7th Annual IIES Science & Policy Workshop and Graduate Student Forum FAQS

Q. How difficult is it to get into Vietnam now?

A. As of March 2022, Vietnam is welcoming international travellers and there is no testing or self-isolation required.

Upon entry you must present:

  • Proof of valid travel or medical insurance covering Covid-19 treatment (minimum 10,000 USD)
  • (Approximate cost for travel/medical insurance ~40 USD.)
  • Download PC-Covid mobile app, which must be presented at all Vietnamese establishments.

The COVID-19 entry requirements may change closer to the time of the Workshop. More information available on Vietnam Travel website

Some foreign travellers coming to Vietnam require a tourist visa to enter the country. Vietnam offers a 15-day exemption to travellers coming from some European countries and to nationals from other South-East Asian countries. Please check online to see if you qualify for a visa exemption

Travellers from Canada/US and other countries can apply for a 30-day e-visa, which can be done online on the official e-Visa website

Q. Is my research relevant?
A. Research pertaining to any of the IIES four pillars will be accepted as relevant to our Workshop. 


  1. Environmental Processes
  • Sources, fate, transformations
  • Deposition and Accumulation of Contaminant
  • Atmospheric, hydrological and other environmental processes
  • Interactions among air/water soil environments
  • Climate change
  1. Environmental Health
  • Relationships between people and their environments
  • Ecosystem and human responses to environmental change
  • Toxicology
  • Implications of exposures to environmental hazards
  1. Green and Novel Technologies
  • New approaches to carbon mitigation
  • Waste and water treatment
  • Renewable resources
  • Sustainable agriculture
  1. Environmental Policy
  • Circular economy
  • Climate policy
  • Food systems policy
  • Ecological Management

If you are still unsure if your research is relevant, please get in touch with us. 

Q. I am a supervisor who is sending more than one grad student, am I still welcome?

A. Yes, of course! The IIES can provide travel grants for some students, and we are covering the registration fees, accommodations and event meals for all faculty and students during the Workshop and Graduate Student Forum, however, faculty will be responsible for their own travel expenses.

Q. I am a student; can I just attend the Graduate Forum?

A. If you are applying for and receive an IIES travel grant, you must attend both the Workshop and Graduate Student Forum. You are not required to present your work at the Workshop, but you will be required to present at the Graduate Forum. 

If you do not require a travel grant, you can choose to participate in either event. 

Q. I’m a faculty member attending the Workshop. Can I take part in the field trip?

A. Yes, you are welcome to attend the field trip. If possible, you are encouraged to participate in the Forum in some capacity.

Q. Do I have to present at the Workshop?

A. Participants who do not wish to make a presentation are welcome to attend. Those who do not wish to make a platform presentation may want to have a poster presentation instead. As a student, you are not required to present at the Workshop, you are only required to present a 5-min presentation at the Forum. 

Q. I am a student; do I have to submit two abstracts for the Workshop and the Graduate Student Forum? 

A. If you are presenting two different presentations, you should submit two separate abstracts. Please adapt your abstracts according to the different audiences at both events. 

Q. I am a student/faculty from a Chinese institution and would like to participate in the virtual events. Do I need to register for the events?

A. Yes, if you plan to present a lecture at either the Workshop and/or Graduate Student Forum, we ask that you submit an abstract for your talk. This way we can ensure your talk will be part of the program.

Q. What is the Conference Venue for the Annual Workshop and Graduate Student Forum?

A. The Workshop will take place at the Ho Chi Minh University of Technology (opening ceremonies) and at the New World Saigon Hotel (concurrent sessions). The Grad Forum will take place on the island of Phu Quoc, with presentations and other activities held at the Mường Thanh Luxury Hotel. 

Q. What are the accommodations for the Workshop and Graduate Student Forum?

A. During the Workshop, participants will stay at the New World Saigon 5-star Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. 

While on the island of Phu Quoc for the Graduate Student Forum, participants will stay at the Mường Thanh Luxury Hotel

Students who are recipients of an IIES Travel grant will share a room with another student for both the Workshop and Grad Forum. 

Q. What meals will be provided?

A. Breakfast will be provided at the hotel(s) in the morning. Coffee/Tea and Snack breaks, lunches and a gala dinner will be provided at the Workshop and Graduate Student Forum.

The Workshop gala dinner will be held on Oct 24 in the evening. No dinner will be provided on Oct 25, feel free to explore the city and discover local restaurants. 

During the Graduate Student Forum, a dinner will be provided in the evening of Oct 27. You are responsible for your dinner on the final day of the Forum, Oct 28.

Q. Are there options to publish the work I present?

A. Yes, there are two options for publications. There will be a special issue of The Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology and an issue of the IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science.

If you have any other questions, please get in touch with IIES Director, Prof. Douglas Evans, or Operations Coordinator, Julia Colley, .

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