IAIA20 Smartening Impact Assessment: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND
GOVERNANCE ADVANCEMENTS TOWARD
EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS
Seville Conference & Exhibition Centre (FIBES)
26-29 May 2020
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.
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.
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:
Its membership is drawn from all areas of environmental practice, and includes practitioners from industry, government and academia. For more information, visit www.eia.es.
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:
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.