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Wisconsin Science Festival Seeks Proposals

Wisconsin Science Festival 2012�Innovate!
September 27-30, 2012
Madison, Wisconsin
Innovation-new ways of thinking, probing, working, learning, living-Wisconsin Science Festival 2012 explores innovation from every possible angle. Staged in venues across Madison on September 27-30, with connections well beyond, the festival welcomes people of all ages to look, listen, feel, touch, taste and discover the wonders of all aspects of the sciences, arts and more through interactive exhibits, hands-on workshops, lectures, demonstrations and conversations with leading researchers and creative thinkers. Building on last year's festival, which brought more than 5,000 people into contact with almost 100 presenters at more than 80 different events throughout Madison, the 2012 festival again goes beyond the expected to explore the cutting edge of innovation, from the prehistoric to the futuristic and from the cosmic to the nanoscopic. So unleash your curiosity and discover your inner innovator.

The 2012-2013 academic year will be the Year of Innovation on the UW-Madison campus, and the 2012 Wisconsin Science Festival will help launch that year by celebrating innovation on every level.

We seek proposals for engaging activities that explore new ways of thinking, learning, communicating and more. We welcome proposals from UW-Madison faculty, students and staff as well as members of the broader community engaged in science, the arts or creativity. Proposals can be in any of several formats, including (but not necessarily limited to):

  • Performances (music, theater, dance, etc.)
  • Exhibits
  • Demonstrations
  • Lectures
  • Discussions
  • Films
  • Exploration stations
  • Workshops (e.g., for teachers, students, general interest)

Presentations may range from 15 minutes to several hours, depending on the format. For additional information or to submit a proposal, please visit
For questions, please email towncenter@warf.org or call 316-4382.

Events will be open to the public, and most will be free.

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20. Applicants will be informed about the status of their proposals no later than April 30.

Two informational town hall meetings will be held to provide additional information and to address questions about specific ideas for presentations. If you would like to attend one of these optional information sessions, please preregister here:

February 9, 4-5 p.m.: https://warf.wufoo.com/forms/science-festival-information-session-29/
February 28, 4-5 p.m.: https://warf.wufoo.com/forms/science-festival-information-session-228/

Both meetings will be held in the H.F. Deluca Forum in the Town Center of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Wisconsin Science Festival is to inspire and engage us all in the enterprise of science and discovery; to cultivate curiosity and communicate the power of knowledge and creativity to change our world view; to promote innovation and to cultivate the next generation of global citizens. The Wisconsin Science Festival 2012 is presented by a growing coalition of Madison's science and arts community headquartered in Madison, Wis.

About the Wisconsin Science Festival
The Wisconsin Science Festival is a multiday public event presented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation in partnership with the following organizations:

The Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau; Madison Children's Museum; Madison College; the Morgridge Institute for Research; the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters; the Wisconsin Alumni Association; the Wisconsin Arts Board; the Wisconsin Cultural Coalition; and Wisconsin Public Broadcasting. (Join us.)

No taxpayer dollars are used in creating or producing the Wisconsin Science Festival.