Dr Lorna Philip and Dr Katrin Prager were both delegates at the XXVIII Congress of the ESRS in Trondheim, Norway during the last week of June. Katrin was involved in Working Group 17: "Place-based cooperation and sharing among farmers for agroecological innovation", and presented a paper entitled Establishing and maintaining farmer cooperation for environmental benefits. Lorna was involved in Working Group 2: "Smart Rural Futures: New technologies and digitisation in rural nations". With her colleague Fiona Williams (University of Chester), Lorna offered two contributions, The good digital farmer? The potential and pitfalls of information technology – a perspective from the hills and Active ageing in smart villages? Notes of caution from the field. Lorna was also a panellist in Working Group 25: "Making (a new) sense of counterurbanisation – vignettes from the South", where she outlined a programme of work she will commence whilst serving as a Visiting Professor at the University of Macerata, Italy, in 2020.