International Association for Impact Assessment

March 2019 enews

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    March 2019 enews

     â€‹Table of Contents:

    1. IAIA19 information–only 3 weeks left to register!
    2. Webinar:  Compendium of National EIA Professional Recognition Schemes
    3. Invitees sought for CSIRO workshop
    4. 2019 award winners announced
    5. 4th annual Charlie Wolf Symposium held
    6. Call for conference hosts:  Bids due 15 April
    7. Staffing change at IAIA HQ
    8. Upcoming Branch, Affiliate, and Associated Organization events

    1.  IAIA 19 information—only 3 weeks left to register! 
    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 is available online.
    Register today—only 3 weeks left! Join 812 of your colleagues who have already registered for the engaging discussion on the future of IA, and don’t miss this opportunity to meet and welcome IAIA’s new Executive Director, David Bancroft, at his first IAIA annual conference. Registration is open through 5 April.
    Training courses, technical visits, and other events: Some events are selling out, but if you act fast, you can still register through 5 April—on-site registration will not be available.
    • Conference Dinner

    • Students and Young Professionals Workshop

    • World Bank Meeting  

    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 This article is free for anyone to access through 30 June 2019.

    Sponsorship opportunities are still available for IAIA19. Download the sponsorship opportunities brochure to learn more about sponsor benefits and how you can make your company visible at IAIA19.

    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, Chiba University of Commerce, Prizma, LLC, World Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, Australian Aid, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Wood, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and Inland Rail - Australian Rail Track Corporation, SEMADET Jalisco, European Investment Bank.
    2.  Webinar:  Compendium of National EIA Professional Recognition Schemes

    Join us for a free 45-minute webinar on 28 March with Josh Fothergill for a launch of IAIA's new Compendium of National EIA Professional Recognition Schemes. The Compendium is the result of a 2017 Innovation Grant IAIA provided to IAIA members Josh Fothergill and Ross Marshall. The project has identified the current situation in over 70 countries around the world and uses data from over 20 country systems to identify trends and common elements between such registration schemes. The webinar is intended for anyone interested in how wider quality assurance is developing in and around EIA, including practitioners, researchers, national governments, and IFI safeguards personnel. Click for more information and to register.
    3. Invitees sought for 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). Additional invitees are being sought. If you are an IA practitioners with serious interest in this topic, please contact Jiri Dusik. 
    4.  2019 award winners announced

    IAIA is pleased to announce its 2019 award winners. These recipients will be formally recognized at IAIA19 in Brisbane, Australia. Thank you to those who submitted nominations for the Awards Committee to consider. Criteria for each award, along with links to past award winners, can be found on the IAIA Awards page.

    The Arctic Council was chosen to receive the Global Award for promoting cooperation and coordination on issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic.

    Asha Rajvanshi receives the Lifetime Achievement Award for her sustained and significant contributions to biodiversity-inclusive impact assessment as a dedicated trainer, governmental advisor, author, and practitioner.

    Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) was chosen to receive the Institutional Award for its effective environmental and social consideration guidelines and safeguard policies.

    Lori Anna Conzo was selected for the Individual Award for her ongoing contributions to the field of biodiversity risk management, where her collaborative, inclusive efforts have brought together different sectors and spheres encouraging consistency and good practice.

    The Western Australia Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) was selected as the recipient of the Regional Award for its sustained contributions to good practice in impact assessment in Australia, visible through its pro-active and pioneering work in developing policy and guidance material.

    The Outstanding Service to IAIA Award is presented to Ana Maria Esteves for her contributions and commitment to IAIA, displayed through her two terms on the Board, her leadership on the Resettlement Symposium in South Africa, and her championing of multiple IAIA initiatives.

    Jillian Ash (Australia) was selected as the recipient of this year’s Rita R. Hamm IA Excellence Scholarship. Jillian is a practitioner with GHD’s Engagement, Communication and Communities Global Service Line and the Social Impact Assessment technical discipline.

    The 2018 IAPA Best Paper Award will be announced in late March.
    5.  4th annual Charlie Wolf symposium held

    The 4th annual Charlie Wolf Symposium was held 14 February at the Environment House in Abuja, Nigeria. The symposium commemorates a founder of IAIA and was organized by the Association for Environmental Impact Assessment of Nigeria (AEIAN) with the theme “Information Technology as an Enabler of Green Economy.”
    Keynote speaker Mr. Deogratias Niyizonkiza, Charlie Wolf’s adopted son, talked about the life and times of Charlie Wolf and himself, stating that the environment is medicine and every action an individual takes should be toward preserving the environment. Guest speaker Dr. Ismail Idris spoke on the theme, focusing on what he believes are “six models of Green Economy”:  water management, sustainable land use, climate smart agriculture, sustainable tourism, renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable technology; and he highlighted the drivers of information technology and green economy:  legislation, entrepreneurship, talent, market potential, and investment opportunities. For a summary report, video, photos, and more information, see or contact Ahmed Sanda.
    6.  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.
    7.  Staffing change at IAIA HQ 
    Bridget John, IAIA’s Operations and Marketing Manager, has been promoted to Deputy Executive Director. This promotion is due to Bridget’s role over many years across finance, administration, programs and marketing. As IAIA plans for the future, having Bridget in a senior leadership position in HQ will facilitate the formal opening of an IAIA Executive Office in Washington, DC.
    8.  Upcoming Branch, Affiliate, and Associated Organization events
    California Association for Environmental Professionals (Associated Organization) is holding its statewide annual conference 24-27 March in Monterey, California, USA, with the theme “Waves of Change and Fields of Opportunity.” See for more information.
    IAAZ (IAIA Zambia Affiliate): The Impact Assessment Association of Zambia (IAAZ) is convening an ESIA Indaba, training sessions, and their AGM in Livingstone, Zambia, from 25-29 March 2019. For more information, contact John Mutelembi ( and Stella Kayope ( or visit
    (IAIA-Québec, Canada, Affiliate) Save the date for the 27th annual conference of the AQEI. 9-10 May 2019, Montréal Center-Ville, Québec, Canada. The theme will be devoted to the issue of inclusion in impact assessment. Information will be posted at 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 by 15 February 2019. For more conference information: 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 for more information.

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