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July 2017

XXVIIth ESRS conference – Uneven processes of rural change: On diversity, knowledge and justic

July 24 - July 27
Auditorium Maximum, Grodzka 52
Kraków, 31-044 Poland
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Europe is facing multiple processes of change that affect the rural in many ways: demographic evolutions, migration flows, renewed urban-rural relations, the rise and fall of alternative food networks vis-à-vis the seeming omnipresence of powerful food consortia, the changing power of constituencies of the rural, changing patterns of land use and valorizations of natural resources, rapid technological developments, etc. These change processes do not occur in isolation, but are embedded in a package of often interrelated external meta-trends (such as…

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August 2017

Culture, Inequalities, and Social Inclusion Across the Globe

August 12 - August 15
Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Montreal , Québec Canada + Google Map

The Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association provides the opportunity for professionals involved in the scientific study of society to share knowledge and new directions in research and practice. Approximately 600 program sessions are convened during the four-day meeting held every August to provide participation venues and networking outlets for nearly 3,000 research papers and over 4,600 presenters.

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S’TEṈISTOLW̱ 2017: Indigenous Adult Education Conference

August 23 - August 25
Camosun College Lansdowne, Victoria, British Columbia Canada + Google Map

S’TEṈISTOLW̱ is a SENĆOŦEN term referencing the concept of ‘moving forward’. This conference will focus on both the doing and being of Indigenous education. While they are inextricably intertwined, “doing” involves pedagogies and teaching practices. “Being” involves relationality, connections amongst educators, communities, students, cultures and lands and involves living our collective values: we proceed with the intent of Eyēʔ Sqâ’lewen (good heart, good mind, good spirit) and Na’tsa’maht (unity and collective vision). Previous S’TEṈISTOLW̱ conferences were held in 2007 in Victoria and 2010 in Burnaby in partnership with the Nicola Valley…

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Transformations 2017: Transformations in Practice

August 30 - September 1
University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland United Kingdom + Google Map

Transformations 2017 is the third in a biennial series of international interdisciplinary conferences that focuses on transformations towards sustainability: addressing contemporary challenges and creating conditions for enhancing people’s wellbeing, today and in the future, while strengthening the Earth’s support system. The aim of Transformations 2017 is to develop a better understanding of the practices that facilitate social and environmental transformations at local and at large scales in both developed and developing country contexts. Transformations 2017 will bridge academic and practical knowledge to develop deeper…

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September 2017

5th International Conference on Sustainable Development

September 6 - September 7
Roma Eventi, Rome, Italy + Google Map

The Conference theme is: "Creating a unified foundation for the Sustainable Development: research, practice and education". This theme emphasizes the strong foundation that is provided by using research to inform our everyday practices, policies, and analytical approaches. The 2017 Conference will once again provide a forum for the sharing of ideas, presentation of research findings, and discussion of professional issues relevant to Sustainability Science. This ambition will proceed in a multidisciplinary way across the various fields and perspectives, through which we can address the fundamental and related questions…

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Canada 150+: New Beginnings in Economic Development

September 9 - September 11
Marriott On The Falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada + Google Map

The Economic Development Association of Canada's 49th Annual Conference will be held in Niagara Falls, Ontario from September 9-12, 2017. Further information about the conference is available at their website:

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Regional Polarisation and Unequal Development in CEE: Challenges for Innovative Space-based Policies

September 10 - September 13
Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania + Google Map

Over the last decades new patterns of regional disparities and polarisation have developed in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries, drawing the attention of both researchers and policy-makers. Cohesion Policy responded to this challenge by focusing on balanced spatial development of the European regions. However, although achieving significant progress in developing towards the EU-average, CEE still faces serious internal spatial imbalances between metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, between core regions and peripheries. The increasing social and economic disparities at regional level…

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Traditions and transformations in the sustainability of rural communities

September 13 - September 16
University College of Southeast – Norway, Campus Bø, , Norway + Google Map

Traditions and transformations in the sustainability of rural communities: Balancing Living Culture and Nature speaks to both the history and future of rural communities. The waterfalls, fjords and lakes of Telemark became the heart of industrialization with the harnessing of hydropower. A canal cut into the heart of the region to serve the growing industries in Notodden and Rjukan. The steep slopes and high mountains that cradled the romantic notion of Norwegian national culture were transformed from pastoral idyll to an…

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Econous 2017: Innovating for a Shared Prosperity

September 13 - September 15
Calgary, Calgary, Alberta Canada + Google Map

For too long, the economy has been about 'me'. Faced with economic disparity, growing inequality and environmental crises, Canadians are looking for alternatives. Community leaders from coast to coast to coast are using innovative business models, new investment tools and engaging technology to create good jobs, prioritize community and planet, and build strong and resilient communities. A vibrant and resilient economy that includes everyone and puts people and planet first is possible. Quite simply: The economy can be by and for…

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100th International Plowing Match

September 19 - September 23
Walton, Walton, Ontario Canada + Google Map

A huge town is created in a field for one week every year somewhere around Ontario showcasing local food, entertainment, education, industry, retailers and more.... camp on site or visit one of our local accommodations, campsites or B&B's. Explore Ontario's West Coast beaches, towns and villages. Animals, activities and rides for children. Meet politicians or just enjoy a local beer. There is nothing like the plowing match - fun for everyone.

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Different by Design: Exploring Innovation for Rural Prosperity

September 20 - September 24
Nelson , British Columbia Canada + Google Map

The Different by Design – Exploring Innovation for Rural Prosperityconference explores the unique potential and many possibilities that exist in rural places. The 2017 Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation conference will be co-hosted with Applied Research and Innovation Centre, Selkirk College. The conference will take place in Nelson, British Columbia from September 20-24, 2017. For more information about the Different by Design conference check out The Different by Design conference has four themes: Workforces of tomorrow: The economies of tomorrow are unlikely to look…

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CRRF Annual General Meeting/l’Assemblée générale annuelle de la FCRR

September 21 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Prestige Lakeside Hotel, Nelson, British Columbia Canada + Google Map

Please join us for the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) to be held on Thursday, September 21 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm at the Prestige Lakeside Hotel in Nelson, British Columbia. Everyone is welcome. CRRF was founded in 1987 as a non-partisan voluntary network to foster the welfare of rural Canada through collaborative research on policy, development trends and patterns, and rural problems and opportunities. Further details on CRRF can be found at: Vous…

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State of the North

September 27 - September 28
Ramada Timmins, 1800 Riverside Dr
Timmins, Ontario Canada
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State of the North is an annual conference that brings together decision makers, community leaders, experts and innovators to explore the state of Northern Ontario from an economic, social, and environmental perspective. Each year, Northern Policy Institute will provide an annual update on the State of the North by offering updates on a set of environmental, social and economic indicators that we will define and select in partnership with our communities. It’s time to take what we have learned and…

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RAIL Commons 2017

September 29 - October 1
Olds College, Olds, Alberta Canada + Google Map

RAIL Commons is a a three-day learning commons focused on rural economic and community development.  It is a great opportunity for councilors, mayors, CAOs, EDOs, community development professionals, and students from across the province to engage in various rurally focused topics such as: community and economic development, sustainability planning, social policy, water, continuing care, recruitment and retention, business succession, aboriginal relations and the changing agricultural landscape.

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Workshop on Economics of Migration by CReAM/RWI

September 29 - September 30
Essen, Germany, Essen, Germany + Google Map

Event date: Friday 29th September 2017 - Saturday 30th September 2017 CReAM and RWI are pleased to announce their first joint workshop on the 'Economics of Migration' to take place on September 29-30, 2017 in Essen, Germany. The keynote speech will be given by Jennifer Hunt (Rutgers University). The deadline for submission of full papers or extended abstracts to is July 1, 2017. For further information, please see the call for papers.

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