Keys and tools for social rural innovation: lessons from SIMRA

17 March 2020, Barcelona, Spain.

Photo: Kinderbetreuung

The study of social innovation, understood in its broadest socio-environmental sense, has spread since the beginning of the century, and its importance in the social, economic and environmental development of communities is now widely recognised.

Social innovation in the rural environment presents characteristics and particularities that give it a specific complexity compared to the urban reality. The European project SIMRA (Social Innovation in Marginalized Rural Areas) has analysed in depth Social Rural Innovation, extracting lessons and working tools that are of great interest for entities, companies and administrations linked to the rural environment.

On 17 March 2020, the Sant Pau Art Nouveau site in Barcelona will host an event to present the lessons, tools and keys learned in the framework of the project in the field of rural social innovation in order to disseminate them within the Iberian scope.

The conference is jointly organised by the European Forest Institute (EFI), the Forest Science Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC), the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ) and ForEco Technologies. The official language of the event will be Spanish.

About SIMRA project

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.