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26th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment

Scheduled on October 6-8 2021

The Interdisciplinary Environmental Association (IEA) is holding their 26th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment (IICE) October 6-8. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, IICE will be a virtual conference for the first time. The conference will be centered in Mexico City with a partnership with Laboratorio Nacional de Ciencias de la Sostenibilidad-IE, UNAM.  Attendance is free, but if you would like to make a contribution please visit the IICE registration page and select the correct registration fee in accordance with your title. The IICE can be accessed on the Hopin virtual platform. You must make a Hopin account to access the conference. Here is the link to register on hopin. Participants will be able to visit different session rooms, hear keynote speakers, attend workshops, ask questions, network and visit expo booths. 


Growing concerns about the state of Earth's environment and how we will emerge from a modern pandemic make the annual IICE more important than ever. Scholars, scientists, leaders, activists, artists, policy-makers, educators, and stakeholders will all come together to discuss timely topics such as climate change, the effect of the pandemic on the environment, Indigenization  and decolonization, environmental justice, sustainability, and the food system. IEA Vice-President Greg Cronin is "very excited about IICE this year. I was disappointed that we were forced to cancel the meeting last year, especially considering the state of environments across the globe. I can't thank the planners of IICE enough for their hard work in organizing an impressive conference. I believe the 'virtual aspect' of IICE will continue in the future even after we are able to meet face-to-face, with future conferences having a hybrid platform."


The Laboratorio Nacional de Ciencias de la Sostenibilidad-IE, will present “Let’s Mobilize Together the Planet to Fight Against Climate Change”, a climate change panel dedicated to mobilizing all sectors of society to address the rising risks of a warmer planet. Panelists will address the successful practices that are happening at the local level as well as the many gaps in climate mitigation, adaptation and collaboration. They will look at the necessary deconstruction of ingrained societal structures that is required to prevent further planetary harm and remain on earth. The IEA and LANCIS have partnered with Restauracion Ecológica y Desarrollo,(REDES), to present,  “The Future of Chinampas: A Perspective From Its People”. We expect this documentary to bring attention to Xochimilco, a sensitive and important agroecosystem in the southern part of Mexico City.


A welcome speech from Miguel Sague will be dedicated to acknowledging the sacred land of Mexico followed by a bilingual address from  Dr. Jose Manuel Saniger Blesa. A special keynote address will be presented by Dr. Meenal Shrivastava. Her address will focus on how we can as students, scholars, and stakeholders, contribute to the evolution of a just and inclusive society. Shrivastava expresses , “Imagining a post-pandemic world is an opportunity to consider ways to transform current political-economic structures and to examine our role in propping up unjust and inequitable institutions as individuals, communities, and nation states.” 


Kelly Poirier, Co-founder and CEO of Footprint will honor former Footprint CEO Dakota Stormer and address the critical need for social engagement and human connection as it relates to having a lasting impact on climate change. There will be a roundtable discussion from Sustainable Human Environmental Systems, SHES and interactive EN-ROADS Climate simulation.

When we can safely congregate again, we will hold another meeting in Mexico City to complete the "in-person" experience.

About the 26th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment Logo

El logo representa varios elementos de la cultura mexicana; Por un lado  los colores, especialmente representando la bandera mexicana en el  centro, y por el otro lado el águila, presente en la bandera y en el escudo  nacional. Según la leyenda de la fundación de México-Tenochtitlan,  Huitzilopochtli indicó a los mexicas que establecieran su ciudad donde  encontraran a un águila posada sobre un nopal; la ciudad se encontraba  en el valle de México, donde hoy está ubicada la Ciudad de México.  Además, el águila representa conceptos como la sabiduría, la valentía, y  además, se considera un ser que tiene la capacidad de observar los  problemas desde otra perspectiva; Desde lo alto.  Las alas del águila representan también un libro abierto, que hace  referencia al conocimiento, sabiduría, profesores, estudiantes e  investigadores, y a las diferentes disciplinas científicas que van a  confluir en la conferencia.  Los diferentes colores de las páginas del libro, y del logo en general, no  solo hacen referencia a la rica y variada cultura mexicana, sino que  además, se refiere a la multidisciplinariedad del evento en cuestión, y  también, a la internacionalidad de sus participantes. A la vez, los colores  con más peso en el logo son también los más presentes en el planeta  tierra, y representan una combinación de equilibrio entre el medio  ambiente y las diferentes culturas que habitan el planeta.  Finalmente, todas las páginas (o las alas del águila) nacen de la palabra  “México City 2021”, para remarcar de manera notable el nombre de la  conferencia, el lugar, el año, y el propósito. Este logo ha sido creado por: Jordi Prat Esteve.


The logo represents several elements of Mexican culture. The country’s flag is represented in the red, white, and green colors, while the eagle represents the national shield of Mexico. According to the legend of the founding of Mexico-Tenochtitlan, Huitzilopochtli instructed the Mexica to establish their city where they would find an eagle perched on a nopal; the city was created in the Valley of Mexico and is known today as Mexico City. The eagle also represents wisdom and courage and is considered a being that can observe problems from another perspective-from above.  


The wings of the eagle also represent an open book, which refers to knowledge, wisdom, teachers, students, and researchers, and the different scientific disciplines that will converge together at this year’s conference. The different colors from the pages of the book, and the logo in general, not only refer to the rich and varied Mexican culture, but also refer to the multidisciplinary aspect of the conference and the internationality of its participants. At the same time, the colors with more weight in the logo are also the most present on planet earth and represent a combination of balance between the environment and the different cultures that inhabit the planet.  Finally, all the pages (or the wings of the eagle) are born from the word "Mexico City 2021", to remarkably highlight the name of the conference, the place, the year, and the purpose. 

The logo was created by Jordi Prat Esteve. 

The 26th IICE is Proudly Supported by: 

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