Rural Futures Hub Mini Conference

Please join us for a Rural Futures Hub Mini conference event which will be held on the 13th March 23.  

This event is to showcase Aberystwyth University rural research and Rural Futures Hub pump prime funded research projects. There will also be an opportunity for networking and discussion over lunch.  

Date: Monday 13th March 9.30-12.45  

Venue: Medrus, Aberystwyth University   


9.30: Prof Alison Kingston-Smith – Welcome and introductions/ Supporting research

9.45: Speaker 1: Prof Mike Woods “Developing the Concept of Regenerative Tourism for Rural Wales ”

10.05: Speaker 2: Prof Mariecia Fraser “Creation of an agroforestry research and teaching capability at AU”

10.25: Speaker 3: Dr Jesse Heley and Hefin Williams “‘Losing the last bank in town’. Developing an open-source platform to quantify the spatial variation and accessibility of services, amenities, and enterprises in rural areas”

10.45: Tea/Coffee break

11.15: Speaker 3: Dr Lowri Cunnington Wynn (pre-recorded) “Environmental Justice for Future Generations: The Impact of Climate Breakdown on Young People Living in Coastal Communities in Northwest Wales”

11.25: Speaker 4: Dr Peter Korsten “The Aber Nestbox project: competition in a changing world”

11.35: Speaker 5: Dr Maria Plotnikova and Dr Mandy Talbot “Post-pandemic holiday let economy in West Wales and its effect on the tourism sector”

11.45: Speaker 6: Dr Muhammad Naveed “Rural Digital Connectivity: Technology-driven transformations to deliver improvements for residents in the rural setting”

11.55: Q & A session

12.15: Lunch and networking  

If you would like to showcase your rural research in the form of an A3 poster, or other format, at the mini-conference we welcome applications. The deadline for applications to present a poster or similar is on the 28/02/23.   Please get in touch with Sarah Clarke ( if you would like to attend the event and or present a poster. ALL Welcome.  
Kind Regards, Sarah Clarke and the Rural Futures Hub Team