Annual Conference


36 CEI conference,  July 4th to 8th, 2022  San José, San Isidro Costa Rica

Conference will be co-hosted by  Fundación Madre Tierra Verde, Golden Valley School and CEI Costa Rica.
The organising team will be led by co-hosts Gerardo de Vega (MTVF) and Georgina Grillo (GVS), with assistance from GVS students Daniela Gutiérrez and Max Meoño who will lead the volunteer team.

Main theme:


- Water refugees and social impact
This subtheme deals with the populations being displaced by rising water levels that have been catalogued as international refugees by the United Nations, as well as the logistics in order to give them asylum in other countries. It also concerns problems with future countries or islands disappearing due to rising water levels.
- Water pollution, drinking water & sanitation
This subtheme deals with everything related to the quality and health of water and the measures to maintain it clean. It also deals with water racking and the processes relative to it.
- Water, Ecotourism and hydroelectric energy production
This subtheme deals with the different tourism mechanisms that involve water recreation and the symbiotic relationships between water bodies for recreation, transportation, and consumption.
- Water-based natural disasters, climate adaptation, and mitigation
This subtheme deals with natural disasters originated by climate change that will lead to flooding, tsunamis, hail, and others, along with how to adapt to them.

 Conference Format

Hybrid model: As the first option, the Costa Rica Conference Team is setting up a hybrid conference model.
This model will take into account a maximum on site participation of students, faculty, and collaborators of three hundred participants.
The hybrid model will also take into account a virtual group of students and teachers from around the world, which will be between 300 to 450 participants.
The hybrid model takes into account individual activities for the on-site participants, activities for the virtual participants, and activities when both groups meet together online.
Virtual model: The CRC Team is strategically working parallel to the hybrid model on a fully virtual one. The deployment of such a model would take place in the event of full world closures due to COVID-19 and its variants. The virtual part of the conference will take place in Zoom, using the Alumni Zoom account and modeling the format used in Ireland 2021.

Conference Venue

Main venue
Golden Valley School: San Isidro, Heredia, Costa Rica

Additional venues:
La Selva Biological Station & Reserve: Sarapiquí, Heredia, Costa Rica

La Tirimbina Biological Reserve: Sarapiquí, Heredia, Costa Rica

El Zota Biological Field Station: Barra de colorado, Limón, Costa Rica

Each participant will receive throughout their stay at the conference a total of 3 main meals and two snacks per day. The night activities will have extra snacks.


Organizer info

More information soon.


Registration will open the first week of January. The delegation will receive an email upon payment which will grant them access to a virtual toolkit and other related documents.


More information soon.

Conference payment

The onsite conference fee is $600 United States Dollars.
The conference fee covers all conference expenses: meals, lodging, transportation, swag bag, activities and trips.
The conference fee does not cover airfare, personal expenses, travelers insurance which is mandatory by the Costa Rican government due to COVID-19.
Virtual attendee: US $20 Platform fee. There is an additional fee (US $ 75 to US $ 100 depending on shipping costs) if the participant wants to receive the swag bag.
Kit: Shirt, Bottle, Backpack, “Chonete” (traditional Costa Rican hat), Pocket flashlight,


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