VIZBI 2016 features 10 tutorials covering a range of key visualization tools & methods; for details, see the online program. Note that tutorial registration is separate from conference registration; both close on 8 February 2016.
Morning Tutorials (8 March, 09:30 – 13:00)
- Best practices for visual storytelling in science (Gaël McGill, Stuart Jantzen, & Jodie Jenkinson)
- Functional insight from protein structure visualization with Aquaria (Seán O’Donoghue)
- Mesoscopic and molecular visualization with Blender – Basic hands-on workshop (Björn Sommer & Christopher Hammang)
- Rapid user-centered design for data visualization (Francis Rowland & Nikiforos Karamanis & Ryo Sakai)
- Using R to generate visualizations of biological data (Paul Brennan & Dean Hammond)
Afternoon Tutorials (8 March, 14:30 – 18:00)
- Advanced molecular visualization with Molecular Maya’s DNA and cytoskeleton kits and Clarafi’s visualization annotation tool (Gaël McGill)
- Integration and visualization of biological linked data (Alexander Garcia & Nandana Mihindukulasooriya)
- Interpretation of small molecule High Throughput Screening data for chemical biology and drug discovery (Sheraz Gul)
- Mesoscopic and molecular visualization with Blender – Advanced hands-on workshop (Christopher Hammang & Björn Sommer)
- Reuse, develop, and share biological visualisations with BioJS (José M. Villaveces, David Dao, Gustavo A. Salazar, Leyla Jael Garcia Castro, & Dennis Schwartz)
Childcare is offered for children between the age of 3 months and 3 years to registered conference participants. The children will be looked after by highly professional Kindergarten teachers, employed by the EMBL Kinderhaus. This service is offered for the duration of the entire conference for 100 Euro per child. Childcare can only be provided for 10 children per conference. Registration will be on a first-come first-served basis. For more information please visit: http://www.embl.de/training/events/info_participants/childcare.
A quick reminder that registration for VIZBI 2016 (the EMBO Conference on Visualizing Biological Data) is closing soon. Registration will now close 8 February 2016 23:59 CET (extended 1 week due to server issues). The main conference will take place 9-11 March at EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany, and features keynotes (Fred Brooks, Kwan-Liu Ma, and Gaël McGill), 18 invited talks, plus posters and 1 min. flash talks. On March 8 there will also be 10 half-day tutorials related to visualizing biological data. There is also the option of remote participation (not for tutorials). If you are interested in promoting your organization or professional society during VIZBI 2016, a range of sponsorship options are still available.
For students planning to attend VIZBI 2016, EMBL is offering a limited number of CPP fellowships, which provide registration fee waiver and/or a travel grant for up to €400 for participants travelling from the European continent and up to €1,000 for participants travelling from outside Europe. Fellowship applications close 6 January 2016.
We are delighted to announce VIZBI 2016, the 3rd EMBO Conference on ‘Visualizing Biological Data’, which will also be the 7th international meeting on this topic, to be held March 9-11 at the EMBL, Heidelberg (Germany). VIZBI 2016 brings together scientists actively using or developing computational visualization methods to study a diverse range of biological data; the conference also encourages participation from medical illustrators, graphic designers, and graphic artists.
VIZBI 2016 will feature keynotes from Fred Brooks, Kwan-Liu Ma, and Gaël McGill plus 18 invited talks from high-profile speakers who will highlight visualization challenges in rapidly emerging application areas within life sciences, biomolecular engineering, and ecology.
All VIZBI participants have the opportunity to present a poster and a lightning talk describing their work. If you cannot join us in Heidelberg, you have the option of virtual registration, which allows participation via streaming video and chat.
Tutorial proposals. Prior to the meeting (March 8), there will also be half-day tutorials on visualization tools & methods. If you are interested in running a tutorial, you are invited to submit a tutorial proposal. The deadline for proposals is 1 November 2015.
Sponsorship. If you are interested in promoting your organization or professional society, a range of sponsorship options are also available.
The first six VIZBI meetings have been very lively events, and have helped foster a new focus on data visualization in the life sciences. VIZBI 2016 promises to be another exciting event – we hope very much you can join us!
This year, the Autodesk Art and Biology Award went to Stefani Kuzmiski for "Dental Anatomy". Her work combined digital and traditional media techniques to provide an alternative view of dental tissue. The Autodesk award is for the most popular submission to the VIZBI Art and Biology posters, and the winner receives a free license for Autodesk Maya. Well done Stefani !
Kenneth Sabir’s impressive and visually enticing work ‘Rondo: Visualising Chromosome 3D Structure’ won the Nature Protocols prize for Runner-up Scientific Poster for VIZBI 2015, based on popular vote by conference participants. Congratulations to Kenny and co-authors Fabian Buske, Christian Stolte, Seokhee Hong, Susan Clark, and Sean O’Donoghue. Kenny received a year’s free online subscription to the journal plus £250 (US$373) cash.
Samuel Hertig’s innovative work ‘Assembly and visualization of immature HIV’ won the NVIDIA Best Scientific Poster Award for VIZBI 2015, based on popular vote by conference participants. Congratulations to Samuel and co-authors Graham T. Johnson, Thomas D. Goddard, and Thomas E. Ferrin – they received a Quadro M6000 video card.
The inaugural BDVA meeting will be held at the beautiful Hobart harbour site of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia, on 22-25th September 2015. The symposium will host an exciting technical programme featuring internationally renowned keynote speakers, special sessions, and a day of complimentary hands-on workshops. A reception and dinner will be held for participants to mingle and network while enjoying some of the fresh produce that Tasmania is so famous for! Paper submissions close 15th May 2015.
We hope to welcome you to Hobart to join us for BDVA’15!
The journal Nature Protocols have geneously agreed to offer a prize for the 2nd placed Scientific Poster at VIZBI 2015. The prize includes a year’s free online subscription to the journal plus £250 (US$373) cash. Many thanks Nature Protocols!
NVIDIA have confirmed they will again sponsor a fantastic prize for the best scientific poster at VIZBI 2015: their soon-to-be-released Quadro M6000 professional video card, which is expected to retail for ~US$6,000. One of the world’s fastest GPUs, this card is designed for large-scale visualization of complex data; it is reported to contain 3,072 CUDA cores and 12.3GB of memory. The award for best scientific poster will be decided by popular vote.
A few brief updates on VIZBI 2015, which is now only a few weeks away:
Poster submissions. March 7 is the new deadline for uploading posters for normal participants.
‘Virtual’ poster submissions. March 15 is the deadline for upload of posters for remote participants.
Art of Biology submissions. March 15 is also the deadline for Art & Biology submissions.
Conference registration. March 15 is also the conference registration deadline, so please take note if you are planning to attend but have not yet registered.
Winners of the 2014 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge have just been announced. In total, 10 outstanding entries were announced as either winners or honorable mentions in 5 categories (Photography, Illustration, Posters & Graphics, Games & Apps, or Video). To see all 10 winning entries, click here.
Great news for the artistically inclined: Autodesk have again offered a full Maya license as a prize for the best Art & Biology poster at VIZBI 2015. Normally retailing for $3,675, Maya is widely used for creating interactive 3D applications, video games, animated film, TV series, and visual effects. This very generous prize is offered to participants from academia and industry alike, but cannot be resold.
Each conference participant can upload one artistically-inspired Art & Biology image with accompanying text. The deadline for entering has been extended to 23:59 PST on 15 March 2015. These images will first be revealed during a special event as part of the Art & Biology evening. The award for best Art & Biology submission will be decided by popular vote and announced at the Awards Ceremony during the VIZBI 2015 closing session. Participants are asked to vote for their favourite Art & Biology submission based on how visually compelling and original it is; it may help to see Art & Biology submissions from previous VIZBI meetings. Further details on submission and upload are here.
So, if you’re still waiting for another reason to register for VIZBI, here it is: submit an Art & Biology poster and win a Maya license!
This year’s BioVis contests center around RNA. The Design challenge poses the question of how to best represent RNA structural uncertainty and evolution. The Data Analysis challenge asks whether you can figure out the structural, or other physical properties that predispose some individuals towards disease, or health. For more information, see the BioVis challenge video and visit the BioVis website. The submission deadline is May 1st, 2015. BioVis 2015 will be held as part of ISMB 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.
The paper deadline for BioVis 2015 (http://biovis.net/, July 10-11) – the 5th Symposium on Biological Data Visualization – closes soon. Original contributions are invited on all aspects of visualization in biology, from molecular to cell, tissue, organism and population biology. In addition to full scientific papers, BioVis also invites scientific posters, participation in a data contest, or in a design contest. BioVis 2015 brings together researchers from the visualization, bioinformatics, and biology communities with the purpose of educating, inspiring, and engaging visualization researchers in problems in biological data visualization as well as bioinformatics and biology researchers in state-of-the-art visualization research. It will be co-located with the ISMB/ECCB conference in Dublin, Ireland.
The early bird registration for VIZBI is closing after today, 7th of February 2015. Have you decided which two from the twelve tutorials you’ll sign up for this year? Below is a brief reminder of what’s on offer.
- Daniel Huson on metagenome exploration with MEGAN
- Noam Shoresh on CURSOR
- Francis Rowland and Ryo Sakai on Rapid data vis. design
Among the afternoon’s six offerings you can find single tool/group tutorials as well as three thematic tutorials, which combine tools developed by different groups. Like above, clicking on each title will take you to the tutorial description on the program page.
- Single cell sequencing and functional genomics data with UCSC Xena and Ginkgo, with Mary Goldman and Robert Aboukhalil
- Structure visualisation with Aquaria and UCSF Chimera, with Seán O’Donoghue and Sam Hertig