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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 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.

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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


With all the latest news, events and publications discover more about DAFNI

New DAFNI project: Data Infrastructure for National Infrastructure

New DAFNI project: Data Infrastructure for National Infrastructure

exploring the Challenges and Opportunities in Data Sharing within the domain of national infrastructure systems research April 2024In March 2023 the Department of Science, Technology and Innovation (DSIT) launched the National Science and Technology Framework which sets out ...

Sandpit Transport Funding Announcement

Sandpit Transport Funding Announcement

The DAFNI programme is pleased to announce that our expert external panel has awarded funding to three amazing projects under the theme of Transport: ‘ClimaTracks’, ‘Impact’ and ‘Mars’.  All projects have a focus on resilience which relates to our ‘Building a Secure and ...

DAFNI Newsletter, March 2024

DAFNI Newsletter, March 2024

DAFNI Newsletter, March 2024Welcome to the DAFNI March newsletter.  The DAFNI programme is delighted to announce that the sandpit process is complete and both Transport and Energy expert panels have awarded funding to six fantastic projects! I would like to personally thank ...

DAFNI Newsletter, February 2024

DAFNI Newsletter, February 2024

DAFNI Newsletter, February 2024Welcome to the DAFNI February newsletter.  This month we have been super sandpit busy! We held the DAFNI Transport Sandpits and heard some excellent ideas, and our expert panel members awarded funding to three fantastic projects, all will be ...

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