IAIA25 Sessions

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    Session Proposal ID 482

    Lead Chair: Robert  Montgomery |  CoChair:  Andy Coates

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G3. Biodiversity and ecology

    The pursuit of natural resources, rare earth metals, and critical minerals has expanded the mining footprint globally. Coupled with that growth has been the development of techniques to quantify and restore biodiversity. This session highlights those advancements and details the ways in which the mining sector can drive biodiversity conservation.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • A Balancing Act: Data, AI and Indigenous Voice in Impact Assessment

     

    Session Proposal ID 420

    Lead Chair: Aaron  Dennis

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    This session explores applications of AI in the assessment of risks and impacts to Indigenous Peoples—focusing on voice, autonomy, ethics, and sovereignty. Panelists will discuss ways if ensuring that AI systems are informed by, and responsive to, Indigenous worldviews and that Indigenous Peoples are partners in the assessment process.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • A Rights based Approach to IA: Indigenous resilience and resurgence through engaging in impact assessment. - “Can AI support the integration and meaningful use of Indigenous Knowledge in IA processes?”

     

    Session Proposal ID 428

    Lead Chair: Callie  Davies-Flett |  CoChair:  Mandy Olsgard

    Session Format: Theme forum – Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Closed

    Conference Topic: G11. Indigenous Peoples

    Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, an Indigenous community living downstream from the largest open pit mines in the world, will discuss their engagement within colonial IA processes, highlighting struggles and successes using Indigenous Knowledge as a grounding force for community-led impact assessments, development of environmental policies, and data analytics tools.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • A study notes on biodiversity change in asian region.

     

    Session Proposal ID 316

    Lead Chair: GHOORAN  MAHTO

    Session Format: Debate  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G3. Biodiversity and ecology

    Common species of most phyla recorded in 2011 had replaced into endangered and extremely endangered population group in 2015. In 2011, six of ten phyla had recorded rare species, but, in 2015 most of phyla recorded rare species group. Bees are closely ob served because their crop pollination activity. Few years before, we were seeing three types of

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Academia Research and Teaching

     

    Session Proposal ID 329

    Lead Chair: Thomas  Fischer |  CoChair:  Reece Alberts

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G1. Academia

    For this session of the academia section of IAIA we invite contributions on impact assessment (IA) research and teaching activities at higher education institutions throughout the world

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Advancements in Environmental Impact Assessment Through Digital Innovations

     

    Session Proposal ID 396

    Lead Chair: Raymond  WONG |  CoChair:  Clara U

    Session Format: Theme forum – Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    This session explores how the integration of digital AI tools and methodologies has revolutionized the practice of EIA to enhance efficiency and facilitate informed decision-making, aiming to provide a platform for EIA practitioners, researchers and policymakers to engage in a dynamic exchange of ideas and innovative solutions.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • AI & Digital Innovation in Project, Product, and Business Impact Assessment

     

    Session Proposal ID 413

    Lead Chair: Andy  Chung |  CoChair:  Ana Maria Quintero

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    This session explores AI's role in impact assessments, addressing data quality, ethical governance, & regulatory compliance. It showcases cutting-edge tools & best practices, fostering collaboration among sustainability leaders. Topics include AI applications at project, product, & business levels, with a focus on future trends & life cycle analysis.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • AI and Remote Sensing for Sustainability and Environmental and Social Risk Management

     

    Session Proposal ID 478

    Lead Chair: Gregory  Maggio |  CoChair:  egan Yellin

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    o You can’t be everywhere at once – but emerging technologies are being used at the World Bank and other organizations to enable more targeted monitoring and supervision, to better manage risks through ensuring application of environmental and social safeguards and more readily ascertain needs and opportunities for meeting development objectives.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • AI and Sustainability: The New Era of Environmental Assessment

     

    Session Proposal ID 470

    Lead Chair: Silvia  Cuba |  CoChair:  Cesar Ramos

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    This session will explore how AI can optimize Environmental Assessment through data analysis, predictive modeling, delineation of areas of influence, and public participation. Examples include version control systems for documents and algorithms that simulate environmental impact scenarios and analyze comments and opinions.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • AI and Sustainable Finance

     

    Session Proposal ID 369

    Lead Chair: Adina  Relicovschi |  CoChair:  Hakan Lucius

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G9. Governance and implementation systems

    The session will explore how the AI supports the EU Sustainable Finance agenda from setting the rules to verification and reporting. The role of AI in the implementation of the sustainability reporting and particularly the determination of impacts, risks and opportunities.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • AI for IA in Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries

     

    Session Proposal ID 464

    Lead Chair: Juan Carlos  Tejeda-González |  CoChair:  Ijeoma Vincent-Akpu

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G2. Agriculture, forestry, and fisheries

    In the context of an age of Artificial Intelligence (AI), we are looking for presentations that show how AI is being used in Impact Assessment processes within Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries activities.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • AI for Social Risk Management: Insights from World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB)

     

    Session Proposal ID 377

    Lead Chair: Rafael Corral   Coronel |  CoChair:  Brian Rafor

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    Discover how AI tools can improve social risk management in MDBs at our joint WB and ADB panel session! Learn about predictive modeling, rapid georeferenced information, involuntary resettlement/livelihood restoration tools, and social media monitoring. These tools enhance our support to clients in applying Social and Environmental Policies.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • AI in IA: Enhancing cumulative effects assessment in the era of decarbonization and self-determination

     

    Session Proposal ID 473

    Lead Chair: David  Wright |  CoChair:  Martin Olszynski

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T3. Evidence-based policymaking

    AI capabilities are set to reshape impact assessment, particularly cumulative effects analysis at the intersection of decarbonization and Indigenous self-determination. Experts from academia, industry, and Indigenous communities will discuss AI's roles and risks in balancing sustainability, community well-being, and Indigenous rights through IA.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • AI in SIA, How Far Is Too Far?

     

    Session Proposal ID 387

    Lead Chair: Andrea  Kanaris |  CoChair:  Andrea Kanaris

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G13. Social impact assessment

    Join us for a thought-provoking discussion that highlights the transformative potential of AI in SIA and critically examines the boundaries of its application. This panel encourages a nuanced understanding of how far we can go in integrating AI into SIA.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • AI in the USA: Technology’s Potential to Improve the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Impact Assessment Process

     

    Session Proposal ID 484

    Lead Chair: Michael  Smith

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    This Session examines current progress and the future potential for technology application (including AI) to improve the U.S. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) impact assessment process.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • AI supporting Indigenous Oversight-Major Projects Focus Relations in Canadian reconciliation

     

    Session Proposal ID 465

    Lead Chair: Richard  Aisaican

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    “Life Cycle of a major project impact (s) on indigenous people” Canadian reconciliation to reconciliAction.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • AI Tools in the Impact Assessment Life Cycle: An Industry Focus on Efficiencies, Risk Management, and Project Alignment

     

    Session Proposal ID 417

    Lead Chair: Lisa  Fletcher |  CoChair:  Matteo Veronesi

    Session Format: Workshop  |  Accepts Submissions: Closed

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    A workshop session to review the current use of AI tools for IA’s and to innovate opportunities to increase efficiencies and manage risks throughout the IA life cycle with a focus on Industry.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • AI-Driven Predictive Analytics for Sustainable Urban Planning

     

    Session Proposal ID 467

    Lead Chair: Luca  Sanese |  CoChair:  Davide De Filippis

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    This session will investigate the use of AI for predictive analytics in sustainable urban planning. It will explore how AI can simulate future scenarios and predict the environmental, social, and economic impacts of urban planning decisions and will discuss the potential of AI in promoting long-term urban sustainability.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Application of AI to E&S Workflows to Expand Human Expert Capacity - Case study

     

    Session Proposal ID 361

    Lead Chair: Ildiko  Almasi Simsic

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Closed

    Conference Topic: S1. Special to IAIA

    AI is here and it is up to us how we use it. Get to know the research and thought process behind the scenes that lead to the development of myESRA, PrivateESRA and geoESRA, the first products of E&S Solutions. Let us take you through a full impact assessment workflow supported by AI – strictly under human supervision!

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Applying a Proactive Approach to Early Screening of Environmental and Social Risks in Mining and Infrastructure Projects.

     

    Session Proposal ID 487

    Lead Chair: Raymi   Beltran |  CoChair:  Rosa Ocana

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G4. Climate change

    This session will delve into the importance of conducting an initial environmental and social screening of mining and infrastructure projects to identify material risks and impacts and potential shortcomings in meeting IFC Performance Standards at an early stage to address them proactively and comprehensively.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Applying AI to Consolidate Gender-Based Violence Data for Effective Risk Assessment

     

    Session Proposal ID 450

    Lead Chair: Luiza  Nora |  CoChair:  Harjot Kaur

    Session Format: Theme forum – Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    The session will highlight the importance of consolidating data sources to create more comprehensive risk assessments, innovation, and vigilance in deploying AI solutions for GBV interventions and encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing among stakeholders to enhance the effectiveness of AI tools in supporting GBV survivors.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Applying and strengthening qualitative methods for effective IA

     

    Session Proposal ID 355

    Lead Chair: John  Sinclair |  CoChair:  Heidi Walker

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    IA professionals are testing, and looking for, innovative ways to apply qualitative methods to meet the demands of evolving IA frameworks, including with the use of AI. This IAIA session brings together global IA leaders to share and discuss approaches for effectively integrating qualitative methods into IA.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Are Competent Experts & Capacity Building still core to IA in spite of AI?

     

    Session Proposal ID 466

    Lead Chair: Josh  Fothergill

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G9. Governance and implementation systems

    Exploring where we stand in 2025 on IA professional capabilities, expertise expectations and capacity building across nations, regions and FI. Papers will provide different takes, perhaps considering the EU’s requirement for EIA Competent Experts after 10years, FI capacity building initiatives, or whether IA skills are needed in the AI age...

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Capacity Building for Impact Assessment (IA)

     

    Session Proposal ID 463

    Lead Chair: Bryan  Alamani

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Building Capacity for Impact Assessment (IA) Practitioners. What are the pros and cons? Who or What ensures quality and accountability?

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Artificial Intelligence and Indigenous Data in Impact Assessments

     

    Session Proposal ID 456

    Lead Chair: Jennifer  Campbell |  CoChair:  Melanie Demers

    Session Format: World Café  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: G11. Indigenous Peoples

    An evolving digital landscape provides opportunities for new approaches for the ethical use of AI when applied to Indigenous data. In this workshop session, participants will discuss possible applications of AI and interactions with global principles of Indigenous data sovereignty when working with Indigenous Knowledge and data in impact assessment

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for the Water Sector

     

    Session Proposal ID 338

    Lead Chair: Chioma  Nwakanma |  CoChair:  Ijeoma Favour Vincent-Akpu

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G8. Emerging technologies

    With increase in global industrialization at various scale level, water and wastewater treatment may encounter a myriad of challenges including the need to maintain water quality standards, optimization of energy consumption and minimizing cost of production. The challenge of accurate and timely measurements is essential for various applications.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Artificial Intelligence and Social Audits of Infrastructure Projects in East Africa: Reflections on Current Practice and Future Prospects

     

    Session Proposal ID 483

    Lead Chair: Edward  Ontita

    Session Format: Theme forum – Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    The paper delves into how AI has been applied in social audits of infrastructure projects in East Africa. It takes an ethnographic perspective with the author deeply implicated in the analysis.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Artificial Intelligence Pros & Cons; A Collective Perspective on a Modern Tool to Support More Meaningful Assessments

     

    Session Proposal ID 384

    Lead Chair: Jonathan  Ward |  CoChair:  Lorenzo Danzi

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: please make a selection

    Explore diverse perspectives on AI in Impact Assessment with a panel of industry, government, Indigenous community, and consultant representatives. Hear about the benefits and challenges of AI adoption, offering insights into AIs future role in Impact Assessment.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Asian S3EA: Strategic, Spatial and Sustainable EA in AI era

     

    Session Proposal ID 318

    Lead Chair: Kii  Hayashi |  CoChair:  Jong-Gwan Jung

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: S1. Special to IAIA

    The advancement of remote sensing technology and information technology, spatial analysis with a variety of environmental, social and economic items received a big attention in AI era. This session will focus on IA examples which support the strategic decision including SEA and utilized the well-organized spatial scale analysis for achieving.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Assessing the Impact of Strategic Partnerships: A Data-Driven Approach

     

    Session Proposal ID 434

    Lead Chair: Faisal  Aldakhil

    Session Format: Theme forum – Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: S1. Special to IAIA

    Explore data-driven methodologies for assessing the impact of strategic partnerships, featuring case studies and best practices from the Royal Commission for AlUla.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Assessing the impacts of food systems: experiences from the UN RBAs

     

    Session Proposal ID 426

    Lead Chair: Arundhati  Willetts |  CoChair:  Maria Rita Borba

    Session Format: World Café  |  Accepts Submissions: Closed

    Conference Topic: G2. Agriculture, forestry, and fisheries

    The world’s food systems need to deliver adequate, nutritious diets for all, while ensuring decent livelihoods for all involved in the food system chain. This session explores lessons learned from past experiences of the UN RBAs to ensure more sustainable implementation of food production interventions in fragile contexts.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Assessing the Sweeping Human Rights Impacts of Artificial Intelligence and Related Information and Communications Technologies

     

    Session Proposal ID 349

    Lead Chair: Hana  Ivanhoe

    Session Format: Workshop  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    The tech industry poses significant risk to global human rights and economic equality by spreading disinformation, targeting vulnerable populations, inciting election violence, and exacerbating ethnic/ racial conflicts. Addressing these threats through human rights impact assessments is crucial to ensuring a rights respecting, just and equal world.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Assessment of climate-related disasters and adaptation actions

     

    Session Proposal ID 366

    Lead Chair: Emdad  Haque

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G4. Climate change

    The proposed session will engage in a discussion on how the assessment methods on climate change-related disasters can be improved by accounting for both economic and non-economic losses and damages. You will also learn about assessment methods of positive and negative impacts of adaptation action programs.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Bioregional Impact Assessment

     

    Session Proposal ID 442

    Lead Chair: Rufus  Howard

    Session Format: Workshop  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: G3. Biodiversity and ecology

    Bioregional Impact Assessment is an innovative approach to the evolution of EIA and SEA by blending the concepts and philosophy of Bioregionalism with the practice of Impact Assessment. This workshop explores the concept and tenets of Bioregional thinking and how this could be applied to IA to improve outcomes.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Blue economy, SEA and Marine Spatial Planning

     

    Session Proposal ID 373

    Lead Chair: Arthur  Neher |  CoChair:  Alexandre Puisais

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G3. Biodiversity and ecology

    We invite people and organization’s to share their experiences with SEA and Marine and Coastal Spatial Planning aiming to share lessons learned that can be used in the development of SEA guidance for Marine Spatial Planning asked for by the United Nations Treaty of the High Seas.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Bridging Knowledges in Impact Assessment

     

    Session Proposal ID 423

    Lead Chair: Kristine  Lawson

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G13. Social impact assessment

    How can AI support us to deepen discussions across project data sets (technical, ecological, indigenous, social, local) so we can approve projects that uphold the values and needs of all concerned parties in equitable ways? Can AI help us achieve efficiencies in analysis across these objectives?

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Bridging Socio-economic Cost-Benefit Analysis with Environmental and Social Impact Assessments for Enhanced Decision Making

     

    Session Proposal ID 414

    Lead Chair: Cyntha  Nijmeijer

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T3. Evidence-based policymaking

    This session invites paper submissions that address the convergence of socio-economic CBA with ESIA. We seek contributions that demonstrate methodologies for integrating these analyses, highlight case studies where this integration has been successfully implemented, or propose frameworks for improving such interdisciplinary approaches.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Bridging the Digital Divide: Enhancing EIA in Low and Middle-Income Countries

     

    Session Proposal ID 392

    Lead Chair: Edy  Blom |  CoChair:  Landry Fanou

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G9. Governance and implementation systems

    The Netherlands Commission for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) leverages its deep expertise to enhance the quality of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) in low and middle-income countries. The session will explore current challenges, solutions and best practices to promote digital inclusion in the IA arena, advancing global sustainable develop

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Can AI be an Effective Tool for Supporting Country Biodiversity and Forestry Assessments?

     

    Session Proposal ID 412

    Lead Chair: Josh  Habib |  CoChair:  Carol Zurawski

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G3. Biodiversity and ecology

    Can AI be an effective tool for supporting Biodiversity and Forestry Assessments in a particular country or region? A panel of governmental and non-governmental representatives would offer diverse perspectives on uses of AI to examine baseline situations, develop mapping/remote sensing, and strategy planning in biodiversity protection.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Can AI help to assess the benefits of mitigation measures of national infrastructure?

     

    Session Proposal ID 427

    Lead Chair: Mojca  Hrabar |  CoChair:  Aleš Kregar

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    Can AI help to assess and compare the benefits of mitigation measures for reducing environmental impacts of national infrastructure, and overall environmental impact of the added value-creating organizations as users of the national infrastructure? We invite you to present experiences, opinions or methods of such assessment using AI.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Can AI project future IA baseline conditions using today’s emerging data?

     

    Session Proposal ID 422

    Lead Chair: Aaron  Goldschmidt

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    Can AI model future baseline conditions in a world of rapidly changing environments where newly collected data is only beginning to reveal such changes? Can AI predict successive changes as today’s data may only represent a transition from historically stable environmental conditions to the new ‘norm’ resulting from climate change?

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Can AI separate a project's environmental impact from climate change?

     

    Session Proposal ID 446

    Lead Chair: Aleš  Kregar

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    We invite you to present experiences or methods of using AI to combine data about projects’, their environment, or their environmental impact, which also considers climate change, in order to characterise and predict the properties of a project’s impact on the environment.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Can AI support long-term monitoring and adaptive management?

     

    Session Proposal ID 342

    Lead Chair: Janet  Blackadar

    Session Format: Theme forum – Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    With the marked increase in the number of large projects proposed for offshore and other more remote areas, does AI give us the opportunity to more effectively and efficiently manage large data sets generated to better inform mitigation monitoring and adaptive management approaches?

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Can green investments be socially sustainable?

     

    Session Proposal ID 455

    Lead Chair: Ana Maria  Esteves |  CoChair:  Tatjana Gerling

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Closed

    Conference Topic: T4. Environmental, social, and governance reporting and disclosure ESG

    This panel will critically examine ‘green investing’ through a social sustainability lens. Panelists representing development banks and stock exchanges will analyse financing for projects that meet climate AND gender objectives: Are these socially sustainable? Can IA contribute to ensuring socially sustainable investing? Can AI in IA support?

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Can IA be more ‘future-smart’ - incorporating Futures Thinking in IA

     

    Session Proposal ID 375

    Lead Chair: Nicholas   King

    Session Format: Theme forum – Workshop  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    Futures thinking incorporates a diversity of approaches beyond linear projections of present contexts to assist improved understanding of future contexts, new trends, and their interactions and compounding effects with existing trends and each other. Incorporating futures thinking in IA will assist in ensuring IA-enabled decision-making is ‘future-smart’.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Challenges Facing the IA Process in Developmental Projects: An African Perspective

     

    Session Proposal ID 477

    Lead Chair: Kojo  Amoyaw-Osei |  CoChair:  Nana Akesseh

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G9. Governance and implementation systems

    Explores the challenges of IA in Africa’s developmental projects, focusing on regulatory deficiencies, corruption, political interference, conflicting interests, and stakeholder engagement hurdles. It features expert insights, case studies, and interactive discussions to identify solutions and best practices for improving IA effectiveness.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Challenges of AI for accountability and ethical practice

     

    Session Proposal ID 389

    Lead Chair: Alan  Chenoweth

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G8. Emerging technologies

    AI has the potential to dilute our personal professional accountability, as data will increasingly be collected and analysed by algorithms - is this an ethical challenge to our profession? Or can AI itself present solutions to the problem it's creating ?

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Challenging Implementation of Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment Standards

     

    Session Proposal ID 454

    Lead Chair: Christopher  Polglase |  CoChair:  Justin Bedard

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G6. Cultural heritage

    In this session, we will present case studies related to the implementation of existing cultural heritage practice standards. Anticipated examples will relate to the incorporation of World Heritage sites in broader impact assessments and how to integrate the expectations of intangible heritage and FPIC into impact assessments.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Charlie Wolf and Connection

     

    Session Proposal ID 326

    Lead Chair: Myungjin  Kim

    Session Format: Theme forum – Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: S1. Special to IAIA

    Charlie Wolf passed away on February 5, 2015. For his dead 10th anniversary we would like to memorize his lessons. He was so passionate to seek deepen the understanding and insight of people in some areas whose own lives are involved and affected. His connections were made to the people and places. Let us explore his lessons to connections.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Closing the Equity Gap: AI Opportunities and Challenges in Impact Assessment

     

    Session Proposal ID 344

    Lead Chair: Bryce  Gallant

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    Bringing together perspectives from across the globe, this session explores how artificial intelligence (AI) is used in impact assessments to address equity gaps at different stages of the IA process. Conversations will explore how AI is used across socio-economic-political contexts, highlight stories of success, and interrogate emerging challenges

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Critical Habitat Assessment for No Net Loss in Linear Infrastructure Projects

     

    Session Proposal ID 445

    Lead Chair: Anupam  Joshi |  CoChair:  Josefo Tuyor

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G3. Biodiversity and ecology

    Developing countries are seeing infrastructure development but have limited technical capacity for critical habitat and cumulative impact assessment for devising no net loss or net gain approaches and strategies. This session will analyze the steps applied towards CHA and review the measurement and monitoring tools for achieving NNL and NG.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Critical Raw Materials and EU financing

     

    Session Proposal ID 408

    Lead Chair: Damir  Petrovic

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: G9. Governance and implementation systems

    The session will offer an insight into the financial investments into Critical Raw Materials needed to attain net zero scenario and the role that EU can play.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Cultural Heritage in EIA: harnessing AI for preservation and progress

     

    Session Proposal ID 435

    Lead Chair: Louise  Tizzard |  CoChair:  David Norcott

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    What does the implementation of responsible AI mean for cultural heritage component of EIA’s? This session aims to explore existing and potential use of AI, to reflect on the challenges and ethical considerations of its use and on the necessary cross-disciplinary collaboration required to implement these solutions.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Cultural Heritage in Strategic Environmental Assessment

     

    Session Proposal ID 479

    Lead Chair: Arlene  Fleming

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G6. Cultural heritage

    The session includes presentations on effective inclusion of culture and cultural heritage in SEA, and proposals for doing so in the future.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Cumulative Effects Assessment, Monitoring and Management: State-of-the-Art

     

    Session Proposal ID 346

    Lead Chair: Jill  Blakley |  CoChair:  Bram Noble

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    This session showcases cutting-edge concepts and practice featured in the recent Special Issue of Environmental Management focused on global innovations in cumulative effects assessment, monitoring, and management, as well as other relevant peer-reviewed journals.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Data protection in Social Impact Assessment

     

    Session Proposal ID 472

    Lead Chair: Ilse  Aucamp

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T4. Environmental, social, and governance reporting and disclosure ESG

    Data protection extends beyond compliance with laws—it forms the cornerstone of ethical business practice and customer relationship management. This session invites papers on how data protection can be ensured in SIA processes, what the consequences are of not protecting data and why it is important.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Data-Based Innovation for Impact Assessment: Risks and Scenario Simulation

     

    Session Proposal ID 495

    Lead Chair: JAIIME  RAMIREZ

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    Explore data-driven impact assessment focusing on risk management and scenario simulation. Learn to predict and analyze project outcomes using advanced tools like big data analytics and predictive modeling. Engage with real-world case studies and interactive elements for practical insights.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Data-driven social risk management methods and tools for central and local use

     

    Session Proposal ID 443

    Lead Chair: Nneka  Okereke |  CoChair:  Anna Nordenmark Severinsson

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    Social and environmental risk management is necessary to comply with standards for environmental and social sustainability. The session will explore new innovative data driven processes, methodologies and tools for managing social risks, either as nationally uniform tasks or as tasks delegated to local governments.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Disasters, Conflict and Impact Assessment: What has been done? What is new?

     

    Session Proposal ID 356

    Lead Chair: Charles  Kelly

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G7. Disasters and conflict

    Disasters and conflicts are major disruptors of development, and lives. This session provides a venue to present on assessing impacts during conflicts and crises and lessons which have, or need to be, been learned.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Effective Integration of Climate Change Risks in Impact Assessment

     

    Session Proposal ID 468

    Lead Chair: Roberto  Mezzalama |  CoChair:  Christine Wissink

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G4. Climate change

    Integrating climate change risk assessment in the environmental and social assessment process is complex and requires re-imagining the whole process. This session will invite practitioners, reviewers, proponents and regulators to share experiences and define ways of making the integration more effective and meaningful.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Embracing Nature: From Grey Solutions to Nature Based Solutions

     

    Session Proposal ID 438

    Lead Chair: Jacobiene   Ritsema

    Session Format: Workshop  |  Accepts Submissions: please make a selection

    Conference Topic: G3. Biodiversity and ecology

    Embrace Nature. As IA practitioners we are often comparing 'grey alternatives'. In this workshop we will explore nature-based solutions instead. Get ready to be inspired and find out more about how nature can help solve technical problems and how you can promote NBS in your projects through expert presentations and an interactive workshop.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Emerging AI applications in IA

     

    Session Proposal ID 416

    Lead Chair: Alan  Bond |  CoChair:  Jiri Dusik

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    The session aims to identify emerging and innovative uses of AI in Impact Assessment. Case studies or hypothetical applications are both welcome, provided that they are novel.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT: Alternatives in food production and processing

     

    Session Proposal ID 394

    Lead Chair: VITUS  OWINO

    Session Format: Theme forum – Workshop  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G11. Indigenous Peoples

    Have a brief introduction on the topic of energy and environment (giving examples). Then narrowing down to the topic of cooking fuel under food production and processing. Especially in the developing nations, efficient and effective alternatives at no cost or lowest cost are the best way forward.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Enhancing Cumulative Effects Assessment in the Decarbonization Self-Determination Era

     

    Session Proposal ID 471

    Lead Chair: David  Wright |  CoChair:  Martin Olszynski

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T3. Evidence-based policymaking

    AI capabilities are set to reshape impact assessment, particularly cumulative effects analysis at the intersection of decarbonization and Indigenous self-determination. Experts from academia, industry, and Indigenous communities will present discuss AI's roles and risks in balancing sustainability, community impact, and Indigenous rights.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Environmental and social risk classification chess (specialists vs AI)

     

    Session Proposal ID 401

    Lead Chair: Warren  Mayes

    Session Format: Theme forum – Workshop  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    This session asks participants to anonymously classify the E&S risk of anonymous real-world project proposals and results compared and discussed with use of polling software. Simulating the great world chess super computer encounters, the session will then use an AI bot to perform the same risk classification analysis and the results compared.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Environmental Impact Assessment in the AI Era. The Case for AI in Baselining Biodiversity.

     

    Session Proposal ID 486

    Lead Chair: Julia  Tims |  CoChair:  Laura Plant

    Session Format: Theme forum – Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G3. Biodiversity and ecology

    This theme forum will bring together some of the world’s leading technology experts to discuss the future of AI-enhanced biodiversity data collection and its value for impact assessment, monitoring, and conservation. We invite real world examples from practitioners and insights from futurists on what lies ahead.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Essential AI Learnings: ESIA Tools from Multilateral Financial Institutions

     

    Session Proposal ID 474

    Lead Chair: Hak Joo  Song |  CoChair:  Atiyah Curmally

    Session Format: Theme forum – Workshop  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    Explore AI-powered ESIA tools currently in use by leaders from WB, ADB, IFC, UN, and more. Gain insights into the cutting edge with the help of LLMs and geospatial scoping tools enabled by AI and hundreds of data layers. Join Q&A and discover how AI is revolutionizing ESIA with MFIs.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Essential AI Learnings: Workflow Management for ESIA from MFIs

     

    Session Proposal ID 451

    Lead Chair: Tracy  Hart |  CoChair:  Felix Oku

    Session Format: Theme forum – Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    Join our panel of leaders from the World Bank, ADB, IFC, and more, exploring AI integration into ESIA. Gain insights on AI-driven workflow efficiency, data management, and collaboration. Engage in Q&A and discover how AI is revolutionizing ESIA with MFIs.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Evidence-base in Impact Assessment: The Role of Spatial Data and GIS-based Decision-Support Tools

     

    Session Proposal ID 358

    Lead Chair: Ainhoa   González

    Session Format: Workshop  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T3. Evidence-based policymaking

    This section aims to explore advancements in the use of spatial data and GIS-based decision-support tools for evidence-based impact assessments, with emphasis on national applied methods and tools.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Evironmental and Social Management Systems: Transforming EIAS into actions

     

    Session Proposal ID 324

    Lead Chair: Juan Carlos  Paez Zamora |  CoChair:  Alejandra Catacoli

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G9. Governance and implementation systems

    The discussion will explore strategies for translating Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAS) into actionable steps at the project level to promote sustainability. The panel will draw on lessons learned from implementing Environmental and Social Management Systems (ESMS) in projects, incorporating experiences from the Global South.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Evolving the state of the art in Psycho-social impact assessment

     

    Session Proposal ID 390

    Lead Chair: Helen  Ross

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T3. Evidence-based policymaking

    Psycho-social impact assessment (PSIA) is an evolving field, ripe for further conceptual and practical development. How do PSIs occur, in different contexts? What environmental, cultural, and social inequalities are involved? What methodologies help us understand them? Is there a role for artificial intelligence? How can PSIs be reduced?

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Expanding AI in SIA within Urban Planning and ESG

     

    Session Proposal ID 405

    Lead Chair: Alias  Rameli |  CoChair:  Noraida Saludin

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G13. Social impact assessment

    The rapid advancement of AI presents opportunities and challenges in urban planning and SIA. This session explores AI's potential, highlighting data privacy, ethical concerns, and trust-building. It suggests strategies for effective integration, enhancing SIA accuracy and efficiency, and fostering collaboration and innovation amidst evolving impact

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Exploring advantages and risks of AI for Environmental, Social, and Governance Impact Assessment in remote Indigenous communities in Australia

     

    Session Proposal ID 368

    Lead Chair: Tracey  Wilson

    Session Format: World Café  |  Accepts Submissions: Closed

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    The World Cafe topics will facilitate a comprehensive discussion, encouraging participants to share insights, experiences, and ideas on leveraging AI for ESG impact assessment in remote and Indigenous communities while considering both the advantages and the risks involved.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Exploring AI for Effective Stakeholder Engagement in Impact Assessments

     

    Session Proposal ID 453

    Lead Chair: Harjot  Kaur

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    Promote reflective discussion on use of AI for more agile mapping of stakeholders, predicting stakeholders’ concerns and analyzing their feedback using AI-generated analytics, communication strategies based on AI-supported insights for more inclusive, and impactful stakeholder engagement as part of social impact assessments in high risks projects.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Exploring the use of AI to tackle the social implications of climate change

     

    Session Proposal ID 458

    Lead Chair: Alessandro  Casartelli |  CoChair:  Alice Schoonejans

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G4. Climate change

    This session will delve into the intersection of AI and climate change, focusing on its social implications. It will discuss the specific social risks and impacts of climate change, as well as how AI can assess and mitigate/adapt to such risks and impacts, while recognizing AI limitations and paradoxes.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Factors for Gender-Based Violence, Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Sexual Harassment Vulnerability: Evidence from GKMA SWP

     

    Session Proposal ID 334

    Lead Chair: Charlotte  Akwaah-Adjei |  CoChair:  Najma Iddrisu Mekey

    Session Format: Theme forum – Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G13. Social impact assessment

    The session presents GBV/SEA/SH framework for Water Sanitation and Hygiene Infrastructure Development. This sought for sustainable and resilient social development in low-income unban communities in Ashanti Region of Ghana.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • From Data to Action: Shaping Sustainable Projects with AI-Enhanced Impact Assessment

     

    Session Proposal ID 430

    Lead Chair: Paul  Krause |  CoChair:  Juliane Baquiran

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    This session draws upon experienced IA practitioners to discuss experience in using artificial intelligence tools. Each panelist will present their experience and thoughts on various AI tools followed by a Q&A session. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the first-hand use of AI in the IA.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Global perspectives on Public Participation, best and worst case examples

     

    Session Proposal ID 437

    Lead Chair: Abel  Knipping |  CoChair:  Dennis Kamperman

    Session Format: please make a selection  |  Accepts Submissions: please make a selection

    Conference Topic: G12. Public participation

    Inspiring and energetic Pecha Kucha session in which experts from all over the world share their best and worst case example of their experiences in public participation. How do you make sure that all PAP's are involved? What mistake do you want to share that learned you a lot from? How do you handle

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Global Perspectives on the Evolution of Impact Assessment (IA) Effectiveness

     

    Session Proposal ID 395

    Lead Chair: Francois  Retief |  CoChair:  Reece Alberts

    Session Format: Workshop  |  Accepts Submissions: Closed

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    This workshop aims to critically reflect on global perspectives on Impact Assessment (IA) effectiveness. It relies on a real time online international survey to be completed, analyzed and discussed during the workshop. We therefore invite anybody who is interested in the effectiveness and future directions of IA to attend.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Going Digital, Staying Human: Technology and social impact assessment

     

    Session Proposal ID 429

    Lead Chair: Sara  Bice

    Session Format: Workshop  |  Accepts Submissions: Closed

    Conference Topic: G13. Social impact assessment

    Technology, including online consultation and AI, is changing human interactions central to SIA. Join us to explore how technologies influence that most human of impact assessments, SIA. Learn from international examples, debate opportunities and challenges. Collaboratively draft an IAIA FasTips on ‘Integrating Technology into SIA."

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Green ammonia: Challenges and opportunities in conducting a comprehensive assessment of impacts from production to consumption for a complex emerging industry

     

    Session Proposal ID 475

    Lead Chair: Chiara  Giacchino |  CoChair:  Lubin Grosbuis

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G8. Emerging technologies

    A green ammonia production boom is needed to respond to a growing demand while staying aligned with climate goals. How do we assess this new activity which may involve several developers, combine different industries and generate unprecedented impacts? Join us to discover this fascinating industry and navigate in its complexity!

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Handbook on Health Impact Assessment

     

    Session Proposal ID 353

    Lead Chair: francesca  viliani

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: T3. Evidence-based policymaking

    A panel, drawn from the over 40 authors who contributed to the “Handbook on Health Impact Assessment”, will present and discuss the role that HIA, public health, impact assessment and new technologies can play in addressing the challenges we face globally.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Harnessing Artificial Intelligence for Enhanced Impact Assessment: Innovations, SDG Alignment, and Best Practices

     

    Session Proposal ID 331

    Lead Chair: Aiman  Albarakati

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    This session explores the integration of AI in impact assessments through expert panel discussions, addressing ethical challenges, innovative applications, and SDG alignment.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Harnessing Data Analytics and AI for Strategic ESG Management

     

    Session Proposal ID 494

    Lead Chair: EDNA LILIANA  RODRIGUEZ

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: T4. Environmental, social, and governance reporting and disclosure ESG

    This session explores leveraging data analytics and AI for strategic ESG management, enhancing relevance and fostering innovative social and environmental solutions. Interactive elements, including gamification, will engage participants. A concluding game will consolidate learning and provide insights into effective ESG management.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Help finalise best practice principles in participation, AI assisted!

     

    Session Proposal ID 397

    Lead Chair: Tanya  Burdett

    Session Format: Solution room  |  Accepts Submissions: Closed

    Conference Topic: G12. Public participation

    An interactive ‘solution room’ session to help finalise the refresh of the IAIA Public Participation Best Practice Principles, Fastips and Key Citations. No prior experience needed! With the help of some AI, we’ll guide you through the process, but do bring your creativity and innovative insights.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • How can AI improve IA Follow-up practice?

     

    Session Proposal ID 330

    Lead Chair: Jos  Arts |  CoChair:  Angus Morrison-Saunders

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    The aim of this session is to explore and discuss the potential of AI for improving IA follow-up. Participants are invited to discuss promising application or approaches, and to critically reflect on using AI in IA follow-up.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Human Rights Impact Assessment of Digital Technology

     

    Session Proposal ID 367

    Lead Chair: Andy  Symington |  CoChair:  Gabriela Factor

    Session Format: Theme forum – World Café  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    As the rollout of digital technologies continues at pace, it is critical that human rights risks and impacts of AI systems are assessed and addressed. This session will share examples of human rights impact assessment of digital technology systems and their application.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Human-centric AI implementation into ESIA and CSR

     

    Session Proposal ID 388

    Lead Chair: GIUSEPPE  MAGRO

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G9. Governance and implementation systems

    The purpose of the session is to explore, share and disseminate basic principles, practical methodologies and innovative technologies for a new human-centric AI implementation into governance and permitting system (ESIA, CSR). Participants will have the opportunity to share and improve their IA background skills required in the age of AI.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • IA for offshore wind in Nova Scotia: Mi’kmaw knowledge and western science

     

    Session Proposal ID 407

    Lead Chair: Ian  Stewart

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    The offshore wind sector provides distinctive challenges for the data-driven requirements of IA in Atlantic Canada. How do we respect and include Mi’kmaq knowledge and culture, which sometimes is not easily reducible to ‘data’, while leveraging the data-driven scientific advances in remote sensing, marine management, and artificial intelligence?

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • IAIA and Cumulative Effects: a new section and a busy future

     

    Session Proposal ID 383

    Lead Chair: Martin  Haefele |  CoChair:  Johanna Gordon

    Session Format: Workshop  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: S1. Special to IAIA

    Anyone interested in cumulative effects assessment is invited to share, contemplate, poke holes, and reformulate ideas to shape IAIA’s new Cumulative Effects Section. The session will use an interactive workshop format to brainstorm ideas in groups, evaluate the ideas of other groups and map out an action plan.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • IAIA Climate Change Action Plan: What’s New? What’s Next?

     

    Session Proposal ID 357

    Lead Chair: Pantea  Niksirat |  CoChair:  Sumia Mohamed

    Session Format: Theme forum – World Café  |  Accepts Submissions: Closed

    Conference Topic: G4. Climate change

    We will review the status of IAIA’s Climate Change Action Plan and identify next steps by seeking member input for the prioritisation and implementation of actions. Our goal is to generate new action items to achieve climate change mitigation and adaptation targets in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Identifying potential health impacts of the use of Artificial Intelligence

     

    Session Proposal ID 359

    Lead Chair: Margaret  Douglas |  CoChair:  Liz Green

    Session Format: Workshop  |  Accepts Submissions: Closed

    Conference Topic: G10. Health

    Artificial intelligence could have transformative effects on many areas of life affecting multiple health determinants. This participatory workshop will involve a health impact screening exercise to identify and prioritise some potential areas of health impact and affected populations to be further explored.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Identifying real-world solutions to support women in green transition energy projects

     

    Session Proposal ID 385

    Lead Chair: Camille  O. Dallaire

    Session Format: Workshop  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T3. Evidence-based policymaking

    Green transition developments have gendered impacts that negatively affects women's well-being and empowerment. Research must investigate these impacts and their mitigations to support gender equality. This workshop brings together international experts to discuss real-world challenges and solutions focusing on case-studies and experiences.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Impact Assessment and Governance for Climate Adaptation in Megacities

     

    Session Proposal ID 391

    Lead Chair: Yuan  Xu |  CoChair:  Daniel Guttman

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G4. Climate change

    Climate risks are causing serious damage to human lives and properties, especially in megacities where these risks are concentrated. This session invites contributions on impact assessment and governance, which are crucial for localized climate adaptation in both developed and developing countries with highly heterogeneous capacities and agendas.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Impact Assessment of Innovative Climate Adaptation Techniques in the Developing Global South

     

    Session Proposal ID 382

    Lead Chair: M. Jahangir Alam  Chowdhury

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G4. Climate change

    The proposed session will focus on assessing the impacts of innovative climate change adaptation techniques in the developing global south. It will provide a platform for sharing insights on successful approaches, identifying failures, and making informed decisions on scaling up climate change adaptation initiatives.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Impact Assessment of Mine Closure for Post-Mining Transitions

     

    Session Proposal ID 337

    Lead Chair: Sara Bjørn  Aaen |  CoChair:  Izhar Mithal Jiskani

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G13. Social impact assessment

    This session focuses on the crucial role of impact assessment (IA) in navigating the complexities of mine closure and facilitating successful post-mining transitions. It explores the current effectiveness of mine closures and how IAs can facilitate responsible mine closures by addressing environmental, social, and economic challenges and fostering community resilience.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Impact Assessments, the Sustainable Development Goals and Extractive Industries: Critical Explorations of Processes, Practices, and Outcomes

     

    Session Proposal ID 421

    Lead Chair: Cecilia  Campero |  CoChair:  Tracy Smith-Carrier

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T4. Environmental, social, and governance reporting and disclosure ESG

    Impact assessments, the sustainable development goals and extractive industries are inextricably linked. However, a key concern is whether in addressing these intersections the appropriate processes and practices are engaged to produce the desired outcomes. We welcome diverse theoretical and methodological approaches, and more.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Implementation of environmental and social standards in "fragility conflict and violence" settings: challenges and solutions

     

    Session Proposal ID 321

    Lead Chair: Gael  Gregoire

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G7. Disasters and conflict

    Submissions related to implementation of environmental and social standards in FCV settings are strongly encouraged. Please describe the key challenges / difficulties / issues and how they have been resolved. Bonus points if this is replicable and scalable!

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Implementation of HIA from a comparative perspective: Common grounds, differences, and the future with AI

     

    Session Proposal ID 364

    Lead Chair: Valentina  Cavanna

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G10. Health

    The aim of the session is to compare experiences from different Countries to identify common grounds and differences in HIA implementation. We welcome submissions that explore such aspects (e.g. concerning: extent of institutionalization; integration with other environmental proceedings; methods used; competency of experts; possible use of AI).

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Improving IA efficiency for climate change: why, when and how

     

    Session Proposal ID 448

    Lead Chair: Anna  Johnston

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G4. Climate change

    There have been calls to make IA more efficient for “clean” projects that may help countries get to net zero. But what does “efficiency” mean? How can we tell a “clean” project from any other? This panel will explore ways to improve IA efficiency of climate-friendly projects without undue sacrifices.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Improving public ES governance to optimize evidence gathering and adaptive management

     

    Session Proposal ID 461

    Lead Chair: Maria  Dacunha |  CoChair:  TBD

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T4. Environmental, social, and governance reporting and disclosure ESG

    The session will focus on how governments can provide an enabling environment for good practice in ESG through shared data and accountability that optimizes use of new technologies for data gathering and information sharing.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Improving Strategic Environmental Assessment practice in the EU and the wider world – can AI help?

     

    Session Proposal ID 372

    Lead Chair: Thomas  Fischer |  CoChair:  Ric Eales

    Session Format: Theme forum – Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    SEA has been a legal requirement in the EU for over two decades and is also increasingly applied globally. We invite papers from the EU and elsewhere on SEA’s successes and failures. We encourage presenters to reflect on the role AI based tools can or already play supporting good practice.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • In search of efficient EsIA and Permitting including potential role of AI: Lessons Learned

     

    Session Proposal ID 380

    Lead Chair: Cheryl  E Wasserman |  CoChair:  Philip Seeto

    Session Format: World Café  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G9. Governance and implementation systems

    The Session will explore challenges and proposed reforms and streamlining of EsIA and permitting to achieve efficiency and effectiveness. Concerns over cost and time required for EsIA have created urgency for reforms and streamlining as officials strive to address climate change and critical infrastructure as well as needed economic investment.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Indigenous Evidence-based policy making

     

    Session Proposal ID 350

    Lead Chair: Raymond  Cardinal |  CoChair:  Matt Hammond

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: please make a selection

    Good policy, process and procedures should be based on evidence and data that helps to inform future legislation, regulation, programs, policies and services. What types of evidence help inform Indigenous policy? Is there an evidentiary gap?

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Indigenous Holistic Cumulative Effects Programs: enhance your assessments

     

    Session Proposal ID 378

    Lead Chair: Barry  Wilson

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: G11. Indigenous Peoples

    Cumulative Effects: an assessment challenge that isn’t going away. We need to consider projects in the context of all human land uses, natural disturbance & climate change. But how? Explore Indigenous-led holistic cumulative effects programs integrating Indigenous knowledge, science & AI. UNDRIP-aligned ideas to enhance your CE assessments.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Indigenous Knowledge as a driver of innovation in impact assessment

     

    Session Proposal ID 489

    Lead Chair: Nina   Barton |  CoChair:  Hereward Longley

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    We are interested in how meaningful consideration of Indigenous Knowledge can spur innovations in approaches and methodologies in impact assessment. Equal representation of diverse knowledge systems can strengthen impact assessment by providing more accuracy and relevance for Indigenous communities while increasing regulatory certainty.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Indigenous-led Environmental Health Risk Assessments in Alberta and Ontario

     

    Session Proposal ID 431

    Lead Chair: Moronkeji (Kg)  Banjoko

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: G11. Indigenous Peoples

    Case studies are shared by Indigenous community members leading Indigenous Environmental Health Risk Assessments in Alberta and Ontario. Presenters highlight community health surveys, and how the reorientation of IA practices that are guided by cultural frameworks and adhere to OCAP ® support the self-determination of Indigenous peoples’ health.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool, IPLCs, and AI

     

    Session Proposal ID 469

    Lead Chair: parthav  Mistry

    Session Format: Workshop  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G3. Biodiversity and ecology

    Are you confused about where and how to start your nature related assessments? Overwhelmed by regulatory requirements? Struggling to make sense of biodiversity data? IBAT is the one-stop-shop for all your questions and biodiversity-related requirements! Join us to ease your way through this journey and to learn more.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Integrating AI, ESG & ESIA: theory, policy, and practice

     

    Session Proposal ID 352

    Lead Chair: Guoqing  Shi |  CoChair:  Chen Chen

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    Given that the rise of AI is irresistible, it is reasonable to predict and/or assess its influence on ESIA. How could AI contribute to ESG in ESIA? To what extent might AI replace human intelligence in ESIA? What would be the influence if AI created new ethics in project development?

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Integrating Climate Change through the lens of IFC’s Performance Standards: Addressing Environmental and Social Physical Climate Risk in Infrastructure Projects.

     

    Session Proposal ID 491

    Lead Chair: Sandra  Gomez Paradela

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G4. Climate change

    This session will delve into the integration of climate change considerations from the perspective of the International Finance Corporation (IFC)'s Performance Standards within the infrastructure sector including challenges and lessons learned from climate E&S risk assessment during E&S due diligence.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Korean Endeavor to Accomplish Digital EIA: Demonstration

     

    Session Proposal ID 341

    Lead Chair: Sangyun  Lee

    Session Format: Theme forum – Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    In this session, we would like to provide various demonstration with respect to digital environmental impact assessment. Those demonstrations include scoping reference statement, EIA checklists of individual items, digital effort for post-environmental monitoring and so on.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Leave no one behind: AI and biodiversity

     

    Session Proposal ID 404

    Lead Chair: Patricia  Rodrigues |  CoChair:  Susana Rosa

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G3. Biodiversity and ecology

    AI techniques offer unprecedent tools to gather and analyse huge amounts of biodiversity data. How are we going to deal with current knowledge gaps on biodiversity either geographical or taxonomical? And how to encompass scientific and traditional knowledge? Are we able not to leave anyone behind?

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Leveraging Digital Solutions for Project Success in FCV Contexts

     

    Session Proposal ID 444

    Lead Chair: Natasha  Kone |  CoChair:  Manuel Emilio Figueredo Thomson

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    This Paper Session focuses on how digital tools can be used to support project design, implementation, the mitigation of adverse impacts, and supervision of ES performance in FCV contexts. It will also explore how data and analytics can be used to increase capacity and cooperation amongst stakeholders.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Linear Infrastructure Project: The Path of Least Impact with Artificial Intelligence Tools

     

    Session Proposal ID 345

    Lead Chair: Franck  Duchassin

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    This session explores the use of AI for planning linear infrastructures, aiming to reduce environmental impact and improve the efficiency of the environmental impact assessment process. It presents case studies, shares expertise, and discusses ethical and regulatory challenges for sustainable development.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Linkages between sustainable finance and impact assessments

     

    Session Proposal ID 354

    Lead Chair: Jiri  Dusik |  CoChair:  Alkadevi Morarji Patel

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: T4. Environmental, social, and governance reporting and disclosure ESG

    This panel will discuss the potential linkages between the emerging taxonomies of sustainable economic activities and the incumbent IA processes that have so far globally served as key decision-support tools on sustainability of the proposed economic activities.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Linking Global Commons Issues to IA: Fit for Future Actions & Next Steps

     

    Session Proposal ID 325

    Lead Chair: Barry  Wiesner |  CoChair:  Weston Fisher

    Session Format: Theme forum – Workshop  |  Accepts Submissions: Closed

    Conference Topic: S1. Special to IAIA

    Assessment Lacks Linkages to Earth & Human Systems: What to do? The Status of Fit for Future Initiative actions under the Initiative’s 7 objectives will be discussed. We will then seek feedback on the actions, proposed next steps, and what still needs to be done, while encouraging increased member involvement.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Mainstreaming AI in environmental baselining and monitoring

     

    Session Proposal ID 402

    Lead Chair: Pippa  Howard |  CoChair:  Noelia Jimenez Martinez

    Session Format: Theme forum – Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    Naturetechnologies underpinned by machine learning and AI can reinforce both the resolution and robustness of critical data needs for baselining, monitoring and decision-making by project proponents, regulators and project financiers.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Making Impact Assessment more DAVE

     

    Session Proposal ID 319

    Lead Chair: Katherine   Teh |  CoChair:  David McCallum

    Session Format: Workshop  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G7. Disasters and conflict

    High conflict issues require impact assessments that deliver a process and an outcome that is credible for all parties. Join us to workshop the DAVE impact assessment model to assess if this could support you to reduce the risks. The workshop will teach the model, apply it and evaluate it in a highly participative approach using case studies.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Managing Social and Environmental Impacts of AI Demands

     

    Session Proposal ID 488

    Lead Chair: Zoe  Mullard |  CoChair:  Erik Ipsen

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G5. Corporate stewardship and risk management

    Exploration of social and environmental impacts of AI. Improved understanding of the implications of expanded AI demands. Consideration for innovations and future needs of the technology sector to keep pace with AI while also managing impacts, maintaining sustainability commitments and ensuring resilient communities.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Manitoba Métis Federation – Red River Métis Tools in Impact Assessment

     

    Session Proposal ID 452

    Lead Chair: Annie   Firomski |  CoChair:  Madelynn Perry

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Closed

    Conference Topic: G11. Indigenous Peoples

    This session will showcase the increasing number of programs underway such as Red River Métis Community Based Climate Monitoring, Red River Métis Heritage Resources Protocol, Red River Métis Land Use and Occupancy Studies, and more which highlight the MMF’s growing capacity and expertise in meaningful impact assessment.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Mapping Food Sovereignty: AI and the Four Directions Model in Treaty #3 Territory

     

    Session Proposal ID 433

    Lead Chair: Desiree  Theriault |  CoChair:  Hailey Krolyk

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Closed

    Conference Topic: G11. Indigenous Peoples

    Explore how AI maps current food initiatives and gaps using the Four Directions model in Treaty #3 territory, fostering community-driven solutions for sustainable food sovereignty.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Meaningful stakeholder engagement: for and with affected stakeholders

     

    Session Proposal ID 336

    Lead Chair: Karin  Buhmann |  CoChair:  Alberto Fonseca

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G12. Public participation

    This session addresses meaningful stakeholder engagement (MSE) with a focus on barriers, drivers and good practice for achieving meaningful processes and outcomes for affected stakeholders, locally or along value chains. The session explores a relevant IA issue that is growing significance, related to environmental, social, and governance (ESG).

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Meet the editor

     

    Session Proposal ID 347

    Lead Chair: Urmila  Jha Thakur

    Session Format: Workshop  |  Accepts Submissions: Closed

    Conference Topic: S1. Special to IAIA

    Are you considering writing an article or professional practice paper on impact assessment but aren’t sure where to start? The editor and managers of IAIA’s journal, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, will present ways to write a good article and get it published. Bring your questions and ideas for articles or issues.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • More Effective Public Participation and Through Digital Technologies

     

    Session Proposal ID 476

    Lead Chair: Nuriye  Say |  CoChair:  Fadime Bag

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T4. Environmental, social, and governance reporting and disclosure ESG

    What is the contribution of today's digital revolution to improving the quality of impact assessment systems and participation? Join this session to discuss and critique the potential of digital governance practices in effective public participation for EIA practitioners and policymakers with applications in different geographies.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • More Vibrant Environmental Impact Assessment

     

    Session Proposal ID 436

    Lead Chair: Yafei  Li |  CoChair:  Xiaomin Li

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G9. Governance and implementation systems

    How to scientifically and reasonably measure the benefits of EIA systems on the environment and economic development has increasingly attracted the attention of the academic community. In this process, what new methods and practices are worth exploring? What profound impact will the rise of AI have on the benefit analysis process of EIA?

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Navigating Climate Policy Integration in Impact Assessments: Tools and Strategies

     

    Session Proposal ID 360

    Lead Chair: Andreea  Nita

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G4. Climate change

    The session explores advances in computational data collection analyses, scenario building, AI or other tools to advance climate change mitigation and adaptation. Practical strategies for integrating climate policies into national, regional and local environmental and social IAs practices for sustainable outcomes worldwide will be presented.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Navigating Complexities: Resettlement Management in Zones Emerging from Conflict

     

    Session Proposal ID 419

    Lead Chair: Maria Mwaipopo   Fibaek |  CoChair:  Lloyd Lipsett

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G7. Disasters and conflict

    Join us to explore innovative strategies for managing resettlement in conflict-prone areas. We seek submissions on practical solutions and case studies. Participants will learn best practices to enhance livelihood outcomes, navigate volatile security environments, and address human rights concerns in regions emerging from conflict.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Navigating Conservation with AI: Trustworthy Data for a Sustainable Future

     

    Session Proposal ID 381

    Lead Chair: Emily  Charry Tissier

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: G3. Biodiversity and ecology

    The blue economy, set to hit $3 trillion by 2030, faces definition inconsistencies, risking harmful practices. AI can aid marine conservation but needs accessible, trustworthy data. A standardizing body for ethical data production is crucial for effective policymaking and ESG practices. Join us in bridging profitability and sustainability.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Navigating Project Finance: Minimizing Discrepancies and Encouraging Understanding Among Lenders and Project Developers

     

    Session Proposal ID 441

    Lead Chair: Alessia   Gagliardo |  CoChair:  Constanza Mateos

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T4. Environmental, social, and governance reporting and disclosure ESG

    The session aims to bring together distinct stakeholders in the E&S facets of project financing - lenders, project developers, consultants, EPC contractors, and national authorities, discuss openly and if possibly find solutions.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Offshore Wind Farms ESIA: state of the art, issues and opportunities

     

    Session Proposal ID 459

    Lead Chair: Giovanni  Torchia |  CoChair:  Silvestro Greco

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: G3. Biodiversity and ecology

    Installation of offshore wind energy is increasing worldwide, particularly for floating wind farms. This is posing several challenges to ESIA practitioners, as the potential impacts are poorly understood. The session will bring together experts, developers and regulators to discuss the state of the art.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Opportunities for early professionals integrating AI into Impact Assessment

     

    Session Proposal ID 398

    Lead Chair: Hugo  Thompson |  CoChair:  Eleanor Barton

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    This session will explore how young professionals can optimise the opportunities to integrate AI into learning, communication, and decision making among other aspects of IA. Papers are welcomed on the opportunities that AI presents for young professionals, and how these can be balanced against ethical and professional barriers.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Overcoming Barriers to Attracting and Retaining Women in Mining: Insights from Africa

     

    Session Proposal ID 399

    Lead Chair: Brittany  Pembroke |  CoChair:  Thembinkosi Zulu

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G5. Corporate stewardship and risk management

    Mining has traditionally been male-dominated, especially in Africa. A diverse workforce, however, leads to better decision-making and business outcomes. In 2023, Digby Wells studied five sub-Saharan mine sites to identify barriers women face. This session will share insights and a prioritized action plan to overcome these barriers.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Pivoting Policies: Evidence-Based Environmental Policymaking and its Impact on Renewable Energy Development

     

    Session Proposal ID 400

    Lead Chair: Jana   Minnaar

    Session Format: Pecha Kucha  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T3. Evidence-based policymaking

    In the context of climate change and the imperative to shift toward sustainable energy, this session focuses on evidence-based environmental policymaking’s impact on the renewable energy sector. Presenters will share real-world examples, discussing how such policies have accelerated or halted renewable energy development.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Planning to net gain on large long term projects

     

    Session Proposal ID 365

    Lead Chair: James  Massey |  CoChair:  Martyn Shaw

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G3. Biodiversity and ecology

    Methods of entrenching, recording and delivering biodiversity objectives on large scale projects. Lessons learnt and best approaches

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Post-resettlement Livelihoods: reality, experiences and lessons

     

    Session Proposal ID 371

    Lead Chair: Gwendolyn  Wellmann |  CoChair:  Janice Tooley

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G13. Social impact assessment

    Involuntary resettlement frequently leads to resettled households not only losing their homes, their sense of community, their graves and cultural artefacts, but also their livelihoods. This session explores lessons learned from post-resettlement livelihood restoration efforts.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Queering impact assessment: an invitation for intersectional dialogue

     

    Session Proposal ID 462

    Lead Chair: Dawn  Hoogeveen |  CoChair:  Patricia Fitzpatrick

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G13. Social impact assessment

    There are increasing moves to examine gender and intersectionality in impact assessment including through regulation. This session invites discussion on gender and intersectionality, including queer analyses to think through how gendering impact assessment can be inclusive of all sexual orientations including women, men and LGBTQ2S+ peoples.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Robust SIAs negate the need for HRIAs or vice versa: a debate about the best approach to identifying and addressing risks to people

     

    Session Proposal ID 403

    Lead Chair: Sarah  Zoen |  CoChair:  Claire Larner

    Session Format: Debate  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: G13. Social impact assessment

    This lively and friendly debate will tackle the question of the best impact assessment approach to understand risks to people: Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIAs) or Social Impact Assessments (SIAs). Audience participation is encouraged. The debate winner(s) will be decided by the audience.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • SIA as the basis for ongoing participatory community monitoring; examples from across the world

     

    Session Proposal ID 386

    Lead Chair: Kathy   Witt |  CoChair:  Will Rifkin

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G13. Social impact assessment

    Come and explore the opportunities and challenges of taking SIA one step further to become ongoing participatory community monitoring. We will hear examples of where this has worked or not from around the world.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Social acceptance in the “backyard" - approaches and empirical evidence

     

    Session Proposal ID 424

    Lead Chair: Orlando  San Martin

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G12. Public participation

    In this session we aim to share evidence-based lessons from different approaches, mechanisms, and case studies (incl. benefit sharing and meaningful community participation approaches) to promote the co-existence between competing land (or sea) users and attain a social license to operate renewable energy projects

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Standing for Humanity! How to assess subtle social impacts in the era of artificial intelligence.

     

    Session Proposal ID 363

    Lead Chair: Dr. Lucy  Mitchell

    Session Format: World Café  |  Accepts Submissions: Closed

    Conference Topic: G13. Social impact assessment

    Does your IA practice really capture peoples' lived and felt experiences of change? To what extent are we of service to humanity and nature in the ways we capture and address intangible aspects of development? You're invited to introspect, explore and connect, to develop the confidence and capacity to strengthen emotional intelligence in IA .

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • State-of-the-art applications of AI for Impact Assessment: lessons learned

     

    Session Proposal ID 411

    Lead Chair: Massimo  Dragan |  CoChair:  Richard Clayton

    Session Format: Theme forum – Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    Explore how AI is already transforming Impact Assessment by enhancing data analysis, predictive modeling, and knowledge management. Learn from experts who share real-world applications, practical insights, and innovative methodologies. Join us to discover AI's transformative role and acquire actionable knowledge to elevate your IA practices.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Steps and Tools to Improve Documents and Procedures to Streamline IA

     

    Session Proposal ID 492

    Lead Chair: Glenn  Brown

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G9. Governance and implementation systems

    Suggestions for new methods to streamline IA are worthy but existing processes can be improved even without major changes. This session shares ideas about, and examples of, tools of argument, procedure, writing and presentation that can make existing IA processes more efficient and effective.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Study Case: AI-Powered Chatbot for Bakun Resettlement Community

     

    Session Proposal ID 332

    Lead Chair: Jovita Elderson  Anak ripen |  CoChair:  Mahmood bin Long

    Session Format: Theme forum – Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    The session detailed the deployment of an AI-powered chatbot to improve communication between the Bakun Resettlement Community and project managers. Key steps included setting objectives, selecting platforms (Dialogflow and Twilio), designing conversation flows, and ensuring data privacy. The chatbot enhanced engagement and issue resolution

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Synergies between Impact Assessment and the Circular Economy

     

    Session Proposal ID 339

    Lead Chair: Ralf  Aschemann |  CoChair:  Tomás Ramos

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G9. Governance and implementation systems

    This session explores potential synergies between impact assessment (IA) and circular economy (CE). E.g., EIAs and SEAs can assess the impact of CE related activities, whereas CE strategies can generate ideas for decreasing the environmental effects of PPPs. Plus, using those synergies breaks the typical "silo" thinking of separate fields.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • System Think Tank – Decode Legal Frameworks and Find IA Solutions

     

    Session Proposal ID 457

    Lead Chair: Asa  Lindh |  CoChair:  Carla Conkin

    Session Format: Workshop  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: G9. Governance and implementation systems

    System Think Tank – Decode Legal Frameworks and Find IA Solutions A panel of system thinkers (AI too), along with experts in a workshop setting, de-mystifying legal frameworks and challenging participants with transcontinental examples, and setting the stage for dynamic interaction to systemically solve why IA is needed, when and where.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Techniques for teaching EIA

     

    Session Proposal ID 340

    Lead Chair: Johanna  Poggi

    Session Format: Pecha Kucha  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G1. Academia

    The session aims to share experiences in the teaching of environmental impact assessments, as well as cases and useful tools in the training of professionals in the field.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • The AI Farm: The future of farming using artificial intelligence

     

    Session Proposal ID 485

    Lead Chair: Alan  Woodley

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    Agriculture is the world’s most important industry, but it is facing external challenges due to our changing climate. AI and other digital technologies can be used to build resilience to these challenges. This session will discuss case studies to ensure that the best technical solutions are solving the right questions

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • The Biodiversity Significance of Some Modified Habitats: Implications for Impact Assessment

     

    Session Proposal ID 379

    Lead Chair: George  Ledec

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G3. Biodiversity and ecology

    Some modified habitats have remarkably high biodiversity value, even serving as critical habitats. This session will examine modified habitats that are important for conserving biodiversity, along with how to prepare environmental assessment reports in ways that recognize the biodiversity significance of these areas.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • The Citxw Nlaka’pamux Assembly: EA Strategy

     

    Session Proposal ID 481

    Lead Chair: Natalie  Ross

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G11. Indigenous Peoples

    This session will highlight a successful case study of how the CNA assessed the impacts of the HVC MLE Project on Nlaka’pamux Rights, Title, Values and Interests, through an overview of the CNA, the CNA EA Strategy and an Indigenous-led Impact Assessment under the BC 2018 EA Act.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • The Emerging Role of Artificial Intelligence in the Future of Impact Assessment

     

    Session Proposal ID 376

    Lead Chair: Alexandra  Jiricka-Pürrer |  CoChair:  Gesa Geißler

    Session Format: Theme forum – Workshop  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    In this interactive session, we will dive into the role of AI in the future of IA looking particularly on planning quality, effectiveness, responsibilities, transparency as well as security. The session will build on submissions to an IAPA special issue, facilitating rich interdisciplinary exchange and fostering critical and constructive reflection

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • The evolution of the Mitigation Hierarchy into a key mechanism to deliver corporate nature strategies and nature-positive outcomes

     

    Session Proposal ID 362

    Lead Chair: Sven  von Vittorelli |  CoChair:  Stephen Edwards

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G9. Governance and implementation systems

    In this panel, we investigate the evolution of the mitigation hierarchy (MH) from a project-specific tool into a viable mechanism for developing corporate nature strategies. We further discuss how the MH relates to the concept of nature-positive and explore the latest in digital solutions to support its application in this novel context.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • The good, the bad and the ugly – the role of AI in public participation in IA

     

    Session Proposal ID 409

    Lead Chair: Timothy  Peirson-Smith |  CoChair:  John Sinclair

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G12. Public participation

    A highly interactive session to explore how AI can provide a ‘voice’ at the table, and a tangible role in improved and enhanced public participation processes in IA.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • The science of efficient impact assessment and baseline data collection

     

    Session Proposal ID 449

    Lead Chair: Paul  Schafer

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    To address the changing climate, national security, and energy independence, governments are looking to maximize robustness of impact assessments while minimizing time taken on baseline data collection. This session will examine ways in which data-driven innovation could manage uncertainty and create efficient and robust impact assessment process

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • The validation of impact assessments, adaptive management, and reassessments.

     

    Session Proposal ID 322

    Lead Chair: Daniel  Stuckless |  CoChair:  Margaret Luker

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G9. Governance and implementation systems

    Validation of impact assessment outcomes and plans become a focal point when things don't go according to plan. This session will describe positives and negatives of outcomes and plans not met or exceeded.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Theory and practice of Policy Environmental Impact Assessment

     

    Session Proposal ID 317

    Lead Chair: He  Xu |  CoChair:  Yuting Zhao

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G9. Governance and implementation systems

    Based on the discussion of theory and practical examples, this session will provide the process design, key methods and application guidelines of Policy EIA. The discussion will cover advances in academic theory, reviews of policies and regulations, case studies in various sectors, and prospects for disciplinary development.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Tools and techniques for regional cumulative effects assessment and management

     

    Session Proposal ID 493

    Lead Chair: Effah  Antwi |  CoChair:  John Boakye-Danquah

    Session Format: Theme forum – Workshop  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    In this session, participants will learn three things: 1) The conceptual design and framing of RAFCE; 2) Application of the web-based RAFCE software to a case study of regional assessment; 3) demonstrate capabilities of RAFCE for realtime data sharing, streamlining the assessment process and collaboration.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Towards Improving Social Impact Management in the Mining Sector

     

    Session Proposal ID 323

    Lead Chair: Kerry   Fairley |  CoChair:  Jessica Edwards

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G13. Social impact assessment

    A session aimed at improving social performance management in the mining sector. Those involved in the mining sector are invited to submit papers that promote discussion and collaboration on how to improve impact management to ensure that risks to operations and projects are reduced and benefits to affected communities are realised.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Transdisciplinary Impact Assessment for Microelectronic Industry

     

    Session Proposal ID 425

    Lead Chair: Laleh  Behjat |  CoChair:  Parand Meysami

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    Join our session on sustainable computing, where we address the urgent need for sustainable development amidst today's environmental, social, and economic challenges. This transdisciplinary session will explore the interconnected issues of sustainability through the lens of life-cycle assessment (LCA) for microelectronic devices.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Transparency & data sharing in impact assessment for the energy transition

     

    Session Proposal ID 335

    Lead Chair: Diana Carolina  Arbelaez Ruiz |  CoChair:  Rauno Sairinen

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T4. Environmental, social, and governance reporting and disclosure ESG

    The session explores transparency, participation and data sharing in impact assessment for energy transition technologies and projects (e.g. solar PV, wind, batteries, mobility electrification technology, and critical minerals). Examples include participatory fact-finding, digital-technologies and novel methods for data and results sharing, etc.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Unearthing the unspoken in community engagement: sustainability, resilience and AI

     

    Session Proposal ID 370

    Lead Chair: Sally   Hussey |  CoChair:  Max Hardy

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: G12. Public participation

    Dive beyond the buzzwords into the unspoken struggles of community engagement practice related to impact assessment. We'll dissect unrealistic expectations, emotional toll, and the ambivalence toward artificial intelligence as an agent for positive social change. Join us to build resilience and navigate the complexities of modern engagement.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Updating best practice principles on engaging with Indigenous communities

     

    Session Proposal ID 418

    Lead Chair: Diana  Lewis |  CoChair:  Dyanna Jolly

    Session Format: Workshop  |  Accepts Submissions: Closed

    Conference Topic: please make a selection

    The Indigenous Peoples’ section is updating the best practice principles on Indigenous peoples and traditional knowledge. We will review the 2012 principles and the 2017 Aashukan Declaration and reflect on what meaningful and transformative engagement looks like. Come along to this workshop and contribute to the update. Everyone welcome.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Us verse the machine - making an impact assessment more efficient, more accurate and more substantive

     

    Session Proposal ID 490

    Lead Chair: Catherine   Russell |  CoChair:  Michelle Dooley

    Session Format: Pecha Kucha  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    Can AI do a social impact assessment better than a human? We decided to test AI on a social impact assessment for a major infrastructure project in Australia. Hear the lessons learnt for from pitting ourselves against the AI machine, what we understood about our own bias in human-led analysis and how we still had the edge on AI.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Use of data, technology, and artificial intelligence tools for enhanced accountability

     

    Session Proposal ID 374

    Lead Chair: Benoit   Vanwelde |  CoChair:  Laurence Levaque

    Session Format: World Café  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    The session will explore how data, technology and AI tools can reinforce accountability practices and trust in project development. Starting with a brief introduction on accountability and a presentation of technological applications used for assessing environmental and social performance, parallel discussions will then be organised to cover differ

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Use of digital tools and methods in assessing the impact of development on Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services

     

    Session Proposal ID 447

    Lead Chair: Dr. Muhammad Aftab  Majeed

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    This session will explore innovative methods using digital tools and methods to assess Ecosystem Services functions to design and develop more sustainable and conserve natural capital.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Use of Environmental and Social Overview Assessment in policy making and regulatory reforms

     

    Session Proposal ID 343

    Lead Chair: Josefo  Tuyor |  CoChair:  Sofia De Abreu Ferreira

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: T3. Evidence-based policymaking

    The processes and methods of conducting Country Environmental and Social Overview Assessments and how the findings and recommendations have been used by the World Bank Teams to mainstream risk management into projects, inform policy dialogue and regulatory reforms and strengthen country systems will be presented and discussed in this session.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • User Requirement for Digital transformation in Environmental Impact Assessment

     

    Session Proposal ID 320

    Lead Chair: Tokunbo   Olorundami

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    This session will focus on: Identify User Needs: To comprehensively identify the requirements of various stakeholders involved in the EIA process. Evaluate Digital Tools: To assess existing digital tools and platforms used in EIA, highlighting their strengths and limitations. Framework Development: To develop a framework for integrating digital t

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Using AI technologies to quantify environmental impacts on complex systems

     

    Session Proposal ID 432

    Lead Chair: Zishu  Wang |  CoChair:  Chunyan Wang

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    The worldwide advancement and applications of AI technologies will provide us more approaches to understand the complex human-nature system. How can we use AI technologies to better identify and quantify potential environmental impacts? The participants will contribute their perspectives on the utilization of AI in EIA procedures, offering ideas and sharing best practices.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Using AI to Leverage New Technologies for Biodiversity Data Collection

     

    Session Proposal ID 480

    Lead Chair: Greg  Sharam |  CoChair:  Julia Tims

    Session Format: Pecha Kucha  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G3. Biodiversity and ecology

    There are many exciting, emerging technologies for collecting biodiversity data. Many of these technologies including eDNA, Earth Observation, camera trapping, bioacoustics produce a vast quantity of data that can be unmanageable with traditional methods of analysis. AI can be leveraged to process these data more quickly and effectively.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Using Strategic Thinking in Impact Assessment to enhance Sustainability

     

    Session Proposal ID 440

    Lead Chair: Maria  Partidario |  CoChair:  Margarida Barata Monteiro

    Session Format: Game - Gaming  |  Accepts Submissions: Closed

    Conference Topic: T3. Evidence-based policymaking

    Let’s experience impact assessment in a strategic and innovative way towards transformative change. Questions such as: “what if the current policy does not change? and what if the current trend persists?” will help to reflect on the importance of strategic thinking in the practice of IA in development decision-making.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Using technology for stakeholder engagement: Lessons Learned from Development Projects

     

    Session Proposal ID 348

    Lead Chair: Asli  Gurkan |  CoChair:  Bernhard Metz

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: T2. Data-driven innovation of processes approaches methodologies tools

    How to get eyes on the ground when you cannot have boots on the ground? This session will explore how Geo-Enabling initiative for Monitoring and Supervision (GEMS) technology is used by development practitioners for data collection and stakeholder engagement, such as beneficiary feedback analysis, and grievance mechanisms in remote communities.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Utilizing Artificial Intelligence in Urban Environmental Planning for Climate Change Response

     

    Session Proposal ID 410

    Lead Chair: Seunghyun  Jung |  CoChair:  Minju Kim

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G4. Climate change

    AI tech aids urban planning by accurate prediction, optimizing infrastructure, and mitigating environmental impact. It analyzes data for weather, traffic, and population to adapt cities to climate change. AI manages energy, waste, and enhances transport systems, crucial for sustainable urban development. This session explores AI’s role in creating

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • Voluntary Carbon Markets (VCM): Social and Environmental perspectives

     

    Session Proposal ID 351

    Lead Chair: Katharine  Gotto

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: G9. Governance and implementation systems

    VCM is a means to support climate-positive projects including renewable energy and nature-based solutions. VCM also carries accusations of greenwashing and human rights harm. This session will share practical perspectives on VCM social/environmental management (including case studies) and explore opportunities for positive change.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • What does evidence-based policy making for development programs look like through a regenerative lens?

     

    Session Proposal ID 439

    Lead Chair: Dr Edward  Oldmeadow |  CoChair:  Alex Mutiso

    Session Format: Paper session  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T3. Evidence-based policymaking

    This session aims to highlight key processes used to enable evidence-based policy making through a regenerative lens. This session will explore relationships between regional management pathways, impact assessment programs, site-specific ecological requirements and translation into tangible design, construction and operational protocols.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • What is needed to achieve trusted and efficient IA for “green” projects

     

    Session Proposal ID 406

    Lead Chair: Celesa  Horvath

    Session Format: Panel discussion  |  Accepts Submissions: Invitation Only

    Conference Topic: G9. Governance and implementation systems

    This panel discussion will bring together diverse perspectives to explore how to develop trusted, efficient, and expedited IA processes, especially for “green” projects tackling climate change, that respect and achieve both our local and global environmental goals.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • What science and whose art? Demarcation of AI and human roles in IA.

     

    Session Proposal ID 393

    Lead Chair: Jack  Krohn

    Session Format: Theme forum – Solution room  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    This session will engage practitioners in the delineation of AI and human roles in IA through the collaborative development of a definitive statement. If you have a view about where the line lies, or how hard or fuzzy it should be, this is YOUR session!

     

    Acceptance Status: pending

     

  • What’s the Reality Behind the AI Hype in IA?

     

    Session Proposal ID 460

    Lead Chair: Christopher  Bowles |  CoChair:  Peter Forfang Sørensen

    Session Format: Theme forum – Workshop  |  Accepts Submissions: Open

    Conference Topic: T1. Impact of artificial intelligence on impact assessment

    Gain concrete insights into how AI technologies are currently being employed within Impact Assessment through lightning talks and a dynamic "Thinking Hats" workshop, bringing together diverse expertise and backgrounds to move past the hype and uncover new, innovative AI-driven solutions and approaches within Impact Assessment.

     

    Acceptance Status: pending