Ongoing Programs — Inventors, Entrepreneurs & Researchers

Inventors, Entrepreneurs & Researchers

Wisconsin Social Enterprise

The competition and showcase event celebrate social enterprise organizations in Wisconsin that take a business model approach to making a positive difference in our state.

The series to take if taking an idea to market is on your mind

Entrepreneurons is a WARF series focused on bringing the fundamentals of getting a new venture started to the UW–Madison community. 

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Entrepreneurship for Women, People of Color

UpStart is designed to equip entrepreneurially minded women and people of color in the Madison area with the tools needed to launch or expand any business venture.

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Timely information for campus

WARF's Essential Topics Series was launched in 2012 to share timely information on campus, ranging in a wide array of topics from applying for patents to promoting diversity. 

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Networking and panel discussions

The CleanTech Network forums focus on the needs and challenges faced by entrepreneurs and others working in Wisconsin’s clean technology sectors.

Ongoing Programs — Campus and Community Members

Campus and Community Members

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Talks for the community

Crossroads of Ideas is a public lecture series that addresses challenging and engaging social science topics such as politics, policy issues, ethics, public perceptions, law and science and society.

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Music and science together

SoundWaves combines scientific lectures about the world with live classical music performances. Each event revolves around a theme, exploring it first from many scientific angles and then through the lens of music.

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First floor of the Discovery Building

Tours take place on the first floor of the Discovery Building (Town Center) and include a general overview of the unique physical features of the building, the Discovery partnership, research within the institutes and information about ongoing programs. 

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Curiosity unleashed

Held each fall, the Wisconsin Science Festival welcomes people of all ages to look, listen, feel, touch, taste and discover the wonders of the sciences and arts through interactive exhibits, workshops, lectures and conversations with leading researchers and creative thinkers.

Ongoing Programs — K-12 Students, Educators & Families

K-12 Students, Educators & Families

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Academic year program for K-8 students

Free program for elementary and middle school students to explore, engage and discover science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison on select Mondays from 3 to 4 p.m. during the school year. 

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Expert answers to your cool science questions

The Blue Sky Science project, a partnership between the Morgridge Institute and the Wisconsin State Journal, is a weekly Q&A video series that features cool science questions posed by Discovery Outreach participants.

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Exploration workshops for K-12 students

During the school year, several field trip experiences at the Discovery Building are available for students in elementary, middle and high school.

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Free, fun exploration for kids and families

Saturday Science at Discovery is a monthly series that consists of free science exploration stations and education programs aimed at families and learners of all ages.

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Summer program for K-8 students

Free program for elementary and middle school students to explore, engage and discover science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison this summer on select Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Aerial view of large group at a Wisconsin Science Festival activity
Curiosity unleashed

Held each fall, the Wisconsin Science Festival welcomes people of all ages to look, listen, feel, touch, taste and discover the wonders of the sciences and arts through interactive exhibits, workshops, lectures and conversations with leading researchers and creative thinkers.