First Minister opens Informatics Forum

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has opened the University’s Informatics Forum in an official ceremony.

Exterior of the Informatics Forum

The £42 million Forum will be home to 500 researchers from the University’s School of Informatics.

Videos available online

Watch a video of Alex Salmond talking about the significance of the Informatics Forum or take a video tour of the Forum presented by Professor Mike Fourman, Head of the School of Informatics.


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Informatics Forum video tour with Professor Mike Fourman

Collaborative atmosphere

The central glass atrium of the Informatics Forum

The Forum brings together scientists whose interests span virtual reality, robotics, artificial learning, intelligent systems, computational linguistics and bioinformatics.

Built over six floors around a central glass atrium, the 12,000m2 Forum has an open design to encourage interaction and collaboration between researchers.

This is intended to promote world-class research and underline the school’s reputation for commercialisation.

The Forum was designed by Bennetts Associates Architects and built by Balfour Beatty, with financial support from Scottish Enterprise.

VIP tour

Mr Salmond undertook a tour during which he saw examples of key research including a robotic hand prosthesis and a miniature humanoid robot.

The First Minister also saw notable aspects of the building, such as its floating staircases and outdoor terraces.

He formally opened the Forum by switching on a digital donor board, on which the names of fundraising donors are illuminated in binary code.

I am delighted to officially open this new centre of excellence, it will advance Scotland and the University of Edinburgh’s position as a world leader in the new science of informatics and it will also have enormous benefits to both industry and commerce.

Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSPFirst Minister of Scotland

We are delighted to formally open the Informatics Forum. Bringing together our first-rate researchers into this collaborative environment will enable new research, building on the successes of the School to date.

Professor Michael FourmanHead of the School of Informatics