2018 and 2019 ACR EPP Conferences

This year EPP is participating in ACR's 2019 Annual Conference.

Early Bird registration through July 31st.

Conference program is posted. 

Sponsorship Opportunity

EPP is seeking sun loving sponsors for the 2019 ACR Conference in Tucson, AZ. Sponsorship funds support speaker costs, panel discussions, networking events, and scholarships. 

We have sponsor benefits and amounts for all budgets. Want to learn more about the sponsorship levels?  

Please contact Valerie Puleo if you are interested at puleo@udall.gov.









Theme: We Can Work It Out – Practices, Tools and Stories for Helping Parties Bridge the Divide Over Knowledge and Beliefs.

Dates: June 13th and 14th, plus Pre-Conference Training Day on June 12th

Location: George Mason University Arlington campus (outside of Washington, D.C.)

Daily Schedule: Program

Registration: OPEN NOW – early bird registration through May 20

Conference Co-Chairs: Deb Dalton, Rick Creech, and Susan Goodwin 

The EPP Annual Conference registration is NOW OPEN. This year we are excited about being hosted by the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University (GMU) in Arlington, VA. A number of EPP Section and ACR members have received Masters and PhD degrees from S-CAR so we are excited about the opportunity to partner with them in their excellent locations.

Our theme this year is about different ways of “knowing” when parties are in dispute over environmental and resource management issues.

We have all observed and worked with the struggles around determining what facts, data, contexts, experiences and beliefs can be taken into account when making decisions in environmental, natural resource and other public policy issues.  What tools do we have to help the participants be open to and curious about the “others” also affected?  Several publications by members of ACR/SPIDR in the past have outlined approaches that have been used and challenges that remain (Building Trust and Managing Scientific and Technical Information in Environmental Cases).  How successful have these approaches been when used?  What new or contemporary information do we have on additional approaches?  How do the fields of cultural competency and empathy enrich and inform our practice? Can exercises in improvisational skills bolster our own and participants relationships with each other (Using Improvisation to Develop Conflict Resolution Skills and Improvisation for Scientists).


The 2018 Conference is 2 days at the GMU S-CAR campus at 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201.  The facility is accessible by DC Metrorail (Clarendon and Virginia Square GMU Stations), a 15 minute drive from DCA Washington Reagan National Airport, and near hotels and restaurants in the Clarendon and Courthouse urban centers.

The daily program is posted. Programs will start at 9:00 each morning with a provocative keynote followed by break out discussion groups.  Wednesday’s program will end with a happy hour networking event accompanied by poster session and information tables.

Thursday morning's keynote by the Washington Improv Theater is on using improv skills to build communication and relationships. This will be a combination of plenary and smaller breakouts. The primary presenter is John Windmueller, who earned his PhD from GMU S-CAR, is a former ACR board member and professor, and is now an improv teacher. Thursday’s program will end at 3:00 pm followed by an EPP Section business meeting for anyone interested in the work of the Section.

The conference registration fee, which will include snacks, lunches, a happy hour, and conference activities is expected to be +/- $250, depending on ACR membership status and early bird rate. 

  • $25 discount for ACR EPP members

  • $25 discount for Early Bird registration (Available through May 20th)

The one day rate is $150. There is also a student rate.

Diversity and Equity Scholarships for conference registration fees are available. Scholarship information

Pre-Conference Training Day- June 12th

This year the 2018 Conference will be preceded by a special Training Day on June 12th. This training day offers a menu of valuable career building knowledge to new and mid-career professionals and skills development to more advanced practitioners seeking out of the box training. Training Descriptions

As a special treat the training day will occur at the GMU S-CAR’s beautiful and unique retreat facility, Point of View, on the Potomac River in Lorton, VA. Trainers costs, transportation from/to the Arlington site, snacks, lunch and an evening happy hour program are all included in the training fee which is $175 for the day.  The evening program is open to those not attending training for an additional fee.  There will be a very interesting and relevant case study presentation after the happy hour.  The facility adjoins a US Fish and Wildlife Service refuge, a VA State Park, a Bureau of Land Management recreation area and a residential area.


The Conference Committee is seeking SPONSORSHIPS for defraying speaker costs, happy hours and scholarships. Please contact Co-Chair Rick Creech if you are interested at rtcreech@creech.consulting or donate when you registerSponsorship information

Poster Session

Those who need to present a session or a poster in order to document attendance may contact the Conference Committee to arrange for acknowledgement and instructions.  Individuals, firms or organizations wishing to have literature, books or displays may also contact the Conference Committee to arrange these (contact Debs.dalton@gmail.com for information). Or indicate your intentions for a poster or display table when you register


A hotel block has been arranged at the Residence Inn Arlington Ballston. The hotel is only a few blocks from the Virginia Square metro station and the conference site at GMU S-CAR. Book the group rate. The block is open now for reservations at the Federal hotel per diem rate.  Fifty rooms are available for booking for this block through 5/14/18.

Other hotels are available in the area. GMU Arlington has a list of nearby options: Hotels

Transportation and Parking

The GMU S-CAR Founders Hall is located at 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201.  The facility is accessible by DC Metrorail (Clarendon and Virginia Square GMU Stations), a 15 minute drive from DCA Washington Reagan National Airport, and near hotels and restaurants in the Clarendon and Courthouse urban centers.

The Residence Inn Arlington Ballston (conference block hotel) has on-site parking that is not included in the room rate.

More GMU parking and transportation information: Information

June 12th Training Day: Parking at Point of View is free. Do you need transportation to or from the Point of View on June 12th? The ACR EPP bus will leave from Residence Inn Arlington at approx. 8:15 am and leave Point of View at approximately 7 pm.  The trip takes 45 minutes. Indicate the need for transportation when you register.



OPEN NOW – early bird registration through May 20. Registration Link 

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