Get Involved

Whether you are new to NCER or a veteran attendee, we value your input and invite you to share your experience and participate in the planning process. We have many volunteer opportunities available, and you're sure to find one that best suits your skills, availability and expectations. If you are interested in joining a committee for the next NCER, email Beth Miller-Tipton at

Conference Chair

Assemble/lead conference team
Schedule and conduct monthly conference calls with Planning Committee members
Finalize/approve conference activities
Monitor planning progress of all committees
Provide consistent, timely and accurate communication throughout the conference
Give Welcome Address during opening plenary session

Planning Committee

Participate in monthly conference calls

Assist in development of a conference theme
Establish overall goals, responsibilities and objectives of the conference
Help to elicit participation by local officials and representatives from the region
Stay apprised of conference details and provide general guidance as needed
Generate awareness and support for the conference
Serve as a session moderator at the conference
Help identify and bring in conference sponsors

Sponsorship Committee

Contact past conference sponsors
Actively identify and solicit potential sponsors
Identify creative sponsor opportunities
Assist with development of material outlining sponsorship opportunities for website

Technical Program Committee

Work as a group to develop a comprehensive list of topics and sub-topics
Develop call for special sessions soliciting outside proposals for organized sessions
Meet once in the host city to review abstracts
Develop final detailed program agenda
Identify and confirm session moderators
Identify back-up presenters in the event of last minute cancellations

Plenary Committee

Identify speakers to give presentations during plenary sessions
Schedule plenary speakers in conjunction with primary program format

Restoration Coffee House Committee

Identify topics of particular interest for coffee house discussions
Identify and confirm coffee house participants
Organize topical themes for discussion
Prepare a write-up describing the goals and objectives of the coffee house

Field Trip Committee

Identify area field trip sites
Secure tour guides and serve as liaison with host site
Participate in pre-planning conference calls
Attend pre-conference briefing session for a final review of field trip logistics
Participate in the field trip you organize and serve as the onsite group leader

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