3rd Regional Workshop

3rd Regional Workshop of the Smart Rural 21 project (Ostana, Italy)

‘Better connected rural areas – improving rural mobility’

online sessions on 27 January 2022

The main thematic focus of Ostana was ‘’Better connected rural areas – improving rural mobility’, including information on Ostana’s smart village strategy and solutions and information about the Smart Villages support framework in Italy and beyond.

See detailed programme here!

27 January Plenary of the 3rd Regional Workshoplinks to the agenda items and related presentations

Plenary of the 3rd Regional Workshop: Presentations from Smart Rural 21 villages, Discussion on Smart Villages Policy developments with a focus on improving rural mobility


9.30 – 10.50

Smart Rural 21 project – Smart Approaches

Smart Rural 21 project – Smart Approaches
Introduction to the workshop & recent developments in the SR21 project, Edina Ocsko, E40
Presentations of Smart Rural 21 villages: Raudanmaa (Finland) – Mirka Huhtanen, Kythera (Greece)
Aikaterini Kasimati, Stanz (Austria) – Rainer Rosegger, Hilvarenbeek (Netherlands) – Wiet van Meel
Working groups: Stakeholder engagement in Smart Villages actions
• Workshop 1: Engaging local community members and businesses (inc. rural businesses)
• Workshop 2: Engaging farmers and other rural businesses (inc. smart agriculture)
• Workshop 3: Engaging local community members in local energy community

11.15- 12.30

Public infrastructure & architecture – Ostana in focus

How Smart Rural 21 supported Ostana, Simone D’Antonio (Smart Rural 21, National expert)
The Smart Approach of Ostana, Enrica Alberti & Laura Cantarella, Viso a Viso – Ostana
Architecture and social innovation in Ostana, Professor Antonio De Rossi
Q&A and discussion

13.15 – 14.30

Supporting Smart Villages

Supporting the Smart Villages concept in Italy, Mara Lai, CREA
Strategies for villages in mountainous areas in Italy, Roberto Colombero & Marco Bussone, UNCEM
Supporting rural communities through regional strategies, Chiara Musolino, Piedmont Region
The relevance of Smart Villages in rural communities, Silvia Rovere, Mayor of Ostana
Panel discussion with policy representatives from all levels: national, regional, local

14.45 –16.00

Smart mobility

Supporting Smart Villages & Mobility, Alexandre Martin, DG AGRI (Long Term Rural Vision)
Supporting e-mobility in Ostana, Marco Volonta, Smart Rural 21 specialist expert
Experiment with flexible neighbourhood transportation in Hilvarenbeek, Ruud Groenendijk, Hilvarenbeek
Lessons from the SMARTA project, Andrea Lorenzini, MemEx
Panel discussion on Smart Mobility

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