IAIA17 - 37th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment


Climate change represents a key challenge to the sustainability of global ecosystems and human prosperity in the 21st century.  Climate change goes beyond project impacts, as it affects many diverse global issues:  from water, food, and energy security to impacts on human rights and vulnerable peoples. Global climate change raises important questions of international and intergenerational justice.

Event Type:
Apr. 4-7, 2017
Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hôtel
Montréal , QC , Canada

IA science and practice are strongly challenged by climate change. IA will contribute to ensuring that future development outcomes are not jeopardized by present-day decisions, and to identifying resilient adaptation measures to reduce and manage the adverse effects of climate change.

Using our skills to adapt or mitigate the adverse effects of climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face as professionals and citizens. You are invited to join IAIA in Montréal to share information, best practices, success stories, innovations, and lessons learned with delegates from all over the world.

  • Integration of climate change in EIA, SEA, environmental and social management plans, and regional and project planning
  • Revised IA baselines integrating climate change data, uncertainties, and impacts
  • Adaptation and resilience from developed and developing countries
  • Climate finance and risk management
  • Major infrastructures adaptation measures and risk assessment
  • Capacity building transfer and communication about climate change to decision makers and different stakeholders
  • Climate change impact on policies, legislation, regulations, and “climate justice”
  • Climate change compensation and reduction/carbon capture and storage, market, and pricing
  • IAIA’s role in “climate smart(er)” impact assessment and the future
  • Climate change, extreme events, and impact assessment

  • Agriculture, forestry and fisheries
  • Mining and other large industries
  • Transportation infrastructure
  • Biodiversity and ecology
  • Corporate stewardship and risk management
  • Cultural heritage
  • Disaster and conflict
  • Energy:  Oil, gas, renewable fuels, power generation, and transmission
  • Governance and regulations
  • Health impact assessment (HIA)
  • Impact assessment law and policies
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Gender relations and environmental impact assessment
  • Public participation
  • Socioeconomic impact assessment
  • Strategic environmental assessment (SEA)
  • Large-scale territorial developments and assessment
  • Cumulative effects assessment (CEA)
  • Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP)
  • Capacity building in EIA
  • Social impact assessment (SIA)

The Association québécoise pour l’Évaluation d’Impacts (AQÉI) is honored to host the 2017 IAIA conference in Montréal. AQEI is comprised of 275 members from different sectors (private, government, non-profit organization, university), many of them working around the world in impact assessment. AQEI’s objectives are to gather all individuals, professional or non-professional, generally interested in impact assessment in view of:

  • Exchanging information on experiences and problems encountered
  • Raising the professional standards of impacts assessment
  • Broadening and improving the use of impact assessment
  • Establishing links, cooperation, and exchanges with Canadian and international associations that share similar objectives

IAIA welcomes conference sponsorship in any amount. Sponsorship can be applied either toward specific components of the conference program (e.g., coffee breaks, plenary sessions) or as a general contribution.

General contributions are always welcome, but if you would like to sponsor something specific, consider one of the following:

  • IAIA17 mobile application
  • Delegate satchels
  • Opening reception
  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunches
  • Note pads for delegates
  • Pens for delegates
  • Conference banquet
  • Theme forums
  • Concurrent sessions
  • Opening or Closing plenary
  • Final program
  • Support participation of delegates from developing countries

Why Sponsor IAIA17?
IAIA is the only interdisciplinary international association dedicated to impact assessment. Our annual conferences bring together a unique mix of experts and professionals, and a unique opportunity for you to promote your organization.  Our conference in 2015 included nearly 1000 people from 87 countries.

  • Increase your visibility before an international audience of environmental and social professionals.
  • Be recognized as a global thought leader.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
  • Be associated with other industry leaders.
  • Ensure that your company or institution information is forefront during the  conference.
  • Enhance your presence internationally.
  • Give your staff the opportunity to network with leading practitioners and experts.
  • Ensure that your company will be remembered by the delegates long after the event is over.

What benefits do Sponsors Receive?
IAIA offers five sponsorship category levels: Reef, Island, Continent, Earth, and Premier.  A detailed breakdown of benefits by category is available in the IAIA17 Sponsorship Opportunities brochure.

Benefits include:

  • Complimentary and half-price registrations
  • Recognition in IAIA e-newsletter (circulation 9,000+)
  • Ad space in the final program and IAIA web pages
  • Online recognition on the IAIA17 sponsors page
  • Recognition in final program
  • Discount on exhibit booth
  • Complimentary Corporate IAIA membership
  • Discount on training courses
  • Mention in IAIA17 news releases

Who will attend?
IAIA17 is expected to attract more than 1000 international delegates from 80+ nations around the world with a large concentration expected from North America. The annual conference provides a platform for delegates representing a variety of sectors to share and engage with each other.

In addition to conference sessions, workshops, and training courses, you will be able to choose technical visits, sightseeing tours, networking opportunities, and more.  Potential technical visits around the region include:

  • Robert-Bourassa Generating Facility, the world’s largest underground generating station
  • Lufa Farms, an agricultural and technology company specializing in new agricultural technologies in urban areas
  • Saint-Michel Environmental Complex, a multifunctional park located on the site of a former limestone quarry


Conference submissions take place in three phases.

  1. Session proposals. Session proposals are invited from May through 30 June 2016. Accepted sessions are listed on the web site in July.
  2. Paper and poster abstract submissions. From 1 August-31October, papers and posters are invited on the topics and sessions listed online. Accepted papers and posters with the primary author registered by 13 January 2017 are listed in the final program.
  3. Papers for online proceedings. Through 13 February 2017, paper and poster presenters are invited to prepare 5-page papers to be included in a paper review process for online proceedings. To be published online, the paper or poster abstract must have been accepted by the program committee, and the presenting author must be registered with fees paid by 13 January. Instructions for paper preparation and submission are provided to authors upon both submission and acceptance of a paper or poster abstract.

How To Send A Session Proposal Or A Paper/Poster Abstract

English is the primary language used at IAIA conferences. Some sessions or other activities may be held in French or have French/English simultaneous translation; however, unless otherwise noted in the preliminary or final program, sessions will be held in English.

Session chairs and paper or poster authors will receive an immediate confirmation of successful online submission. If you do not receive an immediate confirmation of submission, do not assume it has been submitted. Please try again or contact webmaster@iaia.org for assistance.

The Program Committee will notify session chairs of acceptance status for sessions by 25 July. Session chairs will notify authors of papers or posters of acceptance status by 18 November.

All session chairs and presenting authors or speakers listed in the final program are required to submit a registration form, with full conference fees paid, by 13 January 2017. Please submit a session proposal or abstract only if you will have funding to cover your travel and registration. Individuals not able to comply with the registration requirement will not be included in the program and proceedings.

REMEMBER: Early registration will also save you money! IAIA does not have funds available to pay registration and travel expenses for program participants.

Special meetings in conjunction with the conference must be listed in the preliminary program and on the registration form. Please contact IAIA HQ (info@iaia.org) for a proposal form. Forms must be received by 15 August 2016.

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