Asturias SIMSES Meeting in ASINCAR Facilities

On the 2nd of February 2024, the members of SIMSES in Asturias gathered at ASINCAR facilities as part of the RURALITIES project. The purpose of the meeting was to assess the project’s progress and strategize the activities for the year 2024 at the regional level. SIMSES members engaged in useful discussions and evaluations.

The participating partners in SIMSES include:

  • CTIC: A technological center specializing in IoT, Artificial Intelligence, and Intelligent Data Analysis, with a rural Living Lab named CTIC Rural Tech.
  • READER: An umbrella organization representing all 11 regional Local Action Groups (LAGs) in Asturias, playing a crucial role in RURALITIES.
  • ASINCAR: A Food Technology Centre and Food cluster, with 100 members covering the whole chain, including a Food Pilot Plant.
  • DEX group: A consultancy group with extensive experience supporting LAGs in developing and implementing their strategies and plans.


During the meeting, the team conducted a comprehensive review of different work packages, emphasizing completed actions such as the development of the SIMSES actor database, description of rural Living Labs, and various dissemination activities. Looking ahead to 2024, discussions centered around characterizing SIMSES using the RURALITIES methodology and identifying available data sources to enhance the study.

The team also outlined plans for organizing workshops with regional LAGs to disseminate project insights and raise awareness about the opportunities within RURALITIES. Additionally, CTIC and ASINCAR shared exciting news about an upcoming webinar where their rural Living Labs will be showcased to the broader RURALITIES community.




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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation program under grant agreement no 101060876. UK participants in Horizon Europe Project RURALITIES are supported by UKRI grant numbers: 10051963 The Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership and 10050988 Earthwatch Europe.