Innovation and invention have been associated
with the Edinburgh city region over the centuries – anaesthetics,
antiseptic, electromagnetics, astrophysics and Dolly the cloned
sheep are just a few examples.
The area has nurtured some of the world’s
leading doctors, scientists, lawyers, engineers, architects and
philosophers – and it continues to do just that.
World-renowned research institutes combine
with four universities to give Edinburgh its well-deserved global
influence in many disciplines, including informatics, micro- and
opto-electronics, energy, renewables, cleantech, electronics and
Great Scottish Innovators
During the period that came to be called the Scottish
Enlightenment, Edinburgh was known as 'a hotbed of genius', famed
throughout Europe for its great philosophers, scientists and
Outstanding Scottish thinkers and scientists
blazed a trail for radical new ideas across Europe and the New
The tradition of innovation continues to thrive, and
Edinburgh boasts many centres of excellence which attract the
keenest and most creative minds.
The science and technology sector is booming in Edinburgh
and the Lothians and is at the cutting edge of advancements in
crucial research across many disciplines.
Scotland is rich in opportunity and bursting
with innovation. Edinburgh, the inspiring capital, is a unique
place to live, work, invest, visit and study.
Edinburgh is rich in cultural heritage, which
combines with stunning new developments. The city has a unique
vibe, charm and originality and one of the most famous
skylines in the world with its ancient Castle.
Awards and Accolades
Edinburgh has been ranked as the best large European City for
foreign direct investment according to fDi’s European Cities and
Regions of the Future 2012/13 awards.
This is added to the city's growing list of
prestigious awards and is testament to Edinburgh’s success. The
UK’s only 'Ideaopolis' outside London - “a city of ideas,
where knowledge, creativity, enterprise, connectivity and the
quality of life combine to create a dynamic local economy”.