Rural voices forum 22.9.2021

We need YOU rural entrepreneur, developer, officer or just interested in the topic to envision together the Rural Future 2040! The Forum for European Rural Entrepreneurship Voices is based on the Rural vision 2040 work and is organised by the Rural Future EU project, supported by the Rural Network Support Unit of Finland. We would like you to tell how rural entrepreneurship looks like in 2040, based on the learnings of the European Rural vision 2040. The focus of the forum is especially to hear the voices of rural entrepreneurs across Europe facing similar challenges and opportunities than the organizing regions North Karelia and Lapland in Finland. Join us to create together!

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Programme (times are in EEST, UTC +3)

13:00  Welcome
Ms. Helena Puhakka-Tarvainen, Senior Project Manager, Rural Future project, Karelia University of Applied Sciences

13:05  Opening words
Dr. Tuomas Kuhmonen, Research Director, Finland Futures Research Centre /Ruralization project

13:15  Keynote: The European Rural Value Chain in 2040 – from Farm to Fork
Mr. Pekka Pesonen, Secretary-General at Copa and Cogeca

13:30  Overview of the Rural Vision 2040 work
Mr. Kai Heikkilä, Senior Expert, European Commission

13:45  Video presentations and panel discussion with rural entrepreneurs across Europe

Short break

15:00  Thematic workshops

  • Organic Farming
  • Smart Farming
  • Circular Economy
  • Rural Tourism
  • Food Chain
  • Peripheral Possibilities

16:00  Workshop outcome

16:30  Keynote: My career and entrepreneurship in European rural areas
Mr. Ari Vatanen, Farmer in France, former MEP, World Rally Champion

17:00  Conclusions
Dr. Tuomas Kuhmonen, Research Director, Finland Futures Research Centre /Ruralization project


Registration: by 17th September 2021

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