22nd June 2011, 10:59am
Lincoln leads the way in rural research
Farming at the University of Lincoln Riseholme campus Academics from Hungary toured the University of Lincoln to learn how the institution has grown its rich agricultural research programme.

A delegation from the Centre for Agricultural and Applied Economic Sciences in Debrecen, Hungary, visited Lincoln on Tuesday 21st June as part of a fact-finding mission which will also take them to Germany, Poland, Austria and Belgium.

The group are exploring how other European universities conduct research into issues such as agricultural land management and rural development –subjects which are critical to global food security.

The visit was part of an EU-funded programme aimed at improving the research potential of the centre in Debrecen.

The University of Lincoln, which secured a 620 per cent increase in central research funding following the last national Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, is one of several European universities offering expertise. Other exemplar partners involved in rural research are Ghent University, The Friedrich Schiller University in Jena (Germany), University of Tuebingen (Germany), University of Vienna and the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organisation of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw).

The delegation of five researchers from Debrecen visited Lincoln's Riseholme campus in the morning and participated in research seminars with Lincoln Business School on the main Brayford Pool campus in the afternoon. Next year, several of the researchers will come back to Lincoln for an extended stay to work with academics more closely.

Dr Gary Bosworth, Reader in Enterprise and Rural Economies at the University of Lincoln, said: "The programme of events will culminate in a conference in Debrecen where the partners will come together to present ongoing research supported by the project. It is hoped that this will form the basis for potentially valuable research collaborations in the future. We hope to develop and apply new ways of studying land use and the social and economic implications of different approaches towards land management."

For more information on the Centre for Agricultural and Applied Economic Sciences in Debrecen, see: https://www.unideb.hu/portal/en/node/1570
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