Students and Young Professionals

IAIA17 is expected to welcome up to 1,200 delegates from 80+ nations around the world. This is the largest conference in the impact assessment field and is a unique chance to present your work and receive international feedback. IAIA17 is your opportunity to network with professionals and learn about current best practice principles, recent tools, and techniques for impact assessment.

A discounted student registration fee is available, as are several student and young professional programs. Read more about these opportunities below.



IAIA is pleased to offer a student fee waiver program for IAIA17. This program allows up to 10 students a waived conference registration fee in exchange for providing in-kind services for IAIA. These services will include posting news items with information of interest to the Students and Young Professionals (SYP) Section with the intent to stimulate group discussion. Eligible students must:

  • Have submitted an accepted abstract to participate as an IAIA17 presenter (poster presentations are non-eligible) by 31 October 2016.
  • Be a current student member of IAIA, or apply for student membership
  • Submit the student fee waiver application form by 1 December 2016. No exceptions!
  • Subscribe to the SYP (Students and Young Professionals) Section in IAIAConnect and SYP LinkedIn Group upon acceptance into the program to facilitate communication.

Fee waivers are selected in part based on geographic dispersion and on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be notified by 15 December 2016 whether you have been accepted. Each student selected will be asked to pay a US$40 non-refundable processing fee at that time.

Program Guidelines

Program Application Form


A limited number of free training course registrations are available to student participants of IAIA17 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 first and second course choices to by 3 March 2017. Allocations of the free training course slots will be made by 10 March 2017, based on the order in which the requests were received and subject to instructor approval. For the description of the available training courses please go to the training section.



The Students and Young Professionals Section of IAIA invites early career IA researchers, practitioners, and post-graduate students to a half-day workshop to present their work, listen to seasoned IA practitioners and academics speak about their career paths, and participate in a speed-mentoring activity. Additional SYP social activities will be held throughout the week. This event is being organized by Claudia Valencia, Alexandra Polido, and Charles Drouin-Lavigne.

Tuesday, 4 April | 08:00-11:30
Location: Centre Sheraton Montréal Hôtel
Price: $10
Pre-registration is required.



The Rita R. Hamm IA Excellence Scholarship honors the legacy that IAIA’s former CEO has left on the organization and the field of impact assessment. One scholarship will be offered in conjunction with IAIA17, allowing a young practitioner in the region of the host country to attend. Potential candidates are those who have never attended an IAIA annual conference in the past and submit an abstract to present a paper at IAIA17 by the 31 October abstract deadline. Full application instructions are posted online here. The application deadline is 23 November 2016.


For each annual conference, IAIA gives up to 15 bursaries to young professionals in the form of waived registration fees. The recipients are expected to cover all other costs associated with attending the conference. Potential candidates are those who have never before attended an IAIA annual conference, are 30 years of age or younger, are currently employed in the field of IA, and are living and working in a country listed under the World Bank’s GNI (gross national income) categories of low-income economies, lower-middle-income economies, and upper-middle-income economies. Full application instructions are posted online here. The application deadline is 15 February 2017.



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