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July 09, 2013

MISSOULA – Scientists and researchers from across the state will convene in Helena Aug. 22-23 to discuss pressing environmental challenges facing mountains and high plains ecosystems and their communities during the 2013 Montana EPSCoR IoE Annual Summit.

The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a program of the National Science Foundation that aims to strengthen research and education in science and engineering in the U.S. The Montana Institute on Ecosystems, which operates partly out of the University of Montana, is the flagship program of the current Montana NSF EPSCoR award.

The summit will provide a science-based gathering where participants can share their knowledge gained through research and broader engagement activities.

Through the event, IoE hopes to showcase EPSCoR year-two research progress and outcomes, expand statewide participation in the EPSCoR project across all components – research, education, diversity, workforce development, outreach and cyberinfrastructure – and increase visibility of the role and potential of IoE as a model of how a small-population state can excel in research and education and improve the lives of its residents.

The summit will be held at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel in Helena. To register, view an agenda or submit an abstract or poster for presentation, visit

For more information call Montana IoE Program Manager Gay Allison at 406-243-2617 or email





Contact: Gay Allison, program manager, Montana Institute on Ecosystems, 406-243-2617,