A monthly newsletter that includes a collection of important news and updates from Telluride Science.


L to R: Operations Manager, Sara Friedberg, Executive Director, Mark Kozak, and Director of Donor Relations, Annie Carlson, prep for renovations with the support of their furry friends, Grizz and Gov.

It has been a busy fall at Telluride Science. At the end of September, we held our first ever community celebration. The gathering was a success with approximately 200 community members turning out to celebrate the rich history of the Depot and the future home of Telluride Science. Here are photos and an event recap from Telluride Inside and Out

Our fall workshops concluded on October 7, just in time to start renovations at the Depot at the end of the month. The expected build time is 16-18 months. Former Telluride resident, Dylan Henderson with SALT Architects, has designed the new center and Werner Catsman from Finbro Construction will lead the renovation. Mark Shambaugh, Depot Board Member and retired engineer and construction executive, will oversee the project and continue to serve as the Owner’s Representative. The Telluride Science & Innovation Center will make its grand debut Summer 2024. 


Renovations at the Depot will start at the end of the month, and we are still very focused on our fundraising efforts. We need to raise an additional $4.5M to transform a historic building into the state-of-the-art Telluride Science & Innovation Center.

If you have friends or colleagues who might be interested in supporting the Telluride Science & Innovation Center, please email Annie Carlson.


Jim Crutchfield

Distinguished Professor of Physics

University of California, Davis

Imagine a world where cell phones never need to be charged. Instead of charging a phone daily, the battery on these ubiquitous technological devices lasts three years. At the end of the battery life, the phone is simply replaced (and hopefully recycled). This is not out of the realm of possibility thanks to a new discovery from a Telluride Science workshop.

Jim Crutchfield, Distinguished Professor of Physics at UC Davis, has been attending Telluride workshops since 2014. His first experience in Telluride was so impactful that a year later, he organized a workshop called Information Engines, which led to an important rethinking of how systems use information and energy to support their function. This new thinking was leveraged and applied to the design of energy efficient computer devices and logic gates (a building block of computation and information processing). The result--new logic gates that are 10,000x more energy efficient than current technologies. This will ultimately have a major impact on reducing the massive amounts of energy that large-scale server farms consume. With expected exponential increases in computing, this impact will only grow.

Crutchfield states that new ideas are generated at Telluride Science workshops because of the unique format and the interaction time built into the schedule. “Afternoons are open and free; people convene in different subgroups and go hiking or walking. That is when participants often have some of their best ideas. The informal time is crucial to the creative process.”

More About Jim

Jim Crutchfield & his Information Engine Workshop participants

Q & A with Jim

How is Telluride Science different from other scientific conferences?

There are several distinctions that make Telluride Science meetings unique. The meetings are really workshops and are truly designed to get work done. Usually, professional conferences serve as a networking function to catch up with colleagues. Telluride meetings are much more scientifically productive than that. You really get to focus on science and new ideas. The workshop format gives extra time to have spontaneous conversations outside of the seminar room.

How has Telluride Science impacted your career?

The Information Engines workshop led to an important rethinking of how systems use information and energy to support their function. One concrete result is that we can now design logic gates that are 10,000x more energy efficient than current technologies. Today, server farms burn up megawatts of power. Reducing that consumption by a factor of 10,000 in 4 or 5 years will have an enormous impact on energy consumption.

Why is a permanent home important for  Telluride Science?

The Depot is going to have a huge impact. It will change how scientists and the public see Telluride Science. There is nothing like having a home. The space will be designed to maximize brainstorming, interaction, and discussion.

Complete Q & A


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If you are interested in hosting a scientist for five or six nights at an affordable rate in your guest house, condo, or home this fall or winter, please email Annie Carlson.


Finding affordable lodging for our scientists is a big challenge. We are so grateful to the following people for offering to host a scientist:

  • Andi Alexander
  • Vadim Backman & Luisa Marcelino
  • Meg & Jay Bodnar
  • Miles & Nicole Cook
  • Sally Puff Courtney & Jim Harley
  • John & Sueanne Kim
  • Dave & Kelly Jemison 
  • Jim & Joanne Steinback


What Makes Telluride Science Unique?

Attendees of Telluride Science workshops often comment about how unique and impactful our meetings are. There are a variety of reasons, but all scientists really appreciate the small size of the workshops and the collaborative environment. Aylin Rodan, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Utah, explains what sets Telluride Science workshops apart from a typical scientific conference.




The Depot is being cleared out this week. There are a lot of cabinets, shelving, interior doors, windows, small pieces of furniture, and more that we are giving away.  

Email Annie if you are interested in giving a home to items mentioned above. 


October 13-16

Telluride Horror Show

October 16 

Gondola Closes for off-season

October 20-23

Sound of Music 

October 28

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Telluride Inside & Out has a robust event calendar with an abundance of information on events and things to do in Telluride and Mountain Village.

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