International Association for Impact Assessment

Webinars, virtual symposium, and a new publication

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    Webinars, virtual symposium, and a new publication

    Upcoming IAIA events: Online symposium, webinars, and IAIA21

    Session proposals will be opening soon for IAIA21, “Smartening Impact Assessment in Challenging Times,” taking place 18-21 May 2021 in Seville, Spain. Session proposals from IAIA20 will be carried over, but we will also be accepting new proposals to replace those sessions that have had to withdraw. Watch your enews and the IAIA21 website for updates!

    Save the date for IAIA's first online symposium, “Our Interconnected World: Impact Assessment, Health, and the Environment,” to be held 5-8 October 2020. Join us in both live and pre-recorded sessions as we discuss the topic of health as well as climate change, resilience, and key issues from IAIA20 submissions through the interconnected lens of health. A 3-week Q&A timeframe will allow for online discussions and interaction across time zones. Symposium information will be posted online at by the end of May.

    IAIA has several free webinars taking place in the next few weeks, and two are already open for registration:

    • Species Environmental Impact Guideline | 21 May This 1.5-hour webinar will introduce the South Africa "Species Environmental Assessment Guideline" that will influence the way specialist studies are undertaken for EIAs in South Africa going forward. (Held in partnership with our IAIAsa Affiliate
    • Understanding Impact Assessment | 27 May This presentation is intended for people relatively new to impact assessment who want to understand the nature and purpose of the process as a decision-support tool.
    • Webinar coming soon: Effective Project Level Grievance Mechanisms in a Changing Landscape: An Interactive Tool (held in conjunction with IAIA’s Washington Area Branch)


    Virtual AGM on 15 June

    The annual business meeting of IAIA will be held electronically on 15 June 2020 at 13:00 GMT and will feature a vote on updates to IAIA’s bylaws. All members are encouraged to attend. Members-only webinars will be held 2-3 June to allow time for Q&A. Information on how to access the AGM and the webinars will be sent directly to members and posted in the Members Only section of the website.



    IAIA staff working remotely

    Until further notice, IAIA staff continue to work remotely to provide uninterrupted member service to the greatest extent possible. Please email if you need to reach us, as we are not in the office to take phone calls.


    New FasTips available: What should an EIA contain?

    How do external stakeholders who are not impact assessment professionals know whether an EIA process and report follow good practice? If you need plain-language guidance for community groups, journalists, non-governmental organizations, community service organizations, and affected persons who do not work in the impact assessment field, What should an EIA contain? is your answer.

    Professional Development Program course offered

    IAIA is offering its 12-week “Foundations of Impact Assessment” online course from 15 June through 4 September 2020. Participants engage in a dual-tracked course consisting of both a self-directed online platform and a mentorship component with experienced IA trainers. Applications for the course are invited through 27 May.

    Developer toolbox: Guidance available

    A developer toolbox for resources of interest to those involved in marine and coastal biodiversity projects is available from Bluedot Associates. See common guides for a starting point in the process of capacity building resources, including mitigation insights to help steer studies and decision making.

    Benefits of publishing Open Access

    Research published Open Access can achieve impressive impact, attention and audience reach. Taylor & Francis, the publisher of IAIA’s journal, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, asks authors of research that made the Altmetric Top 100 why open access was the right choice for them.

    COVID-19 could be the carbon turning point Australia needed

    The global COVID-19 pandemic has forced humankind to an unprecedented standstill. The current situation has highlighted greener ways of living and functioning as a society—behavioral changes that will enable us to cut down on emissions permanently. Here's why it's unlikely we’ll go back to living the way we were.

    UNEP steps up work on zoonotics

    In "Working with the Environment to Protect People," released 12 May, UNEP lays out how it is adjusting its work in response to COVID-19 through supporting nations and partners to “build back better” – through stronger science, policies that back a healthier planet and more green investments.

    IAIA webinar: Species Environmental Assessment Guideline. 21 May 2020. 12:00 GMT.

    IAIA webinar: Understanding Impact Assessment. 27 May 2020. 02:00 GMT.

    AFC2020: Age-friendly Cities 2020. 6-7 September 2020. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    11th World Climate Change Conference: Climatology, The Science of Global Weather Systems over the Long Term. 9-10 September 2020. Webinar.

    CBAI20: Brazilian Congress on Impact Assessment. 5-9 October 2020. Vila Velha, Brazil. (IAIA Brazil Affiliate)


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