SIMRA Final Conference: social innovation to boost EU rural areas

19-20 February 2020, Brussels, Belgium.

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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.

SIMRA is organising its final conference in Brussels on 19th and 20th February 2020. The event will showcase the project’s main findings and discuss their policy implications at all levels (EU, national, regional and local), and with regards to the legislative reforms still in discussion for the next EU programming period 2021-2027.

Speakers will also discuss the policy opportunities at different levels to encourage social innovation and the possibilities to empower rural communities.

The event will target different audiences for the 2 days:

  • Wednesday 19 February: a full day devoted to discussing the policy impacts of our findings across a range of relevant areas of EU policy, and their implementation at the local level.
  • Thursday 20 February: a half-day training for policy-makers, Horizon 2020 project partners, practitioners and Rural Development Programmes evaluators to learn how to make the most of the tools developed by SIMRA.

Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA) seeks to advance understanding of social innovation and innovative governance in agriculture, forestry and rural development in marginalised rural areas. The project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 677622.

The programme of the event will soon be published.

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