The European Rural Development Network (ERDN) integrates various European research institutions, which are involved in analysing the transformation process of rural areas particularly in Central-Eastern Europe (www.erdn.eu). The main objectives are to advance international knowledge transfer and scientific cooperation in rural development and agriculture, as well as to share and promote scientific experiences and achievements in order to support policy makers and stakeholders. The annual conferences, organised since 2002, are the basis for achieving these objectives.
Efforts in previous Common Agricultural Policy periods have enabled agricultural development but also promoted integrating other sectors of the rural economy and emphasised social and environmental concerns in rural development programmes. In the current period of the rural development policy one of the six EU priorities is dedicated to fostering knowledge transfer and innovation in a very broad sense.
Innovation does not only refer to technology, products or processes, but likewise to social, organisational and governance aspects, including any forms of horizontal and vertical cooperation and communication. This approach shall contribute to improving regional competitiveness in an increasingly challenging economic environment while securing the sustainable use of resources, the provision of eco-system services, food security, social and human capital. Innovation could arise from regional strengths and regional identities and should enable broad participation in the innovation process.
Theconferenceaimstostimulatemethodological, theoreticalandempiricalcontributions which provide explanations and definitions for the above mentioned policy buzzwords in the rural development context (social, organisational, governance innovation, cooperation, communication).
The entire conference will be held in English without translation facilities.
For more information visit the website of the event (in German). See also the call for papers in attachment below (in English).