Telluride Science Research Center: Town Talks

Telluride Science Research Center: Town Talks

TSRC Town Talks take place Tuesday evenings, July 1 until August 19 6pm – 7:15pm


TSRC Town Talks are an engaging, down-to-earth, annual summer lecture/discussion series in Telluride, Colorado presented by Telluride Science Research Center (TSRC).


TSRC Town Talks are a public component of Telluride Science Research Center’s mission to convene the world’s most influential academic and private sector molecular scientists to set powerful new directions in research, build international collaborations, and find solutions to science and engineering challenges.

Telluride Science Research Center was founded in 1984 as an incubator for molecular science research and is the only independent molecular science center in the world. TSRC lives at the creative crossroads of chemistry, energy, biomedicine, material science, nanotechnology, and more. New directions in molecular science start here. TSRC is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Visit for more information.


Leading national and international molecular science researchers.
Please visit for updates to the schedule.
A “Meet the Scientists” gathering from 5:15pm – 6pm, with cash bar, precedes each lecture/discussion.

Tuesday, July 1

“Molecular Revolution: New Insight Into Human Diseases” David J. Wales
Professor of Chemistry, University of Cambridge

Tuesday, July 8

“Lead us not into Hemptation: The Genetics of American Cannabis” George Weiblen
Professor of Plant Biology, University of Minnesota

Tuesday, July 15

“The Next 20 Years: Green Chemistry by Design”
Eric Beckman
George M. Bevier Professor of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh. Co-Director of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation

Tuesday, July 22

“Type II Diabetes: An Emerging Epidemic” Joan Emma Shea

Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara. TSRC Board Member.

Tuesday, July 29

“Charting a Path to a Less Warm Future”
Paul B. Shepson
Professor of Analytical and Atmospheric Chemistry, Purdue University

Tuesday, August 5

“Swim like a Mermaid, Spew like a Pump, Chew like a Disposal: Proteins in Action” Patricia L. Clark
Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Concurrent Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Notre Dame O’Hara

Tuesday, August 12

“Modern Mimics of Natural Nano-Structures: Taking a Page from Wood, Beetles, Butterflies, and Birds”
Ron Estler
Professor of Chemistry and CASE/Carnegie Professor of the Year, Fort Lewis College. TSRC Science Advisory Board Chair.

Tuesday, August 19

“Replaying the Tape of Life”
Paul Rainey
Professor of Evolutionary Genetics, New Zealand Institute for Advanced Studies and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology


Free and open to the public. Donations accepted


Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village 580 Mountain Village Blvd
Telluride, Colorado 81435,


Founded in 1984, TSRC is an incubator for molecular science with 5,000 participating international scientists and growing. TSRC advances the fields of energy, biomedicine, chemistry, material science, biology, atmospheric science, and environmental science.


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