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Mercure Hotel, Hobart, Tasmania
12th – 14th July 2006

2006 Conference Contacts:

Kate Haddow
Colin Boylan
Anne Napolitano

  1. Australian Rural Education Award
    Applications due: 26 May 2006
  2. 22nd National Conference 2006

Invitations to submit a presentation and / or paper for this SPERA conference are now being invited.

The deadlines are listed below.

Expressions of interest:

Any time! E-mail: or or

Abstracts for proposed presentations

Date due: 28 February 2006:
E-mail abstract to:

Notification of acceptance: 31 March 2006

SPERA offers the opportunity for Conference Papers to be refereed as per DEST guidelines.
Key Dates for submission of papers:
Full Paper for refereeing process : 30 April 2006
Full Paper not requiring refereeing 31 May 2006

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (Rural Development Division), in partnership with The Ontario Rural Council (TORC) and Agriculture and Agri- Food Canada (Rural Secretariat) are hosting The Rural Development Conference 2006, April 10-12, 2006, Blue Mountain Resort, Collingwood, Ontario Canada.

The conference program and registration information can be obtained through -

Register Today for The Rural Development Conference 2006, April 10-12, 2006, Blue Mountain Resort, Collingwood

The Plymouth Rural Futures Conference

The Rural Citizen: governance, culture and wellbeing in the 21st century

The University of Plymouth, United Kingdom, 5-7 April 2006

This is a conference concerning people who live and dwell in rural areas, and as such is particularly relevant both to those employed in the processes of rural development, and to academics engaged in studying those processes. Each of the words in the title of this conference is open to many interpretations, and our aim is to offer an event which encourages and celebrates that multiplicity in the interests of creative, and potentially exciting, analysis of rural life in the 21st century.

Multiplicity is important in other respects. This conference is essentially about people, and people have many and differing goals, values, cultures and traditions. No one discipline or professional cadre can hope to capture the essence of rural existence completely and uniquely, and it makes sense to combine a variety of perspectives, including the artist, the sociologist and the environmentalist along with the technologist, the economist and the politician: bringing together academics, policy-makers and practitioners (from private, public and voluntary sectors).

We are inviting contributions to the conference in various forms:

  • Contributed papers
  • Poster papers
  • Proposals for events of various kinds, including workshops, symposia and exhibitions
  • Display stands on behalf of relevant organisations

Please visit our conference website for further information :
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We will particularly welcome proposals which cross discipline boundaries and/or professional/academic boundaries, while being rigorous in approach. The primary focus for contributions should be the rural citizen, but this can encompass a wide range of issues, for instance:

  • The array of organisations concerned with governance in the 21st century, and the consequences (e.g. participation vs democratic deficit);
  • The way in which rurality does or does not affect living and working conditions, health and welfare, access to services, artistic endeavour, preservation of cultural heritage;
  • The relationship between rural people and the natural environment, (and attempts to protect that environment);
  • The effects of EU structural funds, LEADER, and similar interventions;
  • Social exclusion: does it have a rural dimension, and why? Are the remedies peculiar to rural areas?
  • Rural arts schemes: enriching lives or wasting public money?
  • The impact of the Single Farm Payment on livelihoods and environments;
  • New technologies and their promise for dispersed populations;
  • Land use planning regulation - help or hindrance to rural communities?
  • 'Creative industry' as a tool of rural economic regeneration;

This list is far from exhaustive.

Contributed Papers/Poster Papers

Proposals for contributed papers or poster papers should be in the form of an abstract of between 200-300 words outlining the content of the paper and indicating its conclusions. Abstracts should be through the conference website: to arrive by 31 October 2005.

Authors of papers will be advised of acceptance by the 25th November 2005. Electronic versions of the full paper will be required by 31 January 2006. Papers presented at the conference will be compiled into Proceedings, issued to all registered delegates on arrival.

Workshop Proposals

Proposals for workshops should be no more than one page of A4, outlining the objectives of the workshop, likely content and approach. Both these and requests for exhibition stands should again be emailed to

Conference location

Plymouth is situated on the border between the counties of Devon and Cornwall, at the mouths of the rivers Tamar and Tavy. This area has for well over a century been a favourite destination for holidaymakers, and Plymouth has one of the most beautiful situations of any English city. It lies within easy reach of the stunning coastal, moorland and pastoral landscapes of the South West peninsula, offering excellent opportunities for an extended stay in the area.

Conference costs and Registration

The cost for the full conference is listed below. For further information on conference registration please visit:

Early Registration (by 10th Feb 2006) £260
Registration (after 11th Feb 2006) £320

Day Rates Days 1 and 2 £150 per day; Day 3 £90; Postgraduate/Student Rate £160 (by 10th Feb 2006) £200 (after 11th Feb 2006)

Conference registration information will be available through our conference website at


Delegates will need to make their own accommodation arrangements, information on accommodation can be found at our website through clicking on the link below;

If you would like any further information please contact.
Rural Futures Conference Secretariat, Faculty of Technology, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, UK
Phone: +44 (0)1752 233304
Fax: +44 (0)1752 233305


Sharing Futures : Regional and Rural ; How can regions and local communities influence Rural Development Policy for Europe? What about the global context? How to implement?
A major European Conference to take place at St Catherine's College
Oxford, 5-8 July 2004. For more details see website (and
click on pop up) or contact by e mail :
We have ensured that translation will be available - the languages will be English, French and Spanish.
Please register as soon as possible - see website for how to do so.



Partage Du Futur : Régional et rural ; Comment les régions et les communautés locales peuvent-elles influencer la politique de développement rurale pour l'Europe ? Que diriez-vous du contexte global ? Comment mettre en application ?

Une conférence européenne importante à avoir lieu à l'université Oxford, 5-8 juillet 2004 a College de Sainte Catherine. Pour plus de détails voir le site Web (et cliquez sautent dessus vers le haut) ou entrez en contact par courrier de e :

Nous nous sommes assurés que traduction serons disponibles - les langues seront les Anglais, des Français et des Espagnols.

Svp registre aussitôt que possible - voir le site Web pour la façon à faire ainsi.



Compartir Futuros: Regional y rural; ¿Cómo pueden las regiones y las comunidades locales influenciar la política de desarrollo rural para Europa? ¿Qué sobre el contexto global? ¿Cómo poner en ejecucio'n?

Una conferencia europea importante a ocurrir en la universidad Oxford, 5-8 julio de 2004 escuela St Catherine. Para más detalles vea el Web site (y chasque encendido hacen estallar para arriba) o entre en contacto con por el correo de e:

Nos hemos asegurado de que traducción estaremos disponibles - las idiomas serán ingleses, franceses y españoles.

Por favor registro cuanto antes - vea el Web site para cómo a hacer tan.

Rural Health: Celebrating Diversity & Strength
A joint conference of The Fifth Canadian Rural Health Research Conference and the Fourth International Rural Nursing Congress.
Date: October 21-23, 2004
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Two all-day workshops will be held on October 21:

* Doing Rural Health Research Using Secondary Data Sources
* Preparing, Recruiting and Retaining Health Professionals in Rural Areas

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations are welcome. Presentation themes include: Rural Communities; Physical and Work Environments; Bio-medical/Clinical Research; Methodological Issues; Aboriginal Health; Health Care Organization, Policy & Resource Allocation; Clinical Practice; and Education and Innovation.

Register on or before September 1, 2004 for early registration fee.

For more information on the joint-conference, abstract submission and registration, please visit the website of the Canadian Rural Health Research Society at

For information on Sudbury, please visit the website of the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research at

The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation

The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF - see, in cooperation with the Tweed Chamber of Commerce, will be holding their annual conference in Tweed, Ontario (about 2 hours from Ottawa), from Oct. 14-16, 2004. See for more info on Tweed. Program planning is underway, with results from the ongoing research under the New Rural Economy project highlighted (see, as well as the issues being identified under the CRRF - Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) alliance relating to innovations in local governance, particularly concerning rural-urban interaction.
Stay tuned for more details as the program is finalized, but please schedule it into your calenders for what promises to be an important national conference on rural research and practice.

The Market Town Initiative

A unique opportunity to see at first hand the fruits of the Market Towns Initiative (MTI): a successful programme for the revitalisation of small towns in England.

The Countryside Agency, the East Midlands Development Agency and Action for Market Towns, with support from, among others, the Improvement and Development Agency, the Local Government Association and the Commonwealth Foundation, are organising a two-week event in three sections combining working visits in small groups to the newly-designated Beacon Towns with study tours of successful MTI towns in the East Midlands, and culminating in a two-day conference looking at the lessons learned from regional, national and international perspectives. It is anticipated that the conference will be addressed by the HRH The Prince of Wales and the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The dates are April 24th to May 7th.

The working language throughout will be English. With the possible exception of the final, International, day of conference, no interpretation or translation services will be available.

There is particular concern to involve public servants; staff of NGO's and other professionals, and academics working in economic, social and environmental regeneration from as wide a range of countries as possible.

Once delegates reach the UK, accommodation, travel and subsistence will be provided by the organisers. There is some (limited) funding available to assist with international travel".

The organisers will be grateful to receive indications of interest in participating by Monday 2 February 2004.

For further information there is a larger document and application form in publications or contact:

John Chapman
Director, CEI Associates
++44 (0)161 975 6140

ew Publications
Avaibable soon from : Fear Not the Fall by Billie Jean Young. $9.95

Death of Molly Kelly
Members who attended the conference in Inverness in 2003 may recall the film "The Rabbit-Proof Fence" which was shown at the conference. Molly, about whom the story was writen died on 13th January, 2004 aged, probably, 86.



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