School of Informatics

Explore the School of Informatics

Have a virtual sneak peek into our buildings (Appleton Tower and Informatics Forum) and their colourful history.

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 our buildings, we have collated some historical information for you.

History of Appleton Tower

History of Informatics Forum

Background stories

We have asked our scientists how they ended up as computer scientists and everyone had a different story to tell.


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.