International Association for Impact Assessment

March 2016 enews

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    March 2016 enews

    IAIA March 2016 enews

    Table of Contents:

    1.  IAIA16 updates 
    2.  New IAPA Editor: Dr. Thomas Fischer
    3.  Guest Post:  How I became an IAIA addict
    4.  New associated organizations: CCG Boğazici University and the California AEP
    5.  IAIA’s new Strategic Plan

    1. IAIA16 updates

    IAIA16, “Impact Assessment: Resilience and Sustainability,” will be held 11-14 May 2016 in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan. For more information, visit the conference website. Be sure to include #iaia16 whenever you share information about IAIA16 on social media.

    Important Dates: 
    31 March: Final deadline for hotel booking
    18 April: Registration deadline​

    Banquet tickets: We are quickly nearing maximum capacity for the banquet on 13 May.  If you are interested in attending and have not yet purchased your ticket, please do so immediately!  You can purchase tickets by logging in to the online store or by contacting

    Registration Closes 18 April:  Registrations for IAIA16 will be accepted through Monday, 18 April.  On-site registrations will not be accepted.

    Sponsorship opportunities: IAIA is currently seeking sponsors for the IAIA16 conference. Download the Sponsorship Opportunities brochure in English or Japanese on the IAIA16 sponsorship site to find out the various ways your company can reach out to over 700 impact assessment professionals and decision-makers from 80+ nations.

    2.  New IAPA Editor: Dr. Thomas Fischer

    IAIA is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Thomas Fischer as the new Editor of Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal (IAPA). Thomas will begin his term as editor at the start of May.

    We extend our sincere thanks to the current editor, Dr. Riki Therivel, for her service and dedication to IAIA.

    Thomas is a Professor and Director of the Environmental Assessment and Management Research Centre at the University of Liverpool, UK.  He has worked on impact assessment for over 25 years in practice, consultancy, research, and higher education.  He has a wide range of editing experience, including serving as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management from 2009 to 2016. Thomas is looking forward to being editor of IAPA, which he considers the main international platform for communicating and discussing professional knowledge and research findings and questions of different IA communities. He would like to build on the excellent work of the previous editors and keep driving quality and wider impact of the journal. In this context, he is particularly keen on special issues on emerging and cutting-edge topics and is happy to discuss any suggestions you may have.  Thomas can be reached directly at

    Please join us in congratulating Thomas on his new role. We are very fortunate to have his leadership at the helm of our journal.

    3. Guest post: How I became an IAIA addict

    Check out the latest IAIA News guest post by Miguel Coutinho, Past President of the Board of Directors, who shares how he became an “IAIA addict.”

    Last month’s guest post by Board member Elsa Joao sparked lots of conversation in IAIAConnect!  Members, share your views now by logging in to IAIAConnect and visiting the Members group.  While there, you’ll also find an interesting conversation happening about EIAs in China.  

    Not yet a member?  Join IAIA now to take part in these discussions (and more!).

    4. New Associated Organizations: CCG Boğazici University and the California AEP​

    IAIA is delighted to announce two new associated organizations

    Center for Research in Corporate Governance & Financial Regulation (Boğazici University; Istanbul, Turkey): The Center for Research in Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (CCG) was established by Boğaziçi University to contribute to the research that augments the legal/regulatory content of corporate governance models with more economic/financial content. The Center emphasizes designing economic models of corporate governance that go beyond mere fiduciary rules and that try to link rational applications of good governance leading to increased economic value for corporations in the long run.

    California Association of Environmental Professionals (California AEP): California AEP was founded in 1974 as a non-profit association of public and private sector professionals with a common interest in serving the principles underlying EIA.  The primary purposes of the association are to establish and operate a professional association of persons involved in and committed to improving the processing and implementation of environmental assessment, analysis, public disclosure, and reporting. The 2016 AEP Conference, “Cities in Transition,” will be held in San Diego, USA, from 3-6 April 2016. Session topics will explore the transitions experienced by many evolving cities in California with a focus on local, regional, state, and national environmental issues. 

    IAIA looks forward to collaborating with CCG Boğazici University and the California AEP! For more information on all of IAIA’s associated organizations, visit

    5. IAIA’s new Strategic Plan

    IAIA’s new Strategic Plan 2016-2018 was recently approved by the Board of Directors to guide the association’s work over the next three years.  This plan, anchored to the association’s vision and mission, highlights four strategic focus areas:
    •    Extend IAIA’s reach 
    •    Strengthen IAIA’s partnerships and collaborations 
    •    Enhance IAIA’s knowledge sharing and capacity-building mandate 
    •    Ensure IAIA’s organizational sustainability
    We encourage members to read the plan to learn more about our objectives, goals, and priority activities for the years ahead.  

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