The Wisconsin Science Festival started Thursday throughout multiple counties in Wisconsin, bringing in more than 1,000 volunteer scientists to share their research.
For its ninth annual year, the festival is honoring Gov. Tony Evers' 2019 declaration as the year of clean drinking water by having the festival's theme as clean water.
"You're going to find scientists that are passionate about what they do on all kinds of topics," said Dr. Wes Marner, the deputy director of the festival.
Events for all ages have been set up throughout 46 counties, such as Thursday's discussion on water justice and diversity in science.
"Scientific endeavor, the scientific enterprise (and) scientists are learning that as important as it is to work in the lab, it's also important to communicate what they do with the public to be building mutual dialog, mutual understanding of science and why we do it," Marner said.
The events are open to the public and most are free, such as Friday's Science on the Square, an event around the Capitol Building with dozens of venues. The statewide festival runs until Sunday.
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