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 & Logistics

Registration is now CLOSED.

Notifications have been sent to participants who:

  • Require lodging
  • Submitted a Student Research Presentation
  • Submitted a Tapas Talk

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

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Hourly visitor parking is available on campus at various lots (rates). Engineering Drive Ramp (Lot 17), Union South Ramp (Lot 80), and University Ave Ramp (Lot 20) are near the event site. For more information on visitor parking and lot availability visit the UW Transportation website.
NOTE: Vehicles may not park in a parking facility for more than 72 hours (three days) at a time without prior authorization from UW Transportation Services.

There is also typically free or metered street parking near local residences, but availability and time limits are up to chance and requires some exploring.


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

Tuesday, June 13th

Instructors Only

View the full tepi day schedule & details

Please note changes to the schedule.

Time (CT) Session
8:30 am Doors Open

Use the elevators behind Aldo’s Cafe to the 3rd floor Orchard View Room; Check-in at the registration table.
NOTE: The main building elevators are accessible by employees only.

9:00 am Welcome and Updates from Tiny Earth Headquarters
9:30 am Interactive Curriculum Session

Curriculum Tapas Talks Part I & II
Scientific Teaching Course Workshop
AJEDI Workshop

12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Interactive Community Session
Events & Community Updates
Community Tapas Talks
1:45 pm Interactive Science & Discovery Session
Science Updates
Science & Discovery Tapas Talks Part I & II
Tiny Earth Chemistry Hub Workshop
4:00 pm Discussion & Wrap Up
5:00 pm Informal dinner at Memorial Union Terrace with Plenary Speakers or on your own

Wednesday, June 14th

Students & Instructors

Time (CT) Session
8:30 am

Doors Open

Check-in at the registration table outside of DeLuca Forum
NOTE: Upper floors are employee-access only.

9:00 am Welcome
9:30 am

Plenary 1: Jo Handelsman — “A World With Out Soil”

10:15 am Break
10:30 am Plenary 2: David Andes — “Bugs of Bugs – New Antibiotics to Fight the Resistance Pandemic”
11:15 am Plenary 3: César de la Fuente — “AI for Antibiotics”
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Student Research Poster Session I
1:45 pm Student Research Poster Session II
2:30 pm

Closing Remarks

3:00 pm Close