Annual Conference

Since 2009, the Association has held an annual meeting. Each year a Site Selection Committee works to find a location. If you are interested in hosting an AESS conference at your institution, please review our proposal guidelines and contact

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.

Images from the 2016 Conference


  • The 9th Annual AESS Conference will be held June 21-24, 2017 at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Visit the landing page for details.
  • 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

Our conferences are made possible in part by the generous support of our sponsors. To become a sponsor or exhibitor at our event, please contact for details.

Each program has a complete listing of exhibitors and sponsors. We’d like to especially acknowledge the following 2016 contributors: