Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Find out what’s happening at the Discovery Building

Many campus and community organizations hold events at the Discovery Building. View upcoming events below.

The Discovery Building is open Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

If you need an accommodation to attend an event, please contact our events team at [email protected], 608.316.4534. All accommodation requests should be made no less than two weeks before the event. We will attempt to fulfill requests made after this date, but cannot guarantee they will be met.

Virtual Wisconsin Science Festival

Thursday, October 21 | 8:00 AM - Virtual

The four-day Wisconsin Science Festival is a statewide celebration with events (both in-person and virtual) for people of all ages. Events include hands-on science exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, tours, pub nights, […]

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Wisconsin Science Festival: A World Without Soil, Jo Handelsman

Thursday, October 21 | 6:00 PM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

This event is open to the public.A scientist’s manifesto addressing a soil loss crisis accelerated by poor conservation practices and climate change. This book by celebrated biologist Jo Handelsman lays […]

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Big Ideas for Busy People: How Do We Know What We Know?

Thursday, October 21 | 7:00 PM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

This event is open to the public.Big Ideas for Busy People: How Do We Know What We Know—The Role of Evidence in Advancing Understanding is free and open to the […]

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Virtual Wisconsin Science Festival

Friday, October 22 | 8:00 AM - Virtual

The four-day Wisconsin Science Festival is a statewide celebration with events (both in-person and virtual) for people of all ages. Events include hands-on science exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, tours, pub nights, […]

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Virtual Wisconsin Science Festival

Saturday, October 23 | 8:00 AM - Virtual

The four-day Wisconsin Science Festival is a statewide celebration with events (both in-person and virtual) for people of all ages. Events include hands-on science exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, tours, pub nights, […]

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Wisconsin Book Festival: When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People, Steven Nadler and Lawrence Shapiro

Saturday, October 23 | 11:00 AM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

This event is open to the public.There is an epidemic of bad thinking in the world today. An alarming number of people are embracing crazy, even dangerous ideas. They believe […]

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Magic Mushrooms? New Research on Fungus-Derived Hallucinogens at UW-Madison and Beyond

Saturday, October 23 | 12:30 PM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

This Wisconsin Science Festival event is free and open to the public.Psychedelic compounds from fungi and other plant sources are being studied in combination with psychotherapy for the treatment of […]

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Fungi in Wisconsin: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Saturday, October 23 | 1:45 PM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

This Wisconsin Science Festival event is free and open to the public.Fungi in Wisconsin go well beyond button mushrooms and meaty portobellos. They are important to our state in numerous […]

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Wisconsin Book Festival: Shape, Jordan Ellenberg

Saturday, October 23 | 3:00 PM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

This event is open to the public.From the New York Times-bestselling author of How Not to Be Wrong—himself a world-class geometer—a far-ranging exploration of the power of geometry, which turns […]

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Wisconsin Book Festival: Fans, Larry Olmsted

Saturday, October 23 | 4:00 PM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

This event is open to the public.Larry Olmsted’s writing and research have been called “eye-opening” (People), “impressive” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), and “enlightening” (Kirkus Reviews). Now, the New York Times […]

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Virtual Wisconsin Science Festival

Sunday, October 24 | 8:00 AM - Virtual

The four-day Wisconsin Science Festival is a statewide celebration with events (both in-person and virtual) for people of all ages. Events include hands-on science exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, tours, pub nights, […]

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The Science and Music of Cities: Specimen New York

Sunday, October 24 | 4:00 PM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

SoundWaves looks into what makes NYC tick. How does the city sustain itself? What happens to New York as the climate changes? What’s the best way to get around town? […]

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WARF Essential Topics: Conflicts of Interest in Professional Careers

Monday, October 25 | 4:00 PM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

Conflicts of Interest in Professional Careers: Building Awareness and Paths Forward is free and open to the public.UW-Madison legal experts Sam Leinweber and Stephanie Leroy shed light on new and […]

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Campus Stem Cell Lab Meetings

Tuesday, October 26 | 12:00 PM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

This event is open to the public.

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Campus Stem Cell Lab Meetings

Tuesday, November 2 | 12:00 PM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

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Crossroads of Ideas: COVID-19 and a Deluge of Data

Tuesday, November 2 | 7:00 PM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

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 […]

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Campus Stem Cell Lab Meetings

Tuesday, November 9 | 12:00 PM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

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Crossroads of Ideas: What is consciousness?

Tuesday, November 9 | 7:00 PM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

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 […]

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Building a Winning Startup Team: Dos, Don'ts and Maybes

Wednesday, November 10 | 4:00 PM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

Getting the team right is one of the first things a startup needs to address. Hear from experts and practitioners about sure bets, common mistakes and how to adjust. Featuring […]

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WID All Hands Meeting

Monday, November 15 | 10:00 AM - Orchard View Room

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

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Campus Stem Cell Lab Meetings

Tuesday, November 16 | 12:00 PM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

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Campus Stem Cell Lab Meetings

Tuesday, November 23 | 12:00 PM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

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Campus Stem Cell Lab Meetings

Tuesday, November 30 | 12:00 PM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

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Campus Stem Cell Lab Meetings

Tuesday, December 7 | 12:00 PM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

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Campus Stem Cell Lab Meetings

Tuesday, December 14 | 12:00 PM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

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Life Science Exhibits

Wednesday, December 15 | 11:00 AM - Atrium

Save Time! Avoid Registration Lines! PRE-REGISTER ONLINE: www.lifescienceexhibits.com/showinfo Pre-Registration Not Required

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2018 LEO Banquet

Saturday, March 5 | 6:00 PM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

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Great World Texts in Wisconsin

Monday, April 4 | 7:30 AM - Atrium

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.8:45am - 12:15pm Plenary: Teachers, parents, campus and program partners welcome! 12:30pm - 2:30pm Poster sessions: All visitors are welcome to participate!

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Institute on Aging Seminar

Monday, May 16 | 1:00 PM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

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Joint Annual Retreat of the CIBM and BDS Training Programs

Friday, June 3 | 9:00 AM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

This event is open to the public. Registration is required.For more information and to register, please e-mail Louise Pape at [email protected]

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Red Cross Blood Drive

Thursday, July 28 | 10:00 AM - Orchard View Room

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Academic Leadership Summit 2020

Wednesday, August 31 | 8:00 AM - H.F. DeLuca Forum

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

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