The TSRC Town Talks are a community-oriented, engaging, and down-to-earth annual summer lecture/discussion. The Talks are a public component of TSRC’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 to find solutions to challenges in science and engineering.
Telluride Science Research Center (TSRC) was founded in 1984 as an incubator for molecular science and is the only independent molecular science center in the world. The organization lives at the creative crossroads of chemistry of chemistry, energy, biomedicine, material science, nanotechnology, and more.
New directions in molecular science start here.
Back in 1991, TSRC founders Peter Salamon and R. Stephen Berry began the TSRC science lecture series in the old elementary school on Thursday nights as a way to give back to the Telluride community.
In 2003, the program expanded to Tuesday evenings at the public library with the support of local funder CCAASE, and began to advertise widely in the community. Later, underwritten by another local founder, TMVOA, the series moved to the Conference Center in Mountain Village. The talks were held at the Palm Theatre for several years. In 2013, the series was held at the Opera House to celebrate their 100th anniversary. The series is funded by TSRC, generous donations at the door, and a generous sponsor.
The names of these talks have changed over the years, from “TSRC Science Lecture Series” (1991-2002) to “Pinhead Town Talks” (2003-2010) and finally to the “TSRC Town Talks” in 2011. The Town Talks have grown steadily in popularity to an average of nearly 150 audience members per talk.