The organizers are grateful for the support of our sponsors:

National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics
The National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED) is a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center headquartered at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota. NCED was established in 2002 to catalyze development of an integrated, predictive science of the processes shaping the surface of the Earth in order to transform management of ecosystems, resources, and land use.

For further information, please visit the NCED website

National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense..." With an annual budget of about $5.92 billion, we are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

For further information, please visit the NSF website

International Hotel
Two blocks from the French Quarter in the Historic Central Business District in one of the world's most eclectic cities, is a hotel like no other. International House is about New Orleans today. It's about a tangible contemporary style and an intangible spiritual warmth weaving its way throughout. It's about the welcoming glow of amber light. It's about the lobby ever changing for summer and winter dress and in observance of rich local customs and rituals. There are layers upon layers to discover.

For further information, please visit the International Hotel website

Tulane University
For further information, please visit the Tulane University