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VIZBI 2017 tutorial day

Friday, May 12th, 2017

With seven tutorials plus the Data Visualization Masterclass, you are spoilt for choice:




Early registration closing soon

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Note that early registration for VIZBI 2017 closes April 21, 23:59 CET. To secure your ticket before prices rise, go to the VIZBI registration page.

BioVis 2017 in Prague, July 24

Monday, April 10th, 2017

We are excited to share that BioVis 2017 will be part of the ISMB/ECCB 2017 conference held on July 24 in Prague, Czech Republic. The BioVis meetings aim to educate, inspire, and engage bioinformatics and biology researchers in state-of-the-art visualization research and visualization researchers in problems in biological data visualisation. Find out how to participate at:

The BioVis and VIZBI meetings are quite complimentary: BioVis
features a full paper track – typical for computer science meetings – while
the VIZBI lacks a paper track, instead having a format more typical for meetings in the life sciences.


VIZBI 2017 Speaker Lineup

Friday, April 7th, 2017

We are pleased to announce the complete speaker lineup for VIZBI 2017. These 21 world-leading researchers will showcase visualizations transforming how life scientists view data.

Keynotes: Daniel Keim, Drew Berry, Tamara Munzner. DNA: Christian Stolte, Hector Corrada Bravo, Jim Zheng. RNA: Yue Wan, David Powell, Davis McCarthy. Proteins: Jane Richardson, Alexander Rose, Michael Landsberg. Cells: Brenda Andrews, Sean Humphrey, Lars Juhl Jensen. Tissues: Siobhan Braybrook, John McGhee, Caroline Rae. Populations: Aaron Darling, Elena Naumova, David Raubenheimer.


VIZBI early registration extended

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Some of you may have had difficulties accessing the VIZBI website, due to recent server problems that are now fixed. As a result, we have extended the deadline for early registration to April 21. If you continue to experience difficulties accessing, please contact us.

Deadline for VIZBI tutorial proposals extended

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

In case you are considering proposing a tutorial for VIZBI, you now have more time, as we are extending the deadline. Proposal submissions will now close on Friday, 31 March 2017, at 23:59 Pacific time (PST). Please visit the VIZBI 2017 tutorial page for details.

VIZBI UK warm up: 20-21st April The UK Biological Visualisation AGM

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

With VIZBI 2017 still two months away, there’s still time to fit in another biological visualisation meeting before coming to Sydney!

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On 20th-21st April, BiVi – the UK Biological Visualisation Community will have its 3rd Annual General Meeting at Napier University, Edinburgh, UK.

The BiVi AGM is a two day meeting funded by the UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, and the only regular meeting for UK based tool developers and researchers working in biological visualisation. This year there will be keynotes from Jean Luc Doumont, Marc Streit and Bang Wong, and seven talks from researchers developing biological visualisation systems. Participants can also present posters and lightning talks, and sign up for hands on workshops on the second day. Registration also includes an evening reception, and student bursaries are available.

For more information see the 3rd BiVi AGM meeting page

Biomedical Animator position in Australia

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

There is an open position for a Biomedical Animator working with Drew Berry at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia. ‘Think of the smallest thing you can draw. Now think smaller. If you can visualise how one cell communicates with another, or how a parasite invades its host, and are able to use animation software to bring these processes to life for others, this is an opportunity for you.’ More info at

Winner of the Autodesk Art and Biology Award

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

This year, the Autodesk Art and Biology Award went to Jasmin Imran Alsous for Picasso’s Bulls and Drosophila’s Eggs. This submission highlights a connection between one of Picasso’s artworks and modern techniques used for processing biological image data. The Autodesk award is for the most popular VIZBI Art and Biology submission, and the winner receives a three-year subscription to Autodesk Maya. Well done Jasmin!
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Winner of Fourmentin-Guilbert Foundation Award for Best Lightning Talk

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Benedetta Frida Baldi’s talk on ‘Novel approaches to modelling protein-protein interactions in biological space’ won the inaugural Fourmentin-Guilbert Foundation Award for Best Lightning Talk, based on popular vote by VIZBI 2016 participants. Benedetta explained protein interactions using a choreographed dance routine; she received a cash prize of €1,500 from the Fourmentin-Guilbert Foundation.

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Winner of Nature Methods Poster Award

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

David Ma’s “Minardo: Untangling the Hairball” won the Nature Methods Award after coming second place in the vote for best scientific poster at VIZBI 2016. Congratulations to David and co-authors Christian Stolte, James Krycer, David James, and Seán O’Donoghue. David will receive a subscription to Nature Methods.


Winner of NVIDIA Best Scientific Poster Award

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Fidel Ramírez’s innovative work ‘Hi-C Explorer: Tools to process and visualize chromosome conformation’ won the NVIDIA Best Scientific Poster Award, based on popular vote by VIZBI 2016 participants. Congratulations to Fidel and co-authors Vivek Bhardwaj and Thomas Manke – they received a Quadro M6000 video card.

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VIZBI 2016 breakout session 2

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Slides from the second breakout session (Thursday, 10 March 2016) are available at
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VIZBI 2016 breakout session 1

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Slides from the first breakout session (Wednesday, 9 March 2016) are now available at

VIZBI 2016 art & biology submissions

Friday, March 11th, 2016

The art & biology submissions for VIZBI 2016 are now online at The Autodesk Art & Biology Award will be decided later today for the most popular submission, voted by participants.Screen Shot 2016-03-11 at 11.21.17 AM

VIZBI 2016 scientific posters

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Scientific posters for VIZBI 2016 are now online at The most popular submission, voted by participants, will receive the NVIDIA Poster Award; the runner-up will receive the Nature Methods Poster Award.Screen Shot 2016-03-11 at 11.32.24 AM

Poster deadline extended to Feb 26th

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Due to popular demand, we have extended the deadline to February 26th for all Art & Biology and Scientific Posters. Submission instructions were included in your conference registration email.

Remember, in order to be eligible for any of the VIZBI awards, you must have submitted your entry by the deadline. Winners of the NVIDIA Award for Best Scientific Poster, Fourmentin-Guilbert Foundation Award for Best Lightning Talk and Autodesk Art & Biology Award will be announced during the closing session on Friday 11th March.

Fourmentin-Guilbert Foundation Award for Best Lightning Talk

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

The Fourmentin-Guilbert FoundationWe are delighted to announce a new award for Best Lightning Talk; the winner will be decided by popular vote, and will receive a cash prize of €1,500 from the Fourmentin-Guilbert Foundation.

Lightning talks are a challenging format where presenters have 1 minute to convey their scientific message by any means necessary. We look forward to new standards of scientific communication being set by VIZBI participants competing for this new award!

We are very pleased to add the Fourmentin-Guilbert Foundation (@FondationFG on Twitter) to the list of organisations supporting VIZBI. The Foundation promotes the Life Sciences by supporting new concepts in biology, and raising awareness in other scientific disciplines.

To be eligible, you must upload a scientific poster plus lightning talk slides prior to February 26 at 23:59 CET (deadline has been extended).

Autodesk Art & Biology Award

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

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 three-year subscription to Autodesk Maya (valued at $4,410 USD). Maya is widely-used for creating interactive 3D applications, video games, animated film, TV series, and visual effects. This generous 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 10th March, and the winner will be announced on 11th March during the closing session. For details see the VIZBI 2016 poster page. The deadline for upload is February 26 at 23:59 CET (deadline has been extended).


VIZBI 2016 keynotes

Thursday, February 4th, 2016
Fred Brooks is the Kenan Professor of Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is best known for leading development of IBM’s System/360 family of computers and support software, which in turn led to the 8-bit byte. His reflections on this process resulted the best-seller ‘The Mythical Man-Month’. Brooks has received many awards, including the National Medal of Technology (1985) and the Turing Award (1999). In the 1990s he collaborated with Jane and David Richardson on pioneering work in molecular graphics on the representation of protein structures.
Gaël McGill is Director of Molecular Visualization at Harvard Medical School and also leader of Digizyme, a company focused on visualization and communication of science. McGill has created the scientific visualization online community portal (originally, the software toolkit Molecular Maya, and has contributed to leading textbooks on Maya and ZBrush. Recently, he was also digital director for E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth iPad biology textbook developed in partnership with Apple.
Kwan-Liu Ma is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California-Davis, where he directs VIDI Labs and UC Davis Center of Excellence for Visualization. His research spans the fields of scientific visualization, information visualization, visual analytics, visualization for storytelling, visualization interface design, and volume visualization. Ma received the NSF Presidential Early-Career Research Award (2000), is an elected IEEE Fellow (2012), and winner of the 2013 IEEE VGTC Visualization Technical Achievement Award for outstanding research.