DAFNI Programme's Centre of Excellence

The Centre is initially funded by a £4M grant from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), awarded in Spring 2023 to the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Scientific Computing to establish a national Centre of Excellence for Resilient Infrastructure Analysis, and moves DAFNI into its new phase.

DAFNI Programme Infrastructure Resilience Sandpits

The DAFNI Programme’s Centre of Excellence will be hosting two sandpit events. This funding is to address grand-challenge problems for infrastructure resilience and challenges to data sharing, with a focus on Transport and Energy. 

Bridging the gap between academic research, data analysis and strategic infrastructure planning

The UK’s next generation platform to support the development of essential infrastructure services, revolutionising the UK’s ability to adapt to a changing climate and technological landscape.

Technical Training

The DAFNI technical team are hosting regular platform training sessions. Click below to find out more and book your space.

DAFNI Programme's Webinar Series

The DAFNI programme will be launching a monthly webinar over the lunchtime period, each month we will have a new speaker to discuss their work using the DAFNI platform. 

DAFNI Annual Conference 2024


This year’s DAFNI Conference will be held on Tuesday 10th September at Conference Aston, Birmingham. The conference theme and speaker details will be announced shortly!

Date: 10th September 2024
Time: 09:00 – 17:00 GMT
Location: Conference Aston, Aston University Campus, B4 7ET


DAFNI Conference 2024 with birds eye view of Birmingham and river
Computerised city skyline advertising webinar

DAFNI Webinar

Prof. Robert Nicholls with a talk on ‘OpenCLIM: Open Climate Impacts Modelling Framework

Professor Robert Nicholls leads the OpenCLIM Project which is developing methods for integrated assessment to support national and sub-national policy analysis on climate change risks and adaptation using the DAFNI platform.

Date: 28th Februay 2024
Time: 12:00 – 13:00 GMT


Data & Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure

DAFNI is the National Platform to satisfy the computational needs in support of data analysis; infrastructure research; and strategic thinking for the UK’s long term planning and investment needs. The platform will support academic research that is aiming to provide the UK with a world leading infrastructure system that is more: efficient, reliable, resilient and affordable. It will achieve this by enabling the research community to conduct research that is able to generate new insights at a higher level of detail and accuracy than ever before.

smart motorway

The launch of the DAFNI system represents a monumental milestone in developing the UK’s Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure. With Climate change impacting our nation, it is now more important than ever to understand how we can better prepare the UK for extreme events. DAFNI will provide the UK with infrastructure data analysis and previously unseen levels of computer performance providing greater insights to inform policy decisions and therefore lead the world in our ability to prepare for these extreme events.

Prof. Jim Hall
Chair of DAFNI Governance Board


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DAFNI Newsletter, January 2024

DAFNI Newsletter, January 2024

DAFNI Newsletter, January 2024Happy new year to our DAFNI Community. 2024 holds exciting prospects for the DAFNI programme! I am pleased to announce that this year’s DAFNI Conference will be held at Aston University, located in Birmingham, on the 10th of September 2024. We ... Read more

Apply Now for the DAFNI Sandpit funding programme 2024
Apply Now for the DAFNI Sandpit funding programme 2024

Apply Now for the DAFNI Sandpit Funding Programme 2024 The DAFNI webinar on 10th January 2024 presented an opportunity to learn more about the DAFNI Sandpit funding opportunity ahead of the application closing date of 19th January 2024, and to ask in-depth questions about ... Read more

DAFNI Sandpit Webinar – Video and Presentation Now Available
DAFNI Sandpit Webinar – Video and Presentation Now Available

DAFNI Sandpit Funding Opportunity Webinar Recording Data & Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure We would like to thank everyone for attending our webinar today and hope you found the information useful. Please see the video above for a reminder of all ... Read more

DAFNI Newsletter 15th December 2023
DAFNI Newsletter 15th December 2023

DAFNI Newsletter, 15 December 2023Welcome to our last DAFNI newsletter of 2023! I am delighted to announce that DAFNI has recently been awarded new funding from the Department of Science, Innovation and Technology to support the development and understanding of the need for ... Read more

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