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Abstracts invited, program posted, Global Giving project, and more

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    Abstracts invited, program posted, Global Giving project, and more

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    IAIA21: Abstract submissions are open!

    IAIA21, “Smartening Impact Assessment in Challenging Times,” will take place 18-21 May 2021 in Seville, Spain.

    Papers and posters from IAIA20 will be carried over, but we are also accepting new presentations. Do you have a great new project? Has COVID-19 affected your work? A session is waiting for you. Paper and poster abstract submissions are open now through 29 October.

    Virtual symposium program available

    In this 5-8 October virtual symposium, "Our Interconnected World," engage online with fellow participants as we explore health, resilience, climate change, and hot topics from the IAIA20 sessions. Check out the program, and then register to participate!

    Sponsorship opportunities at "Our Interconnected World"

    Want to get your company’s name in front of impact assessment professionals around the world? Consider becoming a sponsor of IAIA's upcoming virtual symposium. Sponsorship includes complimentary registration(s), virtual exhibit booths, plus a variety of recognition and branding opportunities. Contact Bridget John for more information.

    Innovation Grant applications due 16 September

    IAIA is accepting applications for its next round of Innovation Grants. Any current IAIA member, Section, Branch, or Affiliate may submit an application by 16 September. These small grants range from USD $2,000 to $5,000 and are meant to encourage innovative, short-term projects to advance IAIA’s vision and mission.

    Global Giving fundraiser for IA in Africa project

    IAIA has been provisionally accepted as a member of Global Giving, a crowd funding site that has close relationships with many major corporations. Global Giving is challenging us to raise US$6,000 from our members and friends between 14-30 September toward the project “Build the Sustainability Skills of Ten African Leaders." If we succeed, additional fundraising doors will be opened for IAIA. Read more about this initiative here, and please give here.

    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.



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