two preferred bids for the UK Government’s CoSTAR programme.

News

Edinburgh Futures Institute Hosts Creativetech Scotland Gathering 2023

Speaker presenting to a crowd in Creative Tech Scotland Gathering 2023

The Edinburgh Futures Institute hosted the second CreativeTech Scotland Gathering on 26 May – an opportunity to meet, share and showcase the data-driven innovation and creative technology in Scotland.

Become a member

New tenancy and membership opportunities coming 2024/25.

We can create better futures

Edinburgh Futures Institute works across the creative and cultural industries – in Scotland, in the UK and globally. We’d love to discuss potential collaborations and opportunities and how we can innovate together.

Meet the lead

Caroline Parkinson

Director of Creative and Sector Engagement Manager (Creative Industries)

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Examples of organisations we collaborate with:
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Join us to challenge, create, and make change happen.

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