ISSRM 2019 will be held at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Since 1871, UWO has been providing residents of northeastern Wisconsin with high-quality, affordable education through 60 undergraduate majors, 30 master’s degree programs and one doctoral degree for our 14,500 students. A comprehensive university, it is one of 26 universities and colleges in the nationally-recognized UW System, and one of its 13 high quality four-year schools. It is the largest higher education institution in the Fox Valley, a metropolitan area stretching from Fond du Lac to Green Bay with a population of more than 800,000 people, and the clear leader in terms of advancing sustainability in the region.
Oshkosh itself is an interesting place within which to explore issues related to the conference theme. A mid-sized city in the Upper Midwest of the U.S., this city of 66,000 is experiencing an uneven process of restructuring from the heavily industrial economy (in 1866 there were 50 lumber mills along the Fox River in the former “Sawdust City”) and highly homogeneous demography of its recent past to a more diverse contemporary landscape.
Its history and bioregion is defined by the Fox River system, sitting as it does along both the banks of this north-flowing river and its mouth into Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin’s largest in-land lake, and one of the largest lakes contained completely within one state in the U.S.
New central city development has been geared towards embracing the Fox River as a recreational and scenic amenity, redeveloping brownfields on its many former industrial sites, revitalizing its rich brewing history, and green building, particularly on the UWO campus.
Oshkosh is also Wisconsin’s Event City. From concerts and holiday celebrations to races and sporting events, there’s always something happening in Oshkosh. In addition to a nearly endless list of seasonal events, Oshkosh offers year-round attractions, including the EAA AirVenture Museum, the Oshkosh Public Museum and the Paine Art Center and Gardens. Downtown Oshkosh is home to the scenic Riverwalk and unique shops, galleries, bars and restaurants.