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Welcome to the International Institute for Environmental Studies

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

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.

The IIES facilitates international collaboration between research scientists, policy experts, and 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.


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.


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.


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


October 4 – December 6, 2023 | Online

IIES Online Seminar Series | Microplastics in the Environment

The IIES is pleased to offer a FREE online seminar series on Microplastics. The series runs every Wednesday from October 4 to December 6, 2023.

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December 11-12, 2023 | Santiago, Chile

8th Annual IIES Science & Policy Workshop 2023

This year’s Annual IIES Science & Policy Workshop will be hosted by SMI-ICE Chile, which is part of Queensland University’s Sustainable Minerals Institute in Santiago, Chile from December 11-12, 2023.

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December 13-15, 2023 | Puerto Montt, Chile

IIES Graduate Student Forum 2023

This year’s Annual IIES Graduate Student Forum will take place after the Science & Policy Workshop in Puerto Montt, Chile from December 13-15, 2023.


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.


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.


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


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


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

latest news

Research Team Vietnam 2023 International Institute For Environmental Studies
Professor Huy Dang’s team and Trent research groups led by Dr. Karen Thompson, Dr. Ian Power, and Dr. Douglas Evans were able to partner with researchers at HCMUT in Vietnam to investigate environmental pollution, sustainable agriculture and carbon capture.
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Professor Huy Dang, Professor Margaret Graham, and Professor Quang Khai Ha co-edited a special issue on “Emerging and Legacy Pollutants in Vietnam Related to the Climate–Water–Energy–Food Nexus”.
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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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