AESS Call for Proposals closed for 2017


January 20, 2017 WORKSHOPS
Final Deadline:
February 12, 2017 INDIVIDUAL

The theme for the conference is “Environment, Wellness, and Community.”

The conference theme will allow AESS to showcase its interdisciplinary strengths on this vitally important topic, including such issues as problem-solving through multi-disciplinary data and analysis, multiple perspectives, team building and collaborations, and future-oriented teaching across disciplines. In addition, the theme and location of the conference offer a chance to consider multi-scale policy making at local, city, state, regional, national and international levels. Proposers are encouraged to take advantage of the Tucson location and include NGOs, government agencies, international institutions as well as local governments and organizations in your proposed session.


  • How to integrate the best information from humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences in developing understanding and effective solutions to address serious environmental problems?  How can interdisciplinary fields such as Environmental Studies and Environmental Sciences contribute effectively to these endeavors?
  • How to improve our understanding of what sustainability actually means, and how can we design a more robust pedagogy to ensure that the concepts related to sustainability translate into best practices?
  • Environmental consequences of human activity affect physical and human systems, including diverse stakeholders and issues of equity and social justice. What perspectives help us address these questions across different viewpoints and value systems?
  • How can diverse audiences be engaged in understanding and addressing critical environmental issues? What case studies represent success stories or best practices with wide applicability?
  • What collaborations have been most effective at different scales, from local to urban, state, region, national and international?  How do approaches to different environmental challenges vary as a reflection of the characteristics of these issues in different locations and contexts (e.g., local air pollution, water availability and quality, global climate change, land use)?
  • What roles can faculty and students play in understanding, communicating, and addressing the range of environmental challenges, within and across educational institutions? How can faculty and students interact with private and public institutions, including various government entities, to advance progress on important issues?
  • What kinds of partnerships can be forged between academia, communities, governments, NGOs, the media, and other entities to generate more effective frameworks and solutions?
As always, we invite proposals that speak to the conference theme or otherwise advance the mission of AESS: to encourage interdisciplinary approaches to environmental research, teaching, and problem-solving.
If you have additional questions, please contact the 2017 Conference Chair, Valerie Rountree, at


Please note that we expect all presenters to register for the conference. One day registration will be available to promote local participation.

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