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Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA) is a project funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. SIMRA seeks to advance understanding of social innovation and innovative governance in agriculture, forestry and rural development, and how to boost them, particularly in marginalised rural areas across Europe, with a focus on the Mediterranean region (including non-EU) where there is limited evidence of outcomes and supporting conditions.

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  • All day
    2016-10-03-2016-10-05
    14th european

    The 14th European Rural Development Conference has been organised by the Hungarian Research Institute of Agricultural Economics (AKI) and the Polish Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics (IERIGZ). 40 international presentations focused on knowledge sharing and innovation in rural regions. Among them were new theoretical approaches and findings as well as practical experiences and organisational and technical implementations. For example a Swedish contribution assessed the role of internal and external knowledge on farm productivity, a Dutch presentation dealt with the regional knowledge and innovation systems, an FAO representative talked about Agricultural Innovation Systems, a UK contribution was about action learning to support organisational change in rural businesses, a Hungarian presentation had the title “understanding the initiators of knowledge sharing and social innovation in rural areas” and a Polish contribution informed about experiences of social farming. The SIMRA poster and a short presentation of the SIMRA work program sparked the interest of about 70 participants. During the conference also other international projects like AgriSpin (about learning from sharing), Valerie (valorising European research for innovation in agriculture and forestry) and a study on the role of agroforestry innovation networks have been introduced. More details about the conference including the book of abstracts can be found on ERDN. Next year’s ERDN conference will be held in Austria.

    Author: Klaus Wagner (Austrian Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics)

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  • All day
    2016-10-03-2016-10-05
    14th european

    The 14th European Rural Development Conference has been organised by the Hungarian Research Institute of Agricultural Economics (AKI) and the Polish Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics (IERIGZ). 40 international presentations focused on knowledge sharing and innovation in rural regions. Among them were new theoretical approaches and findings as well as practical experiences and organisational and technical implementations. For example a Swedish contribution assessed the role of internal and external knowledge on farm productivity, a Dutch presentation dealt with the regional knowledge and innovation systems, an FAO representative talked about Agricultural Innovation Systems, a UK contribution was about action learning to support organisational change in rural businesses, a Hungarian presentation had the title “understanding the initiators of knowledge sharing and social innovation in rural areas” and a Polish contribution informed about experiences of social farming. The SIMRA poster and a short presentation of the SIMRA work program sparked the interest of about 70 participants. During the conference also other international projects like AgriSpin (about learning from sharing), Valerie (valorising European research for innovation in agriculture and forestry) and a study on the role of agroforestry innovation networks have been introduced. More details about the conference including the book of abstracts can be found on ERDN. Next year’s ERDN conference will be held in Austria.

    Author: Klaus Wagner (Austrian Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics)

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  • All day
    2016-10-03-2016-10-05
    14th european

    The 14th European Rural Development Conference has been organised by the Hungarian Research Institute of Agricultural Economics (AKI) and the Polish Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics (IERIGZ). 40 international presentations focused on knowledge sharing and innovation in rural regions. Among them were new theoretical approaches and findings as well as practical experiences and organisational and technical implementations. For example a Swedish contribution assessed the role of internal and external knowledge on farm productivity, a Dutch presentation dealt with the regional knowledge and innovation systems, an FAO representative talked about Agricultural Innovation Systems, a UK contribution was about action learning to support organisational change in rural businesses, a Hungarian presentation had the title “understanding the initiators of knowledge sharing and social innovation in rural areas” and a Polish contribution informed about experiences of social farming. The SIMRA poster and a short presentation of the SIMRA work program sparked the interest of about 70 participants. During the conference also other international projects like AgriSpin (about learning from sharing), Valerie (valorising European research for innovation in agriculture and forestry) and a study on the role of agroforestry innovation networks have been introduced. More details about the conference including the book of abstracts can be found on ERDN. Next year’s ERDN conference will be held in Austria.

    Author: Klaus Wagner (Austrian Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics)

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  • 15:00
    2016-10-26-2016-10-28
    bratislava

    October 26th – 28th 2016

    BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

    The Department of Strategic Environmental Analises at The Institute of Forest Ecology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (IFE SAS) in cooperation with The James Hutton Institute is honoured to organize the first SITT SIMRA Workshop that will take place in Bratislava, Slovakia, from 26 to 28 October 2016. The first SITT SIMRA workshop is considered to be an important starting point for the co-construction of knowledge with key stakeholders. The aim of the workshop is to develop and maintain systematic knowledge exchange and a learning process via stakeholders’ consultations focusing on understanding and assessing social innovations. The processes will be diverse and interactive starting with a short introduction to social innovations, continuing with discussion rounds in small groups and finishing with a plenary session. Engagement of stakeholders from the very beginning of SIMRA is crucial for creating a transparent and open-ended approach to social innovations problem framing.

    * SITT – Social Innovation Think Tank consists of invited stakeholders actively working in the field of SIMRA project.

  • 15:58
    2016-10-26-2016-11-28
    p1010327

    Systematic knowledge exchange and learning process in understanding and assessing social innovations for marginalised rural areas has been the main objective of the first Transdisciplinary workshop of H2020 project SIMRA (Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas). Hosted by the centre of excellence SPECTRA – joint research centre of the Institute of Forest Ecology Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovak University of Technology and Comenius University in Bratislava the workshop took place on October 26th – 28th 2016 and was endorsed by the Slovak presidency of the Council of the European Union.

    Members of the SIMRA consortium met for the first time with 20 members of the SOCIAL INNOVATION THINK TANK (SITT). Throughout the project, SITT will represent a multilevel transdisciplinary structure of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and the Stakeholders Involvement Board (SIB) consisting of European, Associated & non-EU actors and experts in forestry, agriculture and rural development. A main mission of the trans-disciplinary approach of SIMRA is to advance academic excellence in order to promote the exchange of knowledge across various disciplines and expert arenas and to bridge the still existing gaps between science, policy and practice.

    What are the overall and specific variables of the emergence of social innovation in marginalised rural areas? How do they effect a range of success factors and the lessons learned in different rural areas? What are the most appropriate approaches, methods and tools that can be used for assessing social innovations? What does policy support to social innovation mean in different regional settings and contexts?

    Supported by invited lecture of Susan Baker, professor at Cardiff University Wales these questions framed intense three days’ discussions under SIMRA’s five thematic sessions with a particular reference to the Mediterranean region. Engagement of the SITT members since the beginning of SIMRA has been recognised as crucial for the creation of a transparent and inclusive approach to the framing of social innovation in marginalised rural areas.

    Workshop was opened by the director of the Institute for Forest Ecology – Lubica Ditmarova, a vice-president of the Slovak University of Technology – Štefan Stanko, the Director General of Nature Conservation and Landscape protection of the Slovak Ministry of the Environment – Rastislav Rybanič, the Coordinator of SIMRA – principal scientist of the James Hutton Institute, the UK Maria Nijnik and Tatiana Kluvankova chair of host organisation.

    The H2020 project “Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA) coordinated by the James Hutton Institute was launched in April 2016 and is a 4-year project addressing the unlocking of growth potential of rural areas through an enhanced governance and social innovation.

    Results of session I and II (Tatiana Kluvankova)

    SIMRA project introduction (Maria Nijnik)

    SITT Survey results (Veronika Gezik)

    Susan Baker’s Keynote

27
  • 15:00
    2016-10-26-2016-10-28
    bratislava

    October 26th – 28th 2016

    BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

    The Department of Strategic Environmental Analises at The Institute of Forest Ecology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (IFE SAS) in cooperation with The James Hutton Institute is honoured to organize the first SITT SIMRA Workshop that will take place in Bratislava, Slovakia, from 26 to 28 October 2016. The first SITT SIMRA workshop is considered to be an important starting point for the co-construction of knowledge with key stakeholders. The aim of the workshop is to develop and maintain systematic knowledge exchange and a learning process via stakeholders’ consultations focusing on understanding and assessing social innovations. The processes will be diverse and interactive starting with a short introduction to social innovations, continuing with discussion rounds in small groups and finishing with a plenary session. Engagement of stakeholders from the very beginning of SIMRA is crucial for creating a transparent and open-ended approach to social innovations problem framing.

    * SITT – Social Innovation Think Tank consists of invited stakeholders actively working in the field of SIMRA project.

  • 15:58
    2016-10-26-2016-11-28
    p1010327

    Systematic knowledge exchange and learning process in understanding and assessing social innovations for marginalised rural areas has been the main objective of the first Transdisciplinary workshop of H2020 project SIMRA (Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas). Hosted by the centre of excellence SPECTRA – joint research centre of the Institute of Forest Ecology Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovak University of Technology and Comenius University in Bratislava the workshop took place on October 26th – 28th 2016 and was endorsed by the Slovak presidency of the Council of the European Union.

    Members of the SIMRA consortium met for the first time with 20 members of the SOCIAL INNOVATION THINK TANK (SITT). Throughout the project, SITT will represent a multilevel transdisciplinary structure of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and the Stakeholders Involvement Board (SIB) consisting of European, Associated & non-EU actors and experts in forestry, agriculture and rural development. A main mission of the trans-disciplinary approach of SIMRA is to advance academic excellence in order to promote the exchange of knowledge across various disciplines and expert arenas and to bridge the still existing gaps between science, policy and practice.

    What are the overall and specific variables of the emergence of social innovation in marginalised rural areas? How do they effect a range of success factors and the lessons learned in different rural areas? What are the most appropriate approaches, methods and tools that can be used for assessing social innovations? What does policy support to social innovation mean in different regional settings and contexts?

    Supported by invited lecture of Susan Baker, professor at Cardiff University Wales these questions framed intense three days’ discussions under SIMRA’s five thematic sessions with a particular reference to the Mediterranean region. Engagement of the SITT members since the beginning of SIMRA has been recognised as crucial for the creation of a transparent and inclusive approach to the framing of social innovation in marginalised rural areas.

    Workshop was opened by the director of the Institute for Forest Ecology – Lubica Ditmarova, a vice-president of the Slovak University of Technology – Štefan Stanko, the Director General of Nature Conservation and Landscape protection of the Slovak Ministry of the Environment – Rastislav Rybanič, the Coordinator of SIMRA – principal scientist of the James Hutton Institute, the UK Maria Nijnik and Tatiana Kluvankova chair of host organisation.

    The H2020 project “Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA) coordinated by the James Hutton Institute was launched in April 2016 and is a 4-year project addressing the unlocking of growth potential of rural areas through an enhanced governance and social innovation.

    Results of session I and II (Tatiana Kluvankova)

    SIMRA project introduction (Maria Nijnik)

    SITT Survey results (Veronika Gezik)

    Susan Baker’s Keynote

28
  • 15:00
    2016-10-26-2016-10-28
    bratislava

    October 26th – 28th 2016

    BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

    The Department of Strategic Environmental Analises at The Institute of Forest Ecology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (IFE SAS) in cooperation with The James Hutton Institute is honoured to organize the first SITT SIMRA Workshop that will take place in Bratislava, Slovakia, from 26 to 28 October 2016. The first SITT SIMRA workshop is considered to be an important starting point for the co-construction of knowledge with key stakeholders. The aim of the workshop is to develop and maintain systematic knowledge exchange and a learning process via stakeholders’ consultations focusing on understanding and assessing social innovations. The processes will be diverse and interactive starting with a short introduction to social innovations, continuing with discussion rounds in small groups and finishing with a plenary session. Engagement of stakeholders from the very beginning of SIMRA is crucial for creating a transparent and open-ended approach to social innovations problem framing.

    * SITT – Social Innovation Think Tank consists of invited stakeholders actively working in the field of SIMRA project.

  • 15:58
    2016-10-26-2016-11-28
    p1010327

    Systematic knowledge exchange and learning process in understanding and assessing social innovations for marginalised rural areas has been the main objective of the first Transdisciplinary workshop of H2020 project SIMRA (Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas). Hosted by the centre of excellence SPECTRA – joint research centre of the Institute of Forest Ecology Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovak University of Technology and Comenius University in Bratislava the workshop took place on October 26th – 28th 2016 and was endorsed by the Slovak presidency of the Council of the European Union.

    Members of the SIMRA consortium met for the first time with 20 members of the SOCIAL INNOVATION THINK TANK (SITT). Throughout the project, SITT will represent a multilevel transdisciplinary structure of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and the Stakeholders Involvement Board (SIB) consisting of European, Associated & non-EU actors and experts in forestry, agriculture and rural development. A main mission of the trans-disciplinary approach of SIMRA is to advance academic excellence in order to promote the exchange of knowledge across various disciplines and expert arenas and to bridge the still existing gaps between science, policy and practice.

    What are the overall and specific variables of the emergence of social innovation in marginalised rural areas? How do they effect a range of success factors and the lessons learned in different rural areas? What are the most appropriate approaches, methods and tools that can be used for assessing social innovations? What does policy support to social innovation mean in different regional settings and contexts?

    Supported by invited lecture of Susan Baker, professor at Cardiff University Wales these questions framed intense three days’ discussions under SIMRA’s five thematic sessions with a particular reference to the Mediterranean region. Engagement of the SITT members since the beginning of SIMRA has been recognised as crucial for the creation of a transparent and inclusive approach to the framing of social innovation in marginalised rural areas.

    Workshop was opened by the director of the Institute for Forest Ecology – Lubica Ditmarova, a vice-president of the Slovak University of Technology – Štefan Stanko, the Director General of Nature Conservation and Landscape protection of the Slovak Ministry of the Environment – Rastislav Rybanič, the Coordinator of SIMRA – principal scientist of the James Hutton Institute, the UK Maria Nijnik and Tatiana Kluvankova chair of host organisation.

    The H2020 project “Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA) coordinated by the James Hutton Institute was launched in April 2016 and is a 4-year project addressing the unlocking of growth potential of rural areas through an enhanced governance and social innovation.

    Results of session I and II (Tatiana Kluvankova)

    SIMRA project introduction (Maria Nijnik)

    SITT Survey results (Veronika Gezik)

    Susan Baker’s Keynote

29
  • 15:58
    2016-10-26-2016-11-28
    p1010327

    Systematic knowledge exchange and learning process in understanding and assessing social innovations for marginalised rural areas has been the main objective of the first Transdisciplinary workshop of H2020 project SIMRA (Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas). Hosted by the centre of excellence SPECTRA – joint research centre of the Institute of Forest Ecology Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovak University of Technology and Comenius University in Bratislava the workshop took place on October 26th – 28th 2016 and was endorsed by the Slovak presidency of the Council of the European Union.

    Members of the SIMRA consortium met for the first time with 20 members of the SOCIAL INNOVATION THINK TANK (SITT). Throughout the project, SITT will represent a multilevel transdisciplinary structure of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and the Stakeholders Involvement Board (SIB) consisting of European, Associated & non-EU actors and experts in forestry, agriculture and rural development. A main mission of the trans-disciplinary approach of SIMRA is to advance academic excellence in order to promote the exchange of knowledge across various disciplines and expert arenas and to bridge the still existing gaps between science, policy and practice.

    What are the overall and specific variables of the emergence of social innovation in marginalised rural areas? How do they effect a range of success factors and the lessons learned in different rural areas? What are the most appropriate approaches, methods and tools that can be used for assessing social innovations? What does policy support to social innovation mean in different regional settings and contexts?

    Supported by invited lecture of Susan Baker, professor at Cardiff University Wales these questions framed intense three days’ discussions under SIMRA’s five thematic sessions with a particular reference to the Mediterranean region. Engagement of the SITT members since the beginning of SIMRA has been recognised as crucial for the creation of a transparent and inclusive approach to the framing of social innovation in marginalised rural areas.

    Workshop was opened by the director of the Institute for Forest Ecology – Lubica Ditmarova, a vice-president of the Slovak University of Technology – Štefan Stanko, the Director General of Nature Conservation and Landscape protection of the Slovak Ministry of the Environment – Rastislav Rybanič, the Coordinator of SIMRA – principal scientist of the James Hutton Institute, the UK Maria Nijnik and Tatiana Kluvankova chair of host organisation.

    The H2020 project “Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA) coordinated by the James Hutton Institute was launched in April 2016 and is a 4-year project addressing the unlocking of growth potential of rural areas through an enhanced governance and social innovation.

    Results of session I and II (Tatiana Kluvankova)

    SIMRA project introduction (Maria Nijnik)

    SITT Survey results (Veronika Gezik)

    Susan Baker’s Keynote

30
  • 15:58
    2016-10-26-2016-11-28
    p1010327

    Systematic knowledge exchange and learning process in understanding and assessing social innovations for marginalised rural areas has been the main objective of the first Transdisciplinary workshop of H2020 project SIMRA (Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas). Hosted by the centre of excellence SPECTRA – joint research centre of the Institute of Forest Ecology Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovak University of Technology and Comenius University in Bratislava the workshop took place on October 26th – 28th 2016 and was endorsed by the Slovak presidency of the Council of the European Union.

    Members of the SIMRA consortium met for the first time with 20 members of the SOCIAL INNOVATION THINK TANK (SITT). Throughout the project, SITT will represent a multilevel transdisciplinary structure of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and the Stakeholders Involvement Board (SIB) consisting of European, Associated & non-EU actors and experts in forestry, agriculture and rural development. A main mission of the trans-disciplinary approach of SIMRA is to advance academic excellence in order to promote the exchange of knowledge across various disciplines and expert arenas and to bridge the still existing gaps between science, policy and practice.

    What are the overall and specific variables of the emergence of social innovation in marginalised rural areas? How do they effect a range of success factors and the lessons learned in different rural areas? What are the most appropriate approaches, methods and tools that can be used for assessing social innovations? What does policy support to social innovation mean in different regional settings and contexts?

    Supported by invited lecture of Susan Baker, professor at Cardiff University Wales these questions framed intense three days’ discussions under SIMRA’s five thematic sessions with a particular reference to the Mediterranean region. Engagement of the SITT members since the beginning of SIMRA has been recognised as crucial for the creation of a transparent and inclusive approach to the framing of social innovation in marginalised rural areas.

    Workshop was opened by the director of the Institute for Forest Ecology – Lubica Ditmarova, a vice-president of the Slovak University of Technology – Štefan Stanko, the Director General of Nature Conservation and Landscape protection of the Slovak Ministry of the Environment – Rastislav Rybanič, the Coordinator of SIMRA – principal scientist of the James Hutton Institute, the UK Maria Nijnik and Tatiana Kluvankova chair of host organisation.

    The H2020 project “Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA) coordinated by the James Hutton Institute was launched in April 2016 and is a 4-year project addressing the unlocking of growth potential of rural areas through an enhanced governance and social innovation.

    Results of session I and II (Tatiana Kluvankova)

    SIMRA project introduction (Maria Nijnik)

    SITT Survey results (Veronika Gezik)

    Susan Baker’s Keynote

31
  • 15:58
    2016-10-26-2016-11-28
    p1010327

    Systematic knowledge exchange and learning process in understanding and assessing social innovations for marginalised rural areas has been the main objective of the first Transdisciplinary workshop of H2020 project SIMRA (Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas). Hosted by the centre of excellence SPECTRA – joint research centre of the Institute of Forest Ecology Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovak University of Technology and Comenius University in Bratislava the workshop took place on October 26th – 28th 2016 and was endorsed by the Slovak presidency of the Council of the European Union.

    Members of the SIMRA consortium met for the first time with 20 members of the SOCIAL INNOVATION THINK TANK (SITT). Throughout the project, SITT will represent a multilevel transdisciplinary structure of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and the Stakeholders Involvement Board (SIB) consisting of European, Associated & non-EU actors and experts in forestry, agriculture and rural development. A main mission of the trans-disciplinary approach of SIMRA is to advance academic excellence in order to promote the exchange of knowledge across various disciplines and expert arenas and to bridge the still existing gaps between science, policy and practice.

    What are the overall and specific variables of the emergence of social innovation in marginalised rural areas? How do they effect a range of success factors and the lessons learned in different rural areas? What are the most appropriate approaches, methods and tools that can be used for assessing social innovations? What does policy support to social innovation mean in different regional settings and contexts?

    Supported by invited lecture of Susan Baker, professor at Cardiff University Wales these questions framed intense three days’ discussions under SIMRA’s five thematic sessions with a particular reference to the Mediterranean region. Engagement of the SITT members since the beginning of SIMRA has been recognised as crucial for the creation of a transparent and inclusive approach to the framing of social innovation in marginalised rural areas.

    Workshop was opened by the director of the Institute for Forest Ecology – Lubica Ditmarova, a vice-president of the Slovak University of Technology – Štefan Stanko, the Director General of Nature Conservation and Landscape protection of the Slovak Ministry of the Environment – Rastislav Rybanič, the Coordinator of SIMRA – principal scientist of the James Hutton Institute, the UK Maria Nijnik and Tatiana Kluvankova chair of host organisation.

    The H2020 project “Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA) coordinated by the James Hutton Institute was launched in April 2016 and is a 4-year project addressing the unlocking of growth potential of rural areas through an enhanced governance and social innovation.

    Results of session I and II (Tatiana Kluvankova)

    SIMRA project introduction (Maria Nijnik)

    SITT Survey results (Veronika Gezik)

    Susan Baker’s Keynote

      

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