International Association for Impact Assessment

February 2019 Enews

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    February 2019 Enews


    Table of Contents:

    1. IAIA19 information
    2. IAIA to co-sponsor CSIRO workshop
    3. Call for conference hosts:  Bids due 15 April
    4. Resource available:  Colombia
    5. Social impact studies sought for teaching purposes
    6. Upcoming Branch, Affiliate, and Associated Organization events
     
    1. IAIA19 information
     
    IAIA19 will be held 29 April – 2 May 2019 in Brisbane, Australia, with training courses and technical visits planned for 27-28 April and 3-5 May. #iaia19
     
    The preliminary program and registration information are available online. Registration is open through 5 April.
     
    12 training courses are being offered 27-28 April. Please register early! Courses will be cancelled if they do not reach the minimum number of paid participants by 1 March 2019.  After 1 March, registrations will be accepted subject to availability and receipt of payment up until the 5 April 2019 final registration deadline. 
     
    Why is Brisbane talking about revolution? The IAIA19 Organizing Committee invites you to read their article, “Evolution or revolution:  What’s next for impact assessment?” in IAIA’s journal, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, at www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14615517.2018.1516846. This article is free for anyone to access through 30 June 2019.

    Sponsorship opportunities are available for IAIA19. Download the sponsorship opportunities brochure to learn more about sponsor benefits and how you can make your company visible at IAIA19. And space is still available for exhibit booths and tables and other advertising opportunities. Visit http://conferences.iaia.org/2019/sponsors.php to download the IAIA19 Exhibitor Package.

    Thank you to the following organizations who have already committed to sponsor IAIA19: Tourism and Events Queensland, Brisbane Marketing, ExxonMobil PNG Limited, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, NORAD, Cardno, Oceana Gold, and Chiba University of Commerce, and Prizma, LLC.
    2. IAIA to co-sponsor CSIRO workshop 
      
    IAIA, together with CSIRO (Australia) and ITAS (Germany) will be co-sponsoring a SCIRO workshop, “Assessing the impacts of disruptive technologies,” in Brisbane on 3 May. This workshop for targeted invitees will bring together members of the Australian research community and global research communities working in the domains of impact assessment, technology assessment, and responsible innovation to exchange knowledge and grapple with the challenges related to assessing the impacts, risk, and opportunities of novel and disruptive technologies. The workshop will focus on knowledge exchange with a view to identifying future collaborative projects in this rapidly evolving field. 
     
    Invitees will include international colleagues from IAIA, the Institute of Technology Assessment and System Analysis (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), the Research Council of Norway, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, and the Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development (Ministry of Science and Technology, China). For more information, contact Jiri Dusik.   
     
    3. Call for conference hosts:  Bids due 15 April
     
    Are you interested in hosting a future IAIA annual conference in your country? IAIA is now accepting bids to host IAIA21 and IAIA22. The Board evaluates many factors including location; proposed theme in relation to the IAIA mission, vision and values; quality of the proposal; and potential financial outcome.

    Contact Jennifer Howell at IAIA HQ to express your interest and receive information on preparing an effective proposal. Bids for IAIA21 are due 15 April 2019.
     
    4. Resource available:  Colombia
     
    A preliminary draft of the Country Systems Report on Environmental Licensing and Enforcement in Colombia has been released. The document is the latest in a series of country-specific reports which can be accessed on the  INECE website. The reports are intended to serve as a resource for practitioners involved in strengthening the capacity of environmental regulatory systems to secure environmental and social outcomes that advance national development objectives. ˗ Submitted by Gunnar Baldwin
     
    5. Social impact studies sought for teaching purposes
     
    Prof. Sango Mahanty, a colleague of IAIA member Sara Bice, teaches a graduate-level course on social impact assessment at The Australian National University Crawford School of Public Policy. Sango has recently been updating her course material in order to provide the students with the very best/current information. She is looking for “living” case studies and reports, in particular, documents that address one or more of the following: 
    1. Safeguards related to involuntary resettlement.
    2. Safeguards related to indigenous peoples.
    3. Major infrastructure developments (e.g. dams, railways, roads...)
    4. Natural resource use/management (e.g. forestry, fisheries, conservation, agriculture, extractive industries...)
    5. Health
    6. Urban planning
    7. New technologies
    8. Gendered impacts
    9. Cumulative impacts/Strategic environmental assessments  
    The studies may have been conducted ahead of the intervention, during or after it, or may even be a set of documents that covers all of these. Ideally the reports will be from within the last decade or so. If you are aware of, or have access to, any documents fitting this description, please contact Sango Mahanty at sango.mahanty@anu.edu.au. Sango will share the library with all contributors. ˗ Submitted by Sara Bice
     
    6. Upcoming Branch, Affiliate, and Associated Organization events
     
    AQEI (IAIA-Québec, Canada, Affiliate) Save the date for the 27th annual conference of the AQEI. 9-10 May 2019, Montreal Center-Ville, Quebec, Canada. The theme will be devoted to the issue of inclusion in impact assessment. Information will be posted at https://www.aqei.qc.ca/ as it becomes available.
     
    IAIAsa (IAIA South African Affiliate): 2019 National conference: “The Role of Integrated Environmental Management in the Economic Revival of South Africa. 21-23 August 2019. Limpopo, South Africa. The call for pre- and post-conference training proposals is now open. Please submit all training proposals to operations@iaiasa.co.za by 15 February 2019. For more conference information: http://www.iaiasa.co.za/DisplayLink.aspx?group=Annual Conference&name=2019.
     
    APAI (IAIA-Portugal Affiliate) is a supporter of the 4th edition of the International Congress on Environmental Health (ICEH 2019), under the theme "New Challenges for the Future,” organized by the Lisbon School of Health Technology (ESTS-IPL) and by APSAi (Portuguese Association of Environmental Health). The event will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, 25-27 September 2019. See https://iceh2019.estesl.ipl.pt/ for more information.

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