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News & Events

Dan Powers
November 11th, 2016

The Colorado Space Roundup is the premier all-Colorado space industry update and networking event. Presented by the Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) and the Colorado Space Coalition (CSC), the Roundup is in its 13th year. It is your chance to catch up on the latest Colorado space news and connect with leaders from business, government and education. REGISTER HERE

This year’s theme, The Future is in Focus, reflects the growing progress of our space exploration program.  We have all read the science fiction books and heard and seen many predictions about the future. While some of those ideas were far out, some are now within reach. No flying cars, but we have the dawn of self-driving cars. We haven’t made it to another star, but we are going to Mars! There are GPS receivers in our pockets and we can talk face-to-face with people around the world on our phones. Technological innovation has brought us this far and Colorado is right in the heart of it all. We are starting to put our past’s future into focus. Challenges abound on our journey, but focus and innovation will see us through.


October 24, 2016 - Anna Ewing, Executive Director of Colorado Innovation Network, and COO of OEDIT hosts the Colorado Business Roundtable's Connect & COllaborate radio program with interviews of Dan Powers, Executive Director of CO-LABS and others to discuss the impact of Colorado's federally-funded lab community and CO-LABS' mission related to the labs and our overall R&D environment, as well as its role in our innovation community.


This past July in Boulder, Colorado the 4th Annual Engineering for Climate Extremes Partnership (ECEP) Workshop brought together a  diverse  range  of  expertise  from  industry,  academia,  research  organizations,  government, indigenous, and  other  non- governmental  organizations. Key  risk  and  resilience  issues experienced  by  Indigenous  Peoples,  and  urban  planning,  defense  and  agriculture  sectors were explored through a series of panel discussions and breakout sessions. Participants had a  strong  focus  on  the  decision  needs  to  support  resilience,  and  better  understanding  of climate  related  risks.  Communication  was  a  prevailing  theme  of  the  workshop;  from communicating  exposure  to  risk  and  perceptions  of  uncertainty,  to  relevant  decision  and investment timeframes, to articulating problems and economic impacts more clearly. The  wealth  of  existing  decision-support  tools,  their  uptake  and  relevance  were  also discussed. 

Thank you to our nearly 200 guests who attended the 2016 CO-LABS Governor's Award for High-Impact Research on October 6, 2016 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science  - read more about the event here and click the image below to see the testimonials from a spectrum of attendees including research scientists, technology companies, economic development organizations, academic professionals and more. 

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CO-LABS & Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
Honor Groundbreaking Scientists and Their Research

Annual Event Celebrates Colorado’s Top Scientists and Engineers
for Projects Having a Significant Impact on Society

Denver, CO – DENVER, CO – From the furthest reaches of space to the smallest quantum particles to measurements of atmospheric gases and assessment of human B cell antibodies – world-class research projects in these fields of study were celebrated at the CO-LABS 2016 Governor's Award for High-Impact Research event on October 6, 2016. Governor John Hickenlooper remarked about the profound “culture of discovery” within Colorado’s federal research labs and universities to the nearly 200 supporters of science gathered in the Ricketson Auditorium at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.