Call for Participation: VIZBI 2018 (Cambridge MA, USA, March 28-30)

Posted by VIZBI on 7, January, 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

Posted by VIZBI on 28, June, 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.


Winner of NVIDIA Best Scientific Poster Award 2017

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 19, June, 2017

John Salamon, Xiaoyan Qian, Mats Nilsson and David Lynn collaborative work ‘Network visualisation & analysis of in situ sequencing data with InsituNet’ won the NVIDIA Best Scientific Poster Award, based on popular vote by VIZBI 2017 participants. Congratulations to the team – they received a Quadro M6000 video card.

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Winner of the Autodesk Art and Biology Award 2017

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 19, June, 2017

This year, the Autodesk Art and Biology Award went to Anna Hupalowska (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom) for Synchronised swimmers as an analogy to embryo development. This submission highlights the stage where a mammalian embryo undergoes a series of morphogenetic changes leading to a developmental transition which is presented as an analogy to synchronized swimming. The Autodesk award is for the most popular VIZBI Art and Biology submission, and the winner receives a one-year subscription to Autodesk Maya. Congratulations, Anna!

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VIZBI 2017: Single Day Pass

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 3, June, 2017

Can’t make all 3-days of the conference? You have the option of registering for a Single Day Pass. Tickets are available here.


VIZBI 2017: Virtual Participation

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 2, June, 2017

Can’t come to Sydney for VIZBI 2017? You have the option of virtual participation, which gives access to a video stream covering all conference talks live, and also available offline after the talks. You can participate by typing in questions for speakers, which are passed to the session chair during question period at the end of each talk.

VIZBI 2017 Tutorial update

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 1, June, 2017

TutorialsThere are six tutorials to choose from on 13 June 2017 at The University of Sydney, Australia.


Deadline for poster upload extended

Posted by VIZBI on 31, May, 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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Eric Lander’s Opening Remark at VIZBI 2011

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 30, May, 2017

Eric Lander, the president and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard gave the opening remarks for VIZBI 2011. He presented a compelling case for why a focus on data visualization is urgently needed in modern biological research and education. A video of Eric’s opening speech can be viewed here.

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What to expect at VIZBI?

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 29, May, 2017

Visualization is increasingly important in life science as data grows rapidly in volume and complexity. The VIZBI initiative is an international conference series started in 2010 which took place alternating in Europe and the USA. On our 8th year, VIZBI will be staged in Australia for the first time, each meeting has had outstanding feedback from attendees, and the most recent (VIZBI 2016) was featured in a Nature News article. To get a flavor of what happens at a VIZBI conference, watch this video from a previous VIZBI (2014) meeting.

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VIZBI tutorial: Visualization with Cytoscape and STRING

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 28, May, 2017

This tutorial will be presented by Lars Juhl Jensen and Jessica Xin Hu (Tuesday, 13 June, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm), they will discuss the fundamentals of the Cytoscape network visualization tool and the STRING database, which integrates known and predicted protein associations from a variety of evidence types. Participants will be able to interpret protein associations correctly and understand the uses of Cytoscape and its STRING App.


VIZBI tutorial: Compelling Narrative and Storytelling into DataViz

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 27, May, 2017

It is now recognized that the skills of data storytelling and narrative development are becoming as crucial as statistical analysis and data analytics. In this tutorial, Paul Hodge will take you on a journey through entertaining and informative examples of world-class Data Visualisations, its frameworks and how to build a compelling Data Visualizations that will engage, entertain and inspire future decision makers (Tuesday, 13 June, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm).


VIZBI tutorial: Data Visualization with Epiviz

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 26, May, 2017

Epiviz is an interactive visualization tool for functional genomics data. It supports genome navigation like other genome browsers but allows multiple linked visualizations of data within genomic regions using scatterplots, heatmaps, and other user-supplied visualizations. It has a close connection to the R/Bioconductor genomics data analysis platform for flexible computational and visual exploratory analysis. Hector Corrado-Brava will introduce to students -the use of Epiviz for exploratory analysis of data using interactive visualization and computation (Tuesday, 13 June, 9:30 am – 12:30 am).


Poster upload closing soon

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 25, May, 2017

Poster upload for VIZBI 2017 is closing on 23:59 PST on 31 May 2017. Immediately after uploading, you will be able to preview a zoomable version of your poster, showing how it will appear on the VIZBI poster pages. Click here for more details.

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VIZBI tutorial: Analysis of AFM Data from Biological Samples

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 25, May, 2017

The analysis of AFM data from biological samples can be intimidating and unwieldy. In this tutorial, Siobhan Braybrook will discuss experimental design considerations based on example biological questions, data analysis models and quality control metrics. She will also cover how the returned results relate to the biological sample in question (Tuesday, 13 June, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm).


VIZBI tutorial: Data Visualization in R

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 23, May, 2017

There is a growing need for effective visualizations of complex data structures which combine scientific thinking, statistical analyses, and successful storytelling. In this tutorial, Nenad Bartonicek (Garvan Institute, Sydney) leads you through the process of decision-making, data transformation and effective communication of graphs in R (Tuesday, 13 June, 9:30 am  -12:30 pm).


Autodesk Art & Biology Award

Posted by VIZBI on 18, May, 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

Posted by VIZBI on 17, May, 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

Posted by VIZBI on 16, May, 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.

Drew Berry’s keynote from VIZBI 2011

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 16, May, 2017

Drew Berry will be a keynote speaker at VIZBI 2017 (Sydney, 14-16 June); his animations have received international recognitions including an Emmy (2005) in the category of Outstanding Science, Technology and Nature Programming for the episode, ‘The Human Race’, and a BAFTA award (2004). He was trained as a cell biologist and microscopist, and brings a rigorous scientific approach to each project, immersing himself in relevant research to ensure his animations include up-to-date data.

He was also a keynote speaker at VIZBI 2011 (Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, USA), where he presented spectacular highlights from his videos on the malaria life cycle at the cellular scale, on DNA replication, and on the human brain at the tissue, cell, and molecular scale. A video of Drew’s 2011 keynote can be viewed here.