2020 Conference Programme

RHS 2020: Rural Vision

Download the full programme here

Conference booking is now open – book your place.

In addition to the main conference programme at Birnam Arts and Conference Centre on Friday 28th February, we’re celebrating our 20th birthday by bringing you an extended pre-conference programme on the 27th February including conference dinner and drinks, a community led housing workshop, a Community Learning Exchange and the RHS AGM.

Our conference hotel for 2020 will be Dunkeld House Hotel. We are delighted to welcome back Ecology Building Society as our main conference sponsor and introduce Kensa Contracting as our conference reception and dinner sponsor.

Thursday 27th February

The following sessions are now confirmed for 27th.

Cohousing:
Professor Gokay Devici and Hope Cohousing discussing St. Margaret’s Hope Cohousing.

Collective custom build:
John Kinsley, Bath St Collective Custom Build

Friday 28th February

Venue: Birnam Arts and Conference Centre

We’re pleased to announce the following sessions and presenters for the main day of our conference 2020: Rural Vision.

Rural Vision – Not Doomed to Dwindle:
Lesley Riddoch, Journalist and Broadcaster
More information on the Rural Vision – Not Doomed to Dwindle session

Depopulation/ Repopulation :
Wendy Reid, Isle of Ulva Development Manager
Andrew Copus, University of Eastern Finland
More information on the Depopulation / Repopulation session

Rural Economy and Rural Housing

Lynne McEwan, Bruichladdich Distillery

Land for Housing:
David Stewart, Scottish Land Commission
Sarah Jane Laing, Scottish Land and Estates

Climate and Housing:
Jon Lee, Ecology Building Society
Sam Foster, Heriot Watt University
More information on the Climate and Housing session

Community Led Housing:
Barry Mochan, Arran Development Trust
Angela Williams, Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston Community Company
John Kinsley, John Kinsley Architects
Sacha Wright, Hope Cohousing
Prof. Gokay Devici, Robert Gordon University
More information on the Community Led Housing session

Housing to 2040 Consultation Workshop:
Andrew Mott, Scottish Government

Rural Visions Panel Discussion:
Lesley Riddoch, Journalist and Broadcaster
Wendy Reid, Isle of Ulva Development Manager
Lynne McEwan, Bruichladdich Distillery
Sarah Jane Laing, Scottish Land and Estates
Dr Annie McKee, Convenor, Rural Housing Scotland