Upcoming events

Wilson Lecture – The time for rural is now

May 2022, The Royal Society of Edinburgh#


“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.

Register here


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.

Recent Events

Past Events 2021 Online Seminar Monday May 10, 2021

Our annual showpiece event took place online again this year, in the form of a seminar focusing on how we face the twin challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and the global climate emergency. 

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News Event report Wednesday November 11, 2020

Join us for a shortcut to the latest thinking from some of Scotland’s rural researchers, with the chance to make new connections in an informal atmosphere.

Past events 2020 Monday May 11, 2020

This event brought together young speakers from diverse backgrounds to inspire us with discussion on how we can share and work with evidence in rural climate change responses.

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