The conference theme has convergence as an organizing framework that can amplify the most exciting current developments in environmental engineering. Convergence is fostered by the diverse education and research of the Association of Environmental and Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) community. Members of the community are also engaged in research and education that address grand challenges in environmental engineering identified in the recent NASEM report “Environmental Engineering for the 21st Century.” We seek submissions of abstracts for oral and poster presentations in four areas of convergence as well as five grand challenges. Because this is one of the only conferences to bring together all environmental engineering and science professors and that focuses on both research and education, we are particularly interested to receive abstracts emphasizing (a) education and (b) research areas that have been underrepresented at past AEESP conferences.


Convergence Areas 

  • convergence of education and research
  • convergence of research in air, water, and soil
  • convergence of research and action
  • convergence of research, practice, and entrepreneurship

Grand Challenges 

  • sustainably supply food, water, and energy
  • curb climate change and adapt to its impacts
  • design a future without pollution or waste
  • create efficient, healthy, resilient cities
  • foster informed decisions and actions

Oral and poster presentations will be held on Wednesday July 14 and Thursday July 15. There will be four best poster presentation awards for graduate students.


Abstract Submission Details: 

  • Abstracts are due January 29, 2021 through the program page of the conference website (
  • Abstracts are limited to 300 words.
  • During abstract submission the convergence areas and/or grand challenges most appropriate for the abstract can be indicated. Abstracts are also welcome that do not align with a specific convergence area or grand challenge.
  • Each conference participant can submit only one abstract as the presenting author with the following two exceptions. Doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers can submit an additional abstract for a special “Meet the Candidate” poster session, and assistant professors in the first three years of their positions can submit an additional abstract for the “Early Career Showcase” that will be part of one of the networking receptions.
  • A preference for an oral presentation, poster presentation, or no preference will be indicated at the time of abstract submission.
  • The program committee will evaluate abstracts for acceptance into the program, designate them to an oral or poster presentation, and place them within thematically organized sessions.
  • Inquiries should be directed to

COVID-19 Contingency: If an in-person conference is not possible in July 2021, then the conference will be postponed to Summer 2022. If the conference is postponed, then participants will have the opportunity to update or withdraw their abstracts. A decision about whether to hold an in-person conference in 2021 or to postpone will be made by mid-Spring.