About GradFest

What is GradFest?

The ESPM Graduate Symposium, or GradFest, is an annual celebration of graduating students in the department. It serves as the only space for students across diverse topics to present their research to the community. In addition to research talks from our graduating students, this day-long event also features a keynote speaker, photo contest, awards ceremony, and celebration of the ESPM community!

GradFest 2023

Join us for the 2023 edition of GradFest on Wednesday, May 3rd from 8:30am-6:30pm at the David Brower Center in the upstairs lecture hall and patio, located in downtown Berkeley. All talks will be livestreamed, with the link to be shared in the coming weeks.

We have an amazing line up of speakers and activities this year, so be sure to check out the Program page & RSVP here!

Event Details


The event will be held 8:30am-6:30pm at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley, steps away from campus. We will be upstairs in the Tamalpais Room and patio. The venue requires we check vaccination status of all attendees, and we will be following UC Berkeley COVID-19 guidelines regarding mask-wearing.


We are excited to offer this year’s GradFest in a hybrid format. All speaker talks will be livestreamed with the same link throughout the day. Please note that presentations by students and the keynote speaker are the only activities available remotely, all others are in-person only.

Food & Drink

Food and drink will be provided, including a light breakfast, snacks, lunch, and appetizers during the evening cocktail reception. The event is public, but we request that you RSVP if you plan to attend at any point in the day to help us with numbers for catering.


The David Brower Center is ADA accessible, with an elevator up to the second floor. They also provide captioning for all presentations, and assisted hearing devices, if requested. Please contact the GradFest Coordinator if you have questions or specific needs, we want to ensure this event is accessible to all.


Questions, comments & concerns can be sent to ESPM Events Specialist Kelly Redfearn Kinder (kredfearnk@berkeley.edu).