AESS Student Research Symposium

AESS Student Research Symposium: Feb 24, 2023

Proposal Due January 20, 2023.

The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) invites proposals for a special symposium focused on students and their accomplishment. The primary purpose of this student focused event is to provide a forum for students across the globe to present their original research in brief, 3-4 minute “poster” presentations, to the broader environmental community – that is, beyond their own university – and facilitate networking for future opportunities in research and practice.

Symposia will be held in a virtual format on Friday, February 24th, 2023, ahead of the in-person meeting for AESS annual conference to be held in Portland in July 9-12, 2023. 

The virtual format provides unique opportunities to engage a diversity of speakers (and likewise audience) with wide geographic representation.

  1. Proposed symposium topics should support the Association’s goal to advance communication across boundaries and strengthen research in environmental studies and sciences.
  2. The deadline to apply is January 20th, 2023, by 5pm ET.
  3. Please submit proposals no later than 17:00 pm Eastern Time on January 20, 2023. 
  4. Proposal authors must include the name and contact information for a faculty or other mentor who has advised their research and/or will agree to mentor them as they develop their talk.
  5. Use the link below to review submission guidelines and registration details.

Student Poster Symposium –

In line with the AESS commitment to diversity, we encourage submissions from students from diverse backgrounds, institutions, career stages, geography, gender, race etc. to present their work and research ideas at this symposium to advance their professional needs and development.

The selection committee will evaluate proposals based on the likelihood of attracting a substantial audience, the significance and timeliness of the topic, and on the topic’s convergence to the evolving environmental science and studies scope of study. All applicants will be notified of the decision by January 31, 2023.

Questions?  Feel free to contact Dr. Nirav S. Patel and Dr. Valerie Rountree


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JESS December Issue

The December 2015 issue of The Journal of Environmental Studies and Science includes the second Symposium on ‘Food System Resilience,’ a collection of fourteen articles which explore the national and global implications of food supply, scarcity, and strategies to create greater food security from a variety of different interdisciplinary environmental perspectives.

From the JESS Editorial staff:

  • A discussion by James Ward of the claim that urban agriculture (UA) reduces food costs and therefore has a role in improving household resilience during economic hardship. Using linear programming, he addresses the gap between claims and reality when it comes to UA actually reducing food costs and provides a case study as an example of how important factors such as crop yields, food prices and inputs (such as irrigation water) can be realistically quantified and an estimate of overall diet cost can be optimized. He concludes by proposing methods to meet regional food needs.
  • An exploration by Laura Lengnick of food system vulnerability resulting from exposure of the system to specific climate effects, the sensitivity of the system to those effects, and the capacity of the system adapt to those effects in order to maintain system integrity.  Based on a synthesis of recent literature conducted to explore the vulnerability of the US food system to climate change, the author suggests that the interaction between regional climate change effects and the geographic specialization and concentration of agricultural production in the USA increases the vulnerability of the US food system to climate change.
  • A description by Brett Tolley of the innovative Fish Locally Collaborative (FLC), an international decentralized network of fishermen and their allies which is promoting a paradigm shift in strategies to prevent chronic overfishing and recurring stock collapse of favored commercial fisheries. The FLC’s importance to small- and medium-scale fishing operations and its strategies to support coastal fishing communities are discussed at length, including attention to achievements, challenges, and case studies that promote more sustainable and resilient fish resources.

​We invite all members and non-members to submit articles for the Journal. Contributions are welcome from any discipline or combination of disciplines, any vocation or professional affiliation, any national, ethnic or cultural background. Articles may relate to any historical and global setting. See the website for more details.

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