43rd Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment

24-27 April 2024
The Convention Centre Dublin
Dublin, Ireland

Impact Assessment for a Just Transformation

Theme and objectives

Impact assessment practice is supporting moves toward more resolute action on the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. This realignment of policy and practice involves all sectors of society. We need to protect the environment while embracing justice and social inclusion. It is clear that we all need to do more and to move faster. We need multiple Just Transitions. We need a Just Transformation.

The impact assessment community can play a critical role in moving from a Just Transition to a Just Transformation. We urgently need to decarbonize energy markets, to advance a green and circular economy, to protect social justice and equality, to incentivize restorative measures to halt or reverse natural resource degradation, and to increase human and environmental wellbeing.

How can impact assessors help achieve the policies and initiatives of the Just Transition and move toward the more urgent Just Transformation? The global agenda is large. Regional and local challenges multiply. And the opportunities to positively influence the required transformation are many.

Impact assessment helps deliver decisions that are evidence-based, informed, and inclusive. It provides transparency on the hard choices that have to be made. The impact assessment community has knowledge and skills that are wide as well as specialized. The immediacy of the required actions and the role of impact assessment provide the right nexus to push boundaries, innovate, and place environments and societies at the center of all decisions.

Conference topics

The conference will be structured in the following 10 thematic streams:

  • The role of impact assessment in a Just Transformation
  • The contribution of impact assessment to climate justice
  • From Just Transition to Just Transformation
  • A Just Transformation for Indigenous peoples and vulnerable communities
  • The well-being economy as a model for a Just Transformation
  • Protecting biodiversity: enhancing baseline and monitoring mechanisms for nature-based solutions
  • Sustainable development goals and the Just Transformation
  • Decarbonizing the energy sector
  • Innovative methods and decision-support tools for a Just Transformation
  • Protecting and promoting the right to a safe, clean, and healthy environment

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

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

Join us.

Together, we can shape a Just Transformation.
Important Dates
  • 12 June 2023
    Deadline for training course proposals
  • 24 July 2023
    Deadline for session proposals (no exceptions)
  • 28 August 2023
    Session chairs notified of acceptance status
  • 5 September 2023
    Paper and poster abstract submission opens
  • 31 October 2023
    Deadline for submission of paper or poster abstract (no exceptions)
  • 30 November 2023
    Authors notified of paper or poster acceptance status
    Preliminary program information will be posted as it becomes available. Information will be complete in early October.
  • 24 January 2024
    Registration and payment deadline for presenters and all individuals to be listed in the final program and proceedings (no exceptions)
  • 4 April 2024
    Registration closes
  • 19 April 2024
    Deadline for draft papers
  • 30 June 2024
    Deadline for final papers
Technical visits, training courses, and more

IAIA24 will offer conference sessions, training courses, sponsored meetings, technical visits, and networking events that will promote learning, networking, and making unforgettable memories.

One and two-day training courses are offered in the two days prior to the start of the conference. Taught by experienced instructors, these courses cover a wide range of topics.    

Technical visits will be available before and after the conference. Hosted by IA professionals, participants will learn about projects in the region as well as experience some world-famous Irish culture.

Networking events such as the welcome reception, speed networking, and gala dinner offer entertainment and opportunities to expand your network beyond your usual circle.