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Informatics events at the Edinburgh International Science Festival

School of Informatics staff are involved in numerous events at the Edinburgh International Science Festival. The events cater for all ages and tastes; there are drop-ins and demos, as well as talks and discussions.

Alumni return for careers panel

Students interested in a career in software engineering can hear from graduates working locally in industry, 6-7pm Monday 3 April.

Girls in Tech

Informatics students share their passion for computing in films launched to celebrate International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017.

New Head for University’s College of Science & Engineering

Former Head of School of Informatics, The University of Edinburgh’s Chair of Applied Logic, Professor Dave Robertson, has been appointed as Head of the College of Science & Engineering.

Celebrating our Athena SWAN Silver Award

Athena SWAN encourages and recognises commitment to advancing the careers of women in science and technology in higher education and research. The UK initiative is run by the Equality Challenge Unit.

Beyond Bitcoin - IOHK and University of Edinburgh establish Blockchain Technology Laboratory

IOHK, a leading blockchain research and development company and the University of Edinburgh, today announced the establishment of a Blockchain Technology Laboratory within the university’s School of Informatics.

ICSA researchers widely recognised at the International CGO Symposiums

Researchers from the Institute for Computing Systems Architecture at the School of Informatics were recognised at the prestigious co-located International Symposiums on Code Generation and Optimization (CGO) and High-Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA) in Austin, Texas in early February.

School of Informatics MInf student wins Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary

Claire Doherty, MInf students in the School of Informatics is one of three women in the UK to be selected for the Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary.

Festival of Creative Learning in Informatics

Building on the legacy of the Innovative Learning Week which ran between 2012 and 2016 and aiming at developing creative learning practices, the Festival of Creative Learning 2016/17 comprises a programme of events and activities running throughout the academic year, along with a curated, week-long programme of events in February (20th – 24th February 2017).

Ants use sun and memories to guide their backwards walk home

They are famed for their highly developed work ethic … now a study shows ants’ navigational skills are more sophisticated than was previously thought.

New student society in Machine Learning: EdIntelligence

EdIntelligence is the newest student society in the School of Informatics. It aims to provide students interested in machine learning with access to extracurricular information through tech talks, workshops and various other events.

Smart scales leak personal data

Student project reveals security and privacy flaws in some eHealth devices.

Focus on final year projects

In response to student feedback, the School has organised two new events to support the development of undergraduate dissertations.

New student society: SIGINT

Informatics undergraduates have set up a group for students interested in cyber security.

Wanted: tech industry ‘big hitter’

Informatics is looking for an exceptional Director of Commercialisation & Industry Engagement.

Synthetic voices go multilingual

Researchers are working with the BBC to generate high quality computer-generated speech in different languages.

Investigating quantum technologies

Dr Myrto Arapinis and Professor Elham Kashefi have been awarded $1.6M to explore quantum verification and validation issues.

Speech analysis for dementia

Dr Maria Wolters is helping to develop technology which will improve early detection of dementia.

Principal’s Teaching Award

Dr Areti Manataki and colleagues from Moray House and Information Services have won an award for their project, Exploring flexible modes of online education.

Cyber Security Christmas Lectures

We warmly invite local schools to join us for this year’s Cyber Security Christmas Lectures, 15 December 2016.

Enhancing Assembly Rooms' green credentials

The Enhance research project will help Edinburgh's historic Assembly Rooms to reduce their energy usage.

Postgraduate prize winners 2016

Congratulations to those outstanding MSc students awarded School prizes after our winter graduation ceremony.

Alexa prize bid for talking robot

A team of Edinburgh Informatics PhD students has been chosen by Amazon to compete for an inaugural $1.5M prize.

Undergraduate prizewinners

Congratulations to the outstanding students awarded School prizes for their work last year.

World software challenge award

Dr Giulio Caravagna and colleagues won Silver at the 10th Open Source Software (OSS) World Challenge.

RSE Christmas Lecture event

Dr Maurice Fallon will be part of a panel discussing Robots and Rockets, Saturday 26 November.

Built it, broke it, fixed it!

Final year undergraduate Thomas Kerber has come second in the international security programming contest, ‘Build it, Break it, Fix it.'

Cyber Challenge winners

Emilia Bogdanova, Joshua Green, Paul Sinclair and Dylan Ashcroft have won the Scottish University Cyber Challenge.

Industrial engagement event

Exclusive to the EPSRC CDT in Pervasive Parallelism & CDT HiPEDS.

Postgraduate Open Day: 16 Nov 2016

Potential MSc, MPhil and PhD Informatics students are warmly invited to come along and find out more about us.

MICRO Hall of Fame

Dr Boris Grot has been inducted into the MICRO Hall of Fame.

Athena SWAN Silver Award 2016

The School of Informatics has achieved its second Athena SWAN Silver Award for supporting women in science.

Data Science Research Day 2016

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Data Science is holding its annual research day today.

Best ECCB 2016 Paper

PhD student Andreas Kapourani won best paper at the prestigious European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB).

Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary

£3,500 boost for female UK student studying Informatics.

Alumnus gains £1m investment

Grant Passmore’s company Aesthetic Integration has attracted funding backed by Google's Chief Business Officer.


Professor Philip Wadler has won the ACM SIGPLAN Distinguished Service Award 2016.

Congratulations Ronan Turner

Ronan Turner has been Highly Commended in The Undergraduate Awards.

New Assistant Principal for Data Technology

Jon Oberlander, our Professor of Epistemics, has been appointed Assistant Principal for Data Technology.

NASA robotics lectures

Dr Rob Ambrose, Principal Technologist for NASA’s Game Changing Development Program, will deliver two lectures in the Informatics Forum, 27 September 2016.

University open days

Book now to attend.

Principal’s Medal for Colin Adams

In November, the alumnus will receive the University’s highest honour for his significant contribution as our Director of Commercialisation.

Cross-CDT student workshop

Postgraduate students of statistics and machine learning from across the UK are meeting in Edinburgh, 30-31 August 2016.

Design Informatics at the Festival

Work by Design Informatics is showcased at the new Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival, 4-28 August 2016.

EU award for Bonseyes

Dr Amos Storkey and Professor Mike O’Boyle have been awarded €680,876 from Horizon 2020, the EU Research and Innovation programme.

Areti scoops Outreach Prize

Senior Researcher and MSc/PhD alumna Dr Areti Manataki has won a coveted Head of College Prize.

British Logic Colloquium 2016

This year’s British Logic Colloquium (BLC) will be held here in the Informatics Forum.

Quiz a Whiz with the RSE

Professor of Robotics Sethu Vijayakumar FRSE discusses his research in the latest video from the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Sutton Trust summer school

S5/Year 12 pupils experience life as an Informatics student.

Sethu joins Robot Wars

Robotics expert Professor Sethu Vijayakumar debuts as a judge in the new TV series.

Sorcha's soapbox for science

Research postgraduate Sorcha Gilroy will speak at Edinburgh’s first Soapbox Science event.

Music Informatics and Cognition

PhD student Andrew McLeod is organising the first UK Music Informatics and Cognition (MIC) workshop of its kind.

Compucast podcasts are back!

Hugh Leather has relaunched Compucast: podcasts by computer scientists for computer scientists.

Stanford Bing study visit

Building trust in autonomy has been the focus of a month-long programme of lectures and research, organised for 16 Stanford students.

Building links with Peking

Four Peking University students join us, 6 July-30 August 2016.

Saltire Scholar

Gregor McCreadie has won a digital strategy internship in Boston, 11 June-19 August 2016

Google PhD Fellow

Martino Sorbaro Sindaci has been awarded a 2016 Google European PhD Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience.

Summer 2016 prizewinners

Congratulations to those outstanding students awarded School prizes after our summer graduation ceremony.

INSPIRE summer school

Our first INSPIRE summer school for S4/Year 11 girls takes place 4-6 July 2016.

Informing the EU debate

Cutting-edge techniques developed in Informatics are being used to gauge public opinion on the EU referendum.

Principal's statement on EU referendum result

“No change for existing and future EU students arriving in 2016/17 and 2017/18.”

Undergraduate open days 2016

Come and see our School and University for yourself.

Sandy’s little robot is a winner

Enterprising PhD student Sandy Enoch has scooped several awards for Marty, a robot that children can build and programme for themselves.

Edinburgh Award recipients 2016

Congratulations to 23 students in the School of Informatics who completed an Edinburgh Award this year.

Valentino Braitenberg winner

Professor Emeritus David Willshaw has been awarded the Valentino Braitenberg Award for Computational Neuroscience.

Design workshops for children

Wanted: games designers aged 6-14 years, Saturday and/or Sunday 4-5 June 2016.

SIGMOD Test of Time Award

A paper by Professor Peter Buneman, Dr Adriane Chapman, and Dr James Cheney has won the 2016 ACM SIGMOD Test of Time Award.

Talks by Professor Andrew Blake

Informatics alumnus, Professor Andrew Blake, Director of the Alan Turing Institute, will give two presentations at King’s Buildings, Friday 27 May 2016.

€1.9m funding for Skye project

Dr James Cheney has been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant.

TransModal success

Professor Mirella Lapata has received five years’ funding for her project, TransModal: Translating from Multiple Modalities into Text.

EPSRC Fellowship is MAGIC

Professor Leonid Libkin has been awarded a £1.14M EPSRC Fellowship.

Valkyrie press coverage

Our NASA humanoid robot has made headlines.

'3DT and Friends' Presentation Day

Our three EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) will co-host a presentation day, Thursday 26 May 2016.

Scotland and Estonia: building digital services

Estonian Ambassador Lauri Bambus will visit the University, 26 April 2016, to discuss digital success.

Nominated for EUSA Teaching Awards

Congratulations to staff and students nominated for this year's EUSA Teaching Awards.

Student engagement with industry

Examples from the Centre for Doctoral Training in Pervasive Parallelism

Informatics 'Summer of Code'

Undergraduates are being offered an informal opportunity to improve their coding skills this summer.

Alumnus awarded Lovelace Medal

Professor Andrew Blake has won the 2016 BCS Lovelace Medal, the top award in computing in the UK.

Dr Goldwater wins BCS Award

Sharon Goldwater has won the BCS Roger Needham award for outstanding work in computational linguistics.

Science Festival 2016

Informatics staff and students are involved in a number of events, 26 March–10 April.

Jon Oberlander FRSE

Informatics Professor Jon Oberlander has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Now recruiting Lecturers/Readers

Application deadlines from 18 March 2016

Data and the Future City

Research by the Schools of Informatics and Engineering will inspire an evening of new writing at the Traverse Theatre.

Smart Data Hack highlighted

The hackathon has been showcased in Teaching Matters and the ILW Awards.

Live at launch of BBC micro:bit

Staff and students from Edinburgh Centre for Robotics will take part in the launch of BBC micro:bit, 24 February 2016.

BCS highly commended dissertation 2015

Congratulations to Domagoj Vrgoc, whose dissertation was highly commended in the BCS Distinguished Dissertation Competition 2015.

New funding for UK and EU masters

The University of Edinburgh has announced new funding for UK and EU masters students who are starting their studies in 2016/17.

Big Edinburgh data: California Bay Area meetup

Tech-centric Informatics alumni are warmly invited to a networking event, 14 March 2016.

Understanding privacy concerns

Social media users want and need more control over the visibility of their private profile information such as phone numbers in communication apps, according to a recent study.

Alumnus wins GCHQ Christmas puzzle

Over half a million tried but Artificial Intelligence and Mathematics graduate David McBryan is one of only three people who came close to solving the brain teaser.

Innovation grants

Donor-funded small project grants of up to £5,000 are available to students and staff to support innovations in teaching, research and student life.


Postgraduates! Don't miss Synergising Non-Aligned Centres of Knowledge (SNACK) Club, 6pm Friday 12 February 2016.

Public debate: How robotics will reshape our lives

Thursday 4 February 2016, Informatics Forum

Collaboration with Honda Research Institute Europe

Edinburgh Centre for Robotics has signed a contract with Honda Research Institute Europe to fund a PhD studentship in learning control and manipulation using tactile information

CDT open days Spring 2016

Our EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) are inviting prospective research students to come and meet them, in person or online.

Professor Fisher in the spotlight

This month’s University Staff Spotlight features Informatics’ own Professor Robert Fisher.

‘Wee ARCHIE’ supercomputer comes to visit

Members of the School of Informatics are being given an exclusive opportunity to see digital dinosaurs put bite-sized supercomputer ‘Wee ARCHIE’ through its paces.

Automation of mathematical reasoning processes

A team of researchers from Edinburgh, Heriot Watt and Goldsmiths College London has been awarded over £1.6m to continue their work on the integration and interaction of multiple mathematical reasoning processes.

Alan Turing Institute appoints Professor Chris Williams as a Director

Professor Christopher Williams is one of five senior academics appointed as University Liaison Directors by the Alan Turing Institute.

Innovative Learning Week 2016

The University’s programme for Innovative Learning Week, 15-19 February 2016, includes a series of exciting events from Informatics.

Professor Vijayakumar awarded Tam Dalyell Prize 2015

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar has been awarded the University's Tam Dalyell Prize 2015 by the Principal, Professor Timothy O’Shea.

Informatics alumnus wins global final

Dr Grant Passmore’s company Aesthetic Integration has been announced winner of the UBS Future of Finance Challenge.

Informatics interns in action

2015 saw a number of our undergraduates impress the University’s Learning, Teaching and Web team when they joined them as paid interns.

Postgraduate prize winners 2015

Congratulations to those outstanding MSc students awarded School prizes after our winter graduation ceremony.

Sealing the deal with Japan on robotics

The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics has sealed two major contracts at a ceremony at the British Embassy in Tokyo.

Text mining wish list for the culture sector

Research Fellow Dr Beatrice Alex has produced a wish list for galleries, libraries, archives and museums who are interested in sharing their data.

Edinburgh Hoppers: women in technology celebrate 10 years

On 5 December, Edinburgh University’s student-run women in technology group, the ‘Hoppers,’ celebrated their 10th anniversary.

Virtual ‘open day’ for MSc/PhD Robotics: Wednesday 9 December 2015

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems will hold a virtual ‘open day,’ focussing on its combined MSc/PhD in Robotics, 10am Wednesday 9 December 2015

Edinburgh to conduct research on the NASA Valkyrie robot

NASA’s ground breaking humanoid robot, Valkyrie, will ‘join’ the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics early in 2016.

Dr Guido Sanguinetti: ‘unplugged’

Dr Guido Sanguinetti will discuss ‘Informatics Challenges in Biology: from big data to big models’ as part of the University’s Academics Unplugged series, 19 November 2015.

ICMI Ten-Year Technical Impact Award

Dr Jean Carletta has received a Ten-Year Technical Impact Award from the ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI), Seattle, 9-13 November 2015.

Alan Turing Institute partners with Intel

The Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science, has agreed to form a long-term strategic partnership with the multinational technology giant, Intel.

Postgraduate Open Day 18 November 2015

Potential MSc, MPhil and PhD Informatics students are warmly invited to join us on Wednesday 18 November 2015 for our Postgraduate Open Day.

British Library Labs Award

An interdisciplinary team including Dr Beatrice Alex, Dr Claire Grover and Professor Jon Oberlander has received an award in the research category of the British Library Labs Award 2015.

Humanoids 2015 best paper award

Dr Maurice Fallon and collaborators have received the award for best oral paper at the IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robotics.

Informatics alumni through to finals in UBS start-up competition

Three start-up companies, each founded by Informatics graduates, have been selected for the global finals of the UBS Future of Finance Challenge.

Professor Leonid Libkin elected to Academia Europaea

Professor Leonid Libkin, Professor of Foundations of Data Management, has been elected to Academia Europæa, an eminent organisation for European scholars.

Distinguished alumnus becomes first Director of Alan Turing Institute

Informatics alumnus, Professor Andrew Blake, has become the first Director of the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science, established earlier this year.

Alexandru Gheorghiu: best student paper

Congratulations to postgraduate research student Alexandru Gheorghiu on winning Best Student Paper at QCrypt 2015, the international conference on quantum cryptography.

Showcasing our MOOCs

Two of the School’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been featured by the University in a showcase of innovative open learning resources.

The robots are ready, are you?

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar has delivered the first lecture in the University’s Our Changing World series for 2015.

Querying big graph data

From November 2015, an ERC-funded project led by Professor Wenfei Fan will investigate the challenges of querying big graph data with limited resources.

Centre for Robotics shortlisted for NMI award

Edinburgh Centre for Robotics has been shortlisted for the NMI University Research Group of the Year Award 2015.

Industry summit explores how data science is transforming media

Media organisations from around the world are meeting in the School of Informatics to explore how advances in data science are changing the way the media works.

Postgrad Student Alexander Enoch Runner Up in Converge Challenge Competition

Congratulations to IPAB PhD student Alexander Enoch for coming runner up in the Converge KickStart Challenge Competition for his work on Red Robotics.

EU grant for gardening robot

Professor Bob Fisher and colleagues have been awarded a €1.3million share in a €5.4 million EU Horizon 2020 grant to research and prototype a gardening robot.

Informatics Undergraduate Comes Runner Up in Young Software Engineer of the Year Awards 2015

Marija Pinkute, a final year MInf student, whose project is aimed at the automatic generation of Tweet messages for news articles, came second in the prestigious award.

Dr Elham Kashefi Awarded EPSRC Quantum Technologies Fellowships

Congratulations to Dr Elham Kashefi who has been awarded an EPSRC Established Career Quantum Technologies Fellowship to develop her work on the verification of quantum technology.

The Harmonium Project

The University has partnered with the Edinburgh International Festival to open the August festivals in spectacular style.

Alan Turing Institute

Work is getting under way at the Alan Turing Institute, a UK research venture involving Edinburgh scientists from the School of Informatics.

Robotics experts join UK network

Edinburgh robotics experts are to join in an initiative that seeks to develop collaborations with industry and academia.

Informatics study reveals how our brains can form first impressions quickly

Study at the School of Informatics reveals how our brains can form first impressions quickly

Informatics winner at Inspire Launch Grow Awards!

Congratulations to DTC student Alexander Enoch for winning the Innovation Cup at the recent Launch Grow Awards.

BBC cover Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics were visited by BBC Science Editor David Shukman at the beginning of March. The Centre is a joint partnership between The University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University.

Dr Iain Murray Wins EUSA Teaching Award

Congratulations to Dr Iain Murray on winning the 2015 Van Heyningen Award for Teaching in Science and Engineering.

Successful ‘Hack the Burgh’ Hackathon

The ‘Hack the Burgh’ Hackathon was organised and hosted by CompSoc, the School of Informatics and Major League Hacking.

Informatics students win CodeVita competition

Two Informatics students have won this year's CodeVita coding competition. CodeVita is one of the largest coding competitions in the world, with over 49,000 teams competing, but it was two of our very own students who came out on top at the final held in Mumbai.

Informatics Students Win UK Open Source Awards

Jean-Luc Stevens and Philipp Rudiger won the UK Open Source Award in the Student category last night. Congratulations to them and their supervisor Jim Bednar!

Alan Turing Institute

Scottish researchers are to be part of a UK national institute that aims to be a world leader in the understanding and application of large-scale digital data.

New Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

University experts have met to mark the launch of a new Centre aimed at developing the next generation of robots.

Foundations of Language-Based Provenance Security

Researchers at the School of Informatics are exploring ways in which ideas from programming languages can provide formal and general foundations to provide secure, end-to-end provenance support in computer systems.

National Student Survey Results 2014

The National Student Survey (NSS) is a national survey, which has been conducted by Ipsos MORI annually since 2005. It gathers opinions from mostly final year undergraduates on the quality of their courses. Aimed at current students, the survey asks undergraduates to provide honest feedback on what it has been like to study their course at their institution.

Digital tool boosts skin cancer detection

Skin cancer diagnosis and detection has been boosted by the development of a new app.

Informatics Start-Up Secures Funding

Initially started up by the School of Informatics, FanDuel has just secured $70 million in funding.

CDT in Pervasive Parallelism Affiliate Scheme

Opportunity for Informatics PhD students to benefit from the events and resources of the CDT in Pervasive Parallelism.

News agencies have an edge over Twitter

News agencies continue to have an edge over Twitter in being first with the news, academics from the School of Informatics and the University of Glasgow have found.

November 2012 Episode CompuCast

The podcast for Computer Scientists produced by PhD students at the School of Informatics. Episodes feature interviews with eminent figures in the field, a computer science quiz and informatics related news.

PC gags can make us giggle, computer study shows

For many of us computers are a likely source of frustration rather than amusement - but now, experts at the School of Informatics have enabled computers to generate jokes that make people laugh.

Paolo Puggioni in the FameLab Final

Paolo Puggioni, an Informatics PhD student, has made it through to the Scottish Final of the FameLab science communication competition to be held on Saturday 30th November.

Peter Buneman receives OBE

Peter Buneman of the School of Informatics has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list "for services to data systems and computing".

Peter Sandilands Wins Best Paper

Congratulations to PhD student Peter Sandilands who has won the best student paper award at the International Conference on Motion in Games for his paper: "Capturing Close Interactions with Objects Using a Magnetic Motion Capture System and a RGBD Sensor" with Myung Geol Choi and Taku Komura.

Preparation for Robocup

Researchers at the School of Informatics make preparations for the 2011 robot football world cup.

Privacy and Security in the News

David Aspinall, who leads the new Centre for Cyber Security and Privacy at the University of Edinburgh, talks to BBC Radio Scotland about the importance of security online.

Prof Leonid Libkin and Prof Wenfei Fan Named as ACM Fellows

Professors Leonid Libkin and Wenfei Fan have been named as Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellows.

RSE Fellows

Wenfei Fan, Professor of Web Data Management has been elected to the Fellowship of Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

Recent Funding Awards

The School has received funding from Google for a number of awards.

Recent News

BBC Science Editor David Shukman visited the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics at Informatics to explore the science behind the brave new world of Robotics.

Record for Spin Out Companies

The university formed 40 new firms in the 2009-2010 academic year, compared to 26 the previous year, many of which were started at the School of Informatics.

Research Assistant Wins Best Feedback Award from EUSA

Allan Clark, Research Assistant with the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science has won the 'Best Feedback' award from EUSA, as voted by University of Edinburgh students.

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RoboCup Team heads to Turkey

Edinferno RoboCup Team, led by Dr Subramanian Ramamoorthy, travel to Turkey to compete in the 2011 robot football world cup.

RoboCup team meet Vince Cable

The EdInferno RoboCup team headed to London last week to attend UKTI TechWorld and look for sponsorship for next season.

Rooke Medal for Prof Chris Bishop

Professor Chris Bishop, a member of the Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation (IANC) at the School of Informatics has been awarded a prestigious Rooke Medal Award by the Royal Academy of Engineering for his "persistent drive" in engaging members of the public in the vital work of engineers and their contribution to society.

Roope Kaivola wins MSR Verified Software Award

Roope Kaivola, a 1997 LFCS PhD graduate has received a major verification award at POPL 2014.

Royal Society Study into Digital Participation

Scotland’s most marginalised communities are being denied the opportunities offered by a digital society according to a Royal Society of Edinburgh study into digital participation.


Recognising individuals who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of programming languages. Over the last two years, the SIGPLAN Programming Languages Achievement Award it has gone to Rod Burstall and Gordon Plotkin.

School Promotions

Seven members of staff in the school have recently received promotions:

School of Informatics Moves up the University Rankings

The School of Informatics is now ranked 12th in the world (up from 15th in 2013 and 30 in 2012) for Computer Science & Information Systems.

School of Informatics Secures Funding for Robotics Research

The School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, in partnership with Heriot- Watt University, has just won more than £6 million of UK Government funding to develop a joint robotics research centre in Edinburgh.

School of Informatics Student Wins Yahoo! Faculty Research and Engagement Program Gift

Ioannis Konstas, a PhD Candidate in Informatics has been awarded a prestigious Yahoo! Faculty Research and Engagement Program Gift for his proposed research project entitled ‘Summarising Answers from Multiple Sources for Community Based Question’.

School of Informatics Students Awarded Grant for Development of Digital Technology

Ben Jeffrey and Maria Alecu, both studying for an MInf, will form part of a team from the University of Edinburgh that has been awarded a £5000 grant to develop a team-sourcing technology platform to encourage students with differing skill levels to connect with each other across campus to collaborate on extra-curricular projects.

School of Informatics in the News

The School of Informatics has been featured in a BBC news report on the hi-tech start up scene in Scotland.

Science Festival 2011

Science Festival talks and events at the Forum and Inspace.

Scientists Develop a New Generation of Imaging Tools

A team of astrophysicists, engineers and computer scientists from the School of Informatics, School of Engineering and the EPCC are spearheading research on imaging techniques which will potentially not only unlock secrets from the far reaches of the universe, but also impact modern medicine.

Silicon Valley Visit Informatics

Silicon Valley visited Edinburgh this month to discuss funding growth and scaling fast with the leaders of Scotland’s digital technology sector.

Skyscanner iPhone app

Travel iPhone app by Loc8 Solutions

SpaceBook Project secures funding

The School of Informatics and the School of GeoSciences have successfully secured European funding as part of a consortium to develop location enabled technology that enables navigation and exploration of cities.

Spinout and Start Up Success

The School of Informatics contributes a third of the University of Edinburgh's total spinout and start up companies according to the website ''.

Staff Promotions

The School of Informatics is proud to announce the promotion of 6 members of staff.

Stanford Event Makes the News

The Stanford REE event this month brings positive attention from the press in newspapers such as Scotland on Sunday, the Sunday Herald and the Scottish Business Insider.

Student Wins Google Anita Borg Scholarship

Second year undergraduate student Alexandra Kearney has been awarded an Anita Borg Scholarship.

Student Wins Poster Competion for Jekyll and Hyde Inspired Research

Alexandra Kearney, a first year Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science student, received the ‘People’s Choice’ award, sponsored by Interface3, for best poster as voted for by the attendees.

Student Wins Prize for Butterfly Identification App

Mariyana Koleva, a final year Computer Science student, has won the 1st prize in the University College London Centre for Research on Evolution, Search and Testing (CREST) competition for her projects which identifies Butterflies.

Take Tea with Turing App

'Take Tea With Turing' is an interactive anthology of creative work inspired by the life and legacy of Alan Turing.

Team Edinferno heads to RoboCup 2012 in Mexico City

Subramanian Ramamoorthy will lead Team Edinferno as it heads to RoboCup 2012 in Mexico City. Student participants are Aris Valtazanos, Efstathios Vafeias and Chris Towell. They will be participating in the Standard Platform League, during 17-25 June 2012.

Tegola win NextGen Challenge 2011

Congratulations to all involved in the Tegola project for winning the NextGen Challenge 2011 prize for Rural Leadership and Community Development (in particular Peter Buneman, Mahesh Marina, Giacomo Bernardi and Alex Macmillan).

The Human Brain Project

Academics from the School of Informatics are among those involved in Europe’s largest and most ambitious brain project to date.

The School of Informatics Signs Collaboration Agreement

The School of Informatics along with the University of Oxford and the University of Southampton has signed a collaboration agreement with The Connected Digital Economy Catapult. The collaboration will to work on a number of areas- spanning the Internet of Things, web and data science, trust, privacy and security, and secondments and internships.

The Travelling Treasures Project

Professor Chris Speed, Head of Design at Edinburgh College of Art and Co- Director of Design Informatics, has designed a new App to help guide tourists around the city, using the registration numbers on taxis.

The Valley Girl Show comes to Informatics

The Valley Girl Show is a fun-spirited, web-based talk show starring Jesse Draper, an American actress and entrepreneur. The show concept is an ‘Ellen Degeneres’ of business with a splash of pink. Featuring interviews with some of the top CEOs and entrepreneurs in the world, this season the Valley Girl comes to Scotland and visits two entrepreneurs from the School of Informatics; Tom Griffiths, founder of and Matthew Aylett, founder of CereProc. The Valley Girl also Tim Willis, founder of Flexpansion. Jesse Draper also talks to our Director of Commercialisation Colin Adams.

Think-Tanks Stresses Importance of High Speed Internet

A new report entitled 'Digital Scotland', produced by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) urges Scottish Ministers to improve the country’s internet infrastructure.

Tobias Edler von Koch wins Intel 2013 Doctoral Student Honor Program

The Doctoral Student Honor Programme awards fellowships to exceptional PhD candidates pursuing leading-edge innovation in fields related to Intel’s business and research interests in Europe. The goal of the program is to advance innovation in key areas of technology as well as develop a pipeline of world-class technical talent for Intel’s future workforce and the global knowledge-based economy. This is a prestigious and highly competitive honor with a limited number of fellowships awarded annually. Selected students receiving this award are recognized as being amongst the best in their specific areas of research.

Trading Archives Chart how Britain’s Taste for Tea has Grown

Historians and computer experts have joined forces to shed light on one of the 19th century’s great social transformations … how Britain gave up coffee to become a nation of tea drinkers.

Two ACL Fellows Announced

Bonnie Webber and Mark Steedman from the School of Informatics named as fellows of the Association of Computational Linguistics (ACL).

Two Best Paper Awards for Informatics

Vittorio Ferrari has won the Best Paper Award at the European Conference on Computer Vision, which is one of the top international conferences in this field.

UK’s Second Cyber Research Institute launched

Academics at the School of Informatics are to form part of a new UK 'Cyber Research Institute' which will investigate new ways of automatically analysing computer software to reduce its vulnerability to cyber threats.

University of Edinburgh - Computer Society of India Outreach Program

Overseas Classroom (February 18-22, 2013), Coimbatore, India.

University of Edinburgh Microsoft Research Joint Initiative in Informatics

In 2011 the School of Informatics, in conjunction with Microsoft Research based in Cambridge, launched a joint initiative in Informatics which offered four funded PhD scholarships. Two years on, the initiative is going strong, with all four of the PhD students recently invited to the Microsoft Research PhD Summer School.

Vijay Nagarajan wins Intel 2013 Early Career Faculty Honor Program Award.

This award, which is currently open to select universities in the US, Europe, China and Taiwan, is designed to help Intel connect with the best and brightest early career faculty members at the top universities around the world. Awardees are selected through a competitive and rigorous application process and they receive recognition as well as a cash award to help fund their research and sponsor travel to Intel to collaborate with Intel researchers. Vijay is one among six faculty members from Europe to receive this award this year.

Vittorio Ferrari joins Informatics

This month Vittorio Ferrari joins the Informatics academic staff. Vittorio's current research interests are in computer vision, with focus on learning visual models with minimal human supervision. He is particularly keen on applications in object class detection, image segmentation and human pose estimation. In the past he has worked on several other computer vision problems, including visual attributes, shape matching, contour models, specific object recognition, wide-baseline stereo and tracking in video. Before moving to Edinburgh, Vittorio worked at ETH Zurich, where he was leading the CALVIN research group.

What's on at the Science Festival

Professor Peter Higgs has top billing among University events at this year's Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Xperience Project

Mark Steedman, Professor of Cognitive Science at the School of Informatics, has secured an EC award worth more than £1.6 million for a collaborative robotics project.

Young Academy of Scotland 2011

Dr. Elham Kashefi and Dr Jano van Hemert have been elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh's new Young Academy of Scotland. 68 of the most able and innovative young academics, entrepreneurs and professionals in Scotland were selected from over 300 applicants.

Young Software Engineer of the Year Award

A talented student from the University of Edinburgh has been named Young Software Engineer of the Year by Scotland IS; the trade body for Scotland's ICT industry.

iVenture Tuesdays launched by Tom Farmer

Informatics Ventures launched their latest innovative and exciting series of seminars for entrepreneurs this week, called iVenture Tuesdays.

New Year's Honours 2012

Prof Alan Bundy and visiting Prof Ursula Martin both receive a CBE in the New Year's Honours list for services to computer science. Congratulations!

Michael Moore, Secretary of State for Scotland Visits the School of Informatics

Robots go out on a limb to make Secretary of State welcome.

Microsoft Joint Initiative Announced

Microsoft Research Cambridge and the School of Informatics have cemented their intellectual ties with the creation of four co-funded PhD Scholarships. The scholarships are the latest venture in collaboration which has seen a number of previous scholarships and fellowships and the use of staff’s research in the development of Microsoft products.

More Informatics Research in the News

Researchers at the School of Informatics have received considerable media coverage for their work on speech technology and how it can improve public announcements.

NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship

ICSA PhD student Dominik Grewe has been awarded an NVIDIA Graduate Fellowship. He's one of only 11 students worldwide to have received this, and the only one from a European university.

New European Lab for the Programming and Design of Heterogeneous Many-Core Systems

Euphoria, a new European lab for next-generation, many-core systems has been announced. The lab will bring world-leading researchers and industrial partners together to tackle a number of grand challenges facing the sector over the next 7 to 15 years.

New Head of School

The School would like to congratulate Johanna Moore who has been appointed the new Head of School of Informatics. Johanna takes over from Dave Robertson on 1st August 2014 after a handover period.

New Professors in Informatics

The Central Academic Promotions Committee has approved four Personal Chairs in Informatics.

Guardian League Table Results

The School of Informatics has been ranked number one in the Guardian Newspaper's University League Table 2011 for Computer Sciences and IT with a score of 100.

Influential Technology Investors

The Telegraph, in conjunction with "social capital" company PeerIndex has ranked Informatics Ventures amongst the top 100 most influential technology investors in Europe.

Informatics Features in Promotional Film

The School of Informatics takes a leading role in a new promotional film produced by Edinburgh City Council.

Informatics Innovative Learning Week 18th to 22nd February 2013

Innovative Learning Week (ILW) is a week-long programme of creative and experiential learning events that gives students a chance to develop new skills.

Informatics Professor to give Prestigious Lecture at Hong Kong Science Festival

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics is to deliver the Alan Turing Centenary Lecture as part of the ‘Science Alive’ festival in Hong Kong.

Informatics Spin-Out Company Speech Graphics Behind Kanye West’s Controversial New Video

The innovative new video by rap superstar Kanye West was made using technology created by Informatics spin-out company computer animation company Speech Graphics, it has emerged.

Informatics Student Wins Award

Informatics student Razvan Ranca wins the international winner of the 2013 Undergraduate Awards, an international competition run from Ireland.

Informatics Students win Poster Competition at The BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium 2013

Two University of Edinburgh School of Informatics students have won prizes at the 2013 British Computing Society Women Lovelace Colloquium.

Informatics Ventures Scoop Award

Informatics Ventures have received a European Structural Fund 2010 Best Practice Award under the category "Best contribution to a “Smarter” Scotland through the use of European Structural Funds"

Informatics Ventures to lead Biggest Investor Showcase in Scotland

Informatics Ventures will double the size of its annual flagship event, Engage Invest Exploit (EIE) following partnership deals struck with the Edinburgh BioQuarter and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI).

Informatics at RS Summer Science Exhibition

The School of Informatics is exhibiting work at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in early July. Subramanian Ramamoorthy is leading a team that consists of his PhD students - the Robust Autonomy and Decision Group.

Informatics gains Silver Athena SWAN Award

It was announced today that the School of Informatics has won its first Athena SWAN Silver Award.

Informatics researchers win John Logie Baird Award

The John Logie Baird Innovation Awards celebrate Scotland's newest generation of inventors and innovators. Among the winners this year was Speech Graphics Ltd, a speech technology and computer animation company.

Informatics team up with ARM to create faster computers

A new centre of excellence is to tackle one of the greatest computing challenges of the next decade - creating faster, more efficient software for multi-core devices.

Innovative Science to Help Economic Recovery

An article in the Times newspaper has featured the 'Edinburgh Science Triangle' which includes sectors such as informatics, life sciences and energy, as a key driver to push the economic recovery.

Insect Robotics Research on BBC News

Professor Barbara Webb talks to BBC Science Correspondent Pallab Ghosh about her work in robotics and how researchers can learn from nature.

International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th of March each year.

Internet Access brought to Remote Parts of Scotland

Experts at the School of Informatics and the University of the Highlands and Islands have worked together to develop a high-speed internet network to serve Eigg, Rum, Muck and Canna and other remote areas of Scotland.

Joint Project between Informatics and Electronics receives £1.2m funding from EPSRC

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has announced funding of £1.2m over three and a half years for a new collaboration between researchers in the School of Informatics and the School of Engineering and Electronics at Edinburgh University, led by Prof Nigel Topham.

Jon Oberlander Appointed to Scottish Science Advisory Council

Prof. Jon Oberlander has been appointed as member for the Scottish Science Advisory Council, the independent body that provides advice and recommendations on strategy, policy and priorities to the Scottish Government's Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland.

July Episode CompuCast

The podcast for Computer Scientists produced by PhD students at the School of Informatics. Episodes feature interviews with eminent figures in the field, a computer science quiz and informatics related news.


LAUNCH.ed is a University of Edinburgh service designed to provide free startup advice and business support to students interested in starting a business.

Major grant to reduce energy use and cost in homes

The £2.15M grant project named IDEAL will develop an "Intelligent Domestic Energy Advice Loop" to help dwelling occupants to save energy and money.

Matteo Mio wins Ackermann Award

Former Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science (LFCS) PhD student Matteo Mio will receive this year's Ackermann Award for his 2012 University of Edinburgh thesis PhD "Game Semantics for Probabilistic mu-Calculi".

Media Coverage of Robotics Research

News stories about the School of Informatics robotics research in relation to the new Robotarium being established in Edinburgh.

Gerhard Wickler - Re-elected to the Board of Directors of ISCRAM

A member of AIAI in the School of Informatics, Gerhard has been a co-organizer of the Intelligent Systems track at ISCRAM since 2007 and was elected to the Board at the 2010 conference in Seattle; shortly thereafter being appointed secretary of the Association, a two year position.

Graduate Wins 2014 ERCIM Cor Baayen Award

School of Informatics graduate wins the 2014 ERCIM Cor Baayen Award.

2011 Kleene Award

Willem Heijltjes was presented with the 2011 Kleene Award for the best student paper at the Logic in Computer Science conference held at the Fields Institute in Toronto, Canada.

AIAI Research Fellow Receives Distinguished Service Award

Gerhard Wickler of the Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute (AIAI), part of CISA at the School of Informatics, has received a Distinguished Service Award.

Academic Achievements

Sethu Vijayakumar has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

Actual Analytics Awarded Funding for Smart Approaches to Reduce Animal Use in Science

Work to replace and reduce animal use in science and improve animal welfare has today received a £4.8m funding boost with the award of 20 research and technology development grants to universities, specialist institutes and small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) including funding to Informatics Spin-out Actual Analytics.

Appathon Winners

Edinburgh Informatics students provided one quarter of the winners in the recent Appathon competition, competing against students from across the UK.

August Episode CompuCast

The podcast for Computer Scientists produced by PhD students at the School of Informatics. Episodes feature interviews with eminent figures in the field, a computer science quiz and informatics related news.

Award Winning School

During March 2010, the School of Informatics was awarded the 2009/10 award for Best Overall Department by the Edinburgh University Students' Association.

Award Winning Staff

A number of staff at the School of Informatics have received prestigious awards for research and achievements.

Award for student paper

Congratulations to Herry Herry, who has been awarded best student paper at this year's Large Installation System Administration Conference for his paper "Automated Planning for Configuration Changes". Well done Herry.

BBC Radio Scotland's Brainwaves Programmes features Robotics Research

BBC Radio Scotland's Brainwaves Programmes features the School of Informatics Robotics Research.

Bid to build Superfast Computers takes Quantum Leap Forward

Superfast quantum computers -- which could carry out massive calculations very quickly - are a step closer to becoming commonplace with the development of a technique to test their reliability.

Braveheart Invests

Braveheart, the Scottish technology commercialisation and investment management group, and other investors are injecting £170,000 into Traak Systems, a School of Informatics start up company.

Buy a Maths Theorem

Struggling with ideas on what to buy your loved ones this Christmas? Why not buy them their own theorem.

Case Histories

The Informatics Forum appears in new BBC drama 'Case Histories'. The series, based on the novels by Kate Atkinson, was shot in Edinburgh with much of the filming taking place in and around the School of Informatics.

Centres for Doctoral Training Open Day

Whether you’ve already applied or plan to apply to any of the EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training offered by the School of Informatics at The University of Edinburgh come along to our Open Day. Meet the directors and current students, learn more about the CDT programmes, and have the opportunity to have your questions answered.

Christophe Dubach wins Intel 2012 Early Career Faculty Honor Program Award.

Informatics Lecturer Christophe Dubach, wins the Intel 2012 Early Career Faculty Honor Program Award.

Contemplate: Scanning for Errors

Contemplate, a start- up company founded by Informatics’ academics Don Sannella and David Aspinall offers products that identify the defects and coding issues that threaten data and transaction accuracy, systems availability and security, and ongoing performance.

DEMOfest 2010

The third annual showcase of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) research was successfully held in the Informatics Forum this week.

DEMOfest 2011

The Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance in association with ScotlandIS are hosting their 4th annual DEMOfest, a technology showcase of Scottish Universities Informatics and Computer Science.

Daniel Renshaw Wins Google European Fellowship

Daniel Renshaw, a PhD student with the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation (ILCC) has been awarded a Google Europe Fellowship in Natural Language Processing.

December 2012 Episode CompuCast

The podcast for Computer Scientists produced by PhD students at the School of Informatics. Episodes feature interviews with eminent figures in the field, a computer science quiz and informatics related news.

December Episode CompuCast

The podcast for Computer Scientists produced by PhD students at the School of Informatics. Episodes feature interviews with eminent figures in the field, a computer science quiz and informatics related news.

Distinguished Lecture by Scott Aaronson - 13/7/12, 4pm in G.07 Informatics Forum

Abstract: I'll discuss what can and can't be feasibly computed according to physical law. I'll argue that this is a fundamental question, not only for mathematics and computer science, but also for physics; and that the infeasibility of certain computational problems (such as NP-complete problems) could plausibly be taken as a physical principle, analogous to the Second Law or the impossibility of superluminal signalling. I'll first explain the basics of computational complexity, including the infamous P versus NP problem and the Extended Church-Turing Thesis. Then I'll discuss quantum computers: what they are, whether they can be scalably built, and what's known today about their capabilities and limitations. Lastly, I'll touch on speculative models of computation that would go even beyond quantum computers, using (for example) closed timelike curves or nonlinearities in the Schrodinger equation. I'll emphasize that, even if "intractable" computations occur in a particular description of a physical system, what really matters is whether those computations have observable consequences.

Don Sannella Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Professor Don Sannella of the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science has been elected fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

EIE 2011

This week, the School of Informatics hosts Engage | Invest | Exploit, an annual event organised by the School's commercialisation team and Informatics Ventures.

EPSRC - Robots more human-like than ever are all set to invade Edinburgh

EPSRC - Robots more human-like than ever are all set to invade Edinburgh

EPSRC Backs Student Centre

A Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Science (CDT) has launched at the University's School of Informatics.

EUSA Award Nominations

The School of Informatics has again been nominated for Best School in the EUSA Teaching Awards, this year three times over: as a whole school, for Artificial Intelligence, and for Computer Science.

Edinburgh Described as Scotland’s Tech Start-Up Capital by FT

A recent article in the Financial Times has described Edinburgh as Scotland’s tech start-up capital because of the interplay bet¬ween its strengths in academia, a tradition of those who have made money in the city to employ that wealth in helping others and a close-knit community that helps to build networks.

Engage Invest Exploit 2013

For 2013, Informatics Ventures, the Edinburgh BioQuarter and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) have joined forces to create what will be the largest ever investor showcase in Scotland.

Ex-President of India Abdul Kalam visits the Forum

The former president of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam visited the School of Informatics last week as part of his trip to the University of Edinburgh where he was awarded an honorary degree.

Explorathon - Researchers' Night Scotland

Informatics researchers will be part of an EU-wide extravaganza of discovery, debate and entertainment on Friday 26th September.

Former Researcher Receives Friendship Award from China

Rolf Mueller, Virginia Tech Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and former Visiting Researcher at the School of Informatics, has received a Friendship Award from China.

Four Informatics Graduates Win Silicon Valley Internships

The Silicon Valley Internship Programme (SVIP) offers newly graduating Software Engineering Students from the UK the unique experience of working with hot start-ups in Silicon Valley through a one-year internship. This year, the programme has selected 4 School of Informatics graduates out of 15 in total.

Frank Keller Awarded Personal Chair in Computation Cognitive Science

Dr Frank Keller, Reader in the School of Informatics has been promoted to a Personal Chair in Computational Cognitive Science.

Funding Awards for Doctoral Training

The University has won a share of a £350 million investment in UK science and engineering postgraduate training.

Gadgets Developed for Elderly and Infirm

Researchers at the School of Informatics and Glasgow University's School of Computing Science have developed a vibrating wristband which acts as a reminder device and a bowl which lights up when easily-lost items such as keys are placed in it.

Gordon Plotkin Receives EATCS Award 2014

Prof. Gordon Plotkin has been given the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science Award for "his lifetime contribution of a research corpus of exceptional depth and influence across a broad range of areas within theoretical computer science."

IEEE Transactions on Robotics King-Sun Fu Memorial Best Paper Award

Prof. Sethu Vijayakumar has been awarded the 2013 King-Sung Fu IEEE Transactions on Robotics Best Paper award for the paper 'Robots Driven by Compliant Actuators: Optimal Control under Actuation Constraints' co-authored with David Braun, Florian Petit, Felix Huber, Sami Haddadin, Patrick van der Smagt and Alin Albu-Schäffer.

Improving Cyclists’ Safety with Design Informatics

Four students studying Design Informatics took on a project to address how cyclists feel when out on the road.

Informatics Graduate makes Code First 'One to Watch List'

Informatics graduate Maxim Cramer makes Code First: Girls One to Watch list for 2014.

Informatics PhD Students in final of EPSRC "UK ICT Pioneers" Competition

Two Informatics PhD Students; Herry Herry and Stefano Albrecht are through to the Final of the EPSRC Competition "UK ICT Pioneers 2014".

Informatics Success in REF 2014

The School of Informatics has produced more world-leading and internationally excellent research (4* and 3*) than any other university in the UK in the REF 2014 assessment for computer science and informatics.

Learning App Developed by Informatics Graduate is Nominated for Award

A learning APP for children developed by the company TigerFace Games, which specialises in tablet based games, has been nominated for a 'Best Learning App' award by iKids.

New Informatics MOOC Launched

Registrations are now open for our Informatics MOOC, "Code Yourself! An Introduction to Programming".

New Royal Society Industry Fellow, Taku Komura, to work with Disney Research

The Royal Society recently announced eight new fellowships aimed at strengthening links between academia and industry. The fellowships are awarded to academic scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and for scientists in industry who want to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation.

New research aims to improve energy efficiency, cut costs and carbon emissions

Against a world backdrop of increased concerns about energy security, price fluctuations and, of course, the need to address climate change, six new research projects, including one at the School of Informatics, are launched today which aim to gain a fuller understanding of how energy is managed in the country's non- domestic buildings.

School of Informatics Jamboree 2015

The Informatics Jamboree is an annual intellectual and social extravaganza open to all members of the School. Events includes talks by guest speakers, poster competition, catered lunches and Ceilidh.