This conference will focus on exploring some of the key common challenges rural communities face in Ireland and Scotland and the respective approaches of Teagasc and SRUC to dealing with those challenges
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Date & Time
12 -13 March - 17:00 on the 12th and 08:15 on the 13th
This conference focuses on exploring some of the key common challenges rural communities face in Scotland and Ireland and our respective approaches to dealing with those challenges (learning also from other international perspectives, for example, New Zealand) can bring perspectives and insights to work together to bring about effective policy, economic and technological solutions that could lead to a vibrant and sustainable agricultural and rural sector in Scotland and Ireland for the coming decades. Attendance at this event is through invite-only.
We are counting down the days until this conference, as it should further our understanding about how to deliver smarter, more joined-up solutions to pressing, complex challenges affected the rural sector in Scotland and Ireland over the coming decades. The programme includes several of our SRUC/SEFARI colleagues who will either presenting relevant research or featuring as panellists. We expect more SEFARI colleagues will also be in attendance.
Monday, 12 March 2018, 17.00 – 19.30
A pre-conference networking reception and Teagasc/SRUC poster exhibit.
Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 08.15 – 16.45
To begin the day's activities, attendees will hear from two key note speakers: Professor Ian Boyd, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) who will be taking about the key challenges for change in the rural sector; and Dr Liz Wedderburn, Assistant Research Director, AgResearch, New Zealand whose talk is titled “The challenges of change and possible solutions: the new Zealand experience.”
Following the key note talks, there will be multiple plenary sessions themed around adapting to change in policy, agriculture and rural areas post- brexit, innovative socio-economic, marketing and technological solutions as well common solutions that can be delivered between SRUC and Teagasc. More information about the conference and the agenda can be found here.