Conference Theme

Seville Conference & Exhibition Centre (FIBES)
Seville, Spain
Dates to be announced

The recent data explosion, and the associated increase in the application of novel techniques and tools to manage and make sense of these data, are seamlessly increasing the information available to support assessments and decisions.

These advancements are potentially strengthening and bolstering impact assessment, planning, and decision-making practice through the delivery of evidence-based, spatially robust, and transparent information.

There are also indications that they can influence coordination of procedures and governance dynamics. But is the growing fl ow of spatio-temporal data and technological innovation truly leading to better assessments? Better decisions? Are we getting any wiser at taking better environmental action?

Against the backdrop of digital and technological progress, this conference aims to explore related scientific, technological, and governance developments to reflect on whether the impact assessment community is getting any smarter at bridging the science and art of impact assessment. Are we communicating scientific information
appropriately across the various governance tiers and to all relevant players? Do we understand what the “right” information is for decisionmakers and, indeed, how data
and methodological innovation are influencing decisions? Is this leading to a new era of impact assessment and thinking? Or do we remain in the status quo? These and some other contemporary questions will help address how we can make best use of scientific innovation to address current practical challenges.

Conference Topics

  • Decision impacts: How is impact assessment truly influencing decisions?

  • Strengthening the effectiveness of impact assessment through collaboration

  • Efficient communication for streamlining processes

  • Big data analytics for tackling the biodiversity crisis

  • Impact assessment and management through technological advancements

  • Information overload and impact assessment: Effectively communicating risks and uncertainties

  • Tackling contemporary environmental issues: The contribution of smart technologies to monitoring

  • Investment and financing for environmental protection

Discussions will also address general IA topics and the world of IAIA special-interest Sections.

Important Dates

  • To be announced

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About Your Host

  • EIA

    Founded in 1992, the Spanish Association for Environmental Impact Assessment (AEEIA) is a non-profi t organization for environmental practitioners in Spain.

    It is a membership-based organization that:

    • Organizes the national EIA conference every two years.
    • Advocates for good practice environmental management.
    • Accredits academic training for those seeking to enter the profession.
    • Publishes technical books and documents dealing with environmental assessment.

    Its membership is drawn from all areas of environmental practice, and includes practitioners from industry, government and academia. For more information, visit

Program & Technical Visits

In addition to conference sessions, training courses, and special meetings, we are planning a range of technical visits that will involve learning, networking, and laughter as you are introduced to this beautiful part of Spain. Some examples:

  • Gemasolar power plant and La Monclova Castle: Gemasolar is the world’s first commercial-scale plant that applies the technology of a central tower receiver and thermal storage.
  • Doñana National Park: This protected area is one of the most important wetlands in Europe and a bird-watcher’s paradise. It is located 50 kilometers outside the city.
  • Olive groves: Andalusia is one of the largest producers of olive oil in Europe. This visit will cover ecological cultivation and its contribution to diminishing the environmental impact of this agricultural model.
  • Boat trip on the Guadalquivir: This visit will meander through this iconic river, exposing contrasting and biodiversity-rich landscapes all the way to the marshes of the Doñana National Park, a biodiversity hotspot in Europe.
  • Mining Park of Rio Tinto: Now closed, the extracted minerals colored and changed the properties of the Rio Tinto waters. The resulting environmental conditions were chosen by NASA scientists to test hypothetical visits to Mars.
  • El Camorro International Bird Migration Centre: This visit will examine this international enclave, a reference for the study of the migration of birds through the Gibraltar Straight.

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About Seville

Spain is one of the world’s leading tourist destinations, boasting an immense historical, cultural, and landscape heritage throughout its territory. Seville presents Spain’s third urban tourist destination, a crossroads of all the civilizations that have settled on the banks of the River Guadalquivir. Visitors from around the world are attracted by its beauty, charm, and character, the hospitality of its people, its delicious gastronomy, and the good weather. Seville has undergone signifi cant changes in recent years to embed sustainability within the urban fabric, providing modern quality services and technological innovation while protecting its cultural, historical, and environmental heritage.