The 26th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment
Virtual, Academic Conference October 6th-8th, 2021
The Interdisciplinary Environmental Association and Laboratorio Nacional de Ciencias de la Sostenibilidad-IE, UNAM invites you to attend its 26th annual International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environmental (IICE) in Mexico City, October 6th-8th, 2021. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, IICE 2021 will be held virtually. When we can meet in person again, we will do so in Mexico City so that we can solidify relationships forged during the virtual conference.
IICE will have three foci: Climate Change, COVID-19 and the Environment, and Indigenization/Decolonization of the Environment. Even though we have three foci, we encourage submissions from all disciplines related to the environment. We welcome your ideas for a special session that you would like to organize. If you'd like to organize a special session, please submit a one-page overview, including the names of speakers who will participate.
If you would like to present a paper or a poster, please submit a 400-word abstract with a title, list of authors with affiliations, a summary of your presentation, and an indication of an oral or poster presentation. Accepted presentations must be submitted as a PowerPoint with audio clips or as a video by Sept. 1, 2021. All Abstract Proposals are due by August 1st. 2021.
During the virtual IICE, 20-minute presentations will be played automatically, followed by a live Q&A from attendees. All submissions should be emailed to MexicoCityIICE@gmail.com.
Our goal is to bring together scientists, policy-makers, spiritual leaders, academics, organizations, students, and stakeholders with a common interest in the environment. Scholarly presentations, keynote addresses, discussion panels, an expo center, breakout sessions, and chat rooms will maximize the opportunities of this virtual meeting hosted by Hopin. We will do our best to make this a personable conference while we work towards having an in person conference in Mexico City when it is safe to do so.
Sponsorship & Endorsement
The IEA welcomes sponsorship and endorsement from institutions, organizations, and other stakeholders who share the same desire to learn about today's biggest environmental challenges, and confront them in solidarity for a brighter future. Visit our Partnership and Network page to learn more!
IICE Planning Committee
Greg Cronin PhD.
Greg Cronin is the Vice President of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Association and President of Yon Sel Lanmou, which means "One Love" in Haitian Kreyol. Greg developed the transdisciplinary scholarly approach that he uses to address environmental and human problems in Haiti. Trained as an ecologist and recognizing the need to work in solidarity with experts from multiple fields, he expanded the STEM disciplines to include the Arts, Humanities, and Recreation, forming the acronym HAMSTER. His work in Haiti revealed the devastation of colonialism, genocide, and slavery on the environment. Greg now focuses on Indigenization and decolonization efforts to address environmental problems and improve the livelihoods of those most seriously harmed by colonization.
Olivia Cason is the Communication and Outreach Director for the Interdisciplinary Environmental Association and a Newsroom Writer for the Footprint App. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from Saint Edward's University and is dedicated to advancing mission awareness, online visibility,
and inclusivity in the environmental nonprofit and public sector both in the U.S. and abroad. Her eye for detail and colorful spirit can merge topics in environmental science and sustainability into creative pieces of art while her writing links humanitarian, scientific, and global perspectives so that she can effectively reach diverse audiences from scientists, educators, students, and activists.
Paola Massyel Garcia Meneses PhD.
Paola Massyel Garcia Meneses has a degree in biology from the Faculty of Sciences at UNAM and is currently a researcher at the National Laboratory of Sustainability Science (LANCIS), Institute of Ecology. Her work focuses in the areas of vulnerability, adaptation, and resilience to global changes. She has held positions in the public sector as Deputy Director of Conservation of Biological Communities and Adaptation to Climate Change, as well as in organizations such as the United Nations and academia. She has published articles in international journals, technical reports and book chapters as well as taught in the UK, Ecuador and Mexico. Paola is a representative within the Climate Change and Sustainable Cities Working Committees of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) among others.
Otto Nicanor Jorge De Sanctis
Otto Nicanor Jorge De Sanctis, is an avid world traveler, investigator of knowledge, arts, and cultures. His profession is focused in transforming companies, brands, tours, and areas of marketing into conscious sustainable sectors that are driven to help and service others. Nicanor is dedicated to serving all living beings from nature, animals, children, and women. One of his greatest passions is in decolonization and the indigenization of tribal communities, which includes valuing ancestral knowledge and advocating the protection of sacred sites worldwide. He is an active Taino member, spiritual leader, and part of the Taino Resurgence Movement. Also a Medicine Man and specialist in Taino culture, crafts, and ways. Most recently, he represented an integral part of the global organization of tribal associations at the United Nations. His expose on the Decolonization of the Mind and Society continues to gain worldwide attention.