Workshop Details
06/27/2021 - 07/01/2021
Meeting Description:

The purpose of Telluride Workshop on Polymer Physics (formerly called Polymers: Theory vs. Experiment) is to provide a forum for intensive discussions of rapidly developing areas of polymer science that have high technological and theoretical interest. The meeting is designed to have a balanced representation of active theoretical and experimental polymer scientists and includes both senior researchers and young researchers who are just beginning their careers but have interesting new results to present. Some effort is made to obtain representation from abroad, although no special funds are made available for financing foreign travel. Participation in the meeting is limited by the requirement that each attendee presents an invited talk. The selection of about 20 to 30 attendees is made through joint agreement of a conference committee composed of members with a range of interests.

The small scale of the meeting fosters strong interactions during the lectures and extensive discussions about the presented research and the planning of future research during the hikes and other activities in the afternoon break between the morning and evening lectures. Many participants form groups in town after the evening lectures to socialize and to further discuss research / disagreements in a friendly environment. This informal organization has led to a collegial and productive set of meetings.


Because of San Miguel County Health COVID restrictions around the number of people allowed per classroom, the in-person participation is limited 15 to 16 people, depending on the size of the room. However, if each participant agrees to participate virtually on one of the five workshop days, we can accommodate a total of 20 participants. The registration will close once the number of registrants reaches 20.

Participants should be aware that this workshop runs Sunday through Thursday. Discounted lodging rates end after Wednesday night. If your flight is on Friday out of Montrose, we recommend having dinner in Telluride on Thursday night and taking Telluride Express to Montrose after dinner. TSRC scientists are eligible for the corporate rate at the Hampton Inn (970-547-4120) next to the airport. The Holiday Inn Express is also a good option too although we do not have a discount with them.

If you are interested in attending, but have not received an invitation, please contact the workshop organizer before registering.

TSRC is about expanding the frontiers of science, exploring new ideas, and building collaborations. The workshop schedule will allow for substantial unstructured time for participants to talk and think. All participants are expected to stay for the entire duration of the workshop. Scientists are encouraged to consider bringing family or friends. Telluride offers a number of options for children's camps (including Telluride Academy, Aha School for the Arts, and Pinhead Institute). There is more information on childcare, camps, and family activities on TSRC's website. Feel free to contact TSRC's staff to help with any planning and/or coordinating care.

Meeting Venue:

Telluride Intermediate School
725 W Colorado Ave Telluride CO 81435

Polymer Physics (IN-PERSON PARTICIPANT) Registered Meeting Participants:
Participant Organization
Bates, Frank University of Minnesota
Boudouris, Bryan Purdue University
Hore, Michael Case Western Reserve University
Jayaraman, Arthi University of Delaware
Kumar, Sanat Columbia University
Lodge, Timothy University of Minnesota
Muthukumar, Murugappan University of Massachusetts
Olsen, Bradley MIT
Osuji, Chinedum O University of Pennsylvania
Schweizer, Kenneth University of Illinois
Segalman, Rachel UC Santa Barbara
Sharma, Vivek University of Illinois at Chicago
Walker, Lynn Carnegie Mellon University
Wang, Zhen-Gang California Institute of Technology
Yethiraj, Arun University of Wisconsin

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