WID Symposium


The Second Annual WID Symposium features faculty lightning talks, poster sessions, networking opportunities, and more. This event is integral to being a WIDite, so please make your attendance a top priority and encourage your colleagues to do the same.

The focus of this year’s symposium is research across the institute represented by all WID faculty and resident Discovery Fellows. As we approach the two-year mark in WID’s Strategic Plan, we re-focus on the excellent interdisciplinary research centered at WID. We will also hear from scholars of the Wisconsin Idea about how WID can better engage with its community and bring its research to bear on problems facing Wisconsin and the world.

Research Posters – The poster sessions at the WID Symposium feature research posters from all areas of WID. Submit poster abstracts in the RSVP form by May 13.

Venue – The entire symposium will take place at the Memorial Union’s Great Hall. See details about the Union here and find information about parking nearby here.


Tentative Schedule:
8:30 am Registration, Light Breakfast
9:00 Welcome & Expectations
WID Director Jo Handelsman
9:20 Faculty Lightning Talks
Each faculty member will have three minutes to summarize their work in the most compelling and informative way possible. After three minutes, the talk will be cut off and the next talk will begin.

9:45 Break
10:00 Faculty Lightning Talks
10:30 Poster Session: Odds
Odd numbered poster presenters attend their posters during this session
12:00 pm Lunch
Buffet served in Great Hall
1:00 Faculty Lightning Talks
1:30 Poster Session: Evens
Even numbered poster presenters attend their posters during this session
3:00 Faculty Lightning Talks
3:30 Break
3:45 The Wisconsin Idea in Action
4:30 Reception
6:00 End of program