Archive for September, 2011

Nature Methods article on layout principles

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

In the current issue of Nature Methods, Bang Wong has a useful 1-page article summarizing key principles for laying out text and graphics.

NSF & AAAS Science Visualization Challenge 2011

Monday, September 12th, 2011

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the journal Science have announced the 2011 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge. Entries due 30 September 2011.

New VIZBI website

Friday, September 9th, 2011

We have completely updated the VIZBI website with a new design and some new features, including a video gallery, an improved poster gallery (including now thumbnails from the 2010 posters), galleries of photographs from 2011 and 2010, as well as information about the upcoming VIZBI 2012 conference. Check it out! Thanks especially to Christian Stolte for the great design, also to Janos Binder for help with Javascript.

VIZBI 2012 call for participation

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

We are delighted to announce VIZBI 2012 (, the 3rd international meeting on ‘Visualizing Biological Data’ – and the first in a series of EMBO conferences on this topic – to be held at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg (Germany), 6-8 March, 2012. VIZBI 2012 brings together scientists actively using or developing computational visualization to study a diverse range of biological data; the conference also attracts participation from medical illustrators, graphic designers, and graphic artists. VIZBI 2012 features 22 invited talks from high-profile speakers that will review the state-of-the-art and challenges in visualizing data from genomes, transcripts, proteins, cells, organisms, and populations. Prior to the meeting (5 March), there will also be tutorials on visualization tools & methods. All VIZBI participants have the opportunity to present a poster describing their work. Just before your poster session, you will be given ~60 seconds and 2 PowerPoint slides to briefly introduce yourself and your poster to all VIZBI participants (details here). If you cannot join us in Heidelberg, you have the option of virtual registration, which allows participation via streaming video and chat. Registration is now open, and early registration closes 29 January 2012. The first two VIZBI meetings were timely and energized and have fostered some significant advances in the field; VIZBI 2012 promises no less, and is supported by a greatly expanded organizing team – we hope you can join us for this exciting event!