Dear IEES members, dear colleagues,

During the last months, we have worked on breathing life into IEES. Together with Andreas Schönborn and the two co-presidents, Petter Jenssen and Johannes Heeb, we contacted the AEES board (American Ecological Engineering Society) to reactivate the IEES activities and collaborations with partner organisations.
During the Ecosummit (Montpellier, France, 29 August – 1 September 2016), we organize a joint session of IEES, AEES, IÖV (Ingenieurökologische Vereinigung, Germany) and members of Gaié (France), which will feature an international review on ecological engineering practice. The main goals include, as described in the abstract, international exchange of ideas and experience and investigation of the de facto intellectual territory of ecological engineering practice, as well as discussion of the differences between theory and practice in the field. The joint session will take place before Wednesday evening August 31 – the exact date has not been fixed yet.

In addition to the session, we are organizing an IEES reunion as a side event during the Ecosummit, where we would appreciate to discuss with you the expectations and future role of our organisation and elect a new presidency. This reunion will take place on Thursday 1 Sep. 2016 at the site of the EcoSummit.

The Early-bird registration deadline is on 29 April 2016.

Further information is available on the official webpage of the event:


This is the direct link to the joint session:


We are looking forward to meeting you in Montpellier this autumn!

Best from Holland and Switzerland,

Marie Sagen and Raffael Kaenzig

Contact: raffael.kaenzig@phoster.ch

Invitation to Ecosummit participants

To the EcoSummit 2016 participants,

In accordance with the conference executive committee, we would like to invite you to the joint session 11-23 – Ecological Engineering Practice: An International Review, which will take place on Tuesday Aug. 30 at 9:00 in the room Sully 3. The session is co-organized by AEES (http://www.ecoeng.org), IEES (www.iees.ch ) and French ecological engineers.

Ecological Engineering (EE) practices are increasingly getting included in projects today. However, they are often not labelled as such, and projects completely designed along EE lines are rare. We are still far from a common awareness of Ecological Engineering and its potential role in construction and project development. This is the challenge we are facing today.

But what exactly are EE practices? And what are the prospects of EE and its related societies? In the first half of our session, examples of Ecological Engineering projects from France, the USA and Central Europe will be presented as a warm-up. The second half will be a 45 minute open public discussion about the prospects of ecological engineering and the future role of the related societies.

For preparing this discussion, we invite you to send us topics or inputs which you consider important in this context. Please send your input via email to contact@iees.ch until August 25, 2016.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Montpellier.

Raffael Kaenzig , Andreas Schoenborn, Theresa Wynn-Thompson