Advanced Course on Social Innovation In Rural Areas

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Monday 18 November 2019 - 08:30 to Friday 22 November 2019 - 17:00

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza, Spain

SIMRA (Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas)

Please note: timings to be confirmed with organisers

Social innovation has been heralded as a vital part of the European recovery project since the economic crisis in 2008. It is of particular importance to rural areas, especially more disadvantaged rural areas, where multiple problems of depopulation, environmental quality decline and low levels of economic activity have been recurrent. With the trend of rapid urbanisation, the remoter rural areas will continue to be adversely affected.

This course is jointly organised by the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), through the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ), and the EU H2020 project SIMRA (Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas) funded under grant agreement No 677622. The course will take place at IAMZ and will be given by an international team of well-qualified lecturers participating in this project, coming from international organisations, research centres, universities and the practice community.

The course will be held over a period of 1 week, from 18 to 22 November 2019, in morning and afternoon sessions and all participants will be exempt from the payment of registration fees.

The course is designed for 25 professionals with a university degree or equivalent. It is intended for decision makers, public, private and third sector development agents, evaluators, facilitators, technical advisors, researchers and other stakeholders involved in promoting, financing, planning, implementing or assessing social innovation projects in rural areas.

Given the diverse nationalities of the lecturers, knowledge of English, French or Spanish will be valued in the selection of candidates, since they will be the working languages of the course. The Organisation will provide simultaneous interpretation of the lectures in these three languages.

Candidates must apply online at the following address:

The deadline for the submission of applications is 6 September 2019. The deadline may be extended for candidates not requiring a visa and not applying for a grant if there are free places available.

Candidates external to the SIMRA Consortium from Mediterranean countries and from other European countries may apply for scholarships covering the cost of travel and full board accommodation in the Hall of Residence on the Aula Dei Campus.

Find out more on the leaflet of the course.

all participants will be exempt from the payment of registration fees.