W.I.S.E. Symposium 2022

10th Annual W.I.S.E. Symposium!

Register HERE.

Hurry! Registration closes at 1:15 pm on Wednesday, May 25th

It’s all FREE

This year’s theme is

Pacific Northwest Climate Change:

From Our Forests to Our Ocean

Click on the image to go to the W.I.S.E. Symposium 2022 registration form.

Raffle Prizes!  Thursday, May 26th, 2022 from 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Churchill High School Auditorium, 1850 Bailey Hill Rd., Eugene  Dinner included!

Churchill High School’s Women In Science & Engineering welcomes all high school students and 8th graders to our 10th annual W.I.S.E. Symposium! Hands-on and interactive workshops from how climate change can affect raptors in the mountain skies to the fish in our ocean.

3:30 p.m. – 4:10 Check-in and choose your workshops, and grab a snack
4:10-4:15 —Orientation – Welcome and instructions
4:15-4:35 — Keynote Speaker – Lauren Hallett, Hallett Lab University of Oregon Institute of Ecology & Evolution
4:40-5:20 — Session 1
5:30-6:10 — Session 2
6:15-6:55 — Session 3
7:00-7:30 — Pizza and raffle prizes!


Lauren Hallett from the University of Oregon Institute of Ecology and Evolution is a plant community ecologist with the goal of producing “usable” science to improve ecosystem management. She uses a combination of long-term data analysis, population modeling, and field experiments to this end. Research themes: community assembly, functional traits, species coexistence, ecosystem stability, and resilience theory. Her research spans a variety of systems, including working rangelands, serpentine grasslands, woodlands, and alpine.

Workshop Descriptions

Sea Otter Play – Meet Katie Russell University of Oregon Graduate student and a member of the Elakha Alliance board, a nonprofit working to restore Oregon’s historic sea otter population. She’ll share their work and how conserving Oregon’s kelp forest ecosystems is a natural climate solution.

The Cascades Raptor Center birds will be here again this year! In one of the most popular workshop sessions, the CRC handlers will talk about the climate change effects on birds, their habitats, and food sources.

How Climate change affects plants in the Willamette Valley – Join University of Oregon Ph.D. ecology student Sarah Erskine as she demonstrates how climate change affects plants in Willamette Valley prairies — particularly how climate change affects the timing of species germination and flowering and how these shifts in germination and/or flowering will affect how species interact with one another.

Folks from the Oregon Center for Electrochemistry will host a workshop on renewable energy. The OCE is heavily involved in renewable energy technology research in the PNW and has started a dual bachelor/master’s track degree in electrochemical engineering at UO.

Oregon State University’s Engineers without Borders will lead a workshop on making potable (drinkable) water using all kinds of different materials from sand to paper. Dig in (literally!) to the topic of providing clean drinking water for communities in these changing times.

DOWL Engineering – Learn about sustainable engineering from long-time W.I.S.E.  supporter Gary Rayor.

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