Illuminating Discovery Hub

Illuminating Discovery Hub

Beyond the Lab

Beyond the Lab

The Illuminating Discovery Hub, headquartered at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, reaches beyond the lab through partnerships with the outreach infrastructure of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation’s Town Center, the Morgridge Institute for Research, and other campus and national organizations to establish bridges among scientists, professional communicators, and members of the public. In collaboration with bioethicists, journalists, social scientists, media producers, and campus communicators, the Hub offers training programs in effective science communication, public discourse, and media representation. The Hub facilitates campus-wide, community, and national discussions about illuminating discovery, science and engineering research, the role of science and technology in society, and the image of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.

The Illuminating Discovery Hub, like the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery’s other hubs, is new and still growing. We encourage you to join us in building a collaborative community.

Transforming the Image of Science & STEAM Access

The Illuminating Discovery Hub unites the skills and experiences of campus researchers and thought leaders to support diverse public stewardship of science – building an agile community of practice for impact beyond the lab designed for diverse audiences and STEAM stakeholders.
Unite

The ID Hub creates a nucleating presence on campus, fostering opportunities to network and build different kinds of societal and broader impacts activities with community.

Change

The complex, often negative, public perceptions of science cannot be changed in isolation. We utilize STEAM approaches to transform public representations of science and scientists.

Engage

Strengths in science skills, policy, community programming, technology commercialization and STEAM fusion enable the ID Hub to innovate inclusive science access and engagement.

Inspire

In collaboration with community across campus, the state and nation – the ID hub inspires through STEAM by seeding community experiences with valuable and creative science access.

Partners & Programs

The Illuminating Discovery Hub is connected to programming from across the UW–Madison campus and beyond. These key partnerships enable the Hub to bring curiosity, engagement, and discovery beyond the lab.
Tiny Earth
Tiny Earth
Studentsourcing Antibiotic Discovery
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Science to Street Art
Science to Street Art
Science to Street Art is a collaborative project that aims to visually inspire STEAM education and careers through the innovative planning, design and management of...
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Catalysts for Science Policy
Catalysts for Science Policy
Graduate Students Engaging in Science Policy Discussions
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Illuminating Discovery Course
Illuminating Discovery Course
Teaching Advanced Communication Practices to Scientists
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Science to Script
Science to Script
Creating a Positive Image of Science in Entertainment Media
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Discovery Outreach
Discovery Outreach
Highlighting Science and Creativity in the Discovery Building
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News

Keep up with the latest news from the Illuminating Discovery Hub and its partners.
NASA at the movies: a conversation with filmmaking and special effects experts, October 17th 2PM
NASA at the movies: a conversation with filmmaking and special effects experts, October 17th 2PM
Picture a Scientist drive-in Movie Night – Sunday, October 18th
Picture a Scientist drive-in Movie Night – Sunday, October 18th
NASA at the drive-in movies: Friday, October 16th, Double Feature
NASA at the drive-in movies: Friday, October 16th, Double Feature
Astrophysics Coloring Pages! Download here.
Astrophysics Coloring Pages! Download here.
IN PHOTOS: Wisconsin Art Gives Voice to 2020’s Politics, Pain, and Potential – Up North News
IN PHOTOS: Wisconsin Art Gives Voice to 2020’s Politics, Pain, and Potential – Up North News
New south side mural aims to teach science through art, convey ‘invisible beauty’ – Cap Times
New south side mural aims to teach science through art, convey ‘invisible beauty’ – Cap Times
Science To Street Art paints new mural in Madison – Channel 3000 Video
Science To Street Art paints new mural in Madison – Channel 3000 Video
New mural celebrates fusion of science and art – Channel 3000
New mural celebrates fusion of science and art – Channel 3000
Research On The Origins Of Life
Research On The Origins Of Life
A Decade Of Cooperative Science At The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
A Decade Of Cooperative Science At The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
A Coalition of Scientists Takes on COVID-19 — with Data
A Coalition of Scientists Takes on COVID-19 — with Data
Exploring a New Universe of Science Learning
Exploring a New Universe of Science Learning