International Association for Impact Assessment

February 2018 enews

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    February 2018 enews

     Table of Contents:

    1. IAIA18 updates:Keynote speakers announced
    2. Save the date:Symposium on SDGs in Asia
    3. Why do conferences cost so darn much?
    4. New resources:Translated FasTips
    5. Board of Directors election results, minutes available
    6. Awards Committee members needed!
    7. Webinar recording available; upcoming webinars announced
    8. Bloggers wanted
    9. Upcoming Branch and Affiliate events
    10. Other upcoming events

     1. IAIA18 updates:  Keynote speakers announced

    IAIA18, “Environmental Justice in Societies in Transition,” will be held 16-19 May 2018 in Durban, South Africa. For more information, visit the conference web site#iaia18

    The preliminary program is available. Download it today to see an overview of the technical program, details on training courses and technical visits, special meetings and networking activities, and more!

    Registration is open at

    Keynote speakers announced: The IAIA18 organizing committee is pleased to announce that the opening plenary will be highlighted by the Honorable Albert Sachs, activist, former judge, and author; and Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor in the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice of the World Bank Group. See program updates for more information on these dynamic speakers.  

    Training courses: Please register early! Courses will be cancelled if they do not reach the minimum number of paid participants by 15 March 2018. For a list available courses, see

    Young professionals bursary applications open:  For IAIA18, up to 40 bursaries will be given to young professionals in the form of waived registration fees. Recipients are expected to cover all other costs associated with attending the conference. It is IAIA’s hope that these bursaries will help more young professionals from lower income economies attend our premier annual event. Click by 15 March 2018 for more information and to apply.

    Sponsorship opportunities are available for IAIA18. Increase your organization’s visibility before an international audience of environmental and social professionals. Download the sponsorship brochure for more information about how to get involved and the benefits of being an IAIA conference sponsor.

     2. Save the date:  Symposium on SDGs in Asia

    The newest topic in IAIA’s lineup of special symposiums is “Using Impact Assessment to Achieve the SDGs in Asia.” The symposium will be held 1-3 October 2018 in Kuching, Malaysia. Abstract submission will open in March 2018.

    Sponsorship opportunities are available for this symposium. Download the prospectus for more information about how to get involved and the benefits of being an IAIA symposium sponsor.

    See the symposium website for more information. #iaiasymposium

    3. Why do conferences cost so darn much?

    In IAIA’s newest blog, IAIA President Marla Orenstein discusses some things you might not know about conference registration fees.

    4. New resources:  Translated FasTips

    Check out the latest translations of FasTips! 


    • Effective Stakeholder Engagement

    • Alternatives in Project EIA


    • Impact Assessment

    • SEA Alternatives

    • Alternatives in Project EIA

    • Involuntary Resettlement

    Thanks to Luis Montañez and the team at COMIMPACT for the Spanish translation, and to Ecoline International Ltd. in consultation with the Secretariat of the Espoo Convention and its Protocol on SEA with the financial support of the EU Project Environmentalization of the Economy in the Countries of the Eastern Partnership (EaP GREEN) for the Russian translation.

    If you are interested in providing translation for any of IAIA’s publications, please contact Jennifer Howell ( for more information. 

    5. Board of Directors election results, minutes

    Election results are in, and our new Board members are Luis Montañez-Cartaxo (President-Elect), Claudia Valencia Franke (Director), and Ntsako Baloyi (Director).

    IAIA appreciates all candidates who stood for election and all members who took time to vote.

    Minutes of the Board’s mid-term meeting in November are available. Log in to access members-only content.

    6. Awards Committee members sought

    Do you want to be more involved with IAIA but aren’t sure how? Committee membership is a great place to start. We are currently looking for new members for the Awards Committee. This Committee’s main tasks are to identify potential candidates, call for nominations, conduct the selection assessment process, recommend award recipients to the Board of Directors, and notify recipients following Board decision on recommendations. The position is for 2 years. For more information on this committee and to express interest, please contact Executive Director Jill Baker (

    7. Webinar recording available; upcoming webinars announced

    Liz Green presented an excellent webinar on 15 February about HIA and the Night Time Economy. If you were unable to attend the live session, you can view the recording.

    IAIA’s next webinar will be 1 March, presented by Bryony Walmsley: “Lost in Time: The black hole between ESIA completion and project implementation.” Using a case study, Bryony will highlight what happens between ESIA completion and implementation on the ground and why so many of the mitigation measures are never implemented. Click for a full description and to register.

    Stay tuned for information about a 13 March webinar on Canada’s proposed new Impact Assessment Act, currently undergoing review by Parliament. Christine Loth-Brown, Vice-President of Policy Development at the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, will give a short presentation about the proposed legislation and spend the rest of the hour fielding your questions. Registration will open soon.

    8. Bloggers wanted!

    IAIA is seeking guest contributors for our blog, ImpactREACT. In exchange for writing a short blog post, not only will you gain additional exposure and credibility both within and outside of the Association, but following your post, you also have the potential to use our networking tool, IAIAConnect, to get to know members you may not have previously met and discuss their feedback. IAIA is an engaged, opinionated, growing, professional family, and what we like best is to connect with each other. If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Howell at IAIA Headquarters for additional information and guidelines. 

    9. Upcoming Branch and Affiliate events

    Association Quebecoise pour l'evaluation d'impacts (AQEI) – Québec, Canada, Affiliate) is holding a webinar on “Climate Test:  What are the Possible Parameters?” 22 February. See for more information and to register.

    UVP-Gesellschaft e.V.  (German Affiliate), is holding a conference on “Fit for the future with environmental assessment - new law and new fields of action,” 26-28 September 2018, in Goslar, Germany. The call for abstracts is open until 15 March. See for more information.

    Associação Brasileira de Avaliação de Impacto (ABAI), IAIA’s pilot Affiliate in Brazil, will be holding the Brazilian Congress of Impact Assessment (CBAI), October 22-26 2018. See for more information.

    10. Other upcoming events

    The 12th Asia Impact Assessment Conference (AIC 2018), hosted by the Japan Society for Impact Assessment (JSIA), will be held at the University of Shizuoka in Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, 20-22 August 2018. After the Fifth Japan-Korea conference, JSIA had the Sixth Japan-Korea‐China tripartite EIA conference (the First Japan-Vietnam-Korea-China EIA conference), and finally, now they are announcing AIC 2018. The AIC has been held for international relationships among many practitioners, researchers, students, and other audiences from a variety of countries in Asia since 2003. For more information, see

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