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Edinburgh is a city of legends, a hub of forward-thinking innovation and progress, built on centuries of enlightenment and intellectual curiosity. Nowhere is this better showcased than in the Scottish capital’s Centres of Excellence - Technology, Life Sciences, Creative Industries, Education, Energy, Engineering and Food & Drink. Our new city campaign – Make It Edinburgh – complements VisitScotland’s nationwide campaign, Legends, to show you why Edinburgh is uniquely positioned to offer you the perfect location for your next event.

From the first demonstration of anaesthetics for use in medicine, to tech sector successes like Skyscanner and the world-leading Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, Edinburgh has always been a focal point of innovation. The city saw the first cloned mammal, is home to a uniquely Scottish take on renewables where by-products from whisky production are used as bio-fuel, and as a major publishing city, was where the Encyclopaedia Britannica was born.


Health Sector

Edinburgh is a world leader in health research and practice alongside a rich history dating back to the 1500s. The city is home to leading universities, innovative organisations and charities all working to further our knowledge and develop better health management and lifesaving treatments. All together this creates a perfect environment, where international colleagues across the sector can come together to further their knowledge and see for themselves the latest advances in the field of health.


Edinburgh’s space and engineering sector is continuing to grow and is fast becoming a highly sought after location for companies and a major player on the global scene. With more satellites being built in Scotland than pretty much any other place outside the USA, we are part of a new commercial space race with plenty of opportunities for scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs.

Digital Sector

Edinburgh, the largest Digital hub outside of London, has a thriving digital and tech scene. Home to Skyscanner, FanDuel and the UK’s largest Tech incubator CodeBase – Edinburgh is a breeding ground of tech talent, combined with the superior academic reputation, with the University or Edinburgh’s world leading research in informatics and computer science, ranking first within the UK. Whilst, Heriot-Watt University is a global leader in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, exploring collaborative interaction between humans, robots and their environments.

Surgery and Medicine

From dark surgical tales to leading medical breakthroughs, Edinburgh’s strengths in the surgery and medicine sector are far reaching. Edinburgh is shaped by its history, making it the ideal city for leading surgery and medicine research and development.

Marine Sector

From ocean energy to marine conservation, Edinburgh’s strengths in the marine sector are far reaching. Edinburgh is shaped by its coastline making it the ideal city for leading marine research and development. The city is home to leading research, top universities, innovative organisations and charities all working to protect and harness our shores.


Edinburgh has a long history of engineering innovation and with renowned universities, budding startups and leading organisations, Edinburgh’s engineering sector has global reach. The city is home to legendary engineers, such as Alexander Graham Bell, and a modern ‘wonder of the world’ – the Forth Bridge.

Life Sciences

Edinburgh is at the centre of Europe’s life sciences community, with research facilities widely regarded as among the best in the world. It’s home to organisations like the Roslin Institute, Edinburgh BioQuarter and Pentlands Science Park, and leads the way in research and innovation in the fields of human and animal health, agritech and related technologies. That makes the city a unique environment, where international colleagues across the sector can come together to further their knowledge and see for themselves the latest advances in the field.

Energy Sector

Scotland is one of the best places in the world to talk about renewable energy. Its infrastructure is already generating the equivalent of more than half the country’s electricity consumption, and the Scottish Government has set a 100% target for 2020.

Food and Drink

Food and drink exports from Scotland grew by £421 million in 2016, to a record £5.5 billion. Where does Edinburgh fit in? As well as having four Michelin-starred restaurants and an array of award-winning eateries and drinks producers, it also has world-class expertise in food innovation.

Financial Services

Edinburgh is the natural choice for financial services events. Second only to London as the UK's largest financial centre, it’s also a major European centre for asset management and servicing.

Creative Sector

Edinburgh’s association with the arts has been celebrated for centuries. The city features architecture from Robert Adam, William Playfair, Norman Foster and Enric Miralles. It’s home to the Royal Scottish Academy, the National Gallery of Art, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Walter Scott’s Monument is a constant reminder of the importance of literary ties. And the Edinburgh Festival is the largest arts festival in the world.

Education Sector

Edinburgh offers unique learning venues and opportunities which inspire generations of students and professionals of their field; such as The Royal College of Surgeons, The Royal College of Physicians and The Signet Library, among many others. By studying in Edinburgh, the opportunities are endless!

Tech Sector

Edinburgh is a leading hub in the global technology sector. With more than 25,000 people working in tech roles, it’s home to major firms, start ups and unicorns, including Skyscanner, Amazon, FanDuel and Rockstar North to name just a few. It’s a prolific source of new talent, too, with the internationally-renowned School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh and Codebase, the UK’s largest technology incubator.