We invite you to register for the seventh national ECR conference, ECR2012: "Working Across Boundaries," to be held on May 22-24, 2012, at the JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson, Ariz. ECR2012 will be a three-day event filled with training workshops, plenary discussions, technology exhibits, panel sessions, and presentations across four proposed conference tracks:

TRACK I: Tribal Consultation, Collaboration and ECR
TRACK II: Collaborating at New and Larger Scales
TRACK III: Building Institutional and Practitioner Capacity for ECR and Collaboration
TRACK IV: ECR in Administrative and Litigation Contexts

Half-day Training Workshops will be offered on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The training workshops provide an opportunity for participants to brush up on their skills and learn new techniques and approaches to collaborative problem solving and environmental conflict resolution. Other events will include the Association for Conflict Resolution, Environmental and Public Policy Section mid-year meeting, the U.S. EPA Employee ECR Training, a meeting of the U.S. Institute's Native Dispute Resolution Network, a Federal Technology Working Group meeting, and networking luncheons for the U.S. Institute's Roster of ECR Professionals and the Native Dispute Resolution Network.

Up to 36 concurrent 90-minute breakout sessions will be offered on both Wednesday, May 23, 2012, and Thursday, May 24, 2012. Conference panel and roundtable sessions will feature presenters from federal departments and agencies (including the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Justice, Interior, Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), as well as representatives from tribal, state, and local governments; ECR practitioners; environmental advocates; NGO's; community-based groups; science and technical experts; academics; and others.

At the conference, the U.S. Institute will present two awards to recognize exemplary and innovative environmental collaboration and conflict resolution efforts. The first award, the "Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution Award," will recognize exemplary and innovative environmental collaboration and conflict resolution efforts. The second award, the "Innovation in Technology-enhanced Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution Award," will recognize cutting-edge applications of new technologies that enhance environmental collaboration and conflict resolution processes.

An ECR Technology Fair will be held on Wednesday evening and will feature an interactive exhibition of cutting-edge products and applications that are successfully being integrated into environmental collaboration and conflict resolution processes. Exhibitions consisting of 15-minute demonstrations and interactive presentations will feature tools over a range of categories, including GIS, social media, decision support, visualization, monitoring/evaluation, and project management. The Technology Fair will also be an opportunity to learn more about the ECR technology-enhanced projects nominated for the U.S. Institute's second Technology and ECR Award.

The conference will conclude with a synthesis and reflection on the conference sessions and activities by a panel of presenters. Panelists will include experienced ECR practitioners with a shared, long-standing commitment to improving environmental decision making and collaborative processes. Their observations will provide final food for thought at the conclusion of the ECR2012 Conference.

To view the conference program and to register for the conference, click here.