WID Events

The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and its collaborators host events focused on nucleating research at UW–Madison and beyond, creating opportunities for new connections, and engaging with the public. Most WID events take place in the Discovery Building, though it is important to note that not all Discovery Building events are affiliated with WID. For a full listing of events in the Discovery Building, please visit discovery.wisc.edu/events.

Please join us for these upcoming events:


Sunday, October 24, 2021

Wisconsin Science Festival
Curiosity Unleashed!
Held across campus and throughout Wisconsin, the four-day festival is packed with activities for people of all ages. Events include hands-on science exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, tours, pub nights, workshops and more.
12:00 am Throughout Wisconsin

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Crossroads of Ideas
COVID-19 and a Deluge of Data
Join Caroline Chen, health care reporter for ProPublica and UW–Madison’s fall 2021 Science Writer in Residence, and a panel of campus experts for a hybrid event focused on how we communicate and make sense of numbers and other data, especially during the rapidly evolving pandemic and amidst a steady stream of misinformation.
7:00 pm H.F. DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Crossroads of Ideas
What is consciousness?
Consciousness remains one of the great mysteries in both science and philosophy. Learn from a scientist and a philosopher why consciousness is so puzzling and whether we can make progress in understanding it. Wisconsin Public Radio’s Steve Paulson will moderate the conversation between philosopher Jorge Morales (Northeastern University) and psychologist Yuri Saalman (UW-Madison), part two of our five-part Big Questions series.
7:00 pm H.F. DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Illuminating Connections
A Celebration of Soil
In addition to our celebration of a breadth of science, we will recognize United Nations World Soil Day. Leading experts, participating researchers, and interdisciplinary programs will be on hand to showcase their work through posters, interactive activities, and informal discussions. Our event is capped by the popular Crossroads of Ideas lecture, a gathering of the campus and community to engage in the interface of science and politics, policy issues, ethics, public perceptions, law and science
4:00 pm-8:00 pm Town Center, Discovery Building

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Wisconsin Science Festival
Curiosity Unleashed!
Held across campus and throughout Wisconsin, the four-day festival is packed with activities for people of all ages. Events include hands-on science exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, tours, pub nights, workshops and more.
12:00 am Throughout Wisconsin

Friday, October 21, 2022

Wisconsin Science Festival
Curiosity Unleashed!
Held across campus and throughout Wisconsin, the four-day festival is packed with activities for people of all ages. Events include hands-on science exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, tours, pub nights, workshops and more.
12:00 am Throughout Wisconsin

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Wisconsin Science Festival
Curiosity Unleashed!
Held across campus and throughout Wisconsin, the four-day festival is packed with activities for people of all ages. Events include hands-on science exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, tours, pub nights, workshops and more.
12:00 am Throughout Wisconsin

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Wisconsin Science Festival
Curiosity Unleashed!
Held across campus and throughout Wisconsin, the four-day festival is packed with activities for people of all ages. Events include hands-on science exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, tours, pub nights, workshops and more.
12:00 am Throughout Wisconsin



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