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Networking for the future of rural areas - Rural Futures Conference 2012 in Northern Ireland (UK)

Tool category
& type


  • Workshops, Seminars, Conferences
  • Keyword(s)

    Common agricultural policy, Communications, Events, Exchange, National Rural Network, Networking, Participatory approach


    The conference was organized by the Northern Ireland Rural Network around mid October in Newcastle, with almost 70 participants, representatives of the NI Rural Development Programme, LAGS representatives and rural based businesses or organizations. The title of the event Rural Futures...Inspire, Innovate and Create was sustained by the content of the conference sessions structured fluently into the agenda and by inspiring and motivational speeches and presentations.

    & RDP Region(s)

    United Kingdom

  • [UK] Northern Ireland
  • Main purpose

    The Conference was planned with the objectives of: 1) inspiring – presenting the potential and value of rural areas in the region, 2) creating – jointly search for opportunities to support a long term positive rural future, and 3) progressing – create common vision about developing rural communities and thinking how the new RDP will address needs and will engage rural stakeholders.

    tools used

    Rural Network website, Facebook and Twitter accounts

    Target audience

    EAFRD Beneficiaries:

  • Farmers
  • Other rural businesses
  • Women
  • Youth
  • Marginalised and Disabled
  • Other EAFRD Beneficiaries

  • Rural Development Stakeholders:

  • NRNs
  • Managing Authorities
  • Other Government
  • LAGs
  • EU Institutions
  • Other Rural Development Stakeholders

  • General Audience:

  • Students
  • Youth
  • General Public
  • Urban Population
  • Rural Population
  • Other General Audience
  • Technical information

    The 2 days event was structured as a mix of speaker presentations and interviews conducted by a reputed journalist on the various aspects of rural living. The NI Network website developed a webpage for the event where a video clip can be seen, and where presentations and agenda can be downloaded.

    Date produced

    11-12 October 2012

    Cost range

    up to €4 999


    Northern Ireland Rural Network

    Distribution & Promotion

    Northern Ireland Rural Network website, Facebook and Twitter accounts

    Name of organisation

    Northern Ireland Rural Network

    Type of

    National Rural Network



    Name of contact person

    Aileen Donnelly


    17 Loy Street, BT80 8PZ
    Cookstown, Northern Ireland, UK


    +4428 8676 6980