Growing the rural economy: WIST is working with a local producer to develop cold-climate grapes as a new ag crop for Wisconsin.
Bespoke research: WIST provides research and development on contract to commercial clients.
Technology transfer: Strathmore RiverPoint printmaking paper was launched at a trade show in Pittsburgh.
Economic development: WIST provides compostability testing to help packaging manufacturers in new product development.
Supporting industry and improving workforce: WIST provides training short courses in papermaking to industry professionals including those in mills and in related supplier industries.
Public-private partnership: WIST is working with American Science and Technology to develop a cellulose pilot and processing lab.

The Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST) provides research, laboratory services, and education for business and industry.

We're entrepreneurial, working to bring new ideas and innovation from the university to the private sector.

Laboratory services include paper testing, paper grade development, pulping and bleaching studies, coating and lamination piloting, and related services that support the paper and packaging industries. We also provide compostability testing of coated paper and bioplastic materials. We perform analyses such as ion chromatography for carbohydrates, organic acids and alcohols, and our fermentation lab performs experimental trials. WIST research includes biofuels, renewably sourced chemicals from biomass, and value-added uses of agricultural and forestry residuals from processing. WIST educational offerings include papermaking courses, topics in sustainability, and our annual Focal Point conference.

WIST creates sus​t​ainability solutions and economic opportunities​​​​

Register now for new five-day course on biomass bioeconomy

This course introduces the integrated, interdisciplinary knowledge you need. It's team-taught by WIST researchers and faculty, along with invited experts from industry and other universities. Course is limited to 24 participants. More information here. Register online here​.​

 Upcoming Events and Professional Courses

<DIV id='eventList'><div id='eventDate'>08-20-2015</div><div id='eventUrl'><a href=''>New Coating and Laminating Workshop</a></div><div id='eventText'><div class="ExternalClass21EAC03F48544857BA6299573C52498D"><p>​This course is designed for those working in paper converting, coating, printing and flexible packaging, such as engineers, technicians, chemists, scientists, sales representatives, and customer service representatives. Representatives of companies that supply adhesives, inks, silicones, papers, plastic films and aluminum foils will also benefit. </p> <p>Over two days, experience six hours of classroom instruction and six hours of hands-on experience, <span style="font-size:8pt">all for $999</span><span style="font-size:8pt">​.</span></p></div></div></DIV>
<DIV id='eventList'><div id='eventDate'>08-24-2015</div><div id='eventUrl'><a href=''>Concepts and Technologies in Biomass Bioeconomy</a></div><div id='eventText'><div class="ExternalClassFC0311E67C15440180512C7ACBC275D3"><p>​<span style="font-size:8pt">The five-day course aims to familiarize participants with the integrated, interdisciplinary approach required in modern biotechnology. This course will be team-taught by microbial physiologists, biochemical engineers and bio-entrepreneurs from UW-Stevens Point faculty and staff, together with invited experts from other universities and industry. These accomplished instructors will cover a combination of theoretical and practical work, resulting in an intensive and in-depth treatment of the subject of conversion of biomass to bioproducts. At the same time, the course provides the necessary link between, on one hand, fundamental subjects (e.g. microbial physiology/genetic engineering) and, on the other hand, practical applications in large-scale biotechnological processes. </span><span style="font-size:8pt">​</span></p></div></div></DIV>
<DIV id='eventList'><div id='eventDate'>10-20-2015</div><div id='eventUrl'><a href=''>Focal Point 2015: Paper-Based Food Packaging and Serviceware</a></div><div id='eventText'><div class="ExternalClass1B3088E4829842649EADDE83A6B47906"><p>​This one-day conference will:</p> <ul style="widows:1;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:normal;font-stretch:normal;font-size:11px;line-height:15px;font-family:verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px"> <li>Describe a number of innovations targeting superior performance</li> <li>Cover end-of-life management practices that improve environmental footprints</li> <li>Provide regulatory insights for those wishing to supply to European markets.</li></ul> </div></div></DIV>
<DIV id='eventList'><div id='eventDate'>10-21-2015</div><div id='eventUrl'><a href=''>Light Green Machine Institute Conference</a></div><div id='eventText'><div class="ExternalClass83BE2635206F4564A83329E806AFDB42"><p>​This conference kicks off with a reception at 6 p.m. on Oct. 20. Two days of presentations on October 21-22 will feature presenters on construction of pulp and paper facilities, people and management elements, and much more. Register early for discounted rate.</p></div></div></DIV>
$14.5 billion
Annual production value of Wisconsin's paper industry
Professionals in paper and packaging industries provided learning and training opportunities by WIST
$12.9 million
Federal and state grants awarded to and managed by WIST with focus on growing Wisconsin's rural economy
Wisconsin pulp and paper mills supported by WIST research and laboratory services
Minimum number of UW-Stevens Point students who have received training and a paycheck from WIST while majoring in paper science, business or waste management

WIST works with Wisconsin businesses

“We absolutely could not have launched this program (especially the speed) without UWSP. It's exciting because although we are just beginning to sell it, the response has been so strong... I'm confident that this project will be a winner and everyone involved will benefit as a result.” – Jeanette Gile, Pacon.

WIST worked with Pacon to develop a new line of printmaking papers, after the company learned about our collaborative work to create RiverPoint fine art paper.

“It’s critically important that we have, one, a place to go to where we can have some of these short-term research efforts undertaken and not be delayed by our current research project commitments. And secondly, where we can do it at a place where we can train up students at the undergraduate or the graduate level and hopefully, long-term relationships develop and this becomes a feeder source for our future employment candidates as well. Siemens may be global, but having a local resource like WIST means we can undertake a greater volume of research with our current research staffing, and help develop the talent we’ll need to rely on in the years to come.” – Bill Cunningham, Manager of Biological Processes/Products, Seimens Energy, Inc., Rothschild, Wisconsin



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<DIV id='news'><div id='newsListDate'>07-27-2015</div><div id='newsList'><a href=''>LBP Packaging executive announced as keynote speaker for Focal Point 2015</a></div></DIV>
<DIV id='news'><div id='newsListDate'>10-14-2014</div><div id='newsList'><a href=' '>Focal Point 2014 highlights food and beverage packaging innovation </a></div></DIV>
<DIV id='news'><div id='newsListDate'>06-19-2014</div><div id='newsList'><a href=''>WIST working with Siemens R&D</a></div></DIV>