Wisconsin Science Festival: October 16-19, 2014

Genetically Engineered Crops (GMOs): Do They Have a Role in Sustainability?

Sunday, October 19, 1:30–3 p.m.
Discovery Building

Agriculture faces big challenges. Can genetic engineering help boost yield and lighten our footprint? How should eaters everywhere react to new GMO foods? Join a panel of UW–Madison, farm and industry experts to explore these questions.


  • Kate VandenBosch, dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Paul Robbins, director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies


  • Dominique Brossard, professor and chair, Life Sciences Communication
  • Andy Dierks, principal, Coloma Farms
  • Travis Frey, Middleton site lead, Monsanto
  • Erin Silva, assistant professor, Plant Pathology

Find the Festival in Stevens Point and Wausau!

The Wisconsin Science Festival can be found all over the state. From genealogy to grossology, machines to memory, trees to time, visit the program guide to find events in Stevens Point, Wausau or a city near you!

Science fest events in central Wisconsin include lectures and a film about the passenger pigeon, the UW-Marathon County festival "It's about time," an opportunity for kids to explore renewable energy through play and more.

Science of Supper Clubs

Friday, October 17
Discovery Building

Your á la carte three-course Friday evening special comes with music, a classic fish fry and a side of Wisconsin culture!

5 p.m. SoundWaves
The State of the State: What Makes Wisconsin Wisconsin

6 p.m. Science of Supper Clubs
Free tasting stations of some of Wisconsin’s finest foods
Tasting tickets available for crispy fried Icelandic cod, macaroni & cheese and salads for $12

8 p.m. Science of Supper Clubs Book Panel
Authors Terese Allen, Ron Faiola and Robin Shepard celebrate and cherish the history and lore of the Wisconsin supper club experience
Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Book Festival

Whet your appetite? Preregistration for the full tasting menu is encouraged.

Field Trips & Teacher Workshops

Once again, the festival will welcome hundreds of K-12 students on Thursday and Friday, October 16 and 17, as well as offer teacher training workshops. Learn more about these opportunities on the Teachers tab.

"The Wisconsin Science Festival is one of the best field trip experiences I have ever done with my class, and I have been teaching for three decades!" – 2013 WSF Attendee

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