WELCOME TO SIMRA

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
    2017-06-01-2017-06-02

    The European Commission is organising the two-day EIP-AGRI seminar ‘Digital Innovation Hubs: mainstreaming digital agriculture’

    It will take place on 1-2 June 2017 in Kilkenny, Ireland.

    Universities, research technology organisations, farmers, farmer’s organisations,  entrepreneurs, SMEs, start-ups, incubators, investors, EU regions and member states, innovation brokers, agriculture advisory services, EU networks and platforms and anyone who may have relevant ideas or experience with engaging in, designing and/or developing ecosystems for the collaborative development of Digital Innovation Hubs in agriculture across Europe are invited to apply.

    If you are interested to participate fill in the application form. Application period open from 14th of February until 8th of March 23:59 CET 2017.

    Scope

    The overall objective of the “Digitising European Industry” Communication (COM(2016)180) is to ensure that “any industry in Europe, big or small, wherever situated and in any sector can fully benefit from digital innovations to upgrade its products, improve its processes and adapt its business models to the digital change”.

    The farming sector have never stopped innovating and every farmer’s generation brings new technological and organisational improvements and competencies. However, the pace of technological innovation is proceeding faster than ever before and it is a need to ensure that the agriculture sector is taking fully advantage of this “digital revolution”.

    ICT developers (SMEs, start-ups, entrepreneurs) and agriculture businesses would like to assess what technologies, including the most disruptive ones like Internet of Things, Big Data, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence etc., could bring to help the sector meeting the current challenge “to produce more with less”.  However, main actors in the agriculture sector and ICT developers have difficulties to see which and where is the real added value of those technologies, to decide when to invest, up to which level and in which technologies.

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  • All day
    2017-06-01-2017-06-02

    The European Commission is organising the two-day EIP-AGRI seminar ‘Digital Innovation Hubs: mainstreaming digital agriculture’

    It will take place on 1-2 June 2017 in Kilkenny, Ireland.

    Universities, research technology organisations, farmers, farmer’s organisations,  entrepreneurs, SMEs, start-ups, incubators, investors, EU regions and member states, innovation brokers, agriculture advisory services, EU networks and platforms and anyone who may have relevant ideas or experience with engaging in, designing and/or developing ecosystems for the collaborative development of Digital Innovation Hubs in agriculture across Europe are invited to apply.

    If you are interested to participate fill in the application form. Application period open from 14th of February until 8th of March 23:59 CET 2017.

    Scope

    The overall objective of the “Digitising European Industry” Communication (COM(2016)180) is to ensure that “any industry in Europe, big or small, wherever situated and in any sector can fully benefit from digital innovations to upgrade its products, improve its processes and adapt its business models to the digital change”.

    The farming sector have never stopped innovating and every farmer’s generation brings new technological and organisational improvements and competencies. However, the pace of technological innovation is proceeding faster than ever before and it is a need to ensure that the agriculture sector is taking fully advantage of this “digital revolution”.

    ICT developers (SMEs, start-ups, entrepreneurs) and agriculture businesses would like to assess what technologies, including the most disruptive ones like Internet of Things, Big Data, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence etc., could bring to help the sector meeting the current challenge “to produce more with less”.  However, main actors in the agriculture sector and ICT developers have difficulties to see which and where is the real added value of those technologies, to decide when to invest, up to which level and in which technologies.

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  • All day
    2017-06-13-2017-06-14

    The fifth edition of the high-level conference will be held in the heart of Transylvania – Cluj-Napoca in June 2017!

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  • All day
    2017-06-13-2017-06-14

    The fifth edition of the high-level conference will be held in the heart of Transylvania – Cluj-Napoca in June 2017!

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  • All day
    2017-06-15

    Prof Maria Nijnik, SIMRA coordinator and a Principal Socio-Economic Scientist of the James Hutton Institute, had been invited to take a leading role in the Netherlands’ Palace Symposium on “Depopulation of rural areas: analyses and perspectives” which was held on June 15, in the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. Maria admits “I was delighted, honoured and uplifted of being given the opportunity to present at the Royal Palace”.  Maria gave the talk entitled “Depopulation in rural areas: future perspectives and how social innovation can address current challenges”, and she led the workshop on “Depopulation: future perspectives”, facilitated by Prof Bettina Bock of the University of Groningen. Prof Nijnik also led the subsequent panel session and contributed to extensive discussions on the topic that followed. Along with the perspectives of depopulation, its social and cultural consequences, as well as its economic and physical aspects were put on the agenda.  Maria admits “I am happy that the ideas from the Symposium, and my talk, the workshop, the panel sessions and the discussions were met with interest and encouragement by the honourable audience, including HM the King and HM the Queen, and HRH Princess of the Netherlands, as well as by the Amsterdam Royal Palace Foundation, the Burgomaster Office and other highly respected guests”. The participants addressed key challenges and perspectives of depopulation. Prof Nijnik shared ideas on the role of social innovation in the development of rural areas and her experience gained through the coordination of the H2020 project SIMRA, which is on Social innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas. The project started in 2016 and involves 26 partner organizations from 15 countries of the EU, including the Netherlands and the UK, and the Mediterranean region, including of North-Africa.  Prof Nijnik expressed her gratitude to all those who contributed to the workshop and provided SIMRA with helpful feedbacks and suggestions, including on the necessity of building capacities and developing new relationships and collaborations to promote social innovations and advance the development of rural areas in the Netherlands and the UK, as well as in other countries of Europe, and beyond.

    Maria’s presentation is available here.

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  • All day
    2017-06-26-2017-06-30
    BOLOGNA

    The University of Bologna (Department of Architecture and Department of Economics), in collaboration with AICCON, is pleased to announce the second edition of the Social Innovation Community Summer School (SUMSIC 2017), which will be held at the University of Bologna from June 26th to June 30th > “Regions as Social Innovations Ecosystems? History, culture and institutions”.

    This second edition is organised in partnership with AEIDL, DRIFT, Nesta, Reves, Sinnergiak, SIX, Technical University of Dortmund, Young Foundation and ZSI. The University of Bologna also acknowledges the collaboration of Impronta Etica and SECS IRT (University of Bologna).

    The SIC Summer School (SUMSIC 2017) aims at presenting an opportunity for a lively discussion about the role of regions as possible ecosystems for social innovation. In this respect, a special emphasis will be devoted to the importance of history and culture of a region for the development of such ecosystem, as well as the role of institutions, private and public, to support and facilitate such development. The discussion will always be orientated to assess the policy relevance of the topics examined.

    The school will provide participants with presentations of cases and experiences of social innovation in regions in and outside the EU, as well as general lectures and talks. In line with the learning objectives of the summer school, three parallel workshops (each participant will be allocated upon request to one of the three) will be organized in the afternoons in order to tackle challenges proposed by stakeholders of the Social Innovation Community in the Emilia-Romagna region. Each group will be able to present the results of the work conducted in the school in a final presentation in a plenary session the last day of the school. Moreover, study visits will be organised in order to give participants a better understanding of the ecosystem of social innovation in the Bologna region. The school will be held in English.

    For more information about the SIC project, please visit www.siceurope.eu.

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  • All day
    2017-06-26-2017-06-30
    BOLOGNA

    The University of Bologna (Department of Architecture and Department of Economics), in collaboration with AICCON, is pleased to announce the second edition of the Social Innovation Community Summer School (SUMSIC 2017), which will be held at the University of Bologna from June 26th to June 30th > “Regions as Social Innovations Ecosystems? History, culture and institutions”.

    This second edition is organised in partnership with AEIDL, DRIFT, Nesta, Reves, Sinnergiak, SIX, Technical University of Dortmund, Young Foundation and ZSI. The University of Bologna also acknowledges the collaboration of Impronta Etica and SECS IRT (University of Bologna).

    The SIC Summer School (SUMSIC 2017) aims at presenting an opportunity for a lively discussion about the role of regions as possible ecosystems for social innovation. In this respect, a special emphasis will be devoted to the importance of history and culture of a region for the development of such ecosystem, as well as the role of institutions, private and public, to support and facilitate such development. The discussion will always be orientated to assess the policy relevance of the topics examined.

    The school will provide participants with presentations of cases and experiences of social innovation in regions in and outside the EU, as well as general lectures and talks. In line with the learning objectives of the summer school, three parallel workshops (each participant will be allocated upon request to one of the three) will be organized in the afternoons in order to tackle challenges proposed by stakeholders of the Social Innovation Community in the Emilia-Romagna region. Each group will be able to present the results of the work conducted in the school in a final presentation in a plenary session the last day of the school. Moreover, study visits will be organised in order to give participants a better understanding of the ecosystem of social innovation in the Bologna region. The school will be held in English.

    For more information about the SIC project, please visit www.siceurope.eu.

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  • All day
    2017-06-26-2017-06-30
    BOLOGNA

    The University of Bologna (Department of Architecture and Department of Economics), in collaboration with AICCON, is pleased to announce the second edition of the Social Innovation Community Summer School (SUMSIC 2017), which will be held at the University of Bologna from June 26th to June 30th > “Regions as Social Innovations Ecosystems? History, culture and institutions”.

    This second edition is organised in partnership with AEIDL, DRIFT, Nesta, Reves, Sinnergiak, SIX, Technical University of Dortmund, Young Foundation and ZSI. The University of Bologna also acknowledges the collaboration of Impronta Etica and SECS IRT (University of Bologna).

    The SIC Summer School (SUMSIC 2017) aims at presenting an opportunity for a lively discussion about the role of regions as possible ecosystems for social innovation. In this respect, a special emphasis will be devoted to the importance of history and culture of a region for the development of such ecosystem, as well as the role of institutions, private and public, to support and facilitate such development. The discussion will always be orientated to assess the policy relevance of the topics examined.

    The school will provide participants with presentations of cases and experiences of social innovation in regions in and outside the EU, as well as general lectures and talks. In line with the learning objectives of the summer school, three parallel workshops (each participant will be allocated upon request to one of the three) will be organized in the afternoons in order to tackle challenges proposed by stakeholders of the Social Innovation Community in the Emilia-Romagna region. Each group will be able to present the results of the work conducted in the school in a final presentation in a plenary session the last day of the school. Moreover, study visits will be organised in order to give participants a better understanding of the ecosystem of social innovation in the Bologna region. The school will be held in English.

    For more information about the SIC project, please visit www.siceurope.eu.

  • All day
    2017-06-28
    Wednesday, 28 June, 09:00 – 16:00
    Kostis Palamas Building, 48 Akadimias Street, Athens

    Description
    The implementation of Sustainable Development, in general, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of Agenda 2030, in particular, presupposes a robust answer to the question: “How should one evaluate and manage natural resources over time and space in an uncertain world?” The answer to this question needs to consider different disciplines from the theoretical, applied and real world practitioner’s aspect. The Advanced Policy Workshop in “Sustainability and Resource Valuation” to be held on 28 June 2017 in the historical premises of the Kostis Palamas Building in Athens, brings together leading international experts, academics and practitioners from various scientific fields, who will provide theoretical and applied cutting-edge responses to the above question.

    Sir Partha Dasgupta, Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Cambridge, opens the workshop with a lecture on the theory of Reproductive Rights and Environmental Externalities. Then Anastasios Xepapadeas, Professor of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business, continues with a lecture on the theory and modeling of Environmental and Resource-Use Networks. These two theoretical lectures will be followed by a lecture by Phoebe Koundouri, Professor of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business, and Scientific Director of ICRE8, which combines theory and empirical work on the “Economic Value and Information under Uncertainty: The Driving Force towards Implementing Sustainable Development”. This will be followed by a lecture by Andreas Papandreou, Professor of Economics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, on the “Political Economy Perspectives of Climate Policy”. Then Yannis Ioannidis,  Professor of Informatics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and President & General Director, ATHENA Research and Innovation Center, will speak about “Information Technologies and the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. The practitioner’s point of view will be provided by Maria Damanaki, Global Managing Director for Oceans, The Nature Conservancy, who will speak about “Using Nature to Fight Climate Change”. The workshop will conclude with a video lecture by Jeffrey D. Sachs, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Columbia University and Leader of the Global Sustainable Development Solutions Network, on “Sustainable Development in Times of Crisis: The Role of Education”.

    The Workshop is under the auspices of SDSN-Greece and is organized by the Political Economy of Sustainable Development Laboratory (PESD) of the Department of Economics of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in collaboration with the Athens University of Economics and Business (ReSEES Laboratory) and the International Center for Research on the Environment and the Economy (ICRE8).  PESD and ICRE8 are the hosting institutions of SDSN-Greece. Additional information can be found here.

    Speakers
    Maria Damanaki, Global Managing Director for Oceans, The Nature Conservancy
    Title of Lecture: Using Nature to fight Climate Change

    Sir Partha Dasgupta, Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Cambridge
    Title of Lecture: Reproductive Rights and Environmental Externalities

    Yannis Ioannidis, Professor of Informatics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and President & General Director, ATHENA Research and Innovation Center
    Title of Lecture: Information Technologies and the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

    Phoebe Koundouri, Professor of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business, and Founder and Scientific Director of ICRE8
    Title of Lecture: Economic Value: The Driving Force towards Implementing Sustainable Development

    Andreas Papandreou, Professor of Economics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
    Title of Lecture: Political Economy Perspectives of Climate Policy

    Jeffrey D. Sachs, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Columbia University
    Title of Lecture: Sustainable Development in Times of Crisis: The Role of Education

    Anastasios Xepapadeas, Professor of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business
    Title of Lecture: Environmental and Resource-Use Network.

    Registration
    The workshop registration fee (€80) includes: copies of all presentations, coffee breaks, lunch, and a certificate of attendance.

    To register, or to receive further information, please contact: mkolom@econ.uoa.gr. European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
    Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore 8, I-30124
    Venice, Italy
    Tel.: +39.041.2700438+39.041.2700438 – Fax: +39.041.2700412
    e-mail: eaere@eaere.org
    URL: eaere.org

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  • All day
    2017-06-26-2017-06-30
    BOLOGNA

    The University of Bologna (Department of Architecture and Department of Economics), in collaboration with AICCON, is pleased to announce the second edition of the Social Innovation Community Summer School (SUMSIC 2017), which will be held at the University of Bologna from June 26th to June 30th > “Regions as Social Innovations Ecosystems? History, culture and institutions”.

    This second edition is organised in partnership with AEIDL, DRIFT, Nesta, Reves, Sinnergiak, SIX, Technical University of Dortmund, Young Foundation and ZSI. The University of Bologna also acknowledges the collaboration of Impronta Etica and SECS IRT (University of Bologna).

    The SIC Summer School (SUMSIC 2017) aims at presenting an opportunity for a lively discussion about the role of regions as possible ecosystems for social innovation. In this respect, a special emphasis will be devoted to the importance of history and culture of a region for the development of such ecosystem, as well as the role of institutions, private and public, to support and facilitate such development. The discussion will always be orientated to assess the policy relevance of the topics examined.

    The school will provide participants with presentations of cases and experiences of social innovation in regions in and outside the EU, as well as general lectures and talks. In line with the learning objectives of the summer school, three parallel workshops (each participant will be allocated upon request to one of the three) will be organized in the afternoons in order to tackle challenges proposed by stakeholders of the Social Innovation Community in the Emilia-Romagna region. Each group will be able to present the results of the work conducted in the school in a final presentation in a plenary session the last day of the school. Moreover, study visits will be organised in order to give participants a better understanding of the ecosystem of social innovation in the Bologna region. The school will be held in English.

    For more information about the SIC project, please visit www.siceurope.eu.

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  • All day
    2017-06-26-2017-06-30
    BOLOGNA

    The University of Bologna (Department of Architecture and Department of Economics), in collaboration with AICCON, is pleased to announce the second edition of the Social Innovation Community Summer School (SUMSIC 2017), which will be held at the University of Bologna from June 26th to June 30th > “Regions as Social Innovations Ecosystems? History, culture and institutions”.

    This second edition is organised in partnership with AEIDL, DRIFT, Nesta, Reves, Sinnergiak, SIX, Technical University of Dortmund, Young Foundation and ZSI. The University of Bologna also acknowledges the collaboration of Impronta Etica and SECS IRT (University of Bologna).

    The SIC Summer School (SUMSIC 2017) aims at presenting an opportunity for a lively discussion about the role of regions as possible ecosystems for social innovation. In this respect, a special emphasis will be devoted to the importance of history and culture of a region for the development of such ecosystem, as well as the role of institutions, private and public, to support and facilitate such development. The discussion will always be orientated to assess the policy relevance of the topics examined.

    The school will provide participants with presentations of cases and experiences of social innovation in regions in and outside the EU, as well as general lectures and talks. In line with the learning objectives of the summer school, three parallel workshops (each participant will be allocated upon request to one of the three) will be organized in the afternoons in order to tackle challenges proposed by stakeholders of the Social Innovation Community in the Emilia-Romagna region. Each group will be able to present the results of the work conducted in the school in a final presentation in a plenary session the last day of the school. Moreover, study visits will be organised in order to give participants a better understanding of the ecosystem of social innovation in the Bologna region. The school will be held in English.

    For more information about the SIC project, please visit www.siceurope.eu.

  • All day
    2017-06-30
    eesc

    Following the EESC’s highly successful conference on the new economic models earlier this year, the European Commission, in its efforts to shift the European economy in a more sustainable direction, has now asked for civil society’s input.

    On 30 June the European Economic and Social Committee is organising a half-day public hearing to gather practical examples and horizontal contributions on how the EU can create policies to foster a more sustainable economic social and environmental system through these new economic models (collaborative, circular and functional).

    Together with speakers who will share their experiences and recommendations based on their active involvement in these new economies, the attendants will be debating the following practical questions:

    • How can we reconcile economic prosperity and efficiency, social inclusion and environmental responsibility?
    • What role can social innovation play for better resource efficiency and sustainability?
    • How can EU policy and regulation contribute to reaching these goals?

    For the programme and registration, please click here.

    You can also follow them on Twitter @EESC_INT  #neweconomy #sustainable

    Participation is free. The Committee does not cover participants’ travel and subsistence costs.

     Contact: int-events@eesc.europa.eu

  

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