18th May 2007




People who are interested in making a difference in rural areas of the East Midlands are invited to take part in a special conference which will address opportunities to learn about and influence rural policy and practice.


The University of Lincolnís Riseholme Park campus is hosting the Rural Reach conference on Wednesday 23rd May.


A range of national and local experts will share their expertise and talk about the challenges facing rural areas. There will be a chance to shape new proposals to develop a new rural network for the East Midlands: Network for Rural Economies and Strategies (NERES).


The University of Lincoln, Globe Regeneration Ltd and Local Government East Midlands are developing NERES as a new network for rural practitioners, providing information and support across policy, research, learning and project activity.


NERES will provide support to individuals and organisations involved in rural areas by linking rural policy and research with practice. NERES is proposing a number of services such as Rural Line (an email advice service), Action Learning Network, programme of projects and policy ideas and Action Learning Events.


Expert speakers include John Mills (Defra Director of Rural Policy), Tim Allen (Director of Research, Local Government Association), Professor Mike Saks (Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Lincoln), Rowena Limb (Director of Rural and Sustainable Development, GEOM) and many more.


For more information:  www.lincoln.ac.uk/conferences


For more information contact:

Sophie Gayler Communications Officer (Press and Media)

(01522) 886042 sgayler@lincoln.ac.uk

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