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SRA Conference 2017

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Carnegie Conference Centre

Halbeath Road


KY11 8DY

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Inclusive rural development post 2020: Towards a vision for rural Scotland.



Download: Draft Conference Agenda

Tuesday 19th September - Optional activities

1pm – 5pm: Ideation: The future of rural development

A workshop for those involved in rural development in local authorities, LEADER, government and economic development positions in Scotland.

This workshop will look at how rural development initiatives will need to change and what actions need to be taken now and in the future, including threats and mitigation as well as opportunities.

3 – 5pm: Telling your story using digital: Building your own grassroots campaign

A workshop for SRA volunteers and prospective volunteers.

This workshop will cover the basics of digital storytelling and using your mobile device to develop a real-time social media campaign. Led by Dr. Jennifer Jones from Media for Communities.

Evening accommodation

Overnight accommodation and breakfast can be booked through us for the adjacent Holiday Inn Express.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Wednesday 20th September - Conference & AGM

9.30am: Registration & exhibition

Refreshments will be available. For information on exhibiting see: https://www.scottishruralparliament.org.uk/exhibitors17/

10am: Amanda Burgauer, Chair of Scottish Rural Action

Welcome and overview of SRA progress and plans

10.20am Volunteering with SRA

An update on our growing volunteer programme including regional groupings and overview of next steps.

10.30am: The future of rural development

  • Barbara Barbarito, Scottish Water Futurologist, Four plausible scenarios for the future;

  • Professor Sarah Skerratt, SRUC, A vision for rural Scotland;

  • Lesley Riddoch, TBC

11:40am Question panel

An opportunity to ask questions of our speakers and comment on their presentations.

12.10pm Lunch and exhibition

Enjoy a complimentary lunch and a chat with our exhibitors.

1.00pm: Quick-fire presentations from members

Please contact us if you would like to present your inspirational project at the conference: emma@sra.scot

1.30pm Annual General Meeting: 30 min

Annual General Meeting for Scottish Rural Action and updates from each of our themed working groups.

2.00pm Workshop 1

Our workshops will explore some of the key areas which will contribute to a collective vision for rural Scotland, which will be extended at the Scottish Rural Parliament in 2018.


A Developing & empowering rural leaders for the future.

B Rural Transport: What is the real measure of success in public rural transport provision?

C Empty commercial property: A model for the future.

3.00pm Break

3.15pm Workshop 2

D Inclusiveness & wellbeing in rural Scotland

E The farmer, the gangmaster and the migrant worker – their influence on the Scottish rural workplace. Business, Enterprise and Employment workshop in collaboration with the SRUC.

F Land & land reform: addressing rural homelessness

4.15pm Summing up & Prioritisation

Brief feedback from workshops and plenary discussion.

5pm Event concludes


Our AGM will also take place at the conference and up to four Directors will be elected on to the board of Scottish Rural Action. Information on nominations for Directors, and how to become a Director can be found here. Note that nominations for directors are now closed. Please get in touch with any questions.


The Wednesday conference and AGM are open to all Scottish Rural Action members. If you are not currently a member of Scottish Rural Action you can join here https://www.scottishruralparliament.org.uk/membership/

The Tuesday workshop 'Ideation: The future of rural development' workshop is open all of those who have an understanding of rural development policy and processes.

Volunteer training is open to SRA volunteers or prospective volunteers only.

Organisations that are not members may wish to exhibit at the event. We have a very limited number of exhibtion spaces available. See here for details: https://www.scottishruralparliament.org.uk/exhibitors17/


It is FREE to attend the SRA conference, AGM, volunteer training and Ideation: The future of rural development workshop, however donations would be most welcome. We ask for a donation to be made at the time of booking; however we can subsequently send an invoice or receipt for your chosen amount to your email address if requested.

An optional three course dinner is available the night before at £35pp.

Optional bed and breakfast the night before in the onsite Holiday Inn Express is available at £85 pp.

Dinner, bed and breakfast is therefore available at £120pp.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any questions please contact us at emma@sra.scot or 07896 216236

I would like to exhibit at the Conference. How can I do this?

Go to our Exhibitors page www.scottishruralparliament.org.uk/exhibitors17/ for full details, and a link to our booking form for exhibitors.

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