Impact Assessment for Social and Economic Development
Enjoy Hotel and Casino | Viña del Mar | Chile
8-11 April 2014

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Important Dates

June 2013
Session proposal submission opens

September 2013
10 Deadline for session proposals
20 Session reviews completed; session chairs notified of acceptance status
15 Deadline for training course proposals

October 2013
15 Paper and poster abstract submission opens

December 2013
6 Deadline for paper and poster abstract submissions
9 Conference registration opens

January 2014
17 Abstract reviews completed: authors notified of acceptance status
31 Registration deadline for session chairs and all presenters and speakers
31 Early Bird Registration Closes

February 2014
14 Draft papers (optional) due
15 Technical visit and training course registrations deadline

March 2014
7 All presenters provided final information and instructions
19 Pre-registration closes
22 Final program posted online

June 2014
15 Final papers (optional) due

Attention, Students

Download the Student Info PDF

IAIA conferences offer a number of activities especially for students, and some activities that may be of special interest to students ...


What an opportunity! Where else can you gather to hear perspectives in impact assessment from 90+ nations—all in one place?

Be prepared for some out-of-the-box thinking, applying solutions developed across the world to your little corner of it. Because impact assessment is such a dynamic fi eld, you are sure to learn something new every year.




If you pay the non-member conference rate, you automatically become an IAIA member and can immediately enjoy membership benefi ts, including:


The International Association for Impact Assessment was organized in 1980 to bring together researchers, practitioners and users of various types of impact assessment from all over the world. IAIA members reside in over 120 countries. IAIA activities are carried out regionally and locally through its network of Affi liates and Branches.

IAIA's Vision: IAIA is the leading global network on best practice in the use of impact assessment for informed decision making regarding policies, programs, plans, and projects.

IAIA's Mission: IAIA provides the international forum for advancing innovation and communication of best practice in all forms of impact assessment to further the development of local, regional, and global capacity in impact assessment.

IAIA's Values: IAIA promotes the application of integrated and participatory approaches to impact assessment, conducted to the highest professional standards.

IAIA believes the assessment of the environmental, social, economic, cultural and health implications of proposals to be a critical contribution to sound decision-making processes, and to equitable and sustainable development.


Meet the Editors: An interactive workshop

Format: Workshop
Convener(s): William Ross

Come and meet the editors of leading IA journals, including the editors of IAIA's own Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal (Angus Morrison-Saunders and Francois Retief). The editors will give advice to IAIA members and potential contributors of papers about the process of writing and submitting journal articles, including the process of dealing with reviewer comments, being a reviewer, and how the publishing process works. It is all about what IAIA members need to know and provides the opportunity to meet the editors and ask questions about the mysteries of publishing a journal article.


Convener(s): IAIA HQ

Join us if you would like to learn more about IAIA's professional networking site and how it can benefi t you. Bring your questions, and we will walk through online discussions, sharing resources, and fi nding other members with similar interests. We can even take your photo and upload it to your profi le! IAIAConnect will be demonstrated at a during coff ee breaks.


IAIA Sections provide opportunities for IAIA members with mutual interests to share experiences and discuss ideas in an informal setting. Sections provide a forum for active topical debate and for development and promotion of good practice.

Each Section has its own online group forum for networking, communication and posting resources as part of IAIA's online community, IAIAConnect. Posts and resources in section groups are viewable to anyone, and IAIA members are able to join the groups and post or reply to messages.

The Student and Early Professional (SEP) group strives to provide activities and services of interest to this highly diverse segment of IAIA membership and to recruit new members in this interest area. SEP initiated the student waiver and the mentoring programs for the annual conferences.

IAIA Connect group: Students & Early Professionals

Co-chairs: Claudia Valencia and Adam Wright

Attention: Students!

Welcome Reception

The IAIA14 welcome reception is an excellent opportunity to network, meet old friends and colleagues, and make new ones to get your conference off to a great start.

Pending sponsorship.
Tuesday, 8 April
Pre-registration is required.


The week's work is nearly over, and the banquet is a cornerstone of the annual conference. Beyond the meal, which features local cuisine, the evening features local color and music to round off the night. Delegates are invited to relax and exchange conference experiences with old colleagues and new acquaintances, or take this last opportunity to meet someone you might not have had a chance to see during the week.

Pending sponsorship.
Thursday, 10 April Price: $50
Pre-registration is required.

Book Share

Please bring one or two of your favorite environmental reference books, new or recycled, as a contribution to the book share table. The books are available on a fi rst-come, fi rst-served basis to delegates who might not readily fi nd such books in their own locales.

Dine Outs

The tradition of Dine Outs is back for IAIA14. Share an evening sampling some of the region's signature food at a "pay your own way" dinner. Being such a long country stretched over a variety of landscapes, Chile has a vast range of food and drink to off er. One of the highlights of Chilean cuisine is its diversity of seafood due to its 4,270 km / 2,647 miles of coastline. Another thing not to be missed while in Chile is its high quality red wine. A local host is organizing the Dine Outs and will help you experience the best of the local cuisine in Viña del Mar and surrounds. To join, sign up on the forms that will be available in the registration area. Dine Outs are a great opportunity to meet new people .

Jobs Bulletin Board

A bulletin board specifi cally designated for job advertisements will be available in the exhibition area. If you are looking for a job or if your company has jobs to post, bring along the announcement! Also see Career Central (http://www.iaia.org/careercentral/) before and after the conference for the latest job openings.

On Twitter?

Tweet about IAIA14 before, during, and after the conference using #IAIA14.

Buffet of Ideas

IAIA14 continues a simple methodology introduced at IAIA09 for hosting conversation about issues of interest and concern.

The "Buff et of Ideas" is an informal networking session that provides participants the opportunity to create their own workshops in small groups over lunch.

This meeting method allows yet another opportunity for participants to network, sharing ideas on topics of interest and connecting with colleagues who have similar interests, but you might not meet during formal sessions.

At lunch on Tuesday, select tables will be labeled with discussion topics. Find a table with a topic you would like to discuss and have a seat. Lunch is provided, and discussion fl ows.

Delegates are encouraged to contribute topic ideas; just send a two-to-fi ve word title (e.g., "My Worst SEA Ever" or "Dealing with Diffi cult Clients") to jen@iaia.org by 15 February.

Student Registration Fee Waivers

IAIA is pleased to off er a student fee waiver program for IAIA14. This program allows up to ten students a waived conference registration fee in exchange for providing in-kind services on-site at the conference. The 10-12 hours of in-kind services will include an organizational meeting and reporting on at least two sessions, with the balance of activities being organizational or administrative duties.

Eligible students must:

Fee waivers are allocated in part based on geographic dispersion and on a fi rst-come, fi rst-served basis.

For more information, contact Loreley Fortuny at IAIA HQ (impact@iaia.org) or phone (+1.701.297.7912) for program guidelines and an application form. You will be notifi ed after 20 December 2013 whether you have been accepted. Each student selected will be asked to pay a US$40 processing fee at that time.


A limited number of free training course registrations are available to student participants of IAIA14 once courses reach their minimum paid enrollments. If you are interested, please send your name, a 300-word statement of interest explaining how the chosen training course could contribute to your research or student career, and fi rst and second course choices to (impact@iaia.org) by 7 March. Allocations of the free training course slots will be made by 14 March 2014, based on the order in which the requests were received and subject to instructor approval.


The competition began with the initiative of IAIA's Students and Early Professional Section and the Board of Directors for the purpose of promoting academic and professional development in the fi eld of impact assessment and is based on papers submitted in conjunction with presentations at the IAIA annual conference. All student-authored papers are automatically entered into the competition.

The award consists of a certifi cate mailed to the author and a featured notice in the IAIA newsletter. The winning best paper has potential to be published in IAIA's journal, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal.

Download the Student Info PDF