Edinburgh -  The Host City

One of the greenest and most beautiful cities in Europe, Edinburgh annually attracts over 2 million visitors, not just for its architecture, but as a city rich in social, cultural, learning and sporting facilities. Each year it hosts internationally-renowned events such as the Edinburgh International Arts, Fringe, Film, TV and Science festivals. Yet it is more than just a tourist attraction. Edinburgh is a thriving commercial and financial centre, the site of the new Scottish Parliament and a gateway to the coastline, hills and open country of the Scottish Highlands. Edinburgh is a beautiful, dynamic, prosperous European city that benefits from a unique architectural heritage and a magnificent natural setting.

Edinburgh is also home to a thriving software industry supporting the major financial institutions in the city and creating new products. Over the past years Edinburgh has seen a huge increase in start-ups in the software area. Close to Edinburgh, the Silicon Glen houses major microelectronics, communications and software design companies. Scottish Enterprise, the development agency for Scotland, places a strong emphasis on developing industries providing key infrastructure for the knowledge economy. This is based on the firm foundation of a strong supply of appropriately-qualified graduates from the ten universities in central Scotland.