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Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 Rural Renaissance Event

InterTradeIreland, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Northern Ireland and the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine Ireland have recently partnered to hold a networking and information event on the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 thematic call area on Rural Renaissance.  This event took place on 20th October 2016 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk.

The aim of the event was to promote the new 2016/17 Rural Renaissance calls in Horizon 2020 given the strategic importance of the rural economy to both Northern Ireland and Ireland.  These calls provide rural economy stakeholders (e.g. farmers, foresters, rural based organisations, rural towns and villages and their community groups, businesses and their representative groups) with an opportunity to participate in research and innovation activities that could enhance capacity, skills and innovation potential, lead to the design of new processes and business models and could provide an evidence base for policy and practice and limit the negative impacts on the environment, climate and health.

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These calls also advocate a multi-actor approach encouraging the formation of consortia comprised of representatives from academia, local government, innovation support systems and rural economy stakeholders to deliver better performing governance, business models, value chains, cooperation, co-creation, innovation and skills development.

The interactive event took an indepth look at the Rural Renaissance calls, providing delegates with the opportunity to hear expert insights on everything from policy matters to personal experiences of participating in Horizon 2020. Attendees also had the opportunity to make new contacts and explore the potential for building future cross-border partnerships in this area.

The keynote speaker was Professor Richard Wakeford, from Birmingham City University and Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 Advisory Group Chairperson, who spoke about sustainable rural development and how research can be truly useful in shaping rural futures.  Delegates also heard from Miroslav Bozic, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, Noel Gavigan from IBEC AGRI-FOR-VALOR,  David Meredith, Teagasc, Grainne Millar, GM Innovations and Stephen Rice, Upskill Enterprises.  View presentations below:

Horizon 2020 SC2 Rural Renaissance Presentations

Rural Renaissance – What to do now?

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Professor Richard Wakeford – Rural Futures:  What more do we need to know?

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Miroslav Bozic, EU Commisssion – Horizon 2020 Rural Renaissance Call 2017 

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Noel Gavigan, IBEC – AGRIFORVALOR presentation 

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David Meredith, Teagasc – A Review of Rural Economic Restructuring in Ireland 

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Gráinne Millar, GM Innovations – The Value of Collaborative Partnerships 

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Stephen Rice, Upskill Enterprise – How to build innovative solutions to advance industry and business needs

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Rural Renaissance Call To Action presentation

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