wisconsin science and technology symposium

UW-River Falls to Host Eighth Annual Science and Technology Symposium; Registration Deadline Nearing

July 8, 2015—The Wisconsin Science and Technology Symposium, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls July 27-28, will showcase exciting research and development – from new antibiotics and solar cells to award-winning undergraduate research focused on the recovery of waterlogged lumber. 

The eighth annual symposium, the year's signature networking event for UW researchers, students and industry, is open to everyone. Registration deadline is July 22. 

"The Wisconsin Science and Technology Symposium shines a spotlight on the critical role played by academic research and development. Given our growing understanding that innovation is the key to future economic competitiveness and progress, the collaborative efforts between campuses as well as partnerships with Wisconsin industries have never been more essential," said UW System President Ray Cross. 

The event will feature industry question and answer sessions, a poster competition and presentations by leading engineers, neurobiologists and other researchers from across the UW System. 

The keynote address will be given by Quentin Schultz, president of Eurofins BioDiagnostics Inc., an industry leader in seed and plant tissue testing based in River Falls. He'll share what it takes to build and grow a successful biotech company and discuss the importance of innovation and collaboration. 

Christal Sheppard, director of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office's Detroit branch, will be on hand, and UWRF student entrepreneur Eric Wenz will discuss his team's biodegradable soap startup, SoPOD.

New this year is the "Spoon Wars" ice cream challenge and taste test. The winning flavor/brand will be trademarked by WiSys. Other highlights include an evening dinner cruise on the beautiful St. Croix River. 

Registration is $50 for the eighth year in a row. This cost covers attendance and all meals. The evening dinner cruise on Monday, July 27, costs an additional $15. Scholarships are once again available to students. Attendees must register by July 22. 

To learn more, visit or contact Mike Cenci ( or Alicia Schiff ( 

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