Community and cultural development

Summit on transnational collaborative projects

Representatives from more than 20 organisations across Scotland gathered at the Crichton Campus in Dumfries in October to discuss transnational projects that help create vibrant sustainable communities.

HIE, HITRANS, Tighean Innse Gall, the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre and the University of the Highlands and Islands were among those attending the annual Scottish partner seminar for the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme (NPA).

NPA is a European Union programme aimed at encouraging and supporting co-operation between regions in Northern Europe.

It aims to help generate vibrant, competitive and sustainable communities by supporting innovation and entrepreneurship and seizing the unique growth opportunities of the Northern and Arctic regions in a resource efficient way.

In Scotland the programme area includes the Highlands and Islands and Dumfries and Galloway.

Dame Barbara Kelly, chair of the Crichton Campus Leadership Group, welcomed participants with an overview of developments at the Crichton over recent years.

The event then focused on projects currently being developed by the Scottish organisations in collaboration with transnational partners across the NPA region.

Twelve ideas were presented, including ones on digital health and social care services, aquaculture innovation, innovative rural transport solutions, entrepreneurship support to SMEs and renewable energy developments.

Kateryna McKinnon, HIE's European manager and Scottish contact point for the NPA Programme said:

“These transnational programmes connect people in different European regions, enabling innovation and delivering benefits to businesses and communities across Europe and beyond.

“We hope these new ideas will develop into successful applications for NPA funding and result in great projects that make a real difference to communities right across the Northern Periphery.”

More information on the NPA is available at



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