MARSHFIELD – Attendees at the second annual “Resource Rendezvous” will hear from representatives tied to four agencies that help set the research and development agenda for the federal government’s defense, homeland security and intelligence sectors.
The event, produced by the Wisconsin Security Research Consortium, Marshfield Clinic Applied Sciences, the Wisconsin Technology Council and UW-Stevens Point, will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Melvin R. Building at Marshfield’s Froehlke Conference Center.
Registration is $50 at www.wisecurity.org/events.
Speakers for the conference include Mike Smith, senior advisor to the undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Dave Busigo, special assistant for innovative research and tech-transfer for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; Donald Tighe, vice president of external affairs for In-Q-Tel.
Researchers, grant writers, business leaders and other professionals who attend will learn about the research and development interests and related funding opportunities of the participating agencies. Two event highlights will give conference goers the opportunity to discuss their research and technology: The Wisconsin Research Exhibit will showcase posters of research and development innovation from academia and industry. The “three-minute pitch” will give researchers and businesses an opportunity to present their technology to conference speakers and attendees.
“This event brings together researchers and industry to network, promote their technology and to learn about the tools they need to effectively pursue federal research and development grants,” said Jack Heinemann, director of the Wisconsin Security Research Consortium, a non-profit working to help Wisconsin compete for defense-related grants.