Horizons of Sustainability: The Power of Creative Innovation for Transformation of Rural and Non-Urban Futures

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The “Horizons of Sustainability: The Power of Creative Innovation for Transformation of Rural and Non-Urban Futures” Conference will be held in Šibenik, Croatia, from 25 to 27 September 2024. Organized by the IN SITU project and led by Kultura Nova Foundation with the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, it is supported by the EU’s Horizon Europe Programme and the Central European Initiative.

The conference aims to explore the transformative power of innovative approaches of cultural and creative agents in forging more equitable and sustainable communities beyond urban centres. The Call for Proposals and Registrations are now open, inviting papers and projects from scholars, researchers, artists, cultural practitioners, activists, policymakers and decision-makers from across the world and a broad range of disciplines. All proposals should make an original contribution to the topic of place-based innovation and the transformative power of the creative and cultural sector in forging more equitable and sustainable communities in rural and non-urban areas.

The calls for proposals for presentations about projects/research or other topics is open until Monday, July 8, 2024. Details and application form are available at the link below.

Deadline for submission of proposals 8 July 2024  
Notification of proposal acceptance By 16 July 2024
Early bird registration period 16 July – 15 August 2024
Regular registration period 16 August – 5 September 2024
Conference – live in Šibenik! 25 – 27 September 2024


The IN SITU project (IN SITU – Place-based Innovation of Cultural and Creative Industries in Non-urban Areas) combines research and experimental actions to advance the innovation-related practices, capacities, and potential of cultural and creative industries (CCIs) based in non-urban areas of the EU, a constituency of the CCI sector that has grown in visibility and significance over the last decade in Europe and internationally but which is still vulnerable due to the lagging attention of research and policy to its needs, characteristics, and potentials. The core defining aspect of IN SITU is the interlinking of research and practice through place-based IN SITU Labs, hubs for networking, capacity building, and monitoring case studies in six non-urban regions across Europe, located in Portugal, Ireland, Iceland, Finland, Latvia, and Croatia. The project aims to advance understanding of the forms, processes, and governance needs of CCIs located in non-urban areas of Europe and to advance the ability of non-urban CCIs to act as drivers of innovation, competitiveness, and sustainability for the locales in which they are located.

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