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Conference financial aid available; abstracts due 31 October

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    Conference financial aid available; abstracts due 31 October

    IAIA20 preliminary program announced

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    IAIA20, “Smartening impact assessment: Science, technology, and governance advancements toward efficiency and effectiveness,” will take place 26-29 May 2020 in Seville, Spain.

    The preliminary program is now available. With over 100 technical sessions, 16 training courses, 8 technical visits, and networking and social events, there is something for everyone. The deadline for abstract submission is 31 October, and you can save money by taking advantage of Early Bird registration rates through 12 February.

    Interested in being an IAIA20 sponsor? Confirm a sponsorship by 31 October to receive one additional free conference registration! You can sponsor something specific or provide a general contribution in any amount -- see the sponsor brochure for full details.


    Oil for Development stipend program

    IAIA, in partnership with the Norwegian Environmental Agency’s Oil for Development (OfD) Programme, is pleased to offer an IAIA20 capacity building program for IA professionals in working to sustainably manage the petroleum resources in OfD partner countries. Applications are due 11 November 2019.


    Rita R. Hamm IA Excellence Scholarship

    The Rita R. Hamm IA Excellence Scholarship will allow one young practitioner from the region of the host country to attend IAIA20. An abstract submission by 31 October is required. Check out the other requirements and apply by 2 December.


    Students and young professionals bursary

    Up to 25 bursaries will be given to students and young professionals in the form of waived registration fees to attend IAIA20. See full application instructions for more qualifications and information. The application deadline is 6 January.


    Last call for Innovation Grant applications: 20 October

    Innovation Grants are intended to encourage innovative, short-term projects to advance the mission and vision of IAIA. A small number of grants ranging from USD $2,000 to $5,000 will be awarded. Applications will be accepted through 20 October from any current IAIA member, Section, Branch, or Affiliate.


    IAIA exhibits at SEJ conference

    IAIA participated in the Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference in Fort Collins, USA, last week as part of IAIA’s strategic efforts to extend our reach and build networks. We made some great contacts and learned about journalists’ information needs and how IAIA can help. Was it a worthwhile endeavor?


    Self-nominations for IAIA Board invited

    Are you interested in serving on the IAIA Board of Directors? IAIA members are encouraged to self-nominate for a Board position for the 2020 election, to be held in January 2020 for a three-year term. See the Self-Nomination Instructions and submit the required signatures by 15 November 2019.


    The non-technical summary is the window to the outside world

    Conveying the key information to support decision-making from an EIA or SEA in an understandable and concise manner is not easy. The non-technical summary (NTS) should be appealing to read and easily understood by the general public and decision-makers. Avoid imperfections in your NTS with IAIA's FasTips.

    Prince Harry announces massive travel sustainability project

    The eco-minded Prince Harry is embarking on a massive travel sustainability initiative in partnership with key travel providers.They aim to improve the practices of the global industry amid an ever-increasing number of travelers.

    Google releases new tool to help reduce pollution and carbon emissions

    The tech giant has announced a new tool — Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE) — that uses Google’s exhaustive global mapping data to help gauge and reduce carbon emissions and measure renewable energy potential across cities.

    What the Arctic and Antarctic are trying to tell us, and why Southeast Asia must listen

    The melting of the ice caps affects everyone — particularly Southeast Asia — and the world must strive to meet its Paris Agreement targets to avoid dramatic sea level rises from 2050, say polar explorer Robert Swan and scientist Adam Switzer.

    It’s not just Greta Thunberg: why are we ignoring the developing world’s inspiring activists?

    For years, young people across the world have been campaigning to draw attention to the crisis our planet faces, and to tackle it. Yet it seems the media is only interested in one young climate activist. Young people in the global south have been tackling the climate crisis for years. They should be celebrated, too.

    Chocolate makers face ethical branding dilemma

    Ivory Coast and Ghana's threat to possibly halt the cocoa industry's ethical branding schemes poses a major risk to chocolate makers operating in Western markets where consumer demand for sustainably-sourced products is rising.


    Teaching and Research in Impact Assessment. 7-9 November 2019. Coimbra, Portugal. (APAI - Associação Portuguesa de Avaliação de Impactes)

    Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: Assessing the Impacts. 27-28 November 2019. Auckland, New Zealand. (NZAIA - New Zealand Association for Impact Assessment)





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