Research Conferences

Presenting at professional conferences provides students with opportunities to share their research findings, connect with other scientists and become comfortable presenting scientific information to diverse audiences.


Great Lakes Freshwater Symposium: Groundwater Policy Developments: Feb. 13, Virtual Event

Join us for the next Great Lakes Freshwater Symposium on Feb. 13 at noon! Our topic is Groundwater Policy Developments, and panelists from Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan will discuss the challenges and research needs in their states. Open to students, faculty, staff, partners and community members. Please share widely.


Wetlands Science Conference: Feb. 20-22, Green Bay

The Wetlands Science Conference will take place in Green Bay, Feb. 20-22. Participating as a student (either by presenting or attending) is a wonderful opportunity to network with wetland science professionals. Students are encouraged to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations.

Full scholarships and discounted registration are available to students. Scholarship application deadline is Jan. 24. 


14th Annual St. Louis River Summit: March 6-8, UW-Superior

The St. Louis River Summit is a place where people meet and mix. It provides a diversity of solutions and strategies for a healthy St. Louis River watershed and nourishes the community with education and outreach opportunities. The Summit features a single main session track of speakers as well as art displays and an evening poster session. Poster presentation submissions due Jan. 30.


Research in the Rotunda: March 6, Madison

All students who participated in Freshwater Collaborative–funded research projects are encouraged to present a poster at Research in the Rotunda, which is held every March in Madison.


Red Cedar Watershed Conference: March 14, Menomonie

The Red Cedar Watershed Conference brings together scientists and community members to talk about problems that plague or lakes and rivers as well as success stories. Topics will look at groundwater monitoring, PFAS in surface waters and forestry and watersheds. Discounted student registration.


Wisconsin & Minnesota Aquaculture Conference: March 22-23, Red Cliff, WI

Wisconsin’s annual aquaculture conference will be a joint event with Minnesota and will include more than 40 presenters from industry, state, federal and tribal facilities and organizations. Tour various local facilities including the UW-Stevens Point Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility, Red Cliff Tribal Hatchery, Red Cliff Fish Company and Bodin’s processing facility.


Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention: April 10-12, Stevens Point

2024 marks the 50th anniversary of Wisconsin’s unique lake law, Chapter 33: Public Inland Waters, which provides the collaborative research and management framework in Wisconsin. Students are invited to attend and present lightning talks and/or posters at the 2024 Lakes and Rivers Convention. Students enrolled in a K-12 school or institute of higher education can receive 50% off their registration costs. Email wiwaterweek@wisconsinlakes.org for the discount code before registering. The deadline for lightning talk proposals is March 1, 2024. The deadline for poster presentation proposals is April 1, 2024. 


Wisconsin Section of the American Water Resources Association: April 25-26, Appleton, WI

The AWRA Annual Meeting is a forum for people involved in water resources research and management. Students are strongly encouraged to present and discuss their Wisconsin-related research in any aspect of water science and policy, including hydrogeology, watershed management, hydrology, limnology, aquatic toxicology, water chemistry, aquatic ecology and water use. Up to four awards of $200 will be offered for oral and poster presentations.

Water@UWMadison Spring Symposium: May 6, Madison

Celebrate the symposium’s 10th anniversary by reflecting on the last decade of water research. Featured talks from leaders at Wisconsin agencies and NGOs plus speed talks by water experts at UW-Madison, UW-Extension, and other partners. Submission deadline for lightning talks and oral presentations is Feb. 15.