SCRR/RSE Peter Wilson Lecture - The time for rural is now

23 May 2022, The Royal Society of Edinburgh

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“Resilience” and “sustainability” are described as essential goals that we must reach. We must also address connected crises of climate, biodiversity and livelihoods. Research and practice in rural Scotland are already, and will continue, to support the opportunities and address the challenges that we’re facing, in Scotland, the UK and internationally.

Come and hear inspirational speakers challenge and provoke us about how “the time for rural is NOW”. Listen to established and earlier career researchers debate and give their views. And have YOUR say as to how rural can shine a light on the possibilities and opportunities for addressing the “grand challenges” and “wicked problems” of our and future generations.

We are excited to confirm that our speakers for the event are:

  • Professor Julie Fitzpatrick OBE, Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for Scotland, Scientific Director of Moredun Research Institute and CEO of The Moredun Foundation. She also holds a Chair in Food Security at the University of Glasgow’s College of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences.
  • Claire Taylor, Agricultural Communicator with Jane Craigie Marketing and Herald Columnist.
  • Dr Leslie Mabon, Lecturer in Environmental Systems in the School of Engineering and Innovation at the Open University.

SCRR’s third mini-conference for Early Career Researchers (ECRs): “Rural research in Scotland 2022: facing up to the challenges“

We have taken the decision to postpone the November 2021 SCRR Mini-Conference for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) until we can all meet in person. We are therefore rescheduling our gathering to November 2022.

This will allow us to plan for: face-to-face engagement with ECRs rather than an online-only experience; networking between ECRs and those from the public, private and third sectors; plus mingling with some of Scotland’s leading scientists. We will also be organising contributions (and question/answer sessions) from specialists on developing careers and writing for peer-reviewed publication.

This will be a richer experience for everyone, creating more informal opportunities to talk with ECRs and learn about each other’s work, as well as network with many others with an interest in rural issues.

 We will update the website nearer the time to confirm new details.

Our latest newsletter for spring 2022 – out now!

OUR LATEST NEWSLETTER is just out and has a diversity theme for spring. Contents include…

  • Prof Des Thompson of NatureScot on the nature-climate crisis.
  • Seaweed project funding will benefit the ‘blue economy’.
  • An ambitious project to sequence 70,000 species.

It’s available to download in Newsletters.

SCRR / RSE Peter Wilson Lecture 2021

This event, the showpiece in our annual event calendar, was an online seminar held on 21 May and chaired by Dr Rebekah Widdowfield, chief executive of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Focusing on how we face the twin challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and the global climate emergency. 

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News Event update

Posters from our mini-conference now available

Posters from our online mini-conference in November 2020, which focused on the work of early career researchers (ECRs), are now available to download as PDFs

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News Event report

‘The future of rural science is in safe hands’

A brief report on our online mini-conference focusing on the work of early years researchers, ‘Science for Rural Recovery and Resilience’ – held online, November 11, 2020

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News Event report

Young people and the debate on climate change

Now available: a report, with a video of the full discussion, from our online replacement for the annual Peter Wilson lecture – held May 11, 2020

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About SCRR

The Scottish Consortium for Rural Research is a collaboration between 24 organisations who work together to produce and share rural science for public good.

Our member organisations are active in research into land, freshwater, coastal and marine resources, and their uses – including farming, forestry, aquaculture and recreation.

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Next meeting

The 147th meeting of the SCRR Executive Committee takes place online on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 10am.