BEACON: Bioeconomy Research Centre (Ireland) offers a four-year PhD studentship on the topic 'Social acceptance of the bioeconomy', commencing on 1 September 2019.
The PhD study will primarilyemploy quantitative methods and includes the design and analysis of a large-scale attitudinal survey. This will contribute to gaining a better understanding of the factors influencing citizen acceptance/rejection of biologically-based advances in technology, and assist the development of a coherent policy framework that can support the advancement of the bioeconomy in Ireland and internationally.
The leaflet gives a valuable introduction to LEADER and how integral Cooperation within the territory and transnationally is, and its benefit to rural areas. It provides a list of useful contacts and an overview of Priorities for Actions and eligibility conditions. The value of cooperation is highlighted as reaching a critical mass to strengthen networks, address similar issues and challenges and develop joint initiatives.
The latest meeting of the dedicated ENRD Thematic Group (TG) – 6 June 2019 in Lormes, France – offered the opportunity to explore how this specific village in the region of Burgundy used a participative process to co-design a ‘village of the future’.
Throughout the on-site visit, participants witnessed the different aspects of the digital ecosystem created in the area within the context of the French approach to digitising rural areas. They further exchanged and learnt from similar initiatives and plans for developing local digital ecosystems in other Member States. Spanish and German approaches to digitising rural areas were also presented, together with an Irish initiative in Donegal.
You can further explore digitisation case studies and briefings on the ENRD Smart Villages Portal.
The final conference of the Interreg Europe project, ERUDITE – 4-5 June 2019 in Dijon, France – discussed and presented solutions and strategies developed, examining the potential of digital transformation across rural Europe.
Project partners recognise that digital transformation is more than the uptake of digital technologies. It is about how to ensure that each rural village, town and region can translate these into economic and social opportunities. The conference was followed by two field visits to rural digital and redevelopment hubs.
The European Parliament issued three reports in response to the European Commission's proposal on CAP reform.
The reports concern the common organisation of the markets, the financing, management and monitoring of the CAP and the CAP Strategic Plans.
The Irish National Rural Network (NRN) announced the two winning photographs for its 2019 Biodiversity Photo Competition “Protecting Habitats, Preserving our Future”.
The 1st prize went to Mary Brennan for a picture of a pond in Jenkinstown. Ruth Alfred, Adare, Co. Limerick won the 2nd prize with this image titled "Birds eat Berries", selected as it emphasises the importance of hedgerows. “Protecting habitats, preserving our Future” can be done by taking simple steps. Management of hedgerows, allowing flowers to bloom and protection of watercourses are just some of the simple ways to encourage Biodiversity. More information is available on the Irish NRN website.
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