Enhancing Innovation in Rural Areas - The experience from Scotland

Scotland House Brussels

The Scottish Government earlier this year launched the Rural Innovation Support Service to improve and further develop innovation across the rural economy in Scotland. 

Following on from the 11th OECD Rural Development Conference in Edinburgh in April, Scotland House would like to invite you to a morning workshop on ‘Enhancing Innovation in Rural Areas’ in Brussels on 7 June 2018. 

The workshop will bring together policy makers with those involved in practical implementation of rural innovation projects. Speakers will include research institutes, project participants and innovators from rural areas. The focus will be on examining the Scottish perspective on Rural Innovation developed over many years, and looking forward with the recent launch of the Rural Innovation Support Service (RISS) – a Scottish Rural Development Programme initiative.

The workshop is targeted at those with an interest in rural development, innovation and agriculture and innovation policy more generally. The workshop will be followed by a networking lunch.

To register your attendance please RSVP by Monday 4 June to BrusselsEvents@gov.scot.




10:00 – 10:15

Welcome coffee

10:15 – 10:20


  • Catriona Maclean, Head of Rural Economy and Communities, Scottish Government

10:20 – 10:55

Session 1 – perspectives on how to support Innovation in rural areas

  • Innovation in Rural Areas: Jose Enrique Garcilazo, (OECD)

Q & A

10:55 – 11:25

Session 2 – Programmes fostering Innovation

  • Rural Leadership Programme: Julian Pace, Scottish Enterprise
  • Rural Innovation Support Service:  David Michie/David Lamb (Soil Association Scotland/Mint Sauce Consulting)
  • Scottish Government Research Programme & Social Innovation: Professor Maria Nijnik


11:30 – 11:45

Coffee break

11:45 – 13:00



Session 3 – example projects in rural Scotland

  • Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas: David Miller
  • A Rural Leader’s perspective: Rory Christie
  • Innovative Agri-Tourism Business
  • Scotland’s Rural College


13:00 – 13:05

Closing remarks

13:05 – 14:00

Networking Lunch


Event Information

07-06-2018 10:00

Venue Location

Scotland House
Rond-Point Schuman 6

Scotland House
Rond-Point Schuman 6