AESS 2017 At a Glance

The 2017 AESS annual conference will begin with pre-conference workshops on June 21st, followed by an evening reception and keynote shared with colleagues from the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors and the Community College Alliance for Sustainability Education. June 22nd will begin with a plenary panel and discussion about the future of environmental studies and sciences programs. The rest of the conference will include presentations, panels, and posters, as well as field trips, a film night, and our annual membership meeting. Please join us in Tucson!

Dates & Location

June 21-24, 2017

Tucson, AZ — University of Arizona

Important Deadlines

Early-Bird Registration – through May 10, 2017

Online Registration (regular rates) – May 11 through June 6, 2017

Onsite Registration – June 21-24, 2017 at the University of Arizona

AESS Hotel Reservations must be made directly with the hotel by May 20th, 2017 and reference the room block.

The on-campus dorm room fees for confirmed registrations are non-refundable after April 12th. 

The conference fee is non-refundable after May 31st.


The theme for the conference will be

Environment, Wellness, and Communities.

A challenge from AESS president David Hassenzahl:

Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) has published the draft schedule for the June 21 – 24 AESS Conference in Tucson. Our theme this year is Environment, Wellness, and Community. I encourage all of you to begin conversations around this theme before we get to Tucson, and continue those conversations afterwards.

Interdisciplinarity is a foundational AESS principle, but is not a goal per se. Rather, working across disciplines is what we must do when important questions cannot be answered by a single discipline. But to effectively address “environment, wellness, and community,” even working across disciplines is likely to be inadequate and unsatisfying. At AESS 2017 I look forward to presentations, papers, posters, panels, and performances that explore how AESS can engage AND BE ENGAGED BY communities whose wellbeing is impacted by environmental conditions.

I challenge AESS to explore how we can broaden our conception of environmental wellbeing by considering:

  • Who poses questions and establishes research agendas?
  • Who provides, synthesizes, and shares information?
  • Who generates and evaluates solutions?
  • Do our answers to the three questions above represent a just approach to environment, wellness, and community?

Please engage in this exploration through the AESS listserve, at the site, and at our Facebook page by suggesting topics, seeking collaborators, and extending (or counterchallenging) my list.

I also welcome suggestions for keynotes and plenary sessions, and as always welcome AESS volunteers!

Conference Contacts

For questions related to University of Arizona facilities (housing, field trips) please contact the 2017 Conference Coordinator, Angie Brown

Program Chair: For questions regarding the conference program (sessions, dates and times)

AESS President: For questions on conference theme, keynote speakers, sponsorship
David Hassenzhal, PhD,

AESS Program Coordinator: For AESS-related questions (membership, communications, etc.)

Carolyn Anthon

Conference Sponsors

If you are interested in sponsoring AESS 2017, please visit our Sponsorship page for samples of past opportunities and contact