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VIZBI X 2019 Autodesk Award for Best Art and Biology Image

Friday, April 5th, 2019

The image selected by VIZBI X delegates for the VIZBI 2019 Autodesk award for best Art and Biology award was Chromosome Segregation by Beata Edyta Mierzwa of The Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and University of California San Diego, La Jolla, USA. Beata was awarded a 3 year subscription to commercial Autodesk Maya (worth over US$4,000).

VIZBI 2019 Scientific Poster – Runner-up Award

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

The award for Runner-up Scientific Poster at VIZBI 2019 was won by ‘Visualizing the tree of science‘, presented by Andreas Harmuth, Mike Bogetofte Barnkob, and Lars Rønn Olsen from the Department of Health Technology, Technical University of Denmark. Congratulations to the team! They receive an Amazon gift voucher generously provided by the EMBL courses and conference office.

Winner of VIZBI 2019 Best Scientific Poster Award

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

The award for Best Scientific Poster at VIZBI 2019 was won by ‘Communicating Scientific Concepts Through Art‘, presented by Beata Edyta Mierzwa from the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and University of California San Diego in La Jolla, USA. Congratulations Beata! She receives a PeerJ Award, which includes a free publication and blog entry to be featured on PeerJ. She also wins an Amazon gift voucher generously provided by the EMBL courses and conference office.

Less than 24 hours to submit posters and Art of Biology images for VIZBI 2019!

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

All VIZBI delegates can submit a poster and lightning talk describing their work using the link provided during registration. We also invite submissions for the VIZBI 2019 Art and Biology evening, when the compelling images created by VIZBI delegates will be unveiled. Due to popular request, we extended the deadline for submissions until 4th March, so if you are planning to submit, you don’t have much time !

Posters and Art and Biology images from this year’s meeting will be published online at the VIZBI poster gallery. The best poster(s) and Art and Biology images will be selected by popular vote from VIZBI 2019 delegates, and the winners announced during the closing session on 15th March. This year, the best VIZBI Art and Biology submissions will be awarded either the Autodesk prize: a three-year subscription to Autodesk Maya (non-transferable, valued at $4,410 USD), or a VIZBI 2019 EMBL cash prize. Scientific Poster winners will receive a VIZBI EMBL cash prize, and have the opportunity to be selected for the VIZBI PeerJ Poster Award, which entitles the winner to submit their work for free as an open access, featured publication at PeerJ.

For details on how to submit your work see your VIZBI 2019 registration confirmation email and the VIZBI 2019 poster page. The deadline for upload is March 4 at 23:00 PST.

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Keynote Speaker: Moritz Stefaner

Friday, January 11th, 2019

Moritz Stefaner works as a ‘Truth and Beauty Operator’ on the crossroads of data visualization, information aesthetics and user interface design. His work balances analytical and aesthetic aspects in mapping abstract and complex phenomena. He has worked with clients like the OECD, Google News Lab, Salesforce, Deutsche Bahn and the Max Planck Research Society, and his work has been exhibited at Venice Biennale of Architecture, SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica and the Max Planck Science Gallery. He has co-authored books for publishers like O’Reilly and Springer and has spoken and lectured on numerous occasions on the topic of information visualization.

Today & tomorrow in New York: VIZBI Showcase & Masterclass

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

There are still a few tickets left for both VIZBI Showcase: Science Reimagined (Today, 6:00-7:30 p.m.) and the Data Visualization Masterclass (Tomorrow, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.). Both events take place at the New York Genome Center (101 Ave Of The Americas, New York, NY 10013). Email if you have any queries.

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Photos from VIZBI 2018

Sunday, April 1st, 2018

The first photos from VIZBI 2018 are available at If you have more, upload them to Flickr & tag with ‘vizbi’ – they will automatically appear on the above page.

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Clarafi Award for Best Scientific Poster at VIZBI 2018

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

This year’s award for best scientific poster is a free, one-year subscription to Clarafi, a scientific visualization portal offering high quality video training, resources, and tools to support those interested in improving their skills. Please cast your vote for best poster at
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Association of Medical Illustrators Prize for Art and Biology

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

The best submission to VIZBI 2018’s Art and Biology event will be awarded a 5 minute speaking slot at the Association of Medical Illustrator’s Annual Conference in Boston this June, with special discount registration. Please cast your vote for best poster at


A little bit of VIZBI in New York

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

In the week following VIZBI 2018, some of the VIZBI team travel to the New York Genome Center to present a ‘VIZBI Showcase‘. Formerly known as VizbiPlus events, these are evening events designed to highlight the use of visualisation to communicate biological insight and discovery. The VIZBI Showcase will be on Monday, April 2, run by local host Christian Stolte, and featuring a keynote from renowned biomedical animator Gaël McGill (Harvard Medical School & Digizyme). This will be followed by short ‘lightning’ talks from local participants whose work spans life science and visual communication. It’s the perfect event to bring friends and family, and share with them the fascinating and exciting world of life science research.

The following day, April 3, there will be a smaller version of the Data Visualization Masterclass event, given New Yorkers the opportunity to learn in-depth approaches, techniques, and design issues for visualising complex data.


Poster upload extended until March 14

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

The poster upload deadline has now been extended until on 23:00 ETD on March 14, 2018. Note that the link for uploading your poster is sent after you register for the conference with Eventbrite. Click here for more details.

Extended deadline for early registrations & poster upload

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Due to network interruptions, we have now extended the deadline for the early registration discount to February 28. After this date, all conference tickets increase by $150. Note that the poster upload deadline has also been extended to March 7.

VIZBI 2018 program online

Monday, February 5th, 2018

The VIZBI 2018 program is now online: this year’s meeting at the Broad Institute features keynotes on user experience design, visual communication of biology, and data visualization principles from Kim Goodwin, Drew Berry, and Anders Ynnerman. In addition, talks from 18 leading researchers will review how data visualization is being used to transform key areas of research in the life sciences. Sign up soon to take advantage of the early registration discount, which closes February 23.
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Call for Participation: VIZBI 2018 (Cambridge MA, USA, March 28-30)

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

VIZBI 2018, the 9th international meeting on ‘Visualizing Biological Data’, will take place March 28-30 at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard in Cambridge MA.

VIZBI 2018 features keynotes from Kim GoodwinDrew Berry, and Anders Ynnerman, as well as talks from 18 world-leading researchers showcasing visualizations transforming how life scientists view data, and driving key advances in molecular biology, systems biology, biomedical science, and ecology.

The meeting aims to advance data visualization in the life sciences and brings together a diverse community, including bioinformaticians, data scientists, computer scientists, and experimentalists, as well as medical illustrators, graphic designers, and graphic artists.

All participants have the opportunity to present a poster and a lightning talk describing their work. Note that this year we are not able to offer a virtual participation option.

Data Visualization Masterclass. One day prior to the meeting (March 27), there will also be full-day training event teaching general principles and practices for turning data into insightful visualisations. Further details will be announced shortly.

Sponsorship. If you are interested in promoting your organization or professional society, a range of sponsorship options are also available.

As with previous meetings, VIZBI 2018 promises to be an exciting event that will again help raise the standard of data visualization in the life sciences. We hope very much you can join us!



The story behind VIZBI

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

In an article published today, VIZBI founders Sean O’Donoghue (CSIRO, Garvan & UNSW, Australia) and James Procter (University of Dundee, UK) outline why they created the meeting series. In short: they were motivated from their experiences in using data visualisation principles to create bioinformatics tools. The article appeared in The Conversation, which publishes news sourced from researchers, and allows articles to be freely accessed and republished.


Deadline for poster upload extended

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

In response to several requests, the deadline for uploading a scientific posters or art & biology submission has been extended to June 4, 23:59 PST. To find the upload link, please see the email sent to you confirming your registration.

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Autodesk Art & Biology Award

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

We are pleased to announce that – as with previous years – Autodesk have agreed to sponsor a prize for the most visually compelling and original ‘Art & Biology’ submission. Each VIZBI participant is invited to upload one artistically-inspired image, which will be featured on the VIZBI poster gallery. The award winner will receive a one-year subscription to Autodesk Maya (valued at $1,825 CAD). Maya is widely-used for creating interactive 3D applications, video games, animated film, TV series, and visual effects. The prize is offered to participants from academics and industry alike, but cannot be resold. The Art & Biology entries will be unveiled during the Art & Biology evening on Thursday, June 15, and the winner will be announced on June 16 during the closing session. For details see the VIZBI 2017 poster page. The deadline for upload is May 31 at 23:59 CET.


Tamara Munzner’s keynote from VIZBI 2011

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Tamara Munzner will be a keynote speaker at VIZBI 2017 (Sydney, 14-16 June); she has worked on visualization projects in a broad range of application domains, including genomics, evolutionary biology, geometric topology, computational linguistics, large-scale system administration, web log analysis, and journalism.

Tamara was also a keynote speaker at VIZBI 2011 (Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, USA), where she presented lucid and very useful guidelines for creating effective visualizations. She highlighted the advantages of 2D representation – compared with 3D, immersive, or animated visualizations – and described methods to reduce the viewer’s cognitive load, and to validate visualizations. A video of Tamara’s 2011 keynote can be viewed here.


NVIDIA Award for Best Scientific Poster

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

M6000 infographicWe are pleased to announce that – as with previous years – NVIDIA have agreed to sponsor a generous prize for the poster that best exemplifies the use of data visualization to gain clear, compelling insight into an important scientific problem. The award winner will receive a Quadro M6000 card, one of the world’s most powerful GPUs, making real-time photorealistic rendering possible for even complex scenes. It can drive up to four 4K displays simultaneously, and its 3,072 CUDA cores make it perfect for many scientific applications. To upload your poster, use the submission link in your VIZBI registration email. Accepted posters will be published in the VIZBI poster gallery. The deadline for upload is May 31 at 23:59 CET.

Nature News article on ‘Visualizations Transforming Biology’

Monday, May 15th, 2017

In case you missed it: VIZBI 2016 (in Heidelberg, Germany) was featured in a Nature News article that examined how the right visualization can transform a biologists’ understanding of their data. Read the full article here.