Early registration closing soon

Posted by VIZBI on 18, April, 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.

VizbiPlus Exhibit: A showcase of science-inspired artwork

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 17, April, 2017

This event will feature an exhibit of original artwork inspired by a series of scientific stories. The artwork will be selected from submissions made to the VizbiPlus Challenge, a competition created to encourage local artists to draw from science to produce original, engaging and insightful new work. The event is the result of a new collaboration between the Spunky Bruiser Store and the VIZBI lab from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and CSIRO.

VizbiPlus: Bridging science with art, design & animation

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 10, April, 2017

The event will feature a keynote presentation from an internationally recognized scientific artist; the unveiling of winners from a national art and science competition designed to engage the creative community. We aim to make this event the premier hub to connect the scientific and creative communities and bolster these fields by fostering creativity and innovation. VizbiPlus is happening on 12 June 2017 from 5:30 pm -7:30 pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Credits: Deborah Szapiro; background art from Drew Berry

BioVis 2017 in Prague, July 24

Posted by VIZBI on 10, April, 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: http://biovis.net/2017/cfp_ismb/.

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

Posted by VIZBI on 7, April, 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

Posted by VIZBI on 6, April, 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 VIZBI.org, please contact us.

Early registration closing soon

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 5, April, 2017

Registration for the main conference is closing on 7 April 2017. The conference registration fee includes admission, conference materials, meals, drinks, and coffee breaks. Visit the registration page for more details.

VIZBI 2017 Speaker: Jane Richardson

Posted by Angela Maquinto on 4, April, 2017

Jane Richardson is a Professor of Biochemistry at the Duke University, USA. She developed the Richardson diagram, ribbon diagram, method of representing the 3D structure of proteins. Together with Prof. David Richardson, they established the Richardson Labs and their goal is to contribute to a deeper understanding of the 3D structures of proteins, including their description, determinants, folding, evolution, and control. This has now been broadened to include RNA structures. Their approaches include structural bioinformatics, macromolecular crystallography, molecular graphics, analysis of structures, and methods development, currently, focused on the improvement of structural accuracy.

Jane Richardson

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.

Daniel Keim (2)

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!

bivi2017 flyer

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.

Drew Berry

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

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

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