At the closing session of the Conference, the Edinburgh Policy Statement on Enhancing Rural Innovation was adopted.
The Statement stresses the importance of defining rural development beyond agriculture and recognises that rurality is not synonymous with decline.
｜ Press release
Highlights and key takeaways from the conference.
Gunter Pauli - Keynote speech
Jan Willem van der Schans - The Business Accelerator Approach
Jone Fernandez - Programmes & strategies to provide business innovation support in the Basque Country
Goncalo Amorin - Agri-food sector business innovation in remote rural areas in Portugal
Amanda Burgauer - How can Rural Parliaments contribute to a more integrated and coordinated rural policy?
Franco Mantino - The Inner Areas Strategy in Italy: which are the most important innovations?
Niclas Purfürst - Involving rural people in policy integration and coordination
Kukka Kukkonen - Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for North Ostrobothnia
Gerallt Llewelyn-Jones - Engaging rural communities in developing and promoting new technologies
Stanislas d'Herbemont - Community energy for a fair energy system
Giuseppe Maggio - Climate-smart agriculture to support climate change mitigation and adaptation
Jo O'Hara - Forestry as a technology to face climate change
Wendy Pring - How rural skills are changing
Maura Farrell - Roles of different types of education provision
Daniela Luisi - Innovative education and skills provision
Alistair Dobson - How can can producer collaboration add value?
Carlo Ricci - Food Communities - Turning social energy in added value
Teresa Pinto Correia - What soft skills do we need to connect value chain actors and support innovative networks?
Chung Jae-kyun - Food policy as a driver for change? Cases of Rural Innovations in Korea
Amanda Bryan - How to trigger and sustain community-led social innovation?
Jan Dröge - How to improve connectivity at a local level?
Steffen Hess - How to ensure rural communities harness the full potential of digital technologies?
Tom Jones - What can be done to increase the benefits that rural areas obtain from urban areas?
David Gonzalez - Additive and distributive manufacturing
Daniel Heery - Drones
Oliver Roider - Driverless cars
Stefano Nicoletti - Cloud computing and internet of things
Stine Bundgaard Carlé- Decentralised energy systems
Peter Verstrate - The future of food
Marc Fuster - The future of education
Ineke Malsch -The future of health
Willie Thomson- Digital connectivity
David Brown - Shifing values and preferences
Brendan Burns - Promoting Entrepreneurship Spotlight on entrepreneurs and SMEs
Juha Korhonen - Kuusamo Region in Northern Finland
Jackie Brierton - Promoting Entrepreneurship in Rural Areas
David Clementoni - Empowering SMEs Empowering People
Clive Peckham - Virtuous Networks: co-creating rural innovation
Donna Chisholm - Innovation in the Scottish rural aquaculture sector
Päivi Ekdahl - Rural businesses in Lapland - main barriers and key assets
Anna Price - The Rural Business Awards & Rural Business Group
Julia Latto - Rural Leadership Programme
Duncan McConchie - Our journey to become A Rural Destination of Excellence
Panayiotis Chamakiotis - Rural leadership and innovation
Håkan Ylinenpää - Some challenges and opportunities for public interventions promoting rural development
Erik Bergkvist - Smart Specialisation in Northern Sparsely Populated Areas
Timothy Wojan - A data-driven Contrarian View of Smart Specialisation
Javier Gomez - The smart specialisation platform
Laura Enbuska Mäkii- The power of the regional innovation ecosystem, artic smartness
Aard Mulders - Rural responses to global climate change objectives
Mikitaro Shobayashi - How could me mainstream mitigation and adaptation strategies in rural development strategies?
Rebecca Audsley - Farming for a Better Climate
Sofia Björnsson - EU farmers and agri-cooperatives’ Our contribution to tackle environmental and social challenges
Hanna Leena Pesonen - The northernmost lapland leader
Phil Barnes - Social innovation and community-led initiatives
Jane Atterton - Social innovation and community-led initiatives
Alessandra de Renzis - Tuscany inner areas strategy
David Freshwater - The green economy, useful, but only part of the solution
Katsuhiko Yamauchi- "Countryside stay" in Japan
Sabrina Lucatelli - A Strategy for Inner Areas in Italy
Duk Hwan Son - korea's regional policy
Sally Shortall - Provision of services in Northern Ireland
Andrew corpus - Long-term planning and prioritisation of rural services