19 December 2014

IAIA December 2014 News

1. IAIA15 updates

IAIA15 will be held 20-23 April 2015 in Florence, Italy. For more information, visit the conference website.  The European Investment Bank is proud to be a Premier Sponsor of IAIA15.

Important Dates:
20 December: Venice technical visit must meet 10 participants to proceed
16 January:  Early bird registration deadline
16 January: Presenting author registration deadline
18 January:  Cutoff date for hotel booking discounts

Early bird & presenting author registration deadline: Early bird rates for IAIA15 run through 16 January, so register soon to take advantage of those discounted rates.  Presenting authors must also register by 16 January in order to be listed on the program.

Overnight technical visit to Venice: IAIA15 will offer a number of exciting technical visits in and around Florence, but it will also offer a post-conference overnight visit to Venice to explore the city and study the MOSE project, a series of mobile gates that protect Venice and the Venetian Lagoon area from flooding and extreme events.  All technical visits are subject to meeting the minimum number of participants, but due to the overnight hotel reservations, this visit in particular must meet a 10 delegate minimum by 20 December in order to proceed.  If you are interested in this visit, please consider registering as soon as possible to reserve your space!  Full visit details are posted on the Technical Visit page.

Hotel bookings:  Delegates are encouraged to make hotel reservations early.  Blocks of rooms with discounted rates have been reserved by the Firenze Convention Bureau; those rates are valid only through 18 January 2015 and must be booked through their official system.  Registration for the event is required to get the access code, which will be provided in the registration confirmation email. For more information, visit Plan Your Stay.

Sponsorship opportunities:  IAIA is currently seeking sponsors for the IAIA15 conference.  Download the Sponsorship Opportunities brochure in English or Italian on the IAIA15 sponsorship site to find out the various ways your company can reach out to over 1000 environmental professionals from 80+ nations.  Book your sponsorship by 1 December and receive one extra FREE registration to IAIA15.

2. Save the date: IAIA16

Mark your calendars for 8-15 May 2016 to attend IAIA’s 36th annual conference!  IAIA16 will be held in Nagoya, Japan, with a theme of “Resilience and Sustainability.”  The first announcement, call for papers, and conference website will be available in the coming months.

3. Updates from IAIA's Spanish Affiliate, AEEIA

Asociación Española de Evaluación de Impacto Ambiental (AEEIA), IAIA’s affiliate in Spain, is excited to share their new website at www.eia.es.  Spanish-speaking IAIA members are encouraged to visit the site, as lots of information is available there. 

AEEIA will be holding their next national conference, CONEIA – Congreso Nacional de Evaluacion de Impacto Ambiental, in Madrid from 11-13 March 2015.  For more information, visit www.coneia2015.com.

For more information on all of IAIA’s affiliates, visit https://www.iaia.org/affiliates-branches/affiliates.aspx.

4. IAIA Newsletter and December issue of IAPA (IAIA Members Only)

Have you checked out the IAIA newsletter lately?   Read it online for publication updates, affiliate news, and more.

The latest issue of Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal (Vol 32, Issue 4, December 2014), a special issue on “Social Licence to Operate and IA”, is also available online – IAIA members, login as a member to access the full text articles.  Non-members may view the Table of Contents and abstracts online.  Professional practice papers and book reviews are included in addition to the following articles:
  • Social licence to operate and impact assessment (Bice & Moffat)
  • Frequently asked questions about the social licence to operate (Boutilier)
  • Integrating impact and relational dimensions of social licence and social impact assessment (Parsons & Moffat)
  • Social licence to operate through a gender lens: The challenges of including women's interests in development assistance projects (Jijelava & Vanclay)
  • Does mining company-sponsored community development influence social licence to operate? Evidence from private and state-owned companies in Chile (Martinez & Franks)
  • Māori and mining: Indigenous perspectives on reconceptualising and contextualising the social licence to operate (Ruckstuhl, Thompson-Fawcett & Rae)
  • The civic virtue of developmentalism: on the mining industry's political licence to develop Western Australia (Brueckner, Durey, Pforr & Mayes)