22 research institutes were gathered in Aberdeen for the SIMRA kick-off.

A team from 15 European countries was gathered in Aberdeen for the SIMRA kick-off.

Scientists from across Europe and the wider Mediterranean area met at the James Hutton Institute on May 23-26, Aberdeen, at the start of a 4 year project addressing Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA).

This project is supported with more than €5.57m from the European Union’s (EU) Horizon 2020 Programme, and aims to address some of the most important social challenges faced by rural areas. The team comprises members from 15 countries from across the EU and the wider Mediterranean area, and associated international networks.

The consortium of 26 partners consists of 8 universities and 2 research institutes, 8 not for profit organizations, 5 small and medium enterprises, NGOs and networks, and 3 international organisations. Details of partners and other information about SIMRA are available at this EU website.

Kjell Overvåg and Tor Arnesen represented Eastern Norway Research Institute.