Call for Presentations: Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences

Posted by on April 12, 2010

The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) invites you to submit a presentation proposal – or simply attend – its second annual meeting, to be held at Lewis & Clark College in Portland Oregon on June 17-21, 2010. The theme of the meeting is “Many Shades of Green.” The deadline for submitting abstracts for oral or poster presentations is April 15, 2010.

Everyone who wishes to present a paper (including PowerPoint talks), participate in a discussion panel, or share a poster must submit a proposal. For specific instructions on submitting a proposal, please visit the Call for Participation page at If you do not see a session that most closely matches your interests at please consider submitting a proposal to one of the general contribution sessions (ESS theory, pedagogy, or praxis, or the conference theme Many Shades of Green).  The Program Committee will organize these submissions into new sessions after the proposal submission period has ended.

There are already three sessions involving food systems, and you are welcome to submit abstracts to participate in these sessions or to propose a presentation independent of an existing session. (The deadline for proposing session themes has passed, unfortunately.) The food system-related sessions now on the agenda include the following (clicking on the links will take you to the AESS meeting site describing each session):

·  Fixing Food: Policy and Practice
·  Food Justice: Greening the Food System?
·  Teaching Food Systems in Environmental Studies and Sciences

Also, registration for the 2010 conference is now open (deadline May 14).  Information is available at

As background: AESS is a community of environmental scholars, scientists, and practitioners providing identity, collective voice, and continuing education for individuals engaged in environmental research, teaching, problem solving, and service to society. Fundamental to our vision is a conviction that broad advances in environmental knowledge require disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary approaches to research, learning, and professional practice.

AESS is fast becoming the leading interdisciplinary society for people working in environmental studies and sciences. Faculty, students, researchers, and (broadly construed) environmental professionals and practitioners are encouraged to join. We invite you to participate in the development of a society that will help you make vital connections – professional connections, disciplinary connections, connections between theory and practice, and connections between complex adaptive natural systems and even more complex human systems.

For more information on the AESS membership, mission, history, and the upcoming annual meeting, please visit Once there you can view current and past editions of the AESS Newsletter, and (we hope) become an AESS member. Membership rates are quite reasonable, and members will receive our newsletter, forthcoming journal, and be invited to participate in the further development of our organization. Anyone can also become a fan of AESS on Facebook, and receive regular updates on important happenings in ES&S. To get there, go here: There is lots of food system and community food security-related info that gets shared on our FB site.

If you have questions about AESS, please don’t hesitate to contact me at We hope you will join us in this exciting new community!


Rich Wallace
AESS Outreach and Membership Committee

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