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.

Poster session in the Atrium
Promoting cross-disciplinary collaboration

The Discovery Challenge is a research competition for UW–Madison graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from all departments and fields of study.

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Practical advice for entrepreneurs

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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Interactive research exhibit

Staff, students and the community are invited for an in-depth discussion about research currently featured at the Discovery niche in the Town Center.

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Minority and Women’s Entrepreneurship

UpStart is designed to equip entrepreneurially minded women and minorities 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. 

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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Science...all grown up

Hands-on laboratory experiences are not just for kids! Most months, a different topic encourages adult (18+) audiences to put on lab coats, goggles and gloves and get a firsthand sense of cutting-edge research.

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Conversations with a panel of experts

Science Cafés are live grassroots events held in casual settings like coffeehouses and pubs that are open to everyone, organized locally and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist on a particular topic.

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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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Weekly 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 Mondays from 2:30 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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Weekly program for K-8 students during the summer

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

Aerial view of large group at a Wisconsin Science Festival display
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.