Testimonials from Organizers and Participants

In 1992, I attended my first Telluride Science Research Center workshop, which happened to deal with activated dynamics in condensed phases. The scientific atmosphere and the landscape made a great impression on me. And since then, I have attended TSRC workshops at least five more times, always with my wife and sometimes with more members of my family. The subject has changed from photosynthesis to proton transport and electrostatics, but always with an extremely stimulated discussion in a way that let us focus on what is important and unresolved in the field. The collaborations that resulted from the meeting were always highly productive and it has been one of the few cases where the notes written during the week remain useful for a long time.

Perhaps taking the gondola uphill several times a day helped to refresh the brain and led to inspiring ideas, or it was the style of the meeting, with relatively short talks and long discussions that benefited the group.

In any rate, I cannot think of a better atmosphere for running a scientific meeting or a better setting for inducing productive collaborations.

Arieh Warshel, 2013 Nobel Laureate, Elected Member of US National Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, HonFRSC, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Dana and David Dornsife Chair in Chemistry, University of Southern California

About the Science

  • "I get more brain work done and I have more fun at the Telluride meetings than I do in any of the many other meetings I attend during the year."Bertrand Garcia-Moreno, John Hopkins University, "Protein Electrostatics" workshop organizer
  • "The meeting was inspirational and we discussed the formation of a book based on the meeting. " Jeffrey Rack, Ohio University, "Breaking and Making Bonds with Light" workshop organizer
  • "The meeting was among the best I attended in years." So Hirata, University of Illinois, "New Frontiers in Electron Correlation" workshop participant
  • "Your organization made it so easy to just sit back and enjoy the science in a beautiful setting. It is definitely the most amazing conference I have ever been to." Julianne Gibbs-Davis, University of Alberta, "Nonlinear Optics at Interfaces" workshop participant
  • "I really enjoyed the collaborative atmosphere of the workshop and came back home with numerous research ideas." Igor Stiopkin, University of Wisconsin, "Nonlinear Optics at Interfaces" workshop participant
  • "I mentioned several times to my colleagues that this is the place to think of first if you want to hold a small, interactive meeting," Mike Word, Senior Scientist at OpenEye, "Protein Electrostatics" workshop participant
  • "I found the workshop to be excellent. Most workshops and conferences are overloaded with speakers and there is no time for any substantive discussion. We had enough time for discussions." Hans Frauenfelder, Los Alamos National Lab, "The Complexity of Dynamics and Kinetics in Many Dimensions" workshop participant

About the Place

  • "The town is friendly and receptive to new ideas. The whole package of outdoor sports and the town's amenities offer many possibilities for our attendees to relax outside the intensity of our workshops."Rigoberto Hernandez, Johns Hopkins University, "Chemistry and Dynamics in Complex Environments" workshop organizer
  • "The mountains are out-of-control beautiful, but they were made all the more enjoyable by the fact that we were well-fed. . . . I could quit medicine and move to the mountains to become a pastry chef. That's a joke. Kinda." Kristen Buddie, UTHSCSA, "Transforming Mindsets" workshop participant
  • "The Intermediate School was the perfect mix of a formal/informal setting. The common area was comfortable enough that it was easy to strike up a conversation with other participants, as well as those in other workshops." Blake Mertz, University of Arizona, "Biological Membrames and Membrane Proteins: Challenges for Theory and Experiment" workshop participant
  • "There is certainly a correlation between scientific creativity and the vacation-like ambiance of the meeting. Thank you again for the perfect organization of our workshop." Martin Weik, Institut de Biologie Structurale, Grenoble France, "Protein Dynamics" workshop organizer
  • "The informality of Telluride and TSRC are key ingredients. I think hiking puts people in a more open mood. Telluride is full of high engery, positive people. It is a nice environment in which to try to accomplish something in a short time." Michael Kellman, University of Oregon, "Vibrational Dynamics" workshop participant

About the Family Friendly Atmosphere

  • "My daughters were duly impressed with the beauty and charm of Telluride, and by the goodies at the Bakery. They put me through some good hikes, just to try to make my muscles hurt. They succeeded! They are already talking about all the things they plan to do net time they are in Telluride, so evidently, our family trip was a success." Bertrand Garcia-Moreno, Johns Hopkins University, "Protein Electrostatics" workshop organizer
  • "My only complaint is with myself. I should have brought my family : - )" Ferdinand Evers, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, "Quantum Transport in Nanoscale Molecular Systems" workshop participant
Telluride Science Research Center
Post Office Box 2429, Telluride CO 81435
Tel: + 970.708.4426
Email: info@telluridescience.org
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