IAP2's International Conference to be Held in Portland this October

The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) is holding its international conference in Portland, Oregon this year. The conference will take place October 17-19, 2005, with pre-conference workshops and IAP2 certificate training October 14-16. Online conference registration will begin in June 2005. Click below for more details or go to www.iap2.org.

Join us this October in Portland, Oregon, USA for the 2005 IAP2 conference, the premier international forum for public involvement best practices and a terrific value for your training dollars with more than 100 presenters and trainers sharing their experience and wisdom.

Come early for the pre-conference workshops and IAP2 certification training. All three IAP2 certificate courses will be offered along with other excellent training programs designed and delivered by IAP2 members. The conference will feature keynote speakers Paul Loeb and David Ropeik. Loeb is the author of "Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time" and "The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear." Ropeik co-authored "RISK! A Practical Guide for Deciding What's Really Safe and What's Really Dangerous in the World Around You."

The Core Values awards luncheon will honor public participation projects and work. Noted equality activist Kathleen Saadat will inspire and instruct on "Diversity and Empowerment" for connecting with underrepresented community members. IAP2 founders will reflect on how public participation has evolved since their very first conference in Portland in 1992.

Don't miss the new member and opening receptions Sunday evening. Monday night's Willamette River dinner cruise will be a perfect setting for Portland river activists to share their stories and the Tuesday Dine Around will offer a feast of fine restaurants. Community visits will provide participants an opportunity see public participation in action, traveling on the Portland Streetcar, MAX light rail, and to Vancouver, Washington.

Portland is near the scenic Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Saint Helen's, and the Oregon Coast and is Oregon's commercial and cultural hub known for great restaurants, coffee, brewpubs, art galleries, and bookstores. Visit the birthplace of IAP2 and a hotbed of citizen involvement!

Online conference registration will begin in June 2005. Stay tuned for details!

Added by Sandy on May 15, 2005