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A new evaluation estimates that a Scottish Government-funded research programme has contributed £680 million to Scotland’s economy by helping to create jobs and further education qualifications, save carbon emissions and reduce the impacts of animal diseases.

Film Screening - The Oil Machine - Can We Break Our Addiction?

Oil has been an invisible machine at the core of our economy and society. It now faces an uncertain future as activists and investors demand change. Is this the end of oil?

THE OIL MACHINE explores the complexities of transitioning away from oil and gas as a society and considers how quickly we can do it.

Back to the Future: What Could or Should Rural be in 2098?

In 2023, the Scottish Consortium for Rural Research (SCRR) will reach its 75th birthday. 

Two years after the Agriculture Act came into being in May 1948, urging all farmers to “make two blades of grass grow where one grew before”, food security and sovereignty were foremost in minds and policies, and the SCRR was born. 

In the spirit of the Scottish Government’s Arctic Connections policy framework, the fund will support projects that can raise awareness of Scottish-Arctic links and promote exchange of expertise around shared challenges and ambitions. The fund will support initiatives including (but not limited to) community projects, seminars and conferences, hackathons and workshops, and academic research.

Last week, the Scottish Rural Network and Scottish Government Rural Communities policy team hosted a conference about the future priorities and potential for Community Led Local Development (CLLD) in Scotland.

The event, held at the Macdonald Resort in Aviemore on the 18 April, brought together a range of CLLD stakeholders from across Scotland including Local Action Group (LAG) representatives, operational delivery teams, government policy leads and community led organisations.

DEBATE NIGHT IS INVITING LOCALS TO JOIN THE STUDIO AUDIENCE!

Debate Night is the only television programme of its kind in Scotland. 

It gives you the opportunity to put your questions to the country’s decision-makers and public figures.

The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands has announced the appointments of Emma Bucky, Jilly Duncan Grant and Carrie Ruxton as Members of the Quality Meat Scotland Board.

Up to £25 million is being made available to help councils identify affordable homes for key workers in rural communities.

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are invited to apply for funding from the People’s Health Trust.

Active Communities is their funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years.

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