2017 Conference

AESS 2017 Call for Proposals Open

AESS is now accepting proposals for our 9th annual conference, June 21-24, 2017 in Tucson, AZ.

We’ve put out the call! We invite any interested to submit a proposal to lead a session or make a presentation at the 2017 annual meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) to be held on 21-24 June 2017 at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

AESS is now accepting proposals for individual paper and poster presentations, as well as proposals for full panels, workshops, discussion symposia, and mealtime roundtables. For proposed multi-person sessions please secure a commitment from participants prior to submitting a proposal. In addition, AESS will make every effort to group individual presentations together as thematic sessions. For more details, visit the Conference Proposal page.

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AESS 2017 Conference Team

Introducing AESS 2017 Programming and Planning Team Members

Planning for AESS 2017 is underway. Each year our conference is made possible by the dedicated efforts of our Conference Chair and On-Site Coordinator. This year we are pleased to have Valerie Rountree and Angie Brown on the team. Ms. Rountree will serve as Conference Chair and Ms. Brown will be our invaluable Conference Coordinator at the University of Arizona. In addition to these two positions, we also depend on the volunteer efforts of the Program Committee. If you are interested in serving on the committee to review abstracts, contact Leslie Grey.


Valerie Rountree

A dedicated AESS member, Valerie is a Ph.D. student in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona. Prior to attending the UA, Valerie received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Puget Sound and worked as a science educator and researcher in Washington, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Arizona. Her dissertation research looks at the processes by which stakeholders participate in decision making related to renewable energy in U.S. states. This is Valerie’s first time as AESS Program Chair.


Angie Brown

As the University of Arizona Institute of the Environment’s event coordinator, Angie manages the logistical organization of a variety of events, including a wide array of workshops, forums, symposiums, lectures, conferences, and other events. Angie, nicknamed “The Event-a-tron” by clients, brings exceptional event planning skills honed through coordinating and managing hundreds of meetings and events. Angie is well versed in working hand-in-hand with scientists, engineers, environmental planners, and others in academia to bring complex scientific and technical information to the public in an easy-to-understand and engaging format. Additionally, Angie manages space requests and reservations in the UA’s new LEED-platinum ENR2 building, assisting outside event coordinators with logistical arrangements.

AESS 2017 will be held June 21-24 at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Our call for proposals will be distributed in the next week. If you are not an AESS member, please ensure you’ve signed up to receive information about the conference. Info will also be forwarded to the AESS listserv.

Sponsorship and advertising opportunities will be available. More details will be announced soon. Individual donations are formally acknowledged and can be made on our donation page.

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AESS 2017 Conference Theme

2017 Conference Theme Announced

AESS is pleased to announce the theme for our 9th annual conference:

2017 Theme, Environment, Wellness, Community

AESS 2017 Conference Theme


And with this announcement, a challenge from AESS president David Hassenzahl:

Soon, the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) will issue a call for proposals 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!

Calls for proposals will come out in the fall. If you would like to receive updates about this conference, please sign up for email updates below.

NOTE: AESS Members will receive updates to their account email, as long as they have opted in to receive correspondence from us. All conference details will be shared with the listserv members, too.

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Conference sponsorship opportunities will be available for both groups and individual donors. Look for a future announcement with details.

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