The Interdisciplinary Environmental Association (IEA), founded in 1994, is an organization of academics and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives who believe that environmental problems require an interdisciplinary approach that needs to be clearly reflected in an organization dedicated to enhancing the discussion of these issues across disciplinary and political boundaries. The mission of the IEA is thus to bring together all disciplines so that environmental knowledge is enhanced though interdisciplinary communications. The goals of the organization are to enhance understanding of environmental issues by educating each other in an interdisciplinary format, and to present disciplinary perspectives of environmental problems to people outside those disciplines, as well as to those outside academia, in a clear, understandable fashion.
Kappa Alpha Omicron is On its Way!
Kappa Alpha Omicron, the international interdisciplinary honor society organized by the IEA, has sent out acceptance letters to its first chapters. Brenda Bushell, Professor in the Department of Language and Media Studies at the University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo, is the new Head of Kappa Alpha Omicron. The organization is currently in a soft start-up in preparation for the formal launch at the 20th IICE (see below). For information on the society and application instructions, go to the Kappa Alpha Omicron page.
The IEA, committed to an interdisciplinary approach to environmental issues, is now accepting submissions of papers and posters for the 2014 20th Anniversary conference! We welcome research that crosses the boundaries of traditional disciplines to frame environmental problems, propose working models or initiate field or community projects. As part of a new initiative, the IEA has also set aside sessions for undergraduates and special events for students. These include:
1. Best paper and poster awards
2. Student reception
3. Field trips
The 20th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment will be held June 13th – 15th, 2014. For information, click on the 2014 Conference tab or contact Shane Epting, Conference Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.