Working at the Center
Our campus is located in the northwest
corner of the town, between the Aspen
Institute and the Aspen Music Festival Tent.
It consists of three buildings combining
offices, discussion areas, an auditorium, a
library, and kitchens. A covered outdoor
patio offers space for seminars and
discussions, and a large central outdoor
space shaded by tall aspen trees provides
more discussion areas and picnic tables for
lunch. Every participant has his/her own
desk in a shared office in one of the three
buildings on campus. All buildings have
wireless internet and networked printers.
Our library has a selection of monographs,
reference books, conference proceedings and
textbooks. Participants access journals
through remote electronic access at their
home institution libraries.
The schedule of talks in a workshop is
limited to a maximum of three two-hour
sessions per week. The workshop talks are
open to all interested participants. There
is a weekly hour-long colloquium given by
one of the participants and attended by all
the participants in residence that week.
Other weekly events include Monday afternoon
tea and a Tuesday dinnertime outdoor picnic,
open to participants and their companions
It is hard
for me to imagine a different setting
with such a concentration of
intellect. What's more, I find it
remarkable to have had the privilege
to freely discuss physics with the
leading figures in the field without
the interruption of standard academic
duties. I strongly feel that such free
scientific exchanges are at the core
of the progress in our field.