Check out the latest enews, sent 17 February
Take advantage of networking with the 700+ delegates already registered by joining us in Vancouver 4-7 May 2022 (or participate in the related virtual component only). View the 300+ presentations, and register today. IAIA continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation worldwide and will post any updates on the IAIA22 home page.
Bursaries available: A limited number of Conference Inclusiveness Bursaries are available. This bursary covers the registration fee and travel expenses for accepted applicants who identify as Indigenous persons, members of affected communities, or persons from under-represented populations or LDCs. Apply by 7 March 2022.
Hotel discounts: We have made attending IAIA22 easy by partnering with the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel. Just a 10-minute walk from the conference venue, stay among your fellow conference-goers and maximize your networking opportunities. Book your stay by 28 February 2022 to take advantage of the discounted rate of 255 CAD per night.
Training course #6 update: For the course "How to seamlessly connect EIA and EMS through improving communication, interaction, and partnership," trainer Jenny Pope will not be in Vancouver due to travel restrictions. She will pre-record her content, which co-trainer Behzad Raissiyan will share with participants, and will still participate remotely in the discussion and respond to questions.
Showcase your company: Interested in increasing your company's profile? Check out the many sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities at IAIA22, with options for both the in-person event and the virtual platform. Thank you to these IAIA22 supporters: Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, WSP Canada, CSA Group, Chiba University of Commerce, Norad, Enbridge, Hatch, TC Energy, Enbridge, Teck, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Ventus Development Services, Hatch, Newcrest, Stantec, and Royal HaskoningDHV.
IAIA Board of Directors election results
Join us in welcoming President-Elect/Director Edith Birungi Kahubire and Board Directors Miguel Repas Goncalves and Kiichiro Hayashi to the IAIA Board. They join a dedicated, international group of existing Board members, and we look forward to working with them in forwarding IAIA’s mission and vision. Thank you to all candidates who stood for election and for all members who took time to cast their votes.
Online training: Registration open
Two online training courses start next month: Effective engagement in impact assessment: Working to international good practice standards and More effective impact assessment: Tools for stronger writing and clearer argument. Similar in concept to IAIA's traditional pre-conference training courses, these online courses will be broken down into smaller segments taking place over a two- or three-week time frame.
The pros and cons of employment with the major consultancies
The next installment of the members-only Professional Success webinar series will take place 24 February: "The pros and cons of employment with the major consultancies." Not yet an IAIA member? Join today to get the access link and to view the recording of last month's session on "Setting up a successful IA consulting business."
IAIA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place virtually at 13:00 GMT on 21 April 2022. All IAIA members are encouraged to participate in this annual business meeting of the Association; access details will be shared closer to the event.
IAIA HQ office hours
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.
Eleven additional governments commit to New Plastics Economy
Eleven new governments have announced today at the One Ocean Summit that they will join the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. Led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme, the Global Commitment has united governments and organizations behind a common vision of a circular economy for plastics.
Failure to prevent pandemics at source is “greatest folly,” say scientists
Preventing future pandemics at source would cost a small fraction of the damage already caused by viruses that jump from wildlife to people, according to scientists. The scientists heavily criticize approaches by global bodies and governments that focus only on preventing the spread of new viruses once they have infected humans, rather than tackling the root causes as well.
Write a standout cover letter for your research paper
When writing for publication, a well-written cover letter can help your paper reach the next stage of the manuscript submission process – being sent out for peer review. So it’s worth spending time thinking about how to write a cover letter to the journal editor, to make sure it’s going to be effective. See this guide and cover letter template from the publisher of IAIA’s journal, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal.
What went right this week: Wins for nature and health, plus more positive news
Two species bounced back from extinction in the UK, scientists reported a “cure” for leukemia, and Belgian workers won the right to disconnect, plus more positive news.
IAIA22: Confidence in Impact Assessment: Policies, partnerships and public involvement. 4-7 May 2022. Vancouver, Canada, and online.
AQEI annual conference: Looking at the landscape through the lens of impact assessment. 19 and 24 May 2022 (online); 25 May 2022 (in-person; Montréal, Canada).