UW-Platteville to host annual WiSYS symposium
University of Wisconsin researchers, administrators, students and community members will all come together this summer in Platteville to celebrate the innovative and impactful work being done across the state.
WiSys’ 10th annual Wisconsin Science & Technology Symposium, hosted in partnership with UW-Platteville, aims to bring together the brightest minds in the Badger state to facilitate networking and collaboration.
This year the two-day conference will take place July 24-25 and will feature a sampling of the exciting research projects being undertaken across the UW System, from fighting plant disease and reducing plastics pollution in the Great Lakes to computer-engineered nanoparticles and natural food preservatives.
WSTS will also highlight undergraduate work with a System-wide Poster Symposium and a new Innovation Showcase to exhibit a variety of student activity including games, prototypes, apps and design projects. Student participants will compete for multiple prizes in each session.
Other special sessions new to the WSTS program this year include parallel tracks for faculty and students. During the Faculty Open Mic session, presenters will have the opportunity to discuss what they are working on, from student engagement programs to potential collaborations. Meanwhile, the Student Career Panel will feature experts from diverse fields providing their insight on career development and how experience in undergraduate research creates valuable opportunities.
WiSys is excited to bring the WSTS to UW-Platteville this year as there is a long history of partnership with faculty researchers and student innovators. Last year was another successful year for UW-Platteville innovators with 10 new inventions and more than $185,000 in Applied Research Grants awarded to campus researchers.
“WiSys partners with a different UW campus each year to showcase system-wide research and innovation at this symposium, and we are so pleased to be at UW-Platteville this year,” WiSys Executive Director Arjun Sanga said. “It is a great setting for this annual event given their success in applied research and passion for innovation.”
Registration for the 10th annual WSTS is open until July 10. Scholarships from the UW System are available to all UW System students who wish to attend. You can learn more about WSTS 2017, including an updated tentative conference agenda and how to register, at www.wisys.org/events/wsts.
Ideas fly. Collaborations spark. What will you take home?
The Wisconsin Science & Technology Symposium (WSTS) began in 2007 as a way to encourage interdisciplinary research among scientists across the state. What began as a small gathering focused almost entirely on research presentations surrounding the “hard sciences” of biotechnology, nanotechnology, medical science and clean energy quickly grew into Wisconsin’s signature networking opportunity for researchers, students, alumni and industry professionals. Adjustments to programming each year have helped make WSTS grow to more than 200 registrants, allowing for more meaningful and interdiscplinary collaborations.
About WiSys Technology Foundation
WiSys Technology Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) supporting organization of the University of Wisconsin System. WiSys supports 11 four-year universities, 13 freshman-sophomore UW College campuses and statewide UW-Extension to identify innovative technologies and bring them to the marketplace.