Justify Your Attendance

Seeking approval to attend IAIA19? Check out the justification toolkit below.

  • Reasons why you should attend IAIA19
  • Sample attendance justification letter
  • Cost worksheet


IAIA is the only interdisciplinary international association dedicated to impact assessment. Our annual conferences have brought together a unique mix of experts and professionals for over 38 years, and with over 1000 participants from 80+ countries expected in Brisbane, IAIA19 will continue that tradition.

Networking: Expand and maintain contacts with your peers, clients, and those who conduct, evaluate, and require impact assessments. Participate in one or more of many social events in a unique city.

Education & inspiration: Explore current best practice principles, recent tools, and techniques. Learn about cutting-edge IA theory and practice from around the world. Attend and participate in stimulating and thought-provoking discussions.

Options: Choose from numerous and diverse training courses, theme forums, technical visits, and nearly 100 sessions ranging from interdisciplinary approaches to topic-specific workshops.

Dissemination:  Present your work and get international feedback. Abstracts for papers and posters are invited through 19 October 2018.  After the conference, offer to give a presentation or report to staff within your own organization, sharing the materials, insights, and opportunities you received at IAIA19.



Use the sample letter below as a starting point for putting together your request for attendance. Simply copy and paste the document into an email or Word document and personalize it as necessary. This letter will help outline the value that attending IAIA19 provides not just to you as an impact assessment professional but also to your entire organization.

Dear [NAME],

I would like to request approval to attend IAIA19: Evolution or Revolution: Where next for impact assessment? to be held 29 April-2 May 2019 in Brisbane, Australia (http://conferences.iaia.org/2019). This four-day event is expected to gather over 1000 impact assessment professionals from 80+ nations.  It will give me an opportunity to share and learn best practices and network with a wide range of industry experts and peers from all over the world in a single trip

IAIA19 is the International Association for Impact Assessment’s 39th annual conference. It will be composed of plenaries with well-known keynote speakers, nearly 100 concurrent sessions, and a wide range of networking opportunities. Based on information from the IAIA website, delegates at last year’s conference found the event to be valuable:


  • 98% would recommend future IAIA conferences to their colleagues
  • 91% met at least one person they planned to contact after the conference for something related to their work
  • 85% felt they had acquired significant new information, knowledge, and/or techniques directly applicable to their work


Because this will be IAIA’s 39th annual conference, I expect IAIA19 will be much the same, and I anticipate a great opportunity for my professional development.  [If the conference theme relates directly or indirectly to your work, add a sentence to describe this.] I can attend sessions such as [insert applicable session names here; view submitted sessions at http://conferences.iaia.org/2019/sessions.php] that are directly applicable to my work and to our company. Practitioners and researchers from around the world will be presenting their case studies, results, and lessons learned. [Insert text here if you have submitted your own abstract and/or can showcase your organization!] Not only will I be able to learn from those experiences and gain new ideas and techniques, but I will also be able to meet and interact with these top-level IA experts and other local participants with whom our company could collaborate in the future.

There will also be pre-conference training courses and technical visits. I am particularly interested in [insert course or visit name], because [describe how it relates to your work].

The registration fee for this event is [see cost worksheet or registration form]. I request approval for the registration fee plus travel costs. For your convenience, I have attached an estimated breakdown of the anticipated expenses.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and please let me know if you would like additional information about IAIA19. 




To demonstrate a valuable return on investment, you should reinforce the long-term value of your conference expenses to your organization. To help you calculate your conference expenses, complete and share the cost worksheet below with your management to obtain approval.

Registration fee
(includes 10% GST)

Early bird non-member rate (until 25 January): US$820
Regular non-member rate (after 25 January): US$990


Courses, visits, and other fees

Training courses range from US$300-520. See the registration form for details, plus full price lists for technical visits, banquet tickets, and other events.





See the suggested conference hotels on the Plan Your Stay page.


Local Transportation

See various transportation options on the Plan Your Stay page.


Food Per Diem

Coffee breaks and lunches are included 3 of the 4 days. If you purchase a banquet ticket, that will cover one dinner. (If taking a training course, lunch is included for those day(s) as well.)


Visa Fees

Apply early! Visas can take weeks to months to process. Check your local embassy for rates and instructions.