The BTC Institute, UW-Madison and the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium are serving as co-coordinators of this annual event, to be held on August 11, 2023 at the Biopharmaceutical Technology Center on the Promega Corporation Campus in Madison, WI. MAP

This Campus is also the home of the Bell Brunell Observatory and an opportunity to visit this historic site, also an active observatory (see link above), is included in the conference schedule.

keynote speakers

Dr. Kenneth Sembach is a tenured astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), where he served as director from 2015 to 2022. STScI is the operations center for NASA’s flagship astronomical observatories, including the Hubble and the James Webb Space Telescopes, which play key roles in exoplanet research. Dr. Sembach holds a PhD in astronomy from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Melinda Soares-Furtado is a NASA Hubble Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and member of the Wisconsin Center for Origins Research (WiCOR). She studies open cluster variable stars and the formation and evolution of star-planet systems. She is also studying how space-based infrared surveys of young star-forming regions can bring new insights to star-planet systems.

Exoplanets and the origins of life: Brochure

final schedule [tba]


  • $80 standard registration fee (discounted to $70, if paid by July 7th)
  • $70 discounted registration fee for K-12 teachers (discounted to $60, if paid by July 7th)
  • $50 student registration fee (discounted to $40 if paid by July 7th)


NOTE: WSGC sweatshiRt aND HAT ORDER options are included on the registration form (above link).


Blocks of rooms are being held until JULY 10th at MainStay Suites ($99; refer to the 33rd WI Space Conference (BTCI) block) and the Wyndham Garden Hotel Madison Fitchburg ($99; refer to BTCI Space Conference block).