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The following news articles were published in 2024:   

Engaging science on show at citywide festival

From live research projects to hands-on sessions about transplant surgery, University experts will deliver a range of engaging events at this year’s Edinburgh Science Festival.

Safe to develop ‘wonder’ material, trial shows

A revolutionary nanomaterial with huge potential to tackle multiple global challenges could be developed further without acute risk to human health, research suggests.

Universities join forces on greener financial products

looking East with view of the financial district and Canary Wharf in London, UK, against sky at dusk
Edinburgh has joined 60 other higher education institutions and trusts to issue a Request for Proposals to financial institutions to invest in products with no ties to fossil fuel expansion.

Edinburgh’s Gaelic week celebrates tenth year

Gaelic event attendees
The week-long programme of events will showcase Gaelic language and culture across the Scottish capital.

Historical musical innovator awarded science prize

A researcher who uses gaming technology to recreate historical music performances has won the University’s annual prize for raising public interest in science.

Trust in NHS advice key to Covid vaccine uptake

People’s trust in the NHS was linked to increased uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine during the pandemic, a study suggests.

Game changing gene therapies focus of £14m research hub

The University is set to establish a new research and innovation hub focused on developing gene therapies to help treat or cure disease.

England’s oldest became frailer during austerity

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The speed at which England’s oldest adults became frailer accelerated during the UK Government’s era of austerity politics, according to a new study.

Edinburgh secures £24 million boost for AI innovation

The University is set to establish two research hubs that will focus on developing AI tools to help revolutionise the fields of electronics and healthcare.

Virus ancestry could help predict next pandemic

Graphic of world map displaying pandemic outbreak hot spots in red
Virus family history could help scientists identify which strains have potential to become the so-called Disease X that causes the next global pandemic.

Arts, music and literature join Gaelic advocate’s memorial lecture

The University of Edinburgh’s Gaelic Writer in Residence, Martin MacIntyre, speaking at a Gaelic/ English bilingual storytelling
Gaelic language and culture will be celebrated through a series of events as part of the John MacLeod Memorial Festival.

Strategy set to strengthen research and innovation excellence

The University has launched a new strategy on how it will use its world-class research and innovation to tackle some of the society’s biggest challenges.