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:


Thursday, October 21, 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 Discovery Building



Wisconsin Science Festival
Science to Script – CICADA Film Screening and Panel Discussion
James Gavins, Creator-in-Residence at Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, debuts the film CICADA. James joined WID for the summer as the Creator-in-Residence, under Science to Scripts ‘Fill in the Blank Residency.’ As a Creator-in-Residence, James collaborated with the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery Virtual Environments Lab to bring the science of his narrative to life! Doors open: 3:30 p.m. (At the Union South Marquee Theater) Event: 4-5:30 p.m. (Film screening followed by panel discussion)
4:00 pm-5:30 pm Marquee Theater, Union South

Friday, October 22, 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 Discovery Building

Saturday, October 23, 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 Discovery Building

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 Discovery Building

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



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