Creative Informatics is a programme funded by the Creative Industries Clusters Programme and managed by the Arts & Humanities Research Council as part of a UK Industrial Strategy.

Programme Overview

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Creative Informatics is an ambitious research and development programme based in Edinburgh, which aims to bring the city’s world-class creative industries and tech sectors together. We provide funding and development opportunities to creative individuals and organisations working in Edinburgh and South East Scotland that want to develop new products, businesses and experiences using data and data-driven technology.

We are a partnership across four organisations: the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Codebase and Creative Edinburgh. You can find out more across the people behind Creative Informatics in our team section.

Creative Informatics is part of the Creative Industries Clusters Programme; a UK-wide initiative designed to drive innovation, growth, and sustainability in the Creative Industries, through a first-of-its-kind research and development investment of £80 million by the UK government.

Creative Informatics is also one of nine Creative Industries Clusters around the UK. The Clusters Programme is managed by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of the Industrial Strategy. Creative Informatics is also funded by, and part of, the Data Driven Innovation initiative of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.


Alongside a programme of industry funding opportunities, Edinburgh Napier's Merchiston Campus now hosts the E11 studio where creatives can explore and experiment with new creative technologies.


Research Projects

The New European Bauhaus (Image above) is a creative and interdisciplinary initiative by the European Union that connects to the European Green Deal and thus places creativity at the heart of the collective efforts to make Europe carbon neutral by 2050 in its efforts to combat climate change. Creative Informatics (Dr. Inge Panneels, ENU) presented a short film at the New European Bauhaus Festival in Brussels in June 2022 entitled “Data-driven Innovation for Sustainable Creative Practice.” film trailer and blogpost.  

Road to COP26 was a week long Innovation Programme, devised and delivered in partnership with Applied Arts Scotland and Kathmandu University, to support nature inspired climate solutions in the craft industry in Nepal, and funded by the British Council. The resulting work was presented at COP26 in Glasgow, with financial support from the Royal Society of Edinburgh as part of the #GotOnWithIt project (also ENU, Daydream Believers and Lego). The partnership with Applied Arts Scotland and Nepali partners continues in 2023, and you can find out more by clicking the link here.

Find out more on our website by clicking this link. 

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