It is not enough to recognise that climate change is accelerating. Climate change is one of the greatest drivers of injustice the world has ever seen. Those who have contributed the least are facing the greatest burden from an increasingly volatile climate system. While everyone is witnessing the impacts of climate change, in many regions ... Read more
While everyone is witnessing the impacts of climate change, in many regions of the world people are losing their homes, livelihoods, culture and lives. It is not enough to recognise that climate change is accelerating. Climate change is one of the greatest drivers of injustice the world has ever seen. In AMUK, Indonesian writer and ... Read more
While everyone is witnessing the impacts of climate change, in many regions of the world people are losing their homes, livelihoods, culture and lives. It is not enough to recognise that climate change is accelerating. Climate change is one of the greatest drivers of injustice the world has ever seen. The final event in The ... Read more
Our objective is to reflect on the Edinburgh Futures Conversations and create an open platform to share knowledge through conversation. Conceived by Lois Weaver, a Long Table is a dinner table setting where, instead of food, conversation is on the menu. Hosted in a physical space, it is a non-hierarchical process of participation where people ... Read more
Join an evening of celebration as the Scottish Black and PoC (BPOC) Writers Network invites you to admire three brilliant Black artists and writers to read and present some of their work and practice. Expect poetry as well as more visual art forms, exuberant talent, and a candid discussion amongst panellists. The creatives have been ... Read more
You know how he died. This is how he lived. A conversation with the authors of this intimate, scrupulous biography which places Floyd's life in the context of white supremacy. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with friends and family members, His Name Is George Floyd reveals the myriad ways that structural racism shaped Floyd's life ... Read more
Part of EFI’s inaugural event season, The New Real Gala will present international projects and practitioners, alongside highlights of our most recent research partnerships with artists and festivals. Leading contemporary AI artists, designers and scientists will explore the most transformative technologies out there and announce a major new programme on Next Generation Intelligent Experiences. The ... Read more
Soroche is the word used in Colombia to describe altitude sickness. In this multidisciplinary piece, combining text, music and imagery, writer Jessica Gaitan Johannesson and musician Stephanie Lamprea explore personal and collective history in relation to the country they share a connection with – Colombia. They are joined by musician Alistair MacDonald as they, through ... Read more
Join a lively discussion with authors of the thrilling and provocative book, Half-Earth Socialism, as well as the designers who created a video game based on the book. The event will feature discussions and Q&A with the authors and designers, as well as a chance to explore the game! Half-Earth Socialism makes clear that while ... Read more
Utopia is a ‘no-space’ for contemplation, innovation and collaboration. The term utopia was coined from Greek by Sir Thomas More for his 1516 book Utopia, describing a fictional island society in the Atlantic Ocean. The word comes from Greek: οὐ ("not") and τόπος ("place") and means "no-place", and strictly describes any non-existent society 'described in ... Read more
Join us for a drink and delicious, celebratory treat as we reveal the winners of the Edinburgh Futures Institute's Student Photography Competition and view a selection of the submitted photographs. Professor Liz Grant, Assistant Principal (Global Health) and Director of the Global Health Academy at the University of Edinburgh, will announce the winners and speak ... Read more
Since 2014, Palestinian dancer and choreographer Farah Saleh has been creating an Archive of Gestures through the re-enactment, transformation, and analyses of bodily gestures and movements. In What My Body Can/t Remember, Saleh explores what her body can and can’t remember of her life in Ramallah in 2002 when, living under curfew, she returned to ... Read more
Author Gaia Vince draws attention to mass migration and climate change at a time when huge swathes of the world are becoming uninhabitable. ‘Gaia Vince's new book should be read not just by every politician, but by every person on the planet, because it lays out, much more clearly than any existing scientific assessment, the ... Read more
What is the impact of AI on the planet? There are reasons to hope that data-driven efficiencies and insights can help produce innovative solutions to the climate emergency, touching areas such as energy, biodiversity monitoring and conservation, transportation, water conservation, and agriculture, among others. On the other hand, there are also real concerns about the ... Read more
In this participatory workshop, poet Anthony Anaxagorou will be asking what happens if we expand the idea of ‘air’ or first breath to mean a new beginning. Can the idea of air invoke fresh possibilities or social reform? Can air and breath can be reshaped to move beyond the conventional understanding of these terms? How ... Read more
The catastrophic risks of pandemics and climate change carry deep uncertainty as to when they will occur, how they will unfold, and how much damage they will do. The most important question is how we can face these risks to minimize them most. Alice C. Hill’s book, The Fight for Climate after COVID-19, draws on ... Read more
From the classical period through the early modern, tales abounded of distant islands inhabited by demons, devils, evil spirits, and all manner of winged creatures. The Sirens lured sailors to shipwreck with singing voices. The sprite Ariel conjures up a storm. The stories we tell ourselves to make sense of wind. An Island of Sound ... Read more
This event marks the opening of the Edinburgh Futures Institute’s Spring 2023 season and is by invitation only. After this event, bookings will officially open to everyone for our Spring 2023 programme of events, created in collaboration with partners across the Edinburgh Futures Institute, will run from March to May 2023!
This panel opens the fourth in the University’s Futures Conversations series on Artificial Intelligence. In this event, we bring together leading experts from the worlds of science, politics, and civil society to debate what our AI futures may bring, and to develop ideas for what is needed to advance our collective ability to put AI to the best possible use.
In this panel, speakers will briefly showcase their work on the intersections of technology and sexuality. When we are repeatedly told who and what to desire by apps, platforms and websites the relationship between technology and sexuality feels impossible to escape. We might not know what we really, really want.