Extended deadline for VIZBI 2015 tutorial proposals

Posted by VIZBI on 9, December, 2014

As with previous years, VIZBI 2015 (at the Broad Institute, USA) will be preceded by a tutorial day prior to the main meeting. The tutorial day (March 24, 2015) gives delegates the opportunity to learn about key methods and to gain hands-on experience with a variety of tools for visualizing biological data.

Running a tutorial can be an excellent opportunity to showcase your work. Tutors will also receive $40/student, equal to a third of the tutorial registration fee. Based on past experience, tutorials covering topical or widely-used tools and methods are likely to be well received, as are tutorials on principles of either data visualization or user experience design.

Please complete the tutorial proposal form, by 11.59 PST on December 28, 2014. Applicants will be notified on December 31, 2014.
We look forward to seeing your proposals!

Two Art and Biology exhibits

Posted by VIZBI on 26, September, 2014

Art Meets Science 2014 (at MDI Biological Laboratory, Bar Harbor Maine, USA, 1 July 1 – 30 September, 2014) features work from 43 artists exploring a wide variety of biological themes. Tours of the exhibit will be available by only reservation – call +1 207-288-3147).

Body Image (at UNSW Galleries, Sydney, Australia – 6 September to 8 November, 2014) features visualisations of complex scientific and biomedical data that arise from collaborations between artists and medical scientists – including VIZBI participants Drew Berry, Chris Hammang, and Kate Patterson. The exhibition takes viewers on enthralling visual journeys inside the human body, discovering aspects of blood flow, organ and cellular behaviour.

Three events by David Goodsell

Posted by VIZBI on 16, May, 2014

Noted scientist and artist David Goodsell (Scripps) will present three upcoming events in Sydney, as announced today in the Financial Review. David is the author of Molecule of the Month at RCSB Protein Data Bank. He will talk about tools for predicting small molecule interactions, his watercolour paintings of proteins and cells in molecular detail, and the processes and challenges of working at a molecular and cellular scale.

David Goodsell: Computational Docking with AutoDock
Wednesday, 28 May, 5:30 – 6:30 pm (free). NAB Auditorium, Garvan Institute, Darlinghurst

David Goodsell: On Making Science Beautiful
An evening event at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, featuring David Goodsell, our three new biomedical animations, the finalists from the VizbiPlus Challenge, and an opportunity for audience members to give a 30 sec. lightning talk about their own projects bridging art and science. This event is geared towards the general public. Thursday, 29 May, 6:30 – 8:00 pm (tickets: $25 + BF) plus a mixer from 8:00 – 10:00 pm (free).

Unlocking the Protein Data Bank: A Masterclass with David Goodsell
This is a hands-on workshop for people interested in producing visuals using the resources from PDB. Friday, 30 May at 8:30 – 11:00 am (tickets: $35 + BF).

Virus one billion times

Posted by VIZBI on 18, April, 2014

Just released on YouTube: video of Drew Berry’s awesome Virus one billion times installation, created for Melbourne’s White Night. Drew gave a short talk on this work at VIZBI 2014.

VizbiPlus premiere: three stunning new animations

Posted by VIZBI on 10, April, 2014

Today at the VizbiPlus premiere event in Melbourne, three stunning new animations were officially launched. Each animation deals with an important topic in human health, namely: type 2 diabetes, cancer, and the link between diet, the gut microbiome and health. These are the first of six animations planned as part of the VizbiPlus project, which aims to inspire and educate the public about cutting-edge biomedical research.

Video about VIZBI

Posted by VIZBI on 4, April, 2014

EMBL has released an interesting 4-minute video about VIZBI featuring interviews with various speakers, organizers, and participants.

Summary article about VIZBI 2014

Posted by VIZBI on 4, April, 2014

The EMBL Events E-Newsletter has published an informative summary article about VIZBI 2014 entitled VIZBI 2014 – biological data visualization, music and the non-linear genome!

Runner-up Art & Biology Poster

Posted by VIZBI on 3, April, 2014

Julia Schüler’s engaging image ‘MetabolicPathTreemap’ was runner-up in the Art & Biology category, receiving second place based on popular vote by VIZBI 2014 participants. To recognise this work, NVIDIA have very generously agreed to sponsor an additional Quadro K5000 video card that Julia will receive – congratulations Julia!

Winner of Autodesk Award for Best Art & Biology Poster

Posted by VIZBI on 3, April, 2014

Nick Love beautiful’s image ‘Transgenic Xenopus Mandala’ has won the Autodesk Award for Best Art & Biology Poster, based on popular vote by VIZBI 2014 participants. Congratulations to Nick, who will receive a free license for Autodesk Maya.

Winner of NVIDIA Best Scientific Poster Award

Posted by VIZBI on 3, April, 2014

Heba Sailem’s innovative work ‘PhenoPlot: a Glyph-based Visualization Tool For High Dimensional Cellular Imaging Data’ won the NVIDIA Best Scientific Poster Award for VIZBI 2014, based on popular vote by VIZBI 2014 participants. Congratulations to Heba, who will receive a Quadro K5000 video card.

VIZBI 2014 presentation slides

Posted by VIZBI on 13, March, 2014

Some VIZBI 2014 speakers have geneously agreed to share slides from their presentation. Where available, these slides are at http://vizbi.org/2014/Speakers.

VIZBI 2014 art & biology submissions

Posted by VIZBI on 7, March, 2014

The VIZBI 2014 art & biology submissions are now available at: http://vizbi.org/Posters/?category=Art&year=2014

VIZBI 2014 posters now online

Posted by VIZBI on 28, February, 2014

The VIZBI 2014 posters are now online! As you will see, some quite exciting new work will be presented next week! Note that the art & biology submissions remain unpublished – they will first be revealed prior to the outreach keynote on Thursday evening, then displayed on various screens.

New deadline for BioVis papers

Posted by VIZBI on 27, February, 2014

March 15 is now the deadline for BioVis 2014 papers. Possible contributions include full scientific papers, scientific posters, participation in a data contest, or in a redesign contest. BioVis 2014 (July 11-12) will be held as a special interest group (SIG) meeting associated with the ISMB conference in Boston, MA, USA. For further details see http://biovis.net/.

New deadline for Faraday Discussion on Molecular Simulations & Visualizations

Posted by VIZBI on 27, February, 2014

For the upcoming Faraday Discussion on Molecular Simulations & Visualizations (7-9 May 2014; Nottingham, UK), the deadline for submitting a poster has been extended until March 10. Organized by the Royal Society for Chemistry (RSC), the discussion will bring together internationally recognised experts in applying advanced visualization (visual analytics, virtual and augmented reality, immersive graphics, GP-GPUs, cloud computing) to analyse molecular simulations across a range of applications in biology, chemistry, and materials science.

Bursaries for students and early career scientists are still available, which are worth £150.


Drew Berry’s latest exhibit

Posted by Seán on 24, February, 2014

In this video, Drew Berry talks about a unique exhibit he created for Melbourne’s White Night, which took place last weekend. Drew gave a keynote talk at VIZBI 2011, ran a tutorial at VIZBI 2013, and also plans to attend VIZBI 2014.

Invitation to ‘Heidelberg Unseminar in Bioinformatics’

Posted by VIZBI on 19, February, 2014

On the Tuesday evening before VIZBI (March 4), there will be a meeting of the Heidelberg Unseminar in Bioinformatics (HUB), a regular social event focused on design and visualisation in biology. Bring along any scientific figures you’re working on that you’d like to discus with others to brainstorm for ways to develop/improve. There is also the opportunity to give a 3-minute-max flash talk on your work in visualising biological data.

To join, either sign in for a HUB wiki account and add your name to the HUB10 participant list or send a mail with your name and affiliation to hub-hub@gmx.net.

Come and meet VizBiers and local Heidelbergers, the evening before VIZBI!

Call for discussion topics for VIZBI 2014 Breakouts

Posted by Jim on 18, February, 2014

VIZBI 2014 delegates can now propose and vote on topics for discussion during the two unconference breakout sessions scheduled after the afternoon coffee break on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th March.

This will be the second time that we have run these un-conference style group discussions. The VIZBI 2013 breakout session included discussions on ways of improving visual communication in papers, dealing with ‘balls of yarn’, and exploring highly variable regions in sequencing data. It also provided an opportunity for community building – and two of the biggest groups discussed the 2013 BioVis contest and the collaborative development of javascript libraries for biological visualization. One of the most important parts of an unconference is that discussion doesn’t take place behind closed doors. Delegates can move between groups until they find a topic they’d like to sit in on, and representatives are elected to present lightning talks the following day.  These allow everyone attending VIZBI to hear the results of each discussion.

With two unconference breakout sessions this year, and a Heidelberg Unseminars in Bioinformatics meeting on the evening of the tutorial day, there are lots of opportunities for you to get together with like-minded members of the biological visualization community for constructive discussion. So, if you are coming to VIZBI 2014 and have a topic you want to explore, then check your inbox for the link and propose your topic now!

‘Virus one billion times’ – an event in Melbourne

Posted by VIZBI on 17, February, 2014

Next Saturday (Feb 22), as part of the White Night Melbourne 2014, the renowned biomedical animator Drew Berry will transformed the Melbourne State Library’s domed reading room into a vast microscope with a magnifying power of 1 billion times. The artwork examines eight different types of human virus in ultra-high resolution detail. Every two minutes the room switches to a different type of virus, including herpes, influenza, HIV, polio and smallpox. Depending on the type of virus and the way it stores it’s genetic code, long snaking coils of DNA or it’s more ancient cousin RNA, grip and slide across the walls like agitated Chinese dragons.

All of the molecular models, including the virus outer shells on the ceiling and the long DNA molecule, has been built to scale, using the raw scientific data from X-Ray crystallography. Every two minutes, an immune defence is released from the floor of the host room – either fluttering antibodies or hormone swarms – removing the virus overhead, and transitioning to the next virus type.


Update: there is also an interview with Drew featuring scenes from the exhibit.

Register soon for Faraday Discussion on ‘Molecular Simulations & Visualizations’

Posted by VIZBI on 11, February, 2014

For the upcoming Faraday Discussion on Molecular Simulations & Visualizations (7-9 May 2014; Nottingham, UK), the deadline for submitting a poster closes soon (24 February), as does the deadline and for early-bird registration (17 March). Organized by the Royal Society for Chemistry (RSC), the discussion will focus on the use of advanced visualization (visual analytics, virtual and augmented reality, immersive graphics, GP-GPUs, cloud computing) to analyse molecular simulations across a range of applications in biology, chemistry, and materials science.

Note that the RSC offers bursaries for student and early career members to attend the meetings; for details, see the registration section of the web site (http://rsc.li/fd169).