Martin Špaček as a representative of CETIP and Tomas Szabo as a representative of Institute for Forest Ecology SAS took part in the ISIRC 2018 held in Heidelberg, Germany. ISIRC (International Social Innovation Research Conference) is the world’s leading scientific conference on social innovation research. The conference brings together experts from around the world and opens up a debate on social innovation from different perspectives. The conference was held at the oldest German university – Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg.
The day before the official start of conference a workshop for PhD students from all over the world was held. Tomáš Szabo presented outline of his dissertation thesis on Social Innovation for support the quality of life in marginalized rural areas. Thanks to this opportunity, he has received valuable feedback from recognized world lecturers and professors.
The ISIRC 2018 took place from 3 to 5 September. There were many interesting lectures on social innovation to see, from various theoretical perspectives to specific case studies. The SIMRA project had a relatively significant presence when two special sessions were linked to it research. Martin Špaček presented some outputs from the SIMRA project in his contribution related to Understanding Social Innovations in Marginalized Rural Areas. The conference had a very attractive program enriched with evening social activities like a reception with a presentation of local examples of social innovations or a joint barbecue party in a former fire station. The conference was an opportunity to meet the other participants who came here from all over the world.
Next year, the conference will take place in Glasgow, Scotland.