Wanted: Juniors: Join the IEES operational team and help shape the process!
Seniors: Share your Ecological Engineering lighthouse project in the discussion on EE principles!IEES is a non-profit organization, founded in 1993 with the aim to promote ecologically inspired design and holistic thinking in engineering. Since then, the field has developed considerably. Some of its branches have become respected options for solving engineering problems (e.g., constructed wetlands), and some of them even became mainstream in parts of the world (e.g., green roofs in Europe).
When a professional field develops, the role of its societies change. Professionals active in specialized fields increasingly find their support in specialized societies. So what is the future role of IEES and how could it support other societies?
We, the 2 new co-presidents of IEES Andreas and Raffael believe that “new IEES” has a future if it becomes an international advocate and lobbyist for integrated, ecologically sound practices and systems. It should move away from single technologies and promote ecological systems thinking across the disciplines and professional fields that are involved in engineering activities. It should promote principles derived from ecology as guidelines for integrated engineered solutions. And it should start a continuous process of reflection about the applicability and validity of these principles in an open-minded and dynamic way.
For this process we are looking for senior professionals as well as for young Ecological Engineering enthusiasts worldwide:
If you are a student or young professional you may become a regional contact, help shaping the process or maintaining the website www.iees.ch and its social media channel(s), find more supporters (and members). One task may be to support busy senior professionals in sharing their expertise and their lighthouse projects.
If you are a senior, contribute your lighthouse project. Very soon, the website www.iees.ch will show the diversity of EE practice through these projects. You are invited to contact us, and we will help you to integrate your project into the website.
Are you interested? We are happy to hear from you!
Raffael Kaenzig and Andreas Schoenborn, IEES co-presidents