The Future of Land use, Farming and Ecology

What is the sprint about?

Climate change and the future of food production are big drivers of change in the rural landscape. Rural businesses and communities will have to adapt to the new reality of more sustainable food production, ecological land management and farming innovation. All this will take place in the context of the biggest change in farming subsidies in over two generations. The Rural Design Centre team and invited speakers will map out this near-future reality and invite you work together to understand, share information and create fresh ideas and opportunities for the future.

Who is it for?

This event is ideal for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) who want to understand what these changes mean for their business, what future opportunities might exist and how they could capitalise on them. Organisations involved in environment, land management, forestry, ecology, utilities and contractors will benefit from understanding this situation and develop understanding of what it means for their area of expertise.

Why should I attend?

This event is a unique opportunity to hear from experts, share information and work collaboratively with a diverse set of professionals to develop these ideas. It is imperative for forward-thinking organisations to act now to respond to these challenges, so that they can be prepared for this change and capitalise on the opportunities open to them.

What format will the event take?

The event is virtual and will take place over four days during the Northumbrian Water Innovation Festival. Each day will follow a programme within the festival. The event will be led and facilitated by a team from The Rural Design Centre Innovation Project team and Northumbrian Water Group, along with invited speakers and other participants.

The workshops will take place on: 

Monday 18th October 09:30 to 16:30

Tuesday 19th October 09:30 to 16:30

Wednesday 20th October 09:30 to 16:30

Thursday 21st October 09:30 to 16:30

How do I register?

Use this Eventbrite event to register your interest and save the date in your diary. The registration for the Northumbrian Water Innovation Festival will open early September 2021 and you will be sent a registration link when it is available.

The Rural Design Centre Innovation Project is part-funded by The European Regional Development Fund and part-funded by The North of Tyne Combined Authority.

The aim of the project is to improve life in rural communities by stimulating innovation and growth that responds to needs and opportunities, helping businesses to have a positive impact in their area.

By registering for this design sprint your contact details will be shared with Northumbrian Water Ltd. These details will not be shared externally.