School of Informatics

Doors Open Day 2020

Welcome to the School of Informatics Virtual Doors Open Day!

Welcome to the School of Informatics. For the past three years or so we have been participating in Doors Open Day opening our spaces to visitors. This year, due to the ongoing pandemic our buildings are closed to all visitors. Only students and essential members of staff are authorised to access designated areas within our estate.

Under these circumstances, 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. It will go live on the morning of Saturday, 26th September.

Video: Doors Open Day 2020: 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 info for you.

History of Appleton Tower

History of Informatics Forum

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 £1 charge for a 24 hours access to the video that goes toward keeping The Stand standing tall throughout the pandemic and you also get two other scientists talking about their research included in the price!

Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas on Demand

Last but certainly not least, we encourage you to visit our neighbours, the Bayes Centre's website.

Bayes Centre Doors Open Day 2020

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.