Professor Mike Danson,  co-chair Scottish Centre for Island Studies was both co-organiser and presenter at the recent Rural Enterprise Conference at Dumfries Crichton Campus, June 2013. Mike presented a paper with Dr Laura Galloway, Herot-Watt University on “Micro-brewing and entrepreneurship: the origins, development and integration of real ale breweries in rural Scotland”. Mike also presented a paper on ‘Enterprise and Entrepreneurship on Islands’ with Dr Kathryn A Burnett

Geoff Whittam, formerly UWS and now Glasgow Caledonian University also co-organised the conference and co-authored  with UWS colleagues David Moyes and Paul Ferri a paper on “The effective use of social capital in new venture creation”.

Mike chaired the SCIS Round Table discussion on Rural and Island Enterprise.