Re-inventing Discovery

The world’s greatest scientific challenges can’t be met by individual scientists, laboratories, or departments. The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery is an experiment in interdisciplinarity, combining the best minds in new teams with powerful tools that transcend the boundaries of departments and fields. Learn more about WID >

Expertise at WID

WID researchers make fundamental discoveries at the intersections of disciplines to solve problems that require an interdisciplinary approach.

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Resilience, Robustness, Adaptability – WID Seminar Series

Every month, WID presents a seminar in which two faculty or their delegates will present their research and how it connects with the WID theme of Resilience, Robustness, and Adaptability. Colleagues will pair up to develop a seminar that presents parallels, collaborative projects, or just two different views of this theme. Each 25-minute talk will take place in the Orchard View Room with light refreshments. There is also a virtual viewing option.


Stories of Discovery

Research, outreach, and initiatives at WID embody the Wisconsin Idea — reaching beyond the walls of the institute and the UW campus and into the lives of citizens across the state, country, and world.

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How Tiny Earth pushes boundaries of antibiotic research

Network of students, professors, researchers intertwine anti-racism curriculum, research to solve antibiotic resistance crisis
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WID Welcomes Michelle Wildgen as 2023 Writer-In-Residence

She will host a hands-on workshop to improve academic, creative, or professional writing practices, leaving participants more productive and less stressed.
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El Zoominario: giving a voice to Latinx scientists and inspiring the next generation

With the goal of highlighting Latinx scientists for other scientists as well as Latinx children, Solís-Lemus co-created El Zoominario, an online seminar series aimed at the general public.
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Discovery Hubs

WID’s hubs act as integrators for the campus community, generating new ideas that nucleate new collaborative research projects. The hubs make use of WID expertise to provide services that assist other researchers in applying specialized tools to a range of problems extending far beyond the scope of WID’s programs. Explore WID’s Hubs: