VIZBI 2017 Keynote Speaker: Daniel Keim

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 27, March, 2017

Prof. Dr. Daniel Keim conducts research in the analysis, exploration, and visualization of mass data. He and his team develop novel techniques for visual analysis of business, customer, finance, demoscopic, and network data motivated by applications in customer relationship management (CRM), telecommunications, the financial market and network security. He published on topics related to information visualization and data mining and has given tutorials at several large conferences.

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Deadline for VIZBI tutorial proposals extended

Posted by VIZBI on 22, March, 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 2017 Keynote Speaker: Tamara Munzner

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 20, March, 2017

Tamara Munzner is a professor at the University of British Columbia Department of Computer Science and holds a PhD from Stanford. 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. Her research interests include the development, evaluation, and characterization of visualization systems and techniques from both user-driven and technique-driven perspectives.

Tamara Munzner

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

Posted by VIZBI on 18, March, 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

VIZBI 2017 Keynote Speaker: Drew Berry

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 17, March, 2017

Dr. Drew Berry is a biomedical animator that combines cinema and science to reveal the microscopic worlds inside our bodies. His scientifically accurate and aesthetically rich visualizations are elucidating cellular and molecular processes for a wide range of audiences. His animations have been shown in exhibitions, multimedia programs, and television shows, and have received many awards and commendations. Dr. Berry was a keynote speaker in VIZBI 2011 and this year, we had another opportunity to showcase his expertise in visualization as we stage VIZBI in Australia for the first time.

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VIZBI 2017 tutorial proposals closing soon

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 17, March, 2017

Proposals for running a tutorial at VIZBI 2017 close on Monday, 20 March 2017, 23:59 Pacific time (PST). Please visit the VIZBI 2017 tutorial page for details.


VizbiPlus Challenge 2017

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 14, March, 2017

Feeling artistic? Participate in an event that brings together international artists and scientists during Vivid Sydney, the festival of light, music and ideas. Your work will be judged by the Emmy and BAFTA award winner Drew Berry and it will be featured from 29th of May 2017 and throughout the duration of Vivid at Spunky Bruiser in Darlinghurst. Enter the VizbiPlus Challenge and you could win Cintiq 13Pro!

Credit: Benedetta Frida Baldi

Credit: Benedetta Frida Baldi

Data Visualization Masterclass 2017

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 13, March, 2017

The University of Sydney, The Garvan Institute of Medical Research and Vivid Sydney are excited to announce the Data Visualization Masterclass, a one-day tour of state-of-the-art methods, taught by internationally acknowledged experts in data visualization happening on Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at The Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium, University of Sydney. The masterclass will teach you the principles and practices for turning data into insightful visualizations that tell compelling stories. The class is for anyone working with data, including communicators, scientists, programmers, designers, and visual artists. The masterclass will feature highly acclaimed international speakers: Tamara Munzner and Daniel Keim.



Photo by: Benedetta Frida Baldi

Arriving in Sydney, Australia

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 10, March, 2017

Please remember to arrange a valid visa to enter Australia and know what to expect when arriving at Sydney Airport. For more information, go to Sydney Airport Arrival Procedure to view the summary of the key steps and procedures you must complete when arriving at Sydney Airport. For all other information about duty-free allowances, Australian Customs and Border Protection Services, and Biosecurity, the relevant links are provided here.

Vivid Sydney 2016.  Credit: Destination NSW

Vivid Sydney 2016. Credit: Destination NSW

VIZBI 2017 Call for Tutorials

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 2, March, 2017

Submission is now open for half-day tutorial proposals for the VIZBI tutorial day on 13 June 2017. The tutorial day gives delegates the opportunity to learn about key tools and techniques and gain hands-on experience with biological visualization software tools. To submit your proposal, please visit the VIZBI 2017 tutorial page. The deadline for tutorial proposals is 20 March 2017, 23:59 Pacific time (PST). We will notify applicants by 27 March 2017.

VIZBI 2017 and Vivid Sydney

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 2, March, 2017

We are excited to announce that VIZBI 2017 will be part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music, and ideas. For three weeks (26 May – 17 June), Sydney is transformed into a wonderland of ‘light art’ sculptures, innovative light installations and grand-scale projections for all to enjoy – for free. The festival also features hundreds of events, including performances from local and international musicians, as well as presentations and workshops from world leaders in the creative industries. The program for Vivid Sydney will be launched in March: to get a flavour of what is to come, check out Vivid Sydney 2016.

Vivid Sydney

Image credit to Vivid Sydney.

Call for Participation: VIZBI 2017 (Sydney, Australia, 14-16 June)

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 14, February, 2017

VIZBI 2017, the 8th international meeting on ‘Visualizing Biological Data’, will take place 14-16 June 2017 at the Charles Perkins Centre in Sydney, Australia, sponsored by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, The University of Sydney, and Destination New South Wales.

VIZBI 2017 features keynotes from Daniel Keim, Tamara Munzner, and Drew Berry, and 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 conference brings together a diverse community, including bioinformaticians, data scientists, computer scientists, and experimentalists, as well as medical illustrators, graphic designers, and graphic artists. VIZBI 2017 will be part of Vivid Sydney – a spectacular festival of light, music, and ideas – strong synergies between these events give extra incentive to make the trip to Sydney.

All participants have the opportunity to present a poster and a lightning talk describing their work. If you cannot join us in Sydney, you have the option of virtual registration, which allows participation via streaming video and chat.

Tutorial proposals. Prior to the meeting (June 13), 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 (deadline: 20 March 2017).

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 2017 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!


VIZBI 2017 poster

Biomedical Animator position in Australia

Posted by VIZBI on 15, June, 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

Posted by VIZBI on 20, March, 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

Posted by VIZBI on 20, March, 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

Posted by VIZBI on 20, March, 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

Posted by VIZBI on 20, March, 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

Posted by VIZBI on 20, March, 2016

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

Posted by VIZBI on 11, March, 2016

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

VIZBI 2016 art & biology submissions

Posted by VIZBI on 11, March, 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