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Welcome to the International Institute for Environmental Studies

Many institutions and organizations recognize the importance of internationalization to solving environmental problems, and especially of providing opportunities for students and faculty to be involved in research of an international scale. However, opportunities to gain this experience, especially for students is not always possible. IIES is a response to this need.

Find out more about our activities and join an international community focused on environmental research.

The IIES facilitates international collaboration between research scientists, policy experts, associated postdoctoral fellows, and students.

The International Institute for Environmental Studies (IIES) has grown out of international collaborations among a number of universities around the globe that have leading programs in environmental science, engineering and policy.

As a global leader in environmental research, the Institute facilitates the exchange of information, ideas, research needs and results among member institutions, governmental members, and industry partners of the Institute. Through a variety of annual public events, the Institute works to transfer the outcomes of the research of its members to its governmental and industrial partners and to the public at large.

Events and Courses

The IIES offers opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate and exchange information through annual workshops, graduate student forums, online lectures, and group research projects.

ANNUAL WORKSHOPS

The IIES offers opportunities for students and faculty to present their research, while networking for future collaboration. The workshops are structured around the four pillars of the Institute: Environmental Health, Environmental Policy, Environmental Process, and Green & Novel Technology.

International GRADUATE STUDENT FORUM

The international graduate student forum allows graduate students from IIES member universities to meet and discuss environmental research from various perspectives, with an emphasis on networking, discussion, and professional development.

ONLINE LECTURE SERIES

Leading researchers from around the globe offer series of free weekly online lectures on specific themes. The e-lectures are broadcasted live to a wide international audience, offering participants the collective insight of the speakers as well as the opportunity to network with people from other countries.

Upcoming Events and Courses

Coming Soon

October 2024 | Southeast Asia

2024 Thematic Workshop

Planning is underway for another Thematic Workshop. We hope to hold this workshop somewhere in Southeast Asia – stay tuned for developments.

More information coming soon.

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Spring 2025 | Johannesburg, South Africa

9th Annual Science & Policy Workshop

Planning is underway for the next Science & Policy Workshop. We hope to hold this next conference somewhere in South Africa – stay tuned for developments.

More information coming soon.

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Spring 2025 | Acornhoek, South Africa

7th Annual International Graduate Student Forum

Planning is underway for the next International Graduate Student Forum. We hope to hold the forum in conjunction with the Science & Policy Workshop – stay tuned for developments.

More information coming soon.

latest news

Craig Doug Margaret International Institute For Environmental Studies
This new collaboration between the IIES and the University of the Witwatersrand aims to facilitate cooperation in the academic and research missions of IIES’s members in the areas of climate change, legacy challenges from the mining sector, poor governance leading to infrastructural decay and a growing population.
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The MOU, signed in April 2024, between the IIES and the INCT-TMCOcean aims to facilitate cooperation in the academic and research missions of IIES’s members in the areas of related ecosystem services, biodiversity, regional and global changes between Brazil and IIES Member countries.
Neil Stuart New Member Iies
In December 2023, following the 6th Annual IIES International Graduate Student Forum held in Puerto Montt, Chile, the IIES was pleased to welcome Universidad San Sebastián (USS) as a new member.

FOUR PILLARS OF THE INSTITUTE

The IIES annual workshops typically focus around four general themes. The themes, however, are not all-inclusive, therefore people working in other areas are always welcome.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Under this theme, we focus on the relationships between people and their environment, promotion of human health and well-being, and maintaining healthy and safe communities.

ENVIRONMENTAL Policy

Under this theme, we focus on the commitment of organizations and government to the laws, regulations, and other policy mechanisms concerning environmental issues.

ENVIRONMENTAL Processes

Under this theme, we focus on processes related to the interaction of natural resources with humans and their environment.

GREEN & NOVEL TECHNOLOGY

Under this theme, we focus on technology and science that helps to reduce human impact on the natural environment.

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Sponsors & Funding

The International Institute for Environmental Studies is supported by funding from its members, government agencies and private philanthropic donations. Funding to start the Institute was generously provided by Dr. Justin Chiu, an alumnus of Trent University. Follow the link below to donate to the IIES today.

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