2023 Tiny Earth Summer Symposium

June 13-14th, 2023
in Madison, WI

Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Tuesday, June 13th—For instructors only
Wednesday, June 14th—For students & instructors

Please revisit this webpage for event updates.

The Tiny Earth Summer Symposium is designed to showcase student research, support instructor professional development, and engage the network in antibiotic discovery. This in-person conference will be hosted at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Instructors will arrive on June 13th to learn, discuss, and workshop Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) strategies and engagement. Students will join instructors on June 14th to present their research and hear from experts in the field: Cesar de la Fuente (PhD, UPenn), David Andes (MD, UW-Madison), and Tiny Earth Founder Jo Handelsman (PhD, UW-Madison).

Registration & Participation

March 15 | Registration and presentation submissions open
April 3 | Deadline for guaranteed student travel grant consideration
May 24 | Registration and presentation submissions close

For questions and concerns, email tinyearth@wid.wisc.edu.

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Tiny Earth Partner Instructors (TEPIs) are invited to participate in professional development workshopping and coveted Tapas Talks on June 13th in addition to symposium programming on June 14th. Register for the event and consider presenting a 5-minute talk on Tiny Earth instructional ideas, research, and other innovations.

*Registration fee: $50;
Free for TEPIs w/ 2+ student presenting
Expected to include 3 nights of lodging and some meals

Complete the items below by May 24th:

  1. Register for the event
  2. Indicate lodging requests and dietary restrictions
  3. Submit a Tapas Talk (optional)
  4. Encourage your students to present and submit an abstract!


Tiny Earth Students from around the world are invited to present their Tiny Earth research on June 14th! Register and submit a Student Research Presentation to participate.

*Registration fee: $25

Expected to include 2 nights of lodging and some meals

Complete the items below by May 24th, unless otherwise noted:

  1. Register for the event
  2. Indicate lodging requests and dietary restrictions
  3. Submit a Student Research Presentation abstract
  4. Return to the initial abstract submission form to submit your final research presentation in PDF format by June 1st
  5. Review Student Research Presentation Guidelines

Limited travel awards are available for students in need of assistance. Apply here by April 3rd for guaranteed consideration.

*Registration prices may increase after 200 participants are registered. Additional fees may incur for special lodging requests. Please see the Lodging and Dietary Restriction Request form for specific details.

UW-Madison requires special attention and protection of minors on campus. For students under the age of 18, please have instructors contact tinyearth@wid.wisc.edu.

Featured Speakers


Jo Handelsman, PhD
Tiny Earth Founder
Director, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
University of Wisconsin-Madison


César de la Fuente, PhD
Presidential Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
University of Pennsylvania


David Andes, MD
Professor of Medicine and Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Chief of Division of Infectious Disease
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Event Schedule

All times (in US Central) and sessions are tentative and will be updated.

Tuesday, June 13th

Instructors Only

Time (CT) Session
9:15 am Coffee & Registration
10:00 am Welcome & Updates from Headquarters
11:00 am Break
11:15 am Tapas Talks I
12:15 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Tapas Talks II
2:00 pm Break
2:15 pm Instructor Workshops
3:45 pm Break
4:00 pm Tiny Earth Committees Convene
5:00pm Close

Wednesday, June 14th

Students & Instructors

Time (CT) Session
9:00 am Welcome
9:30 am Plenary 1: Jo Handelsman
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Plenary 2: David Andes
11:15 am Plenary 3: Cesar de la Fuente
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Student Research Presentations I
1:45 pm Student Research Presentations II
2:30 pm Closing Remarks
3:00 pm Close