IAIA21:  Guidelines and Policies for Potential Session Chairs


Thank you for your interest in IAIA’s annual conference, to be held 18-21 May 2021 in Seville, Spain. This year’s theme is “IAIA21: Smartening impact assessment in challenging times.”

If you submitted an approved abstract for IAIA20:  Your approved abstract will be carried over to IAIA21. If you want to update your submission, you can access your dashboard using the instructions in your acceptance notice. If you have MAJOR changes, please submit a new abstract and advise Jen (jen@iaia.org) that the original one from IAIA20 should be withdrawn. The new abstract is subject to review.

To ensure a smooth abstract submission and follow-up process, please note the following guidelines, policies, and tips.

Potential presenters are required to check the bottom of this form confirming that they have read and understand this information before completing the submission process.

All Presenters/Speakers Must Submit an Abstract

Two options are available:

Submit a Paper abstract

  • If you intend to present an oral summary of the findings of a prepared paper, research, or project.
  • If you are speaking in a session as an invited speaker, panelist, workshop participant, roundtable participant, etc., even if you do not have a written paper and/or do not expect to prepare a written paper.

Submit a Poster abstract

  • If you prefer to prepare a visual presentation. In a poster session, there is no formal oral presentation; instead, each author is assigned a display area on which diagrams, graphics, data, pictures/photos, and a small amount of text are presented.

Abstract Information

The following information will be required in the online form when you submit your abstract:

  • Presenting author first and last name, e-mail address, company, and country.
  • If applicable, co-author(s) first and last name, e-mail address, company, and country.
  • Title of your preferred session. Session descriptions are available at https://conferences.iaia.org/2021/sessions.php. Note that some sessions do not accept abstracts, and some sessions accept abstracts only by invitation of the session chair.
  • Title of your paper/presentation or poster (length limit 75 characters, including spaces)
  • Abstract (length limit approximately 250 words/1600 characters, including spaces) This text is used by the Program Committee to assess the quality and potential of the presentation.
  • Summary statement (limit approximately 30words/190 characters, including spaces) This text will be included online and in the mobile app to summarize your presentation for attendees.
  • Presenting author bio ((limit approximately 30 words/190 characters, including spaces) Your session chair will use this information to introduce you to attendees and will be included in the mobile app.


Presenting Author

Do not submit an abstract on behalf of someone else. This ensures that the submission record is correct and the presenter receives important conference communications from the beginning of the process.

Please ensure that the person who will be making the presentation at the conference (hereinafter referred to as “you”) is listed as the “Presenting Author,” even if that person is not, e.g., the lead writer or researcher of the paper or project.

You must attend the conference and make your presentation in person.

Session chairs may submit abstracts to the sessions they are chairing; however, they should plan to be the last speaker in the session. 

Number of Submissions

Participation as a session chair, a session co-chair, or a presenting author is limited to one session per person.

For example, you may 1) chair one session, 2) co-chair one session, or 3) be the presenter of one paper or one poster. You may be a co-author of a paper and/or a poster (i.e., not the person making the presentation) an unlimited number of times.

If your name is attached to more than one submission as a session chair, co-chair, or presenting author, only your first submission will be considered. Additional submissions and/or your name on additional submissions will be dropped from the program without further notice.

Changing or substituting session chairs is not permitted after the session chair/presenting
author registration deadline of 4 February 2021. A substitute may not exceed the one session-
per-person rule.

The limit of one session per person is new, with the intent to be able to accommodate
more individuals on the program in anticipation of a very large number of session and
paper/poster submissions, and to more strategically manage the technical program.

Submission Deadline and Confirmation of Submission

The deadline for abstracts is 29 October 2020. Submissions close at 11:59pm US Central Standard Time. (No exceptions.) It is your responsibility to address questions about submissions to HQ before this date, so that if there is a problem, we can still help you make the submission on time.

All abstracts must be submitted via the online form. Abstracts not sent via the online form will not be considered.

Upon successful submission of your abstract, you will receive an immediate online confirmation notice followed by an e-mail notice. Be sure to save the confirmation of submission notice for reference in case of a problem or question. If you do not receive these messages, your abstract has not been successfully submitted. Please try again, or contact webmaster@iaia.org for assistance.

Please do not submit “test” abstracts. If you have questions about the submission process, we will be happy to help you; please contact webmaster@iaia.org.


The primary language of the conference is English, and your abstract should be submitted in English unless you are submitting to a Spanish-only session.  


Presenting authors are required to register and pay fees by 4 February 2021. At that time, your presentation will be dropped from the program if you are not yet registered with fees paid in full. (No exceptions.)

Registration is available online beginning in October.

Funding and Visas

Please submit your abstract only if you have a budget to attend the conference or are very likely to have funding available by the registration deadline. You are responsible for arranging your own funding; IAIA does not have funds available to pay registration or travel expenses.

You are encouraged to begin planning for funding and visa arrangements now, as the processes can sometimes take several months.

Deadlines and Registration Policies

Please respect deadlines, submission guidelines, and registration policies, as they are firm. No exceptions will be made.

You are encouraged to mark your calendar with important dates and make plans before deadlines in order to avoid unexpected work or travel conflicts, technical problems, or other delays.

Publication Notice

IAIA reserves first publication rights on all conference materials. A release from IAIA must be obtained by conference participants who wish to publish elsewhere.

Communications from IAIA

Please set your spam filter to accept messages from “@iaia.org” and “IAIAweb.” IAIAweb is the address of the server that sends messages from the program committee to you via our online submission and review database, so do not reply to it.

Please take note of the notification deadlines. If you are not receiving confirmation or other notices from IAIA via email when you should, in the first instance, please check that the e-mail address you submitted is correct and that your spam filter is not blocking messages.

If you are not receiving expected communications, it is your responsibility to let us know, so that we can assist you in time to ensure that you remain on the program.

I have read, understood, and agree to comply with the guidelines and policies.