COVID-19 Responsibility

The conference planning committee is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment in which to learn.

We will continue to monitor and update COVID-19 safety precautions, based on local and university guidelines, along with public health announcements. Please visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s COVID-19 Response website for local resources and information.  


The city of  Madison has lifted its indoor mask mandate and the CDC launched new guidance regarding COVID-19 Community Levels.  As a result, masks are not mandated in indoor settings, including on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.  However, we strongly encourage participants to wear masks throughout the event. Masks will be available at registration, as well as all Langdon & Park Street entrances of the Wisconsin Union.


The conference will not collect any information on vaccination status; however, we strongly encourage all attendees who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 Booster in addition to being fully vaccinated. Please find the CDC definition of “Fully Vaccinated” and “Up To Date” on the CDC website.

Health Screening & Testing

We recommend that all participants screen themselves daily for symptoms. Symptoms may appear 2 – 14 days after exposure to the virus. The following symptoms are outlined on the CDC Website indicating an individual may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chill
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

We strongly encourage individuals test for COVID prior to traveling to the conference. Free antigen tests can be ordered through the Department of Health & Human Services.

The conference will provide up to 2 antigen tests per conference registration. Antigen test may be picked up at registration.

Please email with any questions or concerns.

Physical Distancing

We encourage attendees who wish to physically distance themselves to do so and the spaces designated for the conference will provide space for physically distancing. Sessions will be held in Shannon Hall (capacity 1,165 people). All breaks and meals have easy access to outdoor space. Attendees may choose to eat their meals outside or throughout the public spaces in the building.

Continued Planning

The Conference on Beneficial Microbes Planning Committee will continue to monitor health and safety protocols and update onsite policies and logistics as needed. We look forward to welcoming you to Madison, Wisconsin!