Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Explore Wisconsin Innovation

Community members curious about science, creativity and innovative solutions will always find something exciting happening at the Discovery Building. These programs are the Wisconsin Idea in action, the idea that our university’s positive influence can and should reach every family of the state. Browse the topics below to pick an event that interests you.

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Crossroads of Ideas

  • A monthly series addressing social science topics like politics, policy, ethics, public perceptions, law and science and society.


  • Live classical music performances with scientific discussions.
  • Topics are discussed first from the scientific angle, then through the lens of music.

Yearly Events

Force for Positive Change

  • An event celebrating organizations making a social impact in Wisconsin with innovative solutions.
  • Features talks on social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Wisconsin Science Festival

  • An annual statewide event series that showcases the wonders of scientific innovation and the arts through interactive exhibits with leading researchers and creative thinkers.