27th February 2020: Smart Rural 3 – Digital Connectivity for Rural Areas

The 3rd Smart Rural event hosted by the Centre for Research in Environmental Science and Technology (CREST@UCS), explores the opportunities and challenges for rural businesses and communities for improved communication technologies through the lens of People, Profit and Planet.

Hosted by Dr. Julieanna Powell-Turner and with keynote speakers from Smart Rural Scotland Co-op, the event will debate the current technologies on offer. This includes 5G, LoRaWAN and Airband, and the event will showcase examples of their applications for rural areas across environment and health sectors, as a tool for connecting people and services.

Agenda (subject to change):

10:30am – Coffee and networking

11:00am – Opening remarks – Professor (v) Dr. Julieanna Powell-Turner

11:15am – Opportunities for digital connectivity between People, Profit and Place: Iceland Case Study of Smart Rural

11:40am – Current picture of Shropshire in relation to digital connectivity – Chris Taylor, Shropshire Council

12:00pm – Intro and update on West Midlands 5G projects (WMCA) – Lesley Holt

12:30pm – Midlands Connect: Introducing the concept of a Rural Mobility Toolkit – Valerie Hastie

12:50pm – TBC

1:00pm – Lunch and networking

2:00pm – Introduction to Smart Rural Co-op Scotland – Paul Lindop

3:00pm – Rural connectivity and business productivity – Dr Fiona Williams

3:10pm – TBC

3:30pm – Summary and close – Professor (v) Dr. Julieanna Powell-Turner

3:40pm – Room available for networking

If you are unfamiliar with the term ‘Smart Rural’, this video provides some background to the concept of ‘Smart Villages’.

CREST@UCS is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)