School of Informatics

Explore the School of Informatics

Welcome to the School of Informatics Virtual Tour.

Welcome to the School of Informatics. It is our pleasure to offer you a digital sneak peek into the interiors of the Informatics Forum and Appleton Tower in the video below. 

Video: Explore the School of Informatics
Virtual tour of the two buildings that comprise the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh: Appleton Tower and the Informatics Forum.


360 photos of our buildings are available as well.

360 photographs of Informatics Forum and Appleton Tower


If you are interested in the history of the School and our buildings, we have collated some historical information for you.

History of Appleton Tower

History of Informatics Forum


Background stories

If you’re interested in our research and researchers, the below videos are a must. We have asked our scientists how they ended up as computer scientists and everyone had a different story to tell.


If you want to learn some science, our two professors, Phil Wadler (Chair of Theoretical Computer Science) and Ram Ramamoorthy (Personal Chair of Robot Learning and Autonomy) talked about their research in a more relaxed way, with some jokes (and Dad jokes) thrown in.

What do Gilbert and Sullivan’s Gondoliers have to do with logic? Why every single great idea in computing was invented by a logician? And why it's perfectly logical to answer 'yes' to Wanda asking 'is there yoghurt in the fridge or should we go to Tesco?' Find that all out from Phil's talk at the Bright Club!


If you have ever wondered whether somewhere down the line robots will replace surgeons, you need to watch Ram Ramamoorthy’s talk. We can promise you you will never look at crème brûlée the same again and you will not expect computers to have common sense. There is a charge of minimum of £3 for a 24 hours access to the video and you also get two other scientists talking about their research included in the price!

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas on Demand

History of Appleton Tower

A controversial building since its inception, Appleton Tower underwent a thorough refurbishment in 2016-17 and earned the ‘Design Through Innovation’ award in the 2018 RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Awards.

History of Informatics Forum

Opened in September 2008 by the then First Minister, Alex Salmond, the Informatics Forum is a fit for purpose building, providing a Forum for Interaction that fosters synergies among the 500 researchers in Informatics.