Building on seven successful years organizing the San Juan Mining & Reclamation Conference, Mountain Studies Institute is proud to introduce the Silverton Innovation Expo – a gathering focused on the exploration of creative new solutions to a host of reclamation issues.

The inaugural year of the Expo will be a meeting of the minds, bringing together industry representatives, government agencies, scientists, nonprofits and citizens to explore the need for innovation through expert presentations, networking opportunities, poster sessions and field tours of active reclamation sites.

In successive years, the Expo will evolve into a tradeshow format, providing a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas as well as a prime opportunity for exhibitors and speakers to showcase their innovative future technologies and build partnerships with other stakeholders.

The Expo is free and open to the public. We hope you will join us as we re-envision and revitalize the future of reclamation!



Monday, August 14th
9 am – 12 pm        Optional Field Tour to Reclamation Sites
12 – 2 pm             Registration, Sponsor Set Up
2 – 5 pm               Session 1: Call for Action: Defining the Problem, Barriers, & Opportunities
4 – 6  pm              Poster Setup
6 – 8 pm               Poster Session, Meet & Greet

Tuesday, August 15th
9 am – 4 pm        Session 2: Defining the Process for Innovation
                           Session 3:  State of Science & Technology- where is the leading edge?  
                           Session 4: Advancing an Innovation Strategy- a plan for action
4 – 6 pm             Technology Demonstrations: advances in the field (outdoors)
6 – 8 pm             Meet & Greet

Wednesday, August 16th
9 am – 12 pm      Field Tour, Additional Presentations and Discussion, as needed


Table space for exhibitors is limited and available on a first come first served basis. Exhibitor Fees are $250 and include a listing in the event program.

To register, follow the link above. For questions or more information email page@mountainstudies.org. Registration deadline is 7/30/17.


Have an innovative idea or unique approach to reclamation that you’d like to share? We are accepting abstracts for the Tuesday evening poster session via an online submission form. Follow the link above for information or to submit your idea. Deadline for submissions is 7/30/17.


Exhibitors and industry representatives can increase visibility and support our efforts to re-envision the future of reclamation with an Expo Sponsorship!  Sponsor support is critical to the success of the Expo, and allows us to create a visionary event that is free and open to the public. You’ll receive valuable exposure to an audience of decision makers from Colorado and beyond. A variety of sponsorship levels are available in the $500 to $5,000 range, with associated benefits.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Silverton Innovation Expo, please contact Lisa Branner at lisa@mountainstudies.org. Please note that some benefits may not be available for sponsor commitments received after July 30, 2017.


The Grand Imperial Hotel, Bent Elbow and Triangle Motel are offering 15% off a limited number of rooms for Expo participants. Book by 8/7 and mention the Innovation Expo to get the deal.

Grand Imperial Hotel  800-341-3340

Bent Elbow  877-387-5775

Triangle Motel  970-387-5780 (ask for Mitch)


The Silverton Innovation Expo is made possible with support from Animas River Stakeholders Group, Bent Elbow Hotel, Colorado School of Mines, Coutts & Clark Western Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Grand Imperial Hotel, Ouray Silver Mines, Town of Silverton, San Juan County, Silverton Grocery, Silverton School, Wyman Hotel, and others.

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