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Project Deep Dive: Ursula Martin

Research Suite – 6th Floor, University of Edinburgh Main Library 30 George Square, Edinburgh

Hear a project deep dive from Ursula Martin on Imagining AI: computing stories in a museum context.

Where are AI’s publics?

Inspace 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

What role should the public have in shaping Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Should the public have a voice in how AI is being developed and used, and how it’s governed and regulated? And how might a diverse cross section of the public be involved in the decisions made by big tech, regulatory bodies, and local and national government?

AI as the Broken Machine

Playfair Library Hall Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Join this one-day symposium on 'Artificial Intelligence as the Broken Machine' with invited keynote speaker Prof. Louise Amoore.

CDCS Summer School 2024

Edinburgh Futures Institute 1 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Join the Centre for Data, Culture & Society for their 5-day Summer School.

Economics of Financial Technology Conference

Auditorium, Business School, The University of Edinburgh 29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

This conference will share new insights and discuss the economic issues related to the application of technology within finance in a rapidly evolving regulatory landscape.

Creative Tech Scotland Gathering

Informatics Forum, The University of Edinburgh 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh

An exciting day of cutting-edge creative tech keynotes, demos, and panels, with workshops and a closing reception with an interactive performance!


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Our Autumn 2023 programme of events explored leadership in all its forms – from the seats of power to the front lines of activist movements and even in our own workplaces.

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Love machine

Our Spring 2023 programme of events explored the interconnections of AI and data with humanity through conversations, performances, and workshops.

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First Breath

Our Autumn 2022 programme featured more than 20 events exploring crisis, migration, displacement and equality coalescing around the theme of Climate Justice.

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"The production and intellectual content of your recent events has been fantastic! Thank you for the opportunity to attend and learn. This is probably the best event I have been to all year."

Event attendee, Love Machine Spring 2023

"Really, really impressed with Futures Institute events. Properly impressive speakers, and seamless technical management. Thank you for keeping them hybrid/online – it's a really nice way to keep in touch!"

Event attendee, Love Machine Spring 2023

"Amazing! I hope that Utopia Lab can ring in every event season, the dream space that you curate and allow to flourish is an important and novel lens that Edinburgh Futures Institute offers partners, students, staff, researchers and anyone with an interest in collaborative thinking and doing."

Event attendee, Love Machine Spring 2023

Our public events seasons are co-created with people from across the University of Edinburgh. If you'd like to contribute ideas for the programme please contact the events team.

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Meet the events team

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Alice Carr

Events Co-ordinator
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Fraser Pringle

Project & Events Administrator
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Ioannis Kalkounos

Programme Manager
Lewis Williams

Lewis Williams

Events Technician

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