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Impact Assessment in the age of Artificial Intelligence

44th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment

1-4 May 2025
Bologna Congressi (Bologna Congress Center)

Bologna, Italy


Artificial intelligence (AI) will impact every aspect of our lives, our careers, and our environment. It is difficult to predict the effective impact of this new disruptive technology on impact assessment (IA). We are facing the opportunity of using the extraordinary potential of artificial intelligence to support our assessments and our choices.

Like any paradigm innovation capable of impacting every aspect of society, artificial intelligence requires that institutions, IA practitioners, and all stakeholders understand its importance and explore, detect, and contribute to mitigate its effective and pervasive impact on environment.

IAIA25 will create a global, comprehensive, and cooperative dialogue on the strategic role of impact assessment and impact assessment practitioners in the coming AI-based society, stimulating IAIA members and others to share their experiences and suggestions for supporting players with innovative and creative approaches and tools.

  • Open a multi-disciplinary discussion on advantages and risks of AI for IA
  • Suggest the use of data-driven approaches into ordinary IA practices
  • Enhance the knowledge of AI tools for impact assessment
  • Share the potential of AI for effective ESG assessment/disclosure/reporting
Conference topics

The conference will focus on these four thematic streams, in addition to general IA topics and the IAIA special-interest Sections:

  • Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment
  • Data-driven innovation of processes/approaches/methodologies/tools
  • Evidence-based policymaking
  • Environmental, social, and governance (ESG)

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

IAIA conferences offer 100 technical sessions or more. No matter your sector—academia, government, industry, donor, consultant, or other—there is something for you.

IAIA25 Bologna, Italy

Bologna, Italy, beckons with its rich tapestry of history, culture, and culinary delights. Wander through its medieval streets, where ancient towers stand sentinel over bustling markets and charming cafes. Indulge in the city’s gastronomic treasures, from sumptuous handmade pasta to savory mortadella. Admire architectural marvels like the iconic Two Towers and the grandiose Basilica di San Petronio. With its timeless charm and vibrant atmosphere, Bologna promises an unforgettable experience.

Invitation to Bologna, Italy, and IAIA25
Important Dates
  • 10 June 2024
    Deadline for training course proposals
  • 18 July 2024
    Deadline for session proposals (no exceptions)
  • 27 August 2024
    Session chairs notified of acceptance status
  • 2 September 2024
    Paper and poster abstract submission opens
  • 1 October 2024
    Preliminary program information will be posted as it becomes available; it will be complete by 1 October.
  • 31 October 2024
    Deadline for submission of paper or poster abstract (no exceptions)
  • 26 November 2024
    Authors notified of paper or poster acceptance status
  • 22 January 2025
    Registration and payment deadline for presenters and all individuals to be listed in the final program and proceedings (no exceptions)
  • 18 April 2025
    Deadline for draft papers
  • 30 June 2025
    Deadline for final papers
Technical visits, training courses, and more

IAIA25 will offer conference sessions, training courses, sponsored meetings, technical visits, and networking events that will promote learning, networking, and making unforgettable memories.

  • One and two-day training courses are offered in the two days prior to the start of the conference. Taught by experienced instructors, these courses cover a wide range of topics.
  • IAIA conferences often offer 100 technical sessions or more. No matter your sector—academia, government, industry, donor, consultant, or other—there is something for you.
  • Technical visits will be available before and after the conference. Hosted by IA professionals, participants will learn about projects in the region as well as experience some world-famous Italian culture.
  • Networking events such as the welcome reception, speed networking, and banquet offer entertainment and opportunities to expand your network beyond your usual circle.