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November 12, 2019

5:00 - 9:00pm

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

On November 12, 2019 we celebrated  brilliant discoveries from the realms of atmospheric science, nanotechnology and laser physics, extreme weather and flood dynamics, global greenhouse gas tracking, and tax-payer funded grants enabling commercialization of Nobel-Prize winning technology to track methane leaks - and all projects were the result of amazingly creative, complex and necessary multi-agency partnerships.
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Our premier scientific research recognition event in Colorado saw 250 researchers, entrepreneurs, business leaders and government officials celebrate the exceptional and groundbreaking work of scientists and engineers from Colorado’s federally-funded research labs and institutes. 
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This event serves as our annual fundraiser as well, so in combination with the inspiring projects and great networking, attendees and sponsors are helping support CO-LABS' mission to nurture Colorado's ecosystem of research and technology innovation. 



"The discoveries coming from Colorado's world-class federal laboratories are a national asset, providing crucial scientific insight that shapes new technologies, creates new companies and inform new policies guiding the future of our state, the country and the world. I congratulate the 2019 winners of the Governor's Awards for High Impact Research for their remarkable work revealing complex environmental forces affecting the health of our planet - their inspiring partnerships demonstrate how Colorado is a national model for sophisticated scientific achievement. I applaud CO-LABS for their mission to nurture and champion the important work of our innovation ecosystem, as these labs are making a safer, smarter and more sustainable world."

- Colorado Governor Jared Polis

"CO-LABS brings all these great laboratories together and what we're celebrating tonight is the wonderful science going on in our state. Being in Colorado, we all get along, we all come together, and we love to collaborate, and this differentiates us from many other states."

- Dr. Martin Keller, Director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Presented by: 

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Estimating Extreme Weather

to Avoid Flood Risks and Improve Community Resiliency

A multi-agency, private sector partnership to calculate flood risks to dams in Colorado  with incredible precision  to improve public safety  -AND serve as  a national model

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Dual Comb Spectroscopy

Methane Detection

Technology based on Nobel Prize-winning research in Colorado can detect methane emissions as small as a quarter of a human breath from over a mile away


Discovery of Emission Violations to the Montreal Protocol

A data sleuthing effort that revealed outlaw emissions of CFC-11 - violations of Montreal Protocol emissions standards -   resulting in China making a national-level plan to comply with the Protocol


Platinum Sponsors: 

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Gold Sponsors: 

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Silver Sponsors: 

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Bronze Sponsors: 

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Since 2009, CO-LABS has convened a special committee of academic researchers, technology transfer experts and science and engineering professionals to review nominations from Colorado’s labs. Through a thoughtful and thorough process this group selects projects that have had a significant global, national or state impact resulting from a scientific breakthrough, change in public policy or development of a new technology.


CO-LABS is a non-profit consortium of federal laboratories, research institutions, businesses and economic development organizations that provide financial and in-kind support for programs that promote the retention and expansion of Colorado scientific resources. Through events, economic analyses, strategic communications and networking activities we work to:


• PROMOTE Colorado as a global leader in research and technology

• EDUCATE the public about the labs’ impact and importance of sustained funding for research

• CONNECT the labs, universities and businesses to facilitate partnerships and technology transfer


To learn more, visit or contact Executive Director Dan Powers at 720-389-0455 or

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