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2018 Tours
      See the list to the right
2017 Tours:





CO-LABS Tour of Xcel Energy

CO-LABS Tour of  CSU Energy Inst.




CO-LABS Tour of Panasonic NEXT




CO-LABS Tour of USGS Ice Core Lab

2016 Tours:
     Tuesday, March 15, 2016 
     Monday, March 28, 2016  (special event with Rep. Jared Polis, limited space)
     Thursday, April 28, 2016
     Tuesday, May 10, 2016 
CO-LABS tour of NCAR Mesa Lab 
      Wednesday, June 29, 2026
CO-LABS tour of CIRA
      Thursday, Sept. 1 216
      Thursday October 6, 2016
CO-LABS Tour of USDA National Wildlife Research Center
       Thursday, October 27, 2016 

Coming soon:  Isotope lab, Panasonic NEXT, NIST lab tours



Upcoming CO-LABS Tours

2019 Lab & Research Facility Tours

As part of our mission supporting the scientific research community in Colorado, we have arranged several insider’s tours of research facilities during 2017. Leaders from our network of scientific, business, political and academic backgrounds will be gathering, please join us!

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Space is often limited due to the protocols of various labs,

2019 Lab Tours on hold during the Federal Government Shutdown

2018 Tours: 


 National Science Foundation Ice Core Facility
National Science Foundation Ice Core Facility
Federal Center, Denver, CO
Monday, September 17, 2018
3:00 - 5:00 pm with social hour to follow
The U.S. National Ice Core Laboratory (NICL) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) facility for storing, curating, and studying meteoric ice cores recovered from the glaciated regions of the world. NICL provides scientists with the capability to conduct examinations and measurements on ice cores, and it preserves the integrity of these ice cores in a long-term repository for future investigations. Over 8000 samples from around the globe attract world-class scientists and researchers.
We’ll also visit the adjacent Core Research Center (CRC), which was established in 1974 by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to preserve valuable rock cores for use by scientists and educators from government, industry, and academia. The cylindrical sections of rock are permanently stored and available for examination and testing at the core storage and research facility in Denver, Colorado. The CRC is currently one of the largest and most heavily used public core repositories in the United States


National Telecommunications and Information Administration


Institute for Telecommunication Sciences

National Telecommunications and Information Administration 
Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS)
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
3:00 - 4:30 pm with social hour to follow

The Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) performs cutting-edge telecommunications research and engineering with both federal government and private sector partners. As its research and engineering laboratory, ITS supports NTIA by performing the research and engineering that enables the U.S. Government, national and international standards organizations, and many aspects of private industry to manage the radio spectrum and ensure that innovative, new technologies are recognized and effective. ITS also serves as a principal Federal resource for solving the telecommunications concerns of other Federal agencies, state and local Governments, private corporations and associations, and international organizations. 


National Center for Atmospheric Research

National Center for Atmosperic Research Mesa Laboratory & VizLab

1850 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder
Thursday, August 9, 2018
1:30 - 3:30 pm

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is a federally funded research and development center devoted to service, research and education in the atmospheric and related sciences. NCAR's mission is to understand the behavior of the atmosphere and related Earth and geospace systems; to support, enhance, and extend the capabilities of the university community and the broader scientific community, nationally and internationally; to foster the transfer of knowledge and technology for the betterment of life on Earth. The National Science Foundation is NCAR's sponsor, with significant additional support provided by other U.S. government agencies, other national governments and the private sector.

 Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics

Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
1234 Innovation Drive, Boulder
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
3:00 - 4:30 pm with social hour to follow

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) began in 1948, a decade before NASA.  We are the world’s only research institute to have sent instruments to all eight planets and Pluto.

LASP combines all aspects of space exploration through our expertise in science, engineering, mission operations, and scientific data analysis. As part of CU, LASP also works to educate and train the next generation of space scientists, engineers and mission operators by integrating undergraduate and graduate students into working teams. Our students take their unique experiences with them into government or industry, or remain in academia to continue the cycle of exploration.




National Institute of Standards and Technology

  NIST Public Safety Communications Research

National Institute of Standards and Technology
Public Safety Communcation Research Lab
325 Broadway, Boulder
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 3:00 - 4:30 pm 
 NIST's Public Safety Communications Research division works with a diverse innovation ecosystem to help solve public safety’s most critical communication technology gaps and drive innovation forward. Through the use of advanced communication technologies, the public safety community can more effectively carry out their vital mission to protect lives and property – from day-to-day operations to large events and emergencies. We will see examples of virtual reality simulations for first responder training; learn about Mission Critical Push-to-Talk Accurate Measurements tech, First Responder 3-D Indoor Building and Asset Visualization tech, and get updated on the winner of the Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight and Payload Challenge: drones to carry wireless networks for wildland firefighting and search & rescue operations.
We’ll also learn about the NIST Innovation Accelerator that leverages prize challenges, grants, and cooperative agreements to stimulate critical R&D for public safety communications technology and provide access to cutting-edge technologies and applications that will enable responders to better carry out their mission to protect lives and property.


Pena Station NEXT Panasonic   

Pena Station NEXT drawing


Panasonic Pena Station NEXT -
CityNow Innovation Showcase
6144 North Panasonic Way, Denver, CO
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
10:00 - 11:30 am
Peña Station NEXT is a 400-acre, transit-oriented development destined to become a model smart, sustainable mixed-use community. One of the first initiatives will be the development of a microgrid energy storage solution for the airport. The project is designed to prove the efficacy of high capacity batteries in a microgrid, and will be part of a larger initiative that includes a 1.3 Megawatt AC canopy solar installation to serve the grid and provide back-up power. The microgrid project involves a third partner, Xcel Energy, and their subsidiary, Public Service Company of Colorado. A second initiative that is in development is the deployment of Smart LED Streetlights at the airport. These lights will be powered by solar cells, and are designed to brighten when there’s foot traffic and dim when there’s no activity as a means of conserving energy.

These projects, and those that follow, will further be supported by a Light Rail transit line. Under the smart-city concept Panasonic will test a range of technologies: smart street lighting, a solar parking garage, autonomous shuttles, a microgrid with storage, and others. For the National Renewable Energy Labraory in Golden the project is a chance to test the capabilities of its Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) while demonstrating URBANopt software, a buildings and district energy modeling tool currently under development at NREL.

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National Institute of Standard and Technology

Special Tour with NIST Director Dr. Walter Copan
325 Broadway, Boulder
Thursday, June 28, 2018
3:00 - 4:30 pm with social hour

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was founded in 1901 and is now part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST is one of the nation's oldest physical science laboratories. Congress established the agency to remove a major challenge to U.S. industrial competitiveness at the time—a second-rate measurement infrastructure that lagged behind the capabilities of the United Kingdom, Germany, and other economic rivals.

From the smart electric power grid and electronic health records to atomic clocks, advanced nanomaterials, and computer chips, innumerable products and services rely in some way on technology, measurement, and standards provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Today, NIST measurements support the smallest of technologies to the largest and most complex of human-made creation from nanoscale devices so tiny that tens of thousands can fit on the end of a single human hair up to earthquake-resistant skyscrapers and global communication networks.

The Infectious Disease Research Center

Infectious Diseases Research Center & BioMARC
3185 Rampart Road, Fort Collins, CO
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
3:00 - 4:30 pm w/social hour to follow

The Infectious Disease Research Center at Colorado State University provides a safe, secure, state of art facility for university investigators, government scientists and industry representatives to collaboratively research the basic biology, biochemistry, molecular biology and epidemiology of bacteria and viruses that cause human and animal diseases. The Center provides the highest quality research environment for developing new scientific discoveries, vaccines, methods of diagnosis, and therapeutic agents for infectious agents. Colorado State University is among the world’s leaders in researching West Nile Virus, drug-resistant Tuberculosis, Yellow Fever, Dengue, Hantavirus, Plague, Tularemia and other diseases.


BioMARC has extensive expertise in developing and optimizing product manufacturing processes and related tests for therapeutic, vaccines, and diagnostic products. BioMARC is a nonprofit CMO owned and operated by CSU, and was created to translate and produce biopharmaceutical products for non-clinical, clinical, and commercial use under Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) and BSL-2 containment (including spore former containment) and Select Agent (SA) biosecurity conditions.


National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s
Energy Systems Integration Facility
15013 Denver W Pkwy, Golden
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
7:30 - 9:00 am (breakfast provided)

The NREL Energy Systems Integration Facility houses an unparalleled collection of state-of-the-art capabilities that supports the development, evaluation, and demonstration of innovative clean energy technologies. Specialty research capabilities include: Systems integration; Prototype and component development; Manufacturing and material diagnostics & High-performance computing and analytics. You have to see this to believe it - the science in the ESIF is astounding.


NCAR Research Aviation Facility   NCAR Research Aviation Facility

National Center for Atmospheric Research - Aviation Facility
10802 Airport Ct, Broomfield, CO
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
3:00 - 4:30 pm w/social hour to follow

From the airport in Broomfield, this unique program that makes aircraft available for research projects across the globe has been has been in operation since 1964. NCAR's Earth Observing Laboratory maintains aircraft that serves the National Science Foundation's  geosciences community by providing research platforms and expertise in airborne installations and measurement techniques.  We'll get up close with High-performance Instrumented Airborne Platform for Environmental Research (HIAPER) GS V aircraft and the Hercules C-130.

The HIAPER is a cutting-edge observational platform that meets the scientific needs of researchers who study many different aspects of the earth's environment, such as atmospheric Chemistry and Climate, Chemical Cycles, Clouds and Aerosols, Solar and Terrestrial Radiative Fluxes, Upper Troposphere Lower Stratosphere Processes, Mountain Waves and Turbulence, Air Quality, and Mesoscale Weather. The HIAPER, is a Gulfstream V business jet that has been highly modified for research has unique capabilities that set it apart from other research aircraft. It can reach 51,000 feet, enabling scientists to collect data at the tops of storms and the lower edge of the stratosphere. With a range of about 7,000 miles (11,265 kilometers), it can track atmospheric particles across the oceans or reach the South Pole from bases in South America or New Zealand.

The C-130 is a versatile aircraft that carries a wide variety of scientific payloads. The C-130 has a 10-hour flight endurance, a 2,900 nautical mile range at up to 27,000 ft, and a payload capacity of up to 13,000 lbs. In addition to standard thermodynamic, microphysics and radiation sensors, the C-130 has a roomy fuselage payload area (414 ft2) and many versatile inlets and optical ports. The aircraft carries instruments and sensors in pods and pylons on both wings. The C-130 can carry advanced Earth Observing Laboratory and community instrumentation.



USDA National Wildlife Research Center

The U.S. Department of Agriculture
National Wildlife Research Center
4101 Laporte Ave, Fort Collins
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
3:00 - 4:30 pm
social hour to follow

Human-wildlife conflicts, wildlife damage, nuisance and pest animals, wildlife disease, invasive species, overabundant wildlife, and overall ecosystem health are just some of the topics studied by researchers at the National Wildlife Research Center. The Wildlife services program often partners with private-sector industries to develop new tools and techniques for resolving human-wildlife conflicts related to agriculture, human health and safety, property, invasive species, and threatened and endangered species. Come learn about their genetic research, aquaculture, predation research, exploratory chemistry amd much more. Tour the facilities and connect with a spectrum of researchers.  


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Weather Service & Physical Sciences Division
325 Broadway, Boulder 
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Social hour to follow

The NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory's Physical Sciences Division (PSD) conducts weather and climate research to observe and understand Earth's physical environment, and to improve weather and climate predictions on global-to-local scales. Come see the efforts of the National Weather Service and the PSD to develop new knowledge and capabilities to explain observed weather and climate extremes, variations, trends, and their impacts to inform risk management and adaptation decisions. NOAAA is committed to Identifing new sources of predictive skill and improve predictions of weather, water, and climate through observations, understanding, and modeling of physical processes and phenomena of the coupled Earth system. 


National Renewable Energy Laboratory
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s
Energy Systems Integration Facility
15013 Denver W Pkwy, Golden
Tuesday May 8, 2018
The NREL Energy Systems Integration Facility houses an unparalleled collection of state-of-the-art capabilities that supports the development, evaluation, and demonstration of innovative clean energy technologies. Specialty research capabilities include: Systems integration; Prototype and component development; Manufacturing and material diagnostics & High-performance computing and analytics. You have to see this to believe it - the science in the ESIF is astounding.


UNAVCO geodesy


6350 Nautilus Drive, Boulder
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
3:00 - 4:30 pm social hour to follow

UNAVCO’s scientists perform cutting-edge research in the geosciences and space sciences that focuses on the structure and dynamics of the crust, hydrosphere, cryosphere, oceans, and the atmosphere. On a global scale, their efforts support defining Earth’s shape, gravity and rotation and understanding the global influences of plate tectonics.  UNAVCO’s collective precision and nearly ubiquitous, constant analysis of the earth helps with preparedness, forecast, response and mitigation of earthquakes, volcanic unrest, landslides, wildfires, flooding, severe weather, hurricanes, tsunamis and space weather. UNAVCO’s GPS stations provide 1 to 2 centimeter real-time positions for survey-grade GPS work. DID YOU KNOW: About 50% of the users of UNAVCO’s real-time GPS data are from the private sector. Come look behind the scenes of this mighty global effort, located conveniently across from Avery Brewery, where we will have a social hour.