Our Largest Annual Professional Development Opportunity


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Our annual conference brings an interdisciplinary approach to environmental issues in an academic setting. We take a collegial approach where ideas are shared in small, informal sessions that are panel, paper, and presentation based and include roundtable discussions at meals. Students, professors, and government and industry professionals alike participate in lively and interactive sessions that cover topics across the conference theme. Our conference also provides the opportunity to learn about tools, resources, and the host city through exhibitions and field trips.

The 15th Annual AESS Conference will be held in person at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR July 9-12, 2023. This event will be co-located with ASLE. aessconference.org for deatils.

The 14th Annual AESS Conference was held in person at the Sheraton Baltimore North hotel in Towson, MD June 20-22, 2022. Program Website

The 13th Annual AESS Conference will be a low-carbon virtual event June 28-July1, 2021. Visit the conference website for details.

The 12th Annual AESS Conference was rescheduled as a virtual, low-carbon event July 15-17, 2020. View or print the schedule.

The 11th Annual AESS Conference will be held June 26-29, 2019 at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. View the event program for details.

The 10th Annual AESS Conference

June 20-23, 2018 at American University in Washington, DC

Theme: Inclusion and Legitimacy

Conference app (online program)

The 9th Annual AESS Conference

June 21-24, 2017 at the University of Arizona in Tucson

Theme: Environment, Wellness and Communities

AESS 2017

8th Annual AESS Conference

June 8-11, 2016 in Washington, DC at American University

Theme: Science, Empathy, Collaboration and Sustainability.

AESS 2016

7th Annual AESS Conference

June 24-27, 2015 in San Diego, CA at University of California, San Diego

Theme: Confronting Frontiers, Borders, and Boundaries

AESS 2015

6th Annual AESS Conference

June 11-14, 2014 in New York, NY at Pace University

Theme: Welcome to the Anthropocene

AESS 2014

5th Annual AESS Conference

June 19-22, 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA at Duquesne University

Theme: Linking Rural and Urban Societies and Ecologies

AESS 2013

4th Annual AESS Conference

June 21-24, 2012 in Santa Clara, CA at Santa Clara University

Theme: Preparing for our Environmental Future

AESS 2012

3rd Annual AESS Conference

June 23-26, 2011 in Burlington, VT at the University of Vermont

Theme: Confronting Complexity

AESS 2011

2nd Annual AESS Conference

June 17-20, 2010 in Portland, OR at Lewis and Clark University

Theme: Many Shades of Green

AESS 2010

1st Annual AESS Conference

October 8-11, 2009 in Madison, WI

Theme: Environment: The Interdisciplinary Challenge