Annual symposium explores water-science-humanities-people connections

In its sixth year, the Water @ UW-Madison Spring Symposium continues to highlight relevant water-related topics and offer connection opportunities for Wisconsin. This year’s free event takes place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, April 22, and is open to all, although registration at is necessary.

It is in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Earth Day 2022 celebration, which will launch conversations about water the day before (Thursday. April 21).

The 2022 Water @ UW-Madison event will be virtual but is followed by an in-person pizza lunch on the Memorial Union Terrace, 800 Langdon St., Madison, and an optional Lake Mendota kayak or pontoon boat outing.

“Throughout the pandemic, we have all found ways to maintain professional ties and capitalize on learning opportunities” said Jennifer Hauxwell, one of the event’s organizers and associate director of the Aquatic Sciences Center, home of both the Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program and the University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute. “The 2022 symposium theme, ‘Reconnecting Through Water,’ is a fitting one both literally and figuratively. We will connect in a safe online way that facilitates broad participation, but we are also pleased to offer a setting that fosters in-person networking following the three morning panels.”

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Jennifer Hauxwell will lead a panel at the symposium. Panel members will discuss science-policy fellowships that benefit both the fellow and the government agencies in which they are placed.

The three panels are:

New Water Connections From the Humanities, Social Sciences and Policy, moderated by Water @ UW-Madison Co-Chair Caroline Gottschalk Druschke and featuring UW-Madison’s Jen Rose Smith, professor in the American Indian Studies Program and Department of Geography; Ingrid Diran, professor in the Department of English; Grace Bulltail, professor in the Nelson Institute; Tricia Gorby, UW-Extension Natural Resources Institute director; and Manny Teodoro, professor in the La Follette School of Public Affairs.


Tackling Wisconsin’s Water Challenges Through UW-Water Science Policy Fellowships and Agency Partnerships, with Hauxwell moderating a conversation among current six science policy fellows stationed at the Wisconsin departments of Natural Resources, Health Services and Administration and at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Three mentors of the fellows will join them.


Flow In Across Disciplines; Meet Artists and Water Professionals From “The Flow Project,” which will highlight this project managed by students Julia Buskirk and Alexandra Lakind.

Live captioning of the symposium panels will be provided. If other accommodations are needed, contact Water@UW-Madison.

Water @ UW-Madison is an umbrella organizing and amplifying the water expertise of more than 130 faculty and staff across more than 40 departments and programs..